I will be starting a new show from 10am-2pm with @seanrcampbell !
I want to thank @HunterZThompson for an amazing 11+ years on Melnick in the Afternoon. Being on the same show for a decade is something I'm extremely proud of.
— Mitch Gallo (@MitchyGallo) June 14, 2022
TSN 690 is shuffling its lineup after two high-profile and somewhat mysterious departures of midday hosts.
In February, the station was forced to let go of Chris Nilan after the former Canadiens player refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19, in violation of a Bell Media policy. Then on May 27, Tony Marinaro resigned from his job as host of The Montreal Forum, later saying it was to focus his attention on a new sports podcast.
To fill both those holes, TSN has taken two hard-working veteran supporting characters — Sean Campbell and Mitch Gallo — and put them in the spotlight as a duo. The show, called Campbell vs. Gallo, debuts Monday, June 20. It will run from 10am to 2pm, with Mitch Melnick’s afternoon show shifted an hour earlier to run 2-6.
The new hosts promise the Habs Lunch feature will remain with the new show.
Why did Marinaro leave?
In a 43-minute episode of his Sick Podcast, Marinaro gave some context for his decision to leave, saying he didn’t tell anyone until after his final show was broadcast, ending with playing Frank Sinatra’s My Way. He then informed his bosses he was out.
Marinaro says he will be contributing to Jean-Charles Lajoie’s show on TVA Sports and it’s been reported he will also contribute to 91.9 Sports in the fall, where Lajoie also has a show.
Despite spending almost an hour going over his career, Marinaro’s video leaves a lot of questions unanswered, and he has said he’s limited in what he can say. He broke down in tears a few times, making it clear the decision to leave TSN wasn’t easy.
The rumoured explanation, which happens to fit the facts, is that Bell Media or local TSN 690 management was unhappy about his podcast, which started in December 2020, and gave him an ultimatum. Marinaro said he stuck with the podcast to fulfill a promise to creator Sammy Cavallaro. He mentioned that his TSN show was doing well in the ratings and it was his decision to leave.
Nilan, meanwhile, also has his own sports podcast. The Raw Knuckles Podcast debuted in April.