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Our program is delivered and instructed exclusively by current working sports media professionals who are all experts in their respective field and widely recognized in the industry.

Not a single college or university can come close to the College of Sports Media in terms of professional, recognizable, and connected faculty who are not only instructors but widely recognized industry experts.

Check out our All-Star Instructor line up and see for yourself…

Television

Jim Van Horne
Norma Wick
John Wells
Anthony Cicione
Dawn Landis
Paul Smith
Brendon Lynch
David Amber - Occasional
Jason Whissell
Glenn Crouter
Tony Ambrogio - Occasional

 

Radio

Ray Williams
Roger Lajoie
Dave Barker


NEW MEDIA

Chris Zelkovich

In addition to our incomparable line up of instructors, we also have a team of specialized guest faculty to assist with personal imaging and on-air presence. These experts include:

  • Voice coaches
  • Hair and make-up artists
  • Fashion consultants
  • Expert guest speakers throughout the program


Jim Van Horne - Television Coordinator

  Jim Van Horne has long been considered one of Canada’s Premiere Sports Announcers and on air personalities. 

He is currently one of the anchors for NHL Network, On The Fly but he became known and respected coast to coast when TSN named him its first commentator and anchor of the early edition of Sportscentre in 1984.

For seventeen years Jim covered countless events including two Olympic Games and 14 years of WTA and ATP tennis. From 2003 thru 2006 he anchored the evening newscasts for Rogers Sportsnet.

“I have always relished the opportunity to mentor young broadcasters, and now that I have been presented with the opportunity of teaching with the College of Sports Media, I am thrilled to be able to give something back to the broadcast community that has been so generous to me.”

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Ray Williams - Radio Coordinator

  Ray Williams is a Broadcast Journalist who has been active in the sports media for almost two decades. 

Part of his impressive career was spent as a sports Anchor and Reporter for CFRB 1010, where he reported on the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, Argonauts, Rock, Molson Indy, Canadian Open Golf, and Tennis.

In 2006 Ray founded Broadcastsports.ca, a webcasting company that provides broadcasting services for amateur sports. This Company broadcasted the 2006 Canadian College Men’s Basketball Championship, the Brazilian National Women’s basketball team four game summer exhibition series against Canada, OCAA, OUA, High School Football and Basketball.

"I learned how to be a successful broadcaster from other successful broadcasters in the field. The College of Sports Media's mandate is to replicate that practice where Industry professionals will pass on the skills required to be successful. As Radio Coordinator my role is to ensure that all students attain that knowledge base to make them successful players in the broadcasting field."

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Norma Wick

image   Freelance Producer, Reporter, Host

A 20- year broadcasting veteran, Norma Wick covered eleven NBA seasons, six with the Raptors. In addition to her in game reports, Wick did pre and post game reports for Raptors Game Day and Post Up on Raptors NBA TV and hosted a weekly media roundtable discussion called “Full Court Press” and “Floor Level”, a weekly basketball wrap up show. She also contributed columns to Raptors.com

In 2003, Wick’s work with Raptors NBA TV earned her a Gemini nomination for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast.

Wick began her career in media and broadcasting in 1986. Following a short stint in radio, she spent a season in the Canadian Football League as a Public/Media Relations manager for the BC Lions. She joined Global TV in Vancouver in 1989 where she had roles in both the sports and news department for seven years – the last five as a news anchor and reporter, covering primarily the criminal justice beat. Wick moved fulltime into the sports broadcasting field in 1996 when she joined Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, covering both the Vancouver Canucks and Grizzlies as a reporter and host.

“After seeing the facility and hearing the vision of the College of Sports Media I knew that this would be a perfect fit for me. I relish the opportunity to teach, mentor and train young professionals.”

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Roger Lajoie

image   Triumph Sports Communications

Roger Lajoie is a busy man who holds multiple job titles including Host on The Fan 590 all-sports radio station and Sports Correspondent for the Reuters News Agency, all while he operates Triumph Sports Communications.

In his 28-year career as a sports media writer and broadcaster and public relations specialist, Lajoie has worked for numerous sports mediums, covering such events as the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Final Four and NHL and NBA Finals, along with many others.

