On the heels of its successful premiere season as the most-watched app program of its kind, APP CENTRAL is back for a second season with 22 all-new episodes beginning Tuesday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET on BNN.
Crawford, a former NHL player and head coach, will be featured on the popularNHL ON TSN panel throughout the season. Crawford will primarily work with NHL on TSN host James Duthie, Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger along with former player Aaron Ward.
Crawford makes his debut on the NHL ON TSN panel on Wednesday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET during TSN’s broadcast of the Boston @ Ottawa preseason game.
“Few people understand the nuances of hockey better than Marc Crawford. He possesses one of the brightest minds in the game,” said Mark Milliere, Senior Vice-President of Production, TSN. “Adding someone of Marc’s pedigree to the TSN panel is a huge win for hockey fans.”
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the TSN team. Every team I’ve worked for has had TSN playing in their dressing room on a daily basis,” said Crawford. “James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Aaron Ward all have unbelievable contacts throughout hockey and I know I will learn a great deal about this side of the NHL from them – and maybe one day I can become as Zen like as the Quiz Master.”
A native of Belleville, ON, Crawford was the head coach for the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars. Highlights of Crawford’s illustrious career include being awarded the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year in 1995, winning a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, and coaching the Canadian men’s hockey team at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games. Crawford was also a two-time Memorial Cup winner (1980 and 1981) with the Cornwall Royals.
Crawford joins the NHL ON TSN team as TSN/TSN2 prepares to showcase more regular season games than ever before with its combined 151-game NHL broadcast schedule for the 2011-12 regular season.
In addition to his role with the NHL ON TSN, he will regularly contribute to SPORTSCENTRE, THAT’S HOCKEY and THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE, and be a part of TSN’s extensive TRADECENTRE, NHL ENTRY DRAFT and FREE AGENT FRENZY coverage. Crawford will also be a regular contributor on Bell Media’s sports radio outlets, including TSN RADIO 1050, TEAM 1040 in Vancouver, Sports Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TEAM 1200 in Ottawa and THE TEAM 990 in Montreal.
Here’s more information about the co-hosts
Amber MacArthur, Co-Host, APP CENTRAL, BNN/CP24
Amber MacArthur, better know as “Amber Mac”, is no stranger to tech TV with nearly a decade as one of Canada’s top digital media journalists on the small screen.
In addition to co-hosting APP CENTRAL she blogs for Yahoo! Tech, writes a “Trending Tech” column for The Globe and Mail, contributes tech stories regularly to CTV’s CANADA AM, is the best-selling author of Power Friending: Demystifying Social Media to Grow Your Business, and is the founder ofMGImedia, a web strategy company based in Toronto. She also speaks throughout the world about social media marketing.
Amber Mac is originally from P.E.I. and is the mom of a toddler, Connor, who loves to play with his mom’s iPad.
;@ambermac Fun Facts:Day job: Entrepreneur, Author & Speaker
Favourite app: Hootsuite
App you wish you’d invented: Twitter
Tablet or Smartphone: Smartphone
First cell phone: Motorola Flip
Most memorable interview: Suzanne Somers for APP CENTRAL in Season 2
Most likely to… carry around three to four Smartphones at a time
Favourite APP CENTRAL moment: Playing Angry Birds with Author Margret Atwood!
Michael Hainsworth, Co-Host, APP CENTRAL, BNN/CP24
Michael Hainsworth is the Co-host of BNN’s APP CENTRAL. This show is a perfect fit for this self-professed “computer geek”.
Hainsworth hosts some of BNN’s top rated programs, including THE BUSINESS NEWS (weekdays at 12 p.m. ET on BNN) and THE CLOSE(weekdays at 4 p.m. ET on BNN). He is also seen across CTV newscasts and on CTV News Channel with reports on the Canadian and international financial news of the day.
Hainsworth, a Toronto native, lives in the city’s Riverdale community with his wife Ann and young daughter Olivia. He’s got 43 apps on his Smartphone, 42 of which are fart joke apps Olivia finds hilarious.
;@hainsworthtv Fun Facts:
First job was…as a 15-year-old geek selling $4,000 computers to skeptical grown-ups in the 80s.
Apple, blackberry or