With today's news that TSN 1040 would no longer be a sports radio station, Vancouverites have voiced plenty of displeasure with the decision.
It was announced earlier today, and quickly took effect. After goodbyes from some on-air staff the song 'Good Riddance' from Green Day began to play.
Annnnnnd probably not the move playing a song called “Good Riddance” right after you can everyone. Yikes #tsn1040— dallassmith (@dallassmith) February 9, 2021
And then Vancouver's Twitter community blew up.
I am speechless.— Rob Fai (@RobFai) February 9, 2021
Bell. WTF.#TSN1040— Ben Steiner (@BenSteiner00) February 9, 2021
Lots of laughs and great conversations with the folks at #TSN1040 over the years, an awesome partner of the @BCLions through the years. Thinking of everyone in that building today. https://t.co/N0569AqDCP— Travis Lulay (@TravisLulay) February 9, 2021
hey @Sportsnet650 are you guys hiring or— Andy Cole (@AndyCole1984) February 9, 2021
My #TSN1040 internship in my 2nd BCIT year (October 2015) was very rewarding & an experience that taught me discipline, urgency & important journalism dynamics (sports or otherwise), not to mention how to have fun 🎙 I’m forever grateful for the opportunity | #JournalismMatters pic.twitter.com/tHtN7ylFpf— Kyle Balzer (@KyleBalzer) February 9, 2021
you guys are amazing. The love and support means the world. We had something really special going. I’m trying to keep up with the calls, texts & DMs. It’s overwhelming quite frankly. Will do my best to respond. Thanks doesn’t even begin to cover it.— Jeff Paterson (@patersonjeff) February 9, 2021
Just turned on AM1040 in Vancouver to hear all music - notably ‘Hear Comes the Sun.’ ☹️My heart goes out to all the TSN workers at the (now former) sports stations in Vancouver, Hamilton and Winnipeg. #BellLetsTalk #TSN1040— Bruce Claggett (@BruceClaggett) February 9, 2021
This tweet won’t help one bit - but a lot of very talented people lost their jobs today. Thinking of the entire team at #TSN1040 - a very dark day for Vancouver & Canadian media.— Paul Haysom (@PaulHaysom) February 9, 2021
This is a bad day for media. Bad day for sports media. A bad day for Vancouver.— Alex Blair (@acpwblair) February 9, 2021
Some were thankful for what TSN 1040 had brought:
Thoughts are with everyone associated with TSN 1040. Have been a listener since the TEAM 1040 days, even upon moving to Toronto ten years ago. Outstanding talent and great Canucks coverage. Thank you for helping keep this listener informed and entertained. #TSN1040 #Canucks— Eric Buchegger (@ericbuchegger) February 9, 2021
I’ve been listening to #TSN1040 since I was 8 years old when my dad would put it on the radio when he would drive me to school. I’ve been hooked to local sports radio ever since and for a period of time I wanted to pursue a career in radio because of 1040.— Jordan Moss (@jmoss16) February 9, 2021
More were angry:
Who is the nameless, faceless ghoul they brought in to record this robotic bloodbath, hollow message. JFC Bell Let's talk indeed.— Paul Chapman (@PaulChapman_) February 9, 2021
"As of today 1040 will no longer be a sports radio station."
@Bell suspended #TSN1040 mid-show. After thank yous, the station played Green Day's Good Riddance. There's heartlessness in firing people during a pandemic, but especially after taking wage subsidies. I never want to hear another whisper of #BellLetsTalk— Dr. Jen W. (stay home & stop the spread) (@FoodSociologist) February 9, 2021
Has any company done more harm to it's brand this year than @Bell?— Dave (@tonytanti1) February 9, 2021
Take millions of taxpayer dollars designed to prevent layoffs, make profit, layoff tons of people anyway.
Absolutely shocked #TSN1040 is done. A staple in Vancouver sports for my whole life. Saddened for all the amazing talent that I had the chance to work with. Horrible day for Vancouver radio. #boycottbell— Elan Chark (@elanchark) February 9, 2021
A couple made jokes:
Others looked for a new way to replace what was lost:
Thought: we start a GoFundMe or similar to create a new, independent sports radio station/streaming service for Vancouver a la the origins of Team1040. #TSN1040 @mattsekeres @BlakePriceTSN @DonTaylor5 @BobMarjonovich @JasonBroughTSN @HalfordTSN @Tmart1040 1/...— Kevin O'Toole (@KevinOTooleReal) February 9, 2021
The conversation about our impact on Vancouver won't die after they cut us off. https://t.co/2ihxGvG7Fv— Team 1040 Vancouver (@Team1040AM) February 9, 2021
The local sports media scene shared their disappointment that one of the major pillars in the region had fallen; even though TSN 1040 could be considered a competitor.
Hearing about #tsn1040 and am just in shock. So many great talents and people that work there. I’m at a loss for words as to what to say. My hope is that they will all land on their feet. Too good of talent not to.— Corey Hirsch (@CoreyHirsch) February 9, 2021
Dammit. Been a reg Island listener of #TSN1040 since the TEAM days. Heart-felt appreciation to @mattsekeres @BlakePriceTSN @patersonjeff @DonnieandTheMoj @RJHenderson7 @HalfordTSN @JasonBroughTSN @RobFai @andrewwadden @FarhanLaljiTSN @DhaliwalSports + more for so much great radio— Matt Carter (@mic_control) February 9, 2021
This Network was built by @dyl_THPN & @VISportsTalk, who said, "if this media company succeeds, maybe #tsn1040 will hire us"!— The Hockey Podcast Network (@hockeypodnet) February 9, 2021
All of you were the inspiration behind #THPN. Some of you even helped build the framework.
For all of you, & those currently with us now, thank you.
Mourning is also happening over on Reddit:
It didn't just affect locals, either.
To my many radio in friends in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Hamilton, thank you for the conversations, laughs and on-air disagreements over the years. I cut my teeth in this business in radio and to see so many talented folks impacted is heart wrenching. Best to all.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 9, 2021
“Canada”? Try the world. #TSN1040— Torben Rolfsen (@vanguy) February 9, 2021
I grew up without cable on Haida Gwaii, listening to Canucks and Giants games on #TSN1040. Those broadcasts, in my living room, made me feel like I was there even though I never went to a live game until I was 18. To the voices who inspired me to chase my dream: thank you.— Catherine Garrett (@cath_garrett) February 9, 2021
First team and then #tsn1040 has made it possible for me to follow and get some really good insight and opinions on the canucks while living in Sweden. Being a Canucks-fan in Europe is not always easy and this radio station has done more for my sportsexperience than anything else— Johan Björkman (@BjorkmanB) February 9, 2021
And more than a couple pointed out Bell's Let's Talk campaign which promotes mental health just happened before they laid off the Vancouver station along with others.
(quiet voice) you can be open and honest about who you are and how you're feeling on this website 365 days a year without supporting a corporate branding exercise— Justin McElroy (@j_mcelroy) February 9, 2021