A graduate of Ryerson’s Journalism program, Roger freelances for the Toronto Sun on a regular basis and has worked for the Oshawa Generals and Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors as a broadcaster and communications specialist. He has been the public address announcer for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Intercounty Baseball League for 30 years and works for such organizations as the Canadian Hockey League and the Ontario Lacrosse Association providing editorial services through his company, Triumph Sports Communications.

In September 2008 his book on Detroit Red Wings executive Jimmy Devellano will be published by Wiley Publishing, one of Canada’s leading publishers, adding yet another dimension to his impressive career resume.

Lajoie has worked for newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, wire services and websites. He has a wealth of practical experience in all facets of sports media and remains one of the busiest people in the sports industry.

“I am delighted to be a part of the College of Sports Media, an institution I am confident will provide students with real world, practical education that can give them the best chance to gain employment in this terrific industry.”

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John Wells

  John Wells has been involved in the Canadian Sports Media for more than 30 years.

He began as sports director of CKCK Radio and Television in Regina in the early seventies. While there he was anchor, and play by play commentator for the CFL on CTV.

In 1977, John joined the CBC in Edmonton hosting The Commonwealth and Olympic Games coverage. In addition John was also the western voice for Canadian football and anchor for Hockey Night in Canada for games in the west.

In September 1984 he signed with Canada’s First all sports Cable Network. As a founding member of The Sports Network, he covered everything from the Blue Jays to NHL Hockey and Curling.

Along the way John helped create many innovative programming ideas at CBC and TSN and became a media member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in (1995).

For years John hosted the CFL Outstanding Player Awards and the annual Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

John was also a frequent guest and co-host on the FAN 590, and panelist on The Prime Time Sports Round Table.

“John continues his life long love affair and knowledge of Sports and Broadcasting in Canada as an instructor at the College of Sports Media.”

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Anthony Cicione

image   VP of Programming and Production - The Fight Network

Anthony Cicione graduated from Ryerson with a BA in Radio and Television Arts in 1988 and today he holds what is arguably one of the most challenging jobs in the country as VP of Programming and Production for The Fight Network.

Cicione’s responsibilities include overseeing all of the day-to day news and programming operations and his duties range from acquiring new properties to hiring talent to creating entertaining programming that fits into The Fight Network's brand.

Preceding his current work at The Fight Network, Anthony Cicione worked as VP of Programming and Production at The Score Television Network and what was previously Headline Sports. Cicione also spent 10 years at Global Television working on Sportsline.

“The College of Sports Media approaches radio and television broadcasting in a way that’s never been done before. From curriculum to equipment to facility, I was so impressed with the overall vision and goals for the graduate that I decided to join the faculty.

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Dawn Landis

  Supervising Director - TSN’s Off The Record and CFL on TSN

Dawn Landis graduated from Ryerson with a BA in Radio and Television Arts in 1992. She has been with TSN for the past 4 years. During the CFL season she directs the live event either from Toronto’s main control room or on the road. During the off season she moves to direct Off The Record.

Dawn is the first woman in Canada to direct a live CFL broadcast. Prior to TSN she was with The Score from its inception in1997 when it was then known as Headline Sports.

While at The Score she oversaw the operations of the control room as well as directing various shows. What she is most proud of is the live events she has directed over the past 10 years including the Expos, NLL, AHL, various CIS sports highlighted by the Vanier Cup in HD. When asked about her career she passionately states, “There is nothing like the rush of a last minute touch down or game winning homerun and being able to cover the emotions of the athletes.”

Prior to the 10 ½ years at The Score, Landis worked for Global TV, TSN and was also involved in media coverage of Athens and Torino Olympics.

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Paul Smith

  Freelance Camera Operator

Paul graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in television production in 1989. He started his freelance career right out of college by landing a job at the SkyDome (aka Rogers Centre) with the video scoreboard covering Blue Jays baseball and Argo football plus several other events which have taken place there over the past 20 years. Paul began to work at the Air Canada Centre in 1999 covering the Leafs, Raptors, the Rock and many other events for the video board including productions for Leafs/Raptors TV.

