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TSN has turfed Vancouver Whitecaps TV play-by-plan man Peter Schaad.
No immediate reasons were given for the change, although Bell Media, TSN’s parent company, has been aggressively cutting costs in its ranks, including the unexpected and unpopular decision to shutter its Vancouver sports radio station, TSN1040, in February.
No replacement has been publicly named for Schaad, and it’s expected Paul Dolan will continue in his role as colour analyst. Bell Media and the Whitecaps have yet to comment on the move, and Schaad also declined to comment, given the recency of the news.
Schaad was a mainstay of the team’s broadcasting history. He called Whitecaps games with Shaw on TV and radio for the club in 2002 during its A-League years, continuing through the shift to USL, where he first partnered with Dolan. When the team became an MLS organization, he was anointed the team’s radio broadcaster on TSN.
He did double-duty on TV and radio, hosting the daily Whitecaps program on AM1410, but TSN pulled him off the radio side in 2017 as it began a round of cuts in its local media properties.
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While no official word has been given on Schaad’s replacement, it’s believed another local broadcaster will step in to fill his shoes, with an announcement expected in the next few weeks.
Schaad and Dolan had been absent from the Whitecaps first two broadcasts, with the Toronto-based duo of Luke Wileman and Steven Caldwell calling the games.
There has been no word of who will broadcast Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rapids. Corey Basso, the former TSN1040 PxP announcer, has joined AM730 to call the games on the radio.
Previous to his role with the Whitecaps, Schaad was the morning show host on CKXM 91.3 in Victoria in the late 1990s before moving to Vancouver to take over as the morning show producer on QMFM 103.5. After five years there, he returned behind the mic as the afternoon drive host on 100.5 FM’s The Peak, where he stayed another five years before moving to his role with TSN.
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