Dan O'Toole

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Dan O'Toole
Born (1975-09-10) September 10, 1975 (age 44)
Other namesToolsie, Old Man Toolsie, Daniel Gerard O'Toole
OccupationSports anchor
Known forSportsCentre, Fox Sports Live, The Jay and Dan Podcast, Mayor of Orono

Daniel Gerard O'Toole (born September 10, 1975) is a Canadian television sports anchor. From 2003 to 2013, he co-hosted the 1:00 AM (ET) weekday broadcast of TSN's SportsCentre, alongside Jay Onrait. On May 3, 2013, O'Toole and Onrait revealed they would be leaving TSN and Canada at the end of June to work as co-anchors on the newly created Fox Sports 1 channel based in Los Angeles. He began working for Fox Sports 1 in August 2013 after he and Onrait hosted their final show on TSN on June 28, 2013.[1] After their Fox show was cancelled in 2017 the duo returned to TSN where they currently host SC With Jay and Dan.[2]

Early Life[edit]

O'Toole grew up on a farm in the rural community of Keene, Ontario and attended St. Peter's Secondary School in nearby Peterborough, Ontario.[n1]

Broadcasting Career[edit]

O’Toole’s broadcasting career began at Algonquin College where he did play-by-play for the Ottawa 67s. Following his graduation, O’Toole moved to Vancouver in 1997 where he reported on traffic from a four-seater plane for CJJR-FM and CFUN-AM[3]. He moved to Fort McMurray, Alberta in 1998 where he worked as a sports director for CJOK-FM and CKYX-FM for three years. While there, O'Toole called play-by-play for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the AJHL. In 2000, O’Toole began working at CTV Edmonton as the Fort McMurray news reporter in the evenings, while continuing to work as the radio sports director in the morning[4].

From 2003 to June 28, 2013, O'Toole co-hosted the 1:00 AM (ET) weekday broadcast of SportsCentre alongside Jay Onrait. As host of Sportscentre, he brought viewers a complete summary of the day's sports events, including highlights and post-game reports.[5] During his time at TSN, O'Toole routinely travelled to communities across Canada co-hosting SportsCentre with Onrait as part of the annual summer TSN and Kraft Celebration Tour.

O'Toole was alongside Cory Woron hosting SportsCentre International Broadcast Centre for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.[5]

On May 3, 2013, TSN announced that O'Toole and his broadcast partner Jay Onrait would be leaving SportsCentre for "broadcast opportunities on U.S. television [in Los Angeles, but] will continue hosting Sportscentre until late June 2013. The two confirmed the revelation on their weekly podcast and announced they would be working as co-anchors for the newly created Fox Sports 1 channel based in Los Angeles. They cited a promising opportunity to revive the sports highlights culture in American broadcasting as one of the key factors in their decision to leave TSN.[1]

During the week of Super Bowl 50, O'Toole was unusually harsh and biting toward his employers at Fox Sports 1. He sent several tweets toward people that were the subject of a Deadspin news article. The tweets may have been attributed to the recent layoffs and budget cuts at Fox Sports Live.[6] On February 23, 2017, Fox Sports Live was canceled and the two hosts' contracts were not renewed.[7] On March 1, 2017, during NHL trade deadline coverage, TSN announced it had re-signed both Onrait and O'Toole in their previous roles at the network.[8][2] They currently host the show SC With Jay and Dan at 12:00 am EST.

Podcast[edit]

Following the London 2012 Olympics, where O'Toole was presenting daily SportsCentre highlights from Trafalgar Square with Onrait, O'Toole and Onrait took their television personas and unique brand of humour to the sound booth and began a weekly podcast. The "Jay and Dan Podcast" soon became one of the most successful podcasts in Canada. Along with discussing O'Toole's childhood, current events, TV commercials, and vintage television show themes, the duo played host to a variety of guests.[9]

When Onrait and O'Toole returned to TSN in 2017, the podcast returned as well with Coors Light as the sponsor.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tweeted on Dan O'Toole's official Twitter page (@tsnotoole).[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Best wishes to Onrait, O'Toole as they head to Los Angeles". TSN.ca. May 3, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Beloved prodigal sons Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole return to TSN". TSN.ca. March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.bellmedia.ca/the-lede/tv/tsn/sc-with-jay-and-dan-presented-by-tim-hortons/
  4. ^ https://www.bellmedia.ca/the-lede/tv/tsn/sc-with-jay-and-dan-presented-by-tim-hortons/
  5. ^ a b "Talent: Dan O'Toole". TSN. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  6. ^ http://deadspin.com/fs1-host-dan-o-toole-blasts-fox-sports-for-layoffs-1757823253
  7. ^ https://www.thestar.com/sports/2017/02/23/fox-pulls-plug-on-onrait-and-otoole-prompting-speculation-theyre-headed-back-to-canada.html
  8. ^ http://awfulannouncing.com/international/jay-onrait-dan-otoole-returning-tsn-canada.html
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2013-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ https://www.tsn.ca/coors-light-becomes-title-sponsor-of-jay-and-dan-podcast-1.827865
  11. ^ "Question directed at Dan O'Toole". Twitter. April 10, 2011. Archived from the original on April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "Response from Dan O'Toole". Twitter. April 10, 2011. Archived from the original on April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 10, 2011.

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