He taught at Mohawk College in Hamilton from 2002 - 2005 a camera/graphics course. Some other noteable sporting events Paul has covered include Canadian Opens, LPGA, boxing, cricket, TFC soccer and equestrian horse jumping. He has also shot for the Business News Network and several other independent production companies. He freelanced for many years at Cogeco in Burlington where he shot, directed and edited several studio, mobile and single camera productions.

"It gives me great satisfaction to see a student come into the school with little or no experience in this industry, work hard to achieve their skills and graduate as a professional. Being part of the students learning process and watch them succeed is a tremendous experience!"

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Brendon Lynch

image   Senior Editor, Producer - Sportsnet 360

I graduated from the Centennial Bell Centre in 2000. From there I received an internship at CBC inserting commercials into their live programming. My CBC experience was amazing but short-lived.

My second internship was at the Score (Headline Sports,) where I still work today. Over time, I became the lead editor for our flagship show Score Tonight, as well as Court Surfing, Diamond Surfing, Hardcore Hockey Talk and countless others.

I was groomed by our senior editors to have grace under pressure, and I apply that same pressure to the students.

“The field of sports-broadcasting, and specifically editing, is extremely detailed, lightning fast, and fun. I excel in that environment, we all do; we have to.

And this is the reason why I’ve chosen to help guide the next generation of sports broadcasters into this challenging profession of ours.”

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Dave Barker

  Vice-President, Bango Media

Professionally trained in both radio broadcasting and live comedy, Dave Barker is a skilled broadcaster, writer, director, and producer, known for his highly developed creativity, comedy, and communication.

Dave spent 18 years as Creative Director of Canada’s biggest rock station, Q107 Toronto. More recently he served as writer/director/producer for the Playmate Radio Team, a traveling radio show starring playmates from Playboy magazine.

Dave holds numerous radio awards to his credit, including Best Writer Canadian Major Markets, a gold for Radio Humor, and a gold for World’s Best Online Radio Format, awarded at the 2001 New York Festivals.

Dave’s diverse accomplishments include writing “Baseball Pocket Digest”, a periodical that was used as a giveaway at Toronto Blue Jays games and the creation of parody songs for each of the Toronto Blue Jays three albums. He has also been honored for his production of two kids/cassette books with members of the Toronto Maple Leafs. A self-proclaimed lifelong kid, Barker is also the proud co-creator of the cartoon series “Futz” currently being produced by 9 Story Entertainment.

Today Dave Barker is the vice-president of Bango Media, a programming/syndication company that provides radio updates across Canada, from major sporting events around the world.

“If you give a person a fish, they can eat for a day. If you teach a person how to fish, they eat for a lifetime. But if you then teach that person about broadcasting, they can write, produce, or host their own fishing show...possibly land a gig on a sports channel...and be syndicated world wide." 

From my mother to grandfather teaching is in my blood and The College Of Sports Media has all the tools for me to do that successfully.  I look forward to helping and training the next generation of broadcasters.”

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David Amber

  Anchor / Reporter, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada - Occasional

David Amber is the newest member of the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada crew. He is a Canadian anchor for NHL On the Fly on the NHL Network as well as the anchor for Raptors Post Up on NBA TV Canada. He previously was an anchor and reporter for ESPN and its family of networks.

David appeared on ESPN’s family of networks since 2002 based in Toronto, Canada, contributing to SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Baseball Tonight and College GameDay. A reporter since 2006, Amber had provided coverage from the NBA Finals, MLB postseason and other major events, as well as serving as a sideline reporter for NCAA football and the World Baseball Classic.

Amber originally joined ESPN as an ESPNEWS anchor in 2002, also anchoring Outside the Lines, NHL2Night and NCAA basketball.

Prior to ESPN, Amber was a reporter and anchor for TSN in Toronto (1997–2002). At TSN, Amber reported from two Olympic Games, as well as several World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, and NBA Finals. From 1999–2001 he was a courtside reporter for TSN's broadcasts of Toronto Raptors games.

Amber, a native of Toronto, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in North American Studies from McGill University in Montreal in 1993, and a Master's of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University in 1995.

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Jason Whissell

  Senior Editor – Sportsnet 360

Jason began his TV career at an early age, volunteering in Ottawa as a teenager. Since then, he has wanted nothing more than to work in television.

