Ocal (left) and Jimmy Korderas ringside doing commentary at an independent wrestling show
May 7, 1981 |
North York, Ontario
|Occupation||On Air Personality, Broadcaster|
Arda Ocal (Turkish: Arda Öcal) (born May 7, 1981 in North York, Ontario) is a Turkish Canadian award winning TV personality, broadcaster, announcer and writer, currently working as a national morning show co-host and reporter based in Vancouver for The Weather Network. His previous roles included being a columnist for the Baltimore Sun publication/blog and as an analyst for Rogers TV and host for YES Network. He was also formerly with The Score Television Network (where he pitched and created the hit TV program "Aftermath" as well as hosted "WWE Experience" and "Countdown to WWE RAW") and Global TV, as well as a co-host of the daily lifestyle program Daytime on the Canadian channel Rogers TV in Mississauga, Ontario, before beginning to host and provide color commentary for their flagship Brampton Battalion OHL hockey broadcasts.
Ocal holds a degree in Mathematics and Business Administration from the University of Waterloo. While there, he spent three years hosting a variety show on CKMS in Waterloo, Ontario, and released Warrior Nation, a compilation disc of the University of Waterloo's best musical talents, which sold over 4000 copies.
Ocal formerly served as a member of the board of directors at a well known charity in Brampton as well as the Brampton Symphony Orchestra, and co-owns Maximum Pro Wrestling, where he is also a ring announcer and play by play commentator. He also previously served as editor-in-chief for Think Impact (a division of Impact, one of Canada's largest entrepreneurial organizations).
Aftermath TV And The Score
In 2009, Ocal created, pitched and hosted "Aftermath TV" weekly on The Score Television Network following the broadcast of WWE Raw on Tuesday afternoons (and previously following the airing of WWE SmackDown on Friday nights, as well as "Aftermath Radio" after WWE Raw, which he hosted with former WWE referee Jim Korderas. In 2011 Aftermath Radio won a Wrestling Radio Award for Show of the Year and in 2012 Ocal won Host of the Year. He was also a broadcaster with The Score Fighting Series, a Canadian MMA weekly televised program. Ocal also provided MMA fight picks on the Score's mobile application ScoreMobile. In the course of his duties he has interviewed a variety of notable international superstars and aired segments of these interviews on his show. These include: former WWE champion Bret Hart, former WWE champion Sheamus, Honky Tonk Man, The Iron Sheik, Drew McIntyre, Chris Jericho, Gail Kim and Sgt. Slaughter., UFC president Dana White, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, among many others.
Ocal is primarily a broadcaster in sports and lifestyle. On top of OHL hockey, Ocal has provided play by play commentary for IBL Baseball, CSL soccer, high school football, numerous junior hockey games and tournaments, as well as boxing, where in 2011 he most famously called a bout with hall of fame boxing broadcaster Al Bernstein, on which one bout between Samuel Vargas and Ahmad Cheiko became a candidate for Canadian Boxing fight of the year.
In July 2012, Ocal served as Master of Ceremonies for the George Tragos and Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction banquet. It has been announced that he will resume his duties in 2013. He will also serve as master of ceremonies at Cauliflower Alley Reunion's Baloney Blowout in April.
In 2012, Ocal was also the creator / host / producer of "Athlete Tweet Watch", a weekly short video series on YES Network.
On April 1, 2013, Ocal announced via his personal Twitter account that he left the Score Television Network.
Ocal previously worked on broadcasts for the Toronto Marlies AHL hockey team, the affiliate for the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL franchise. As well, he provides commentary on boxing, soccer and table tennis events.
Ocal is currently a national morning show co host and reporter based in Vancouver.
- April 2010: Arda with Bret the Hitman Hart (6:37)
- May 2010: Arda talks with Sheamus (6:21)
- May 2010: Arda with Honky Tonk Man (5:04)
- June 2010: Arda Ocal with the Iron Sheik (2:46)
- July 2010: Arda with Drew McIntyre (11:24)
- July 2010: Arda talks to Chris Jericho (12:35), August 23, 2010: Arda Ocal talks to Chris Jericho (1:06)
- August 4, 2010: Arda Ocal with WWE Diva Gail Kim (4:17)
- August 4, 2010: Arda Ocal with Slaughter (6:42), August 6, 2010: Paul Brothers vs Sgt Slaughter (2:06)