Sportsnet will send Blue Jays’ radio crew on road for playoffs


Ben Wagner and analyst Chris Leroux will reportedly return to the road for the playoffs if the Jays make them.

Alful Announcing

September 29, 2023

Blue Jays’ radio broadcaster Ben Wagner in 2018. (WIVBTV on YouTube.)

Canadian media conglomerate Sportsnet has come under a lot of fire in recent years for their limiting travel for radio announcers. With the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, they’ve had their radio crews calling games remotely for a while. That led to an embarrassing moment in the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, where announcer Joe Bowen incorrectly identified a goalscorer thanks to what the TV feed showed, and that led to the company reversing course and letting Bowen and Jim Ralph go on the road for the second round.

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