For the past decade, Jason has been an editor at The Score Television Network, becoming the Supervising Editor in 2009. In that time, he has also created and produced original shows The Lab and Stat Attack. He is also very heavily involved with both The Score Fighting Series and The Score’s WWE content.

Before joining the ranks of The Score, Jason worked on a number of productions, including handheld camera for The Tom Green Show during its Comedy Network years and Ottawa 67’s productions. Jason has practical knowledge of virtually every position behind the camera, giving him an ability to teach editing not just as an editor, but as a part of the production process.

“Years ago, some very good people gave me a chance to enter this industry. Now, I get the chance to impart everything I’ve learned to tomorrow’s editors. I look forward to the classes as much as the students.”

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Glenn Crouter

  Vice President, Media & Community Relations – Woodbine Entertainment Group

Glenn spent four years at McMaster University for Physical Education and helped run the college radio station. He then moved on to receive a Radio and TV Arts Degree from Humber College.

Shortly after graduating he moved west to help launch a new radio station CISL 940 in Vancouver and was sports director for 4 years plus did some work for BC TV.

He then moved back to Toronto doing sports at CKFM and then at CFRB for morning weekend show plus sports. He filled in for both his father Wally and Bill Stephenson. At CFRB he had opportunity to do play by play and sideline reporting for the Toronto Argonauts. He travelled with the Toronto Blue Jays as reporter through the World Series winning years of 1992 and 1993 and with the Toronto Maple Leafs through the early to mid 1990’s.

Glenn was hired at Woodbine Entertainment to host and anchor its new simulcast TV network after two years of winners circle interviews. He then moved into management as director and then Vice President for media and sponsorship for 13 years. He’s responsible for running a ten person department. He is also the company spokesperson for all radio, television and print interviews.

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Chris Zelkovich

  Freelance Journalist

Chris Zelcovich has more than 40 years experience in the newspaper business, including the last 31 at the Toronto Star.

After working in various departments as a news and feature editor, Chris became the Star's first sports media columnist in 1998 and was one of the paper's most widely read columnist until leaving The Star in 2012.

Prior to arriving at The Star, he was both news and sports editor at the Mississauga Times, assistant editor of The Hockey News and sports editor of The Oakville Beaver.Since leaving The Star, his freelance work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Boston Herald, Toronto Star and various magazines. He is also a regular blogger with Yahoo! Sports.

"When I was breaking into the business I learned a lot from veteran journalists. I hope that through the College of Sports Media I can return the favour by passing on the skills I've gathered over the years to a new generation."

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Tony Ambrogio

  Reporter, Rogers Sportsnet – occasional

I was born in London, Ontario and always wanted to do NFL and NHL play-by-play. I used to joke I knew I wanted to be involved in sports broadcasting when I was 1 day old! After attending Fanshawe College and graduating from the Broadcast Journalism Program, I got my first real media job at CFOS-AM radio in Owen Sound, Ontario in 1987.

I did a bit of everything- from newscasting to sportscasting to reporting. I covered City Hall, Board of Education, various court proceedings and elections (municipal, provincial to federal). I did colour commentary on OHL games. I also hosted a nightly sports talk show called "Sportsticker." I was so lucky having the chance to talk to so many of my idols- from Gordie Howe, Jean Beliveau, Dave Keon, Danny Gallivan to Tom Cheek. From there I went to work at Queen's Park for a brief period of time before being hired by the Score Television Network. I was able to cover the NHL playoffs, Memorial Cups, Grey Cups, Golf and Tennis tournaments, and Blue Jays baseball while I was at the Score. In 2009, I joined Sportsnet as a freelance reporter. Again, I have been fortunate to cover the World Series, NHL playoffs, the Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays. I also do freelance reporting/producing for the Olympic News Channel. I covered the 2010 Vancouver Games, the 2010 Youth Summer Olympic Games in Singapore, the 2012 Youth Winter Olympic Games in Innsbruck and the 2012 London Games.

“I have been lucky to have learned from some of the best in broadcasting. To have an opportunity to share some of that knowledge means a great deal to me. To be part of this industry has been a privilege. It is an honour to help groom those who will be part of this industry for years to come."

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