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The Fan's mornig man Andrew Krystal. (ANDREW VAUGHAN)
The Fan's mornig man Andrew Krystal. (ANDREW VAUGHAN)

Usual Suspects

FAN 590 ends the Andrew Krystal experiment Add to ...

The Andrew Krystal experiment is over after just five months at The FAN 590. Thursday, afternoon host Greg Brady took over the morning drive slot on an interim basis from Krystal, whom is being reassigned to as-yet undetermined duties.

In a prepared statement, FAN 590 program director Don Kollins said, " Andrew Krystal in the Morning has been a worthwhile endeavour, but regretfully it is something that neither Andrew nor I feel we wish to pursue in the long term. Andrew will remain on air at Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590. He will fill on-air shifts and work with me on new projects."

Krystal, who was switched from the 9-12 slot into the morning drive when Mike Richards turned down the job last September over pay issues, joked, "I only agreed to do mornings, because I was promised a free, on-air prostate exam" (a reference to an on-air exam to which he submitted last fall)...

"Seriously, I enjoyed mornings, the structure, pace, even the hours, and I love the idea of informing and making people laugh and tweaking them... I could not be supported more by Rogers. I am being well looked after. And there is more ahead. There are things being planned for me as we speak." Krystal was signed in December to a three-year contract.

Brady told Usual Suspects in an email, "HockeyCentral is very important to me so I wasn't ready to commit to fill in on A.M. drive unless I could keep doing that show. I agreed to help until they find a permanent replacement. I'm happy here doing the show I'm doing. I don't want there to be any confusion about that"

The change came amidst rampant speculation that the incoming Rogers Media administration of Keith Pelley and Scott Moore was not content with Krystal's show (Krystal was hired by Rogers Radio vice president Chuck McCoy and Kollins.). The edgy tone of Krystal's show was a sharp contrast to the previous morning drive hosts Don Landry and Gord Stellick. With the looming threat of TSN Radio and its morning show host Mike Richards, it was thought a more sports-based personality was needed (Krystal's background is largely news and current affairs).

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