Hey, look, an off-season transaction! Not one involving players, though. Apparently Mike Wilner’s days as host of Blue Jays Talk are over as TSN”s Scott MacArthur will join the Sportsnet broadcast team.
Multiple sources tell me that @ScottyMacThinks is your new host of @BlueJays talk post game on @FAN590 starting sometime later this spring. Replacing @Wilnerness590 as long time host. Told Wilner remains in broadcast during games. No confirmation as of yet ..
— jonah (@yyzsportsmedia) January 16, 2019
This isn’t overly surprising as Wilner hosted significantly fewer post game talks on the FAN590 last year. This was due to Wilner joining Ben Wagner and a rotation group of analysts in the broadcast booth with more frequency last season. I imagine this means he’ll be permanently calling games on the radio now.
The funniest thing about this report is all the rubes saying “great now I won’t be INSULTED by Wilner on the radio when I call in!” One of the best things about Wilner and Blue Jays Talk was him routinely dunking on the fans who called in to say absurd things like how THEY JUST DON’T WANT IT ENOUGH, FIRE SHAPATKINS BACK TO CLEVELAND, and BRING BACK RYAN GOINS. I personally found Wilner not holding back on callers to be the most entertaining thing about the show when I occasionally tuned in.
If you’re that breed of caller and you think you’re going to get a break now that Wilner is out of the mix, think again! I can’t really imagine Scott MacArthur being overly compassionate when it comes to hoards of terrible opinions coming through the phone lines. Let me tell you, no matter who is hosting this show, if you’re going to call in and say something dumb, you’re going to get told it’s dumb. Welcome to talk radio!