Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hughson stays with HNIC

CBC SPORTS today announced a new six-year agreement with Gemini Award-winning announcer Jim Hughson. The deal commences immediately and continues through the end of the new CBC / NHL broadcast agreement in 2013/14. Hughson, a fan-favourite with viewers of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA and ROGERS BLUE JAYS BASEBALL ON CBC, will continue to work on both programs during the course of the agreement.
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At 1:37 p.m., March 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but will he still do the video games?

At 2:13 p.m., March 11, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

Commence the gnashing of teeth in the Oilogosphere, with much complaining every time Hughson calls a game involving the Canucks. Everyone outside Toronto always hated the Leafs bias of Cole/Neale, too, I guess...but it's harder to hear when it's your team. The first time I heard Hughson call a non-Vancouver game, I was really impressed -- I think he's pretty solid.

At 2:20 p.m., March 11, 2008, Anonymous PPP said...

The Oilogosphere is right. Hughson is terrible in non-canuck games and even worse in Canuck games.

And Cole and Cherry are Leaf biased but if you think Harry "The Leafs can't do anything right even if they were winning 15-0" Neale is biased then you're just blindly hating.

At 3:05 p.m., March 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but Craig Simpson is Oiler-biased, so it works out (unless you're a Flames fan).

At 3:07 p.m., March 11, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Oileagenousphere and "announcer credibility" are mutually exclusive domains so their testimony regarding Hughson should be struck from the court record.

This is the city that has put up with hockey caller Rod Phillips for 35 years and football blabber-puss Bryan Hall for 45.

When we'd go to WHA games as kids, if the Oilers were getting pasted 7-1 by the Nordiques or Jets, we'd look up at the press box in anticipation of Rod jumping to his death.

As for Neale whining about the Leafs "even if they're winning 15-0" I also have fantasies where I win the lottery, accept my Oscar for Best Actor, driving straight from the Hollywood Theatre in my (insert expensive sports car here) to the Staples Centre where I score the Stanley Cup winning goal for the Kings and celebrate by blowing kisses to my girlfriend Angelina Jolie sitting in Row 5.

At 3:45 p.m., March 11, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

Anonymous-for those of us that will be watching on TV could you upgrade Angelina to the front row ?

At 5:00 p.m., March 11, 2008, Blogger Richard Pollock said...

A great re-signing by HNIC. I am not a fan of any one team, so I generally don't watch for announcer bias and therefore, don't really notice Hughson ever favor the Canucks. Regardless, listening to his voice past this season will be a pleasure.

At 6:18 p.m., March 11, 2008, Blogger Chunklets said...

"This is the city that has put up with hockey caller Rod Phillips for 35 years and football blabber-puss Bryan Hall for 45."

We'll plead guilty on Bryan "shut up Farley" Hall, but Phillips actually calls a pretty good game, even if he verges on the hysterical occasionally.

At 7:26 p.m., March 11, 2008, Blogger The Gate To The Groin For Yannick Bertrand said...

Give me Pierre et Yvon any day. I'll take my one-team favoritism with a good dose of talent.

At 10:50 p.m., March 11, 2008, Anonymous Slater said...

"This is the city that has put up with hockey caller Rod Phillips for 35 years and football blabber-puss Bryan Hall for 45."

Rod Phillips is a remnant of bygone era in Edmonton's history.

In today's Edmonton anyone with an ounce of talent (broadcasting or otherwise) can't get out of that city fast enough, so you can be sure a legend Rod Phillips' stature will not be seen or heard in Edmonton again.

Once he's gone get ready for an endless parade of young and inexperienced broadcasters using 630 CHED only as a stepping stone for bigger and brighter things.

At 1:55 a.m., March 12, 2008, Blogger Shawn said...

Are you kidding man? I'm a BCHL broadcaster and there are hundreds of us out there (at lower levels) who would kill to be in Edmonton the rest of our careers. That would be a dream come true, not a stepping stone.


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