December 2, 2023

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The Vancouver Whitecaps are again on the air.

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The workforce introduced a brand new broadcast settlement Thursday, a two-year take care of Corus Leisure that may see video games broadcast dwell, together with common programming throughout its 4 Vancouver stations.

Video games might be broadcast dwell on AM730 and streamed on-line, together with hour-long pre- and post-game reveals, with as effectively a coaches’ present on Mornings with Simi on CKNW 980.

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It additionally means the return of Corey Basso and Colin Miller on the Whitecaps’ game-day broadcasts. The duo had been caught up within the surprising shuttering of TSN 1040 in February when the station closed its doorways mid-broadcast, axing the whole operation with none forewarning to workers.

“I’m completely stoked,” stated Basso, the play-by-play guru. “It was an extended two-month wait to search out out the place the Whitecaps would possibly land within the radio panorama, particularly after a darkish February ninth. I don’t assume we may have discovered a greater associate … they’ve gone all in. I’m simply super-stoked that one; the Whitecaps have a brand new residence, and two; simply within the nick of time when the Whitecaps are simply ramping up.”

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It was vital that the Whitecaps get a deal executed, as for the second-straight yr there may not be any residence video games at B.C. Place Stadium. The workforce has relocated to Utah for the foreseeable future on account of COVID-19 border restrictions. Dropping any extra market publicity and fan engagement would have been a critical blow to the workforce’s revenues and future ticket gross sales.

Having the ability to get again into the published recreation was a blessing for Basso, who had seen a couple of of his former colleagues discover work both independently or with different TV or radio rivals. With so few alternatives accessible, Basso wasn’t positive he could be on the air once more.

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“It’s solely human nature to have that seed of doubt, particularly with the uncertainty that’s sadly a part of the business we’re in,” he stated. “Generally you simply get the rug pulled out from beneath you. It definitely is a ardour of mine to name (video games), however the thought behind my thoughts was at all times, ‘Did this letting go occur for a cause? Are they going to return again to me? What is going to occur?’

“I’m not going to lie, I had a sure nervous, anxious power. I used to be saying to Rob (Fai) — and this sounds type of hokey — however each morning, I used to be ready by the cellphone like a lonely teenager in love. There have been occasions the place I might test the cellphone each morning, and be like, ‘Come on man, announce the deal!’ And I didn’t even know if I might be concerned at this level. I simply wished to see a deal get executed for the sake of soccer protection on this market.

“I’m simply so comfortable a deal obtained executed for followers on this metropolis, and that I’m concerned, as a result of I like what I do with the Whitecaps, and now, with the Corus Radio Group.”

The Whitecaps open the season on Sunday, April 18, in opposition to the Portland Timbers. Recreation time is 7 p.m. and might be broadcast dwell — with Miller and Basso again within the saddle — on AM 730.