The LAW moves to Talk640
By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling
The LAW, Toronto's wrestling radio show, has a new tag team partner in Talk640.
Starting this Saturday, the Live Audio Wrestling program moves from FAN590 to Talk640 for not just one show, but two.
The station sees a logical pairing between wrestling and hockey fans, and The LAW will be the lead-in show to the Leafs on Talk640, Saturday nights from 5-6 p.m. ET. A second show will air Sunday nights, from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Besides on the air in Toronto, the shows will be available over the 'Net at both the Tal640 web site
and The LAW web site
"It's a show I've always wanted here because of the Leafs," said Iain Grant, program director at Talk640. "It's a really logical fit."
Jeff Marek, host of The LAW, is excited by the move, which came about in less than two weeks.
"We're thrilled with the opportunity. We're happy to be working with a group that has a long-term vision for The LAW," Marek said. The wrestling show will be promoted throughout the week on Talk640, and both Marek and co-host Dan 'The Mouth' Lovranski will be heard on occasion on the morning shows on Talk640, giving the low-down on Tuesdays and Friday mornings.
"They see wrestling fitting in to the whole programming mix," said Marek, adding that it's "not just an island."
Grant admitted that the move is a blow to The FAN590, a competiting station (and partner of SLAM! Sports). But he sees it as a "coup" that will help them in the radio wars against all the other AM stations in Toronto.
"I'm really looking forward to making these guys work hard," said Grant.
The Saturday show will be more news-oriented, while the Sunday night show -- especially following the pay-per-views -- will be a 'talking wrestling' show, according to Marek.
The LAW started as a radio show on the Virtually Canadian network. From there, it got picked up on The FAN. Marek had nothing but praise for his time on The FAN.
"The FAN were really gutsy to take us in the first place," he said. But the station never really knew what to do with the show because it wasn't a "real sport".
The Talk640 connections to Corus Entertainment could mean that The LAW gets on more stations across Canada through syndication.
For more on the deal, be sure to listen to Spider Jones tonight on Talk640, from 7 - 9 p.m. ET, when Jeff Marek will be a guest.