by Greg Douglas, Vancouver Sun, June 7, 2014
HERE ‘N’ THERE: With Rogers Sportsnet having scooped CFL host Dave Randorf (above) from TSN for future NHL telecasts, insiders suggest there could be more jumping of ships in the works with a couple of potential Vancouver ties. Randorf broke into the television broadcasting business in the early days of CKVU Sports Page. Former Randorf TSN teammates Ray Ferraro and Farhan Lalji, both Vancouver-based, signed off as part of TSN’s final national hockey telecast at the conclusion of the Los Angeles-Chicago playoff series. As Rogers Sportsnet continues to look for hockey talent as part of their 12-year deal with the NHL, Ferraro and Lalji would be and should be prime prospects.
SHORT HOPS: Vancouver Canadians play-by-play broadcaster Rob Fai (above) signed off for the summer from his Team 1040 fill-in role following a high-powered week of hosting the morning show. With the C’s season opener on the road against Salem-Keizer June 13 prior to the Nat Bailey home start on June 18 against Spokane, Fai’s broadcasting priorities are booked. C’s president Andy Dunn is enjoying riding the wave with the current Toronto Blue Jays’ hot streak. Dunn hasn’t made a big media splash about the fact Vancouver’s major league affiliation with the Blue Jays has been locked up through the 2016 season with a further extension currently being discussed.
Fwiw, Ferraro signed a long term deal with TSN recently (presumably for regional NHL and International stuff) and Lalji is rumoured to be getting involved more with TSNs CFL broadcasts.