I'm not sure why the FAN590 would hire a guy who isn't pro-CFL given that the station broadcasts Argo games. Seems like a very poor choice to replace Mike Hogan with this Don Imus wannabe.
An Argo-Cat fan
Andrew Krystal will join FAN 590 as mid-morning host on Aug. 16.
By Chris Zelkovich
Sports Media Columnist FAN 590 listeners, at least those who’ve hung in through the recent spate of fill-in hosts, will start noticing some subtle changes starting Monday.
A month after that, subtlety will go out the window.
That’s when Andrew Krystal takes over the mid-morning slot, Aug. 16 to be exact, and that’s when the FAN will really start to change. Krystal, you see, is one of those radio bad boys who crosses the line as much as he walks it.
And if his hiring is any indication, expect the yet-to-be-named morning hosts to be more Don Imus and less Andy Barrie.
Asked if a return to Toronto after five years in Halifax and a recent marriage had softened the rough edges a bit, Krystal replied that it hadn’t.
“I’ll be even bitchier,? he said Thursday from his Halifax home. “I’ve perfected my bitchability.
“There’s been no mellowing at all. The worst thing you can be on the air is bland.?
The word bland has never been used to describe Krystal. A lot of less complimentary words have been.
During previous incarnations at CFRB and 640, Krystal pushed the envelope hard. He was even banned from CTV Newsnet after telling fellow panelist Charles Adler that he would have voted for Adolf Hitler had Hitler been a Conservative.
Then there was the matter of a domestic issue that landed him in hot water in early 2007.
So what is this guy doing at the FAN?
“He is possibly the best talent at weaving a show together in this country,? said program director Don Kollins. “He is that good.
“We’re all familiar with his troubles, but he is so grounded now with a new wife and he’s thrilled to be coming back to Toronto.
“He takes it to the edge and some people think it’s beyond the edge. But I’m good with that.?
Krystal says he’s been given the green light to talk about whatever he wants.
“Don Kollins made it very clear to me that the libel lawyers at the FAN are under-utilized,? Krystal said, and may not have been joking.
But he’s not a shock jock and says he won’t be outrageous just for the sake of getting attention. He’ll discuss sports, politics, the weather and anything else that he believes interests his audiences.
“I’m not going to Toronto to be a bingo caller for baseball scores or stats,? he said. “I’m interested in big-picture stuff that’s also big tent.?
His show will be mainly sports talk, heavy on hockey. He’s a big-time hockey fan and used to do work for Leafs TV. He’s less a fan of the Blue Jays and Raptors unless they’re winning and even less so of the Canadian Football League.
“Toronto is an NFL town now,? he said.