Published August 19, 1998
NORTH & SOUTH: Ottawa Sports Radio (OSR-1200), the area's first all-sports station, will launch next month. OSR VP & GM Dianne Wilson: "It's going to be a guys-oriented station. Our target is the 35-year-old guy, who probably works in high-tech, and has children playing soccer and hockey." The Senators recently signed a 10-year deal with OSR, giving the station English broadcast rights. Wilson, who said the station will "ride the Senators" interest as much as possible, said, "If they go in the crapper, so do we" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 8/18)....Winnipeg business exec Izzy Asper announced a C$950M deal making his CanWest Global Communications Corp. a national TV system. CanWest said it will buy 11 TV stations currently owned by WIC Ltd., which "propels CanWest ahead of rival network CTV" as the largest privately owned Canadian broadcaster (GLOBE & MAIL, 8/19). ...Fox Sports South, the U.S.'s largest RSN, has reached the seven million subscriber mark with the addition of Time Warner Cable of Davidson County, NC (Fox Sports Southwest).