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
Check out our All-Star Instructor line up and see for yourself…
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
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
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
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.”
||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
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
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
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 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.”
|| 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.
||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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||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!"
|| 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.”
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
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.”
||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
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.
|| 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
||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 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."
||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."