Monday, November 30, 2020

Toronto Radio: SportsNets Parts Company With Mike Wilner

Mike Wilner

Toronto Blue Jays radio announcer Mike Wilner and Sportsnet have parted ways, the network announced Friday. 

Sportsnet said Wilner spent more than 20 years on its airwaves, becoming "synonymous with Blue Jays baseball."

The announcer said in a Friday statement released on Twitter his "heart is broken" to not be a part of the Blue Jays broadcast moving forward without citing specific reasoningfor the departure. He called his job "an absolute dream."

Sportsnet said in its statement that Wilner was the first Blue Jays play-by-play radio announcer born and raised in Toronto. 

For over 20 years, @Wilnerness590 has helped bring #BlueJays fans closer to the game we all love.

Thank you, Mike 👏

— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 27, 2020 >

Wilner was a backup announcer and hosted the pre- and post- game for "Blue Jays Talk" starting in 2002. In 2018, he called most games after the retirement of former announcer Jerry Howarth before becoming the full-time voice in 2019. 

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