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Evanka Osmak is one of the best known sports anchors in Canada. Her story to co-anchor Connected on Rogers Sportsnet is far from the norm.
Osmak earned a civil engineering degree from Queen's University.
She worked for a couple of years in that field but felt unfulfilled. After receiving a diploma in radio and television broadcasting in 2005 at Seneca College her career shift officially took place.
She worked at CICX-FM in Orillia, Ontario as a news anchor, then moved to Yuma, Arizona to work at KYMA-TV for two years, before returning to Canada.
Osmak has been a regular on Sportsnet since 2006 and sits on the board of Sports Media Canada.
"Throughout my career I've had some wonderful mentors and colleagues. Having the opportunity to share that knowledge with the future of this country's sport media is an opportunity I'm excited to be involved in."
John is one of the Canadian sport media industry’s brightest minds and currently sits as one of the on air personalities on the Hockey Central panel.
Formerly he served as executive vice-president of programming and production for the NHL.
Shannon has spent more than 30 years overseeing the television production of regional and national NHL hockey games, including the production of 23 Stanley Cup Finals.
Before joining the NHL and NHL Network in 2008, Shannon was vice-president, programming and executive producer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, overseeing the launch, implementation and operation of Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV.
Prior to that, he spent six years as the executive producer of Hockey Night in Canada on CBC.
Shannon has also been involved in the production of five Olympics, receiving an Emmy for his work on NBC’s coverage of hockey at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
“In the control room or on the air, I feel I have always been teaching. This next journey of passing on some thoughts to the next generation of broadcasters is very exciting.”
Anthony graduated from Ryerson in 1988 with a BA in Radio and Television Arts and today he holds what is arguably one of the most challenging jobs in the country.
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 various brands under the Anthem Sports & Entertainment umbrella.
Prior to his current role, 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."
Scott has worked at TSN for the past 15 years. He started in 2002 as a freelance story editor (putting together highlight packs for SC) and worked his way up through the ranks as a story associate, associate producer, highlight manager and producer. This all led to his current role as Supervising Highlight Manager. In his position Scott manages the staff of the Sportscentre newsroom, oversees their internship program and is one of the company’s hiring managers.
Scott has also had the opportunity at TSN to produce shows like Sportscentre & The Reporters, while also working a couple of Olympic Games (Vancouver & London).
Prior to TSN, Scott spent a little over a year at The Racing Network; part of Woodbine Entertainment group, where he learned the technical aspect of the business.
Scott spent 3 years at the University of Ottawa studying communications followed by a 2-year post-grad program in Radio Broadcasting at Humber College, graduating in 1998.
“TSN has had a great relationship with CSM. I know a lot of that has to do with the instructors and I can only hope to follow in their footsteps and pass on the experience and knowledge I have gained in the industry.”
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 two decades, Jason has been an editor at The Score Television Network, becoming the Supervising Editor in 2009. In that time, he also created and produced original shows The Lab and Stat Attack. He was also very heavily involved with both The Score Fighting Series and The Score’s WWE content.
When The Score became a part of the Sportsnet family he started promo editing and has been there ever since.
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.”
Tyler graduated from The College of Sports Media in 2009, a member of the inaugural graduating class, and began an internship with Fight Network. In the years since, he has held many roles, including Editor, Producer, Technical Director and Production Manager, to his current role as Director of Operations for Anthem Sports and Entertainment. His current roles include the oversight of the production staff, implementation of new technologies, delivery and distribution of video assets and optimizations of workflows for new acquisitions. Previously, Tyler held roles at Tennis Canada, Rugby Canada, Metro News and Fantrax.
'Having been a CSM student, as well as the Internship Co-Ordinator at Anthem, I have seen first-hand the importance of having students ready for the workplace. I'm excited to have the opportunity to help another generation of sports media professionals take the next step in their careers, and be as prepared to work as possible.'
Paul graduated from Mohawk College with a diploma in television production in 1989 and 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 30 years. Paul began to work at the Air Canada Centre in 1999 covering the Leafs, Raptors, Toronto Rock and many other events for the video board including productions for Leafs/Raptors TV.
He taught at Mohawk College from 2002 - 2005 a camera/graphics course. Some other notable 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!"
Born in London, Ontario with a childhood desire to do NFL and NHL play-by-play.
After attending Fanshawe College and graduating from the Broadcast Journalism Program in 1987 and landed his first real media job at CFOS-AM radio in Owen Sound.
He covered a bit of everything- from news casting to sports casting to reporting at City Hall, Board of Education, various court proceedings and elections at all levels of government. He also did colour commentary on OHL games and hosted a nightly sports talk show called "Sportsticker.”
From there he went to work at Queen's Park for a brief stint before being hired by the Score Television Network where he covered the NHL playoffs, Memorial Cups, Grey Cups, Golf and Tennis tournaments, and Blue Jays baseball.
In 2009 he joined Sportsnet as a freelance reporter and covered all of the same and freelanced reporting/producing for the Olympic News Channel. 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.
Shortly after that he moved to TSN and holds his current roles as story editor and associate as well as hosting on radio.
“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."
Dan is an award-winning live sports event producer who led the production of the Toronto Raptors game broadcasts nationwide from Opening Night, 2009 until Christmas Day, 2019. He is the first and only Canadian to produce the NBA Finals and Eastern Conference Finals, culminating in a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Sports Event. This capped an 18-year run working for the Raptors' television properties. For six years he appeared as a regular panelist on the weekly basketball talk show The Hangout on NBA TV Canada. He has appeared on CP24, CBC Toronto and Sportsnet The Fan 590 and has produced men's and women's basketball at the 2015 Pan Am Games, NBA Summer League, Toronto FC soccer broadcasts and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Finals.
He recently produced the championship game of the 2020 Canadian Elite League Basketball Summer Series and presently hosts the podcast Gym Ratz & Jointz.
Ray Williams is a Broadcast Journalist who has been active in the sports media for three 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, Toronto 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."
Paul Romanuk has called play-by-play and hosted thousands of hours of live sports broadcasts and big events over his 30+ years in the business. Paul has called hundreds of NHL regular season and playoff games for The Sports Network, Sportsnet and Hockey Night In Canada ( including three Conference Championship Series for Hockey Night In Canada). During his 15 years at TSN Paul also called 11 World Junior Hockey Championship tournaments, 8 World Hockey Championships as well as Women’s World Championships and over 100 NBA games. Paul was the radio play by play voice of the Toronto Raptors in 2004-05 before re-locating to London (UK) for 9 years, during which he worked for Eurosport as a play by play announcer as well as a new media producer for the International Ice Hockey Federation. Paul has also called play by play at 6 Olympic Games (for CBC and Eurosport).
“You just never know what bit of information you pass along, will end being the bit that helps an aspiring broadcaster take the next step. I find that to be both exciting and invigorating.”
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. 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 worldwide."
From my mother to grandfather teaching is in my blood and CSM has all the tools for me to do that successfully. I relish to opportunity to help and train the next generation of broadcasters.”
With 25 years of experience in the media industry, including two decades in Canadian Sports Television, Kristian Jack has shown the ability to produce content and cover the world's most popular sport - soccer - like no one else in the country. Through dedication, professionalism, and a strong work ethic, Kristian established himself as Canada's most trusted voice on the beautiful game. This talent helped him analyze the sport in front of millions of Canadians, while covering the biggest tournaments in the world for The Score Television Network, TSN, Sirius XM and OneSoccer. Kristian specialized in an analyst role, telling stories around the sport as well as tactically breaking down matches. He regularly hosted live broadcasts and was a reporter for major events asking the right questions of athletes prior, during, and after games. In addition to his role in front of the camera and behind the microphone, his knowledge of the media industry helped him regularly contribute behind the scenes in an executive producer role where he maintained a high level of performance and a level of accuracy with each broadcast that was reached by all members of the team, ensuring each show was informed, entertained, and educated audiences.
“I have been very blessed to spend the best part of three decades in sports media and the last 20 years in my adopted home of Canada. My passion for sports is equal to my appetite for helping people. I enjoy sharing my experiences with the next generation of talented media professionals, who will take this industry to a level none of us in the previous generation would have been able to. The College of Sports Media has an unprecedented record of developing such talent, including some of whom I have already had the pleasure of working with professionally. I am delighted to work with more students at CSM to help them be prepared to thrive in the workplace."
Ashley Docking is a National Sports Broadcaster from Toronto. Graduating from the College of Sports Media in 2014, Docking has since worked as a sideline reporter, national radio morning show host and digital content creator with organizations like the Edmonton Oilers, NBA TV Canada, Sportsnet and the Toronto Star. Docking is the first former student to be asked to instruct at CSM and has a passion for helping young aspiring broadcasters reach their potential.
Chris Zelkovich has more than 40 years of experience in the newspaper and new media business, including 31 years 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."
Barb DiGiulio is a broadcaster who has spent 30 years in the industry.
Barb was a 'Day One'r' at The FAN 590 and spent 22 years as an anchor and host at Canada's first all sports radio station. She then spent 7 years as host of the daily talk show The Nightside, Monday to Friday, 7-10pm on Newstalk 1010 in Toronto, winning an Edward R. Murrow award in 2019 for Breaking News.
Barb has hosted several TV shows, including Score Golf for Women TV and Pokerstars Charity Challenge. She also spent many years as a fill in sports anchor on City TV weekends.
Barb has been involved in a lot of community service over the years, including hosting work for Sick Kids Foundation, Autism Speaks and Easter Seals.
“I feel blessed to have a career in the exciting world of broadcasting. I think it's important to let students know that there will always be jobs in the industry for those who are willing to work hard and make the sacrifices needed. I've been fortunate to work with, and learn from, some of the best broadcasters in North America. Any wisdom I can pass along to the CSM students is all about 'paying it forward' and making sure the broadcasting industry continues to thrive with the best and brightest there is.