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CENE & HEARD: Over the past six years Kelcey Brade has quietly and confidently gone about the business of producing and anchoring late night sportscasts on CTV Vancouver. He’s been the guy in the bullpen; the back-up to the back-up.

First thing Monday morning, the polite young man from Mayerthorpe, Alberta, realizes his boyhood dream when he boards a flight to Toronto on his way to make his national television debut on TSN hosting Sports Centre Wednesday night.

“Happy? I’m over the moon,” Brade says. “I had an audition with TSN a year ago but didn’t make the cut. I knew I was a long shot.”

But with all the recent changes in the broadcasting industry from coast to coast, Brade got the call a month ago. He agreed to a contract that came with a confidentiality clause and wasn’t able to confirm his move until this week.

The initial word leaked at the conclusion of Tuesday’s late night CTV News segment when anchor Norma Reid and meteorologist Michael Kuss extended an emotional farewell.

Brade, 30, is unique among today’s sports broadcasting fraternity with a no-nonsense but professionally crafted delivery that focuses on the important items of the day.

A grad of Trinity Western University in Langley and BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program, Brade launched his career with CFWX-FM in the tiny community of Whitecourt, Alberta, where the big news recently was the upgrading of Highway 43 to accommodate four lanes of traffic.

It’s been a challenging journey to the bright lights of TSN headquarters in Toronto. “Now I’ll have to re-set my goals,” Brade says, suggesting maturity beyond his years.

HERE ‘N’ THERE: Team Radio clients have been advised that as of Monday the identity of its two stations will officially become TSN 1040 and TSN 1410, falling into line with the networks’ other national radio outlets in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. The Vancouver move is also expected to result in Don Taylor, terminated by rival Rogers Sportsnet, to resurface on the local arm of TSN television.

SHORT HOPS: Calgary-based journalist Bruce Dowbiggin will be in Vancouver early next month signing his latest offering entitled ‘Ice Storm’ (Greystone; $21.95). The promotional material says It follows the journey that led the Canucks from the top of the mountain to the bottom of the abyss in six short years or, to quote: “An incendiary inside look at the Canucks’ meteoric rise to the top of the NHL to their dramatic post-riot fall to mediocrity”. Stand by Messrs. Gillis & Tortorella.

END ZONE: A big boost for lacrosse on the west coast comes with the Sept. 14 opening of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame in its new home at New Westminster’s Anvil Centre. The Centre hosts the 2014 induction ceremonies on Nov. 8 when eight individuals and one team are honoured: players Gary and Paul Gait, Andy Ogilvie and Gil Nieuwendyk; veterans Reo Jerome and Ron Roy; builders Harry Nightingale and David General plus the 1983-93 BC Women’s Selects field lacrosse team.

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http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Sport/10141641/story.html#ixzz3BCA9DjDX

Biggest implication asides from a rebrand would be no more sportsnet guys ie Doug Maclean on Team 1040. Also Don Taylor will get a new gig as was mentioned.

Lastly, one has to wonder how comfortable TSN 1040 brass will be with John Shorthouse doing Canucks playbyplay on Rogers Sportsnet and radio for 1040. Ya they were owned by tsn last season too but just odd now with the rebrand occurring.

For the record, I have believed for a while that Rick Ball should be doing TV AND Shorthouse on radio.

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This is simply aligning the Team Vancouver with the rest of the brand across the country.

I was hoping the changes would extend to certain personnel on the morning show, but sadly it doesn't look like that will happen.

On a slightly different note, I've seen that Blake Price has been on TSN Sportscentre the last couple of weeks. I'm assuming he's just filling in for others on vacay, but curious if anyone has heard anything different.

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Lastly, one has to wonder how comfortable TSN 1040 brass will be with John Shorthouse doing Canucks playbyplay on Rogers Sportsnet and radio for 1040. Ya they were owned by tsn last season too but just odd now with the rebrand occurring.

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