City TV’s Montreal Connected debuts May 30; Alyson Lozoff, Wilder Weir to host

Montreal Connected hosts Wilder Weir and Alyson Lozoff

Montreal Connected hosts Wilder Weir and Alyson Lozoff (Photo: Rogers Media)

CJNT, which officially became City Montreal in February after it was bought by Rogers, will launch its first local program a week from now.

Rogers Media announced on Wednesday the details of its new weekly sports show called Montreal Connected (formerly “Connected Montreal”), which starts May 30. Here they are in point form:

  • Schedule: Half an hour a week, Thursdays at 7pm, with repeats Saturdays at 3:30pm and 7:30pm and Sundays at 6pm. The show will also air on Sportsnet East on Saturdays at noon.
  • Hosts: Alyson Lozoff, the Sportsnet reporter for Montreal (did you know she’s also a lawyer?), and Wilder Weir, a producer and former hockey reality show star
  • Contributors: Include Sportsnet personality Stephen Brunt, Globe and Mail Quebec sports reporter Sean Gordon, Gazette Alouettes reporter/columnist Herb Zurkowsky, and LNH.com managing editor Arpon Basu
  • Behind the scenes: As previously announced, former water ski champion George Athans will be the show’s producer, with Kelly Greig, formerly of CBC Montreal. They will work under Executive Producer and Local Content Manager Bob Babinski

The show promises to be “an in-depth look at the city’s professional and amateur teams, along with athlete profiles and feature stories on local, national and international sports.”

City Montreal is also launching a culture/lifestyle show in July, and its main local programming, a three-hour local morning show, in August.

8 thoughts on “City TV’s Montreal Connected debuts May 30; Alyson Lozoff, Wilder Weir to host

  1. Lorne

    I hope this show is successful because we haven’t had an English show like this since CFCF cancelled the Saturday evening local sports show they had.

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  2. ATSC

    Surprising that it’ll be launched at the end of May. I would have expected in August since there would be CFL, and upcoming NHL action in October.
    I don’t know what they’ll talk about now. Canadiens are out of the play-offs. There is the impact for soccer. But that is it. I’m not a soccer fan.

    I certainly will tune in just to see what the show is like. I’m certainly glad somebody is putting some life into local english language productions in Montreal.

    Any news on CJNT-DT 62.1 increasing it’s over the air power. I believe they are still at 4kw.
    Something that has always seemed odd to me is why don’t CKMI-DT 15.1 (8kw) and CJNT-DT 62.1 (4kw) match CFCF-DT 12.1 (11kw) power output. That way when it came to over the air kw’s all three would be at a even playing field in terms of electricity costs. Even though they would not cover the same area simply because CFCF-DT is on VHF 12, while CKMI-DT is on UHF 15 and CJNT-DT is on UHF 49. The higher the channel frequency number, the more power is needed to cover the same area.

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      Surprising that it’ll be launched at the end of May. I would have expected in August since there would be CFL, and upcoming NHL action in October.

      Might be a good idea to work out any kinks before the fall. And the first preseason Alouettes game is June 13.

      Any news on CJNT-DT 62.1 increasing it’s over the air power. I believe they are still at 4kw.

      The station is licensed at 4kW ERP. There is no pending application to change that, nor am I aware of anything being worked on. The digital transition actually improved the signal quite a bit, because the antenna better matched the new frequency.

      Something that has always seemed odd to me is why don’t CKMI-DT 15.1 (8kw) and CJNT-DT 62.1 (4kw) match CFCF-DT 12.1 (11kw) power output.

      There are many different reasons why a station is at a certain power level, from the type and height of the antenna to regulatory restrictions to minimize interference. But the biggest issue is that there isn’t much incentive to boost transmitter power because of the low number of people who watch television over the air.

      That way when it came to over the air kw’s all three would be at a even playing field in terms of electricity costs.

      Not necessarily. Effective radiated power is based on many factors, especially the antenna used. Two stations with the same ERP won’t necessarily have the same transmitter power output, much less the same electricity bill.

      Even though they would not cover the same area simply because CFCF-DT is on VHF 12, while CKMI-DT is on UHF 15 and CJNT-DT is on UHF 49.

      The bigger problem for CJNT is that its antenna is not on the CBC’s Mount Royal tower, but rather on a small tower on top of the CFCF building next to it. That limits its range significantly.

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  3. Richard Kanath

    Hi,

    Sorry to say that there has NOT been an increase in your signal out my way …ACTUALLY……. there is now a NON EXISTENCE OF SIGNAL at this time . Analogue had signal..

    Hope it comes back.
    R Kanath

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