Can Argos score online?
Sometimes, desperation is a good thing, even if it is born out of having no choice.
Last season, the FAN 590 shopped around a bunch of Toronto Argonauts games that ran into conflicts with Blue Jays games. It found exactly none, which either said something about the state of the radio business or the popularity of the Argos.
Either way, the FAN decided to put those games on its website, mainly because there was no alternative other than having announcers Mike Hogan and Peter Martin talk a lot louder. But a funny thing happened: people actually listened.
Okay, not a lot of people but probably more than anyone expected. While the numbers were hardly overwhelming, averaging between 8,000 and 9,000 listeners, they weren't bad. The FAN's HockeyCentral at Noon simulcast, for example, attracts about 2,500 online listeners. (Other comparisons aren't available because of the antiquated ratings system, which will be replaced by presumably more accurate digital measuring devices in the fall.)
So when the 2009 CFL schedule left the FAN with five regular-season conflicts and two in the pre-season, it didn't even consider looking for another radio station.
``I think (Internet radio) will continue to grow," says FAN v-p and general manager Nelson Millman. ``We may be a bit early on this, but clearly there's an audience and who knows where it will go?"
In addition to 13 Argo broadcasts the traditional way, the FAN will continue its weekly Inside The Argos show with Hogan and Sandy Annunziata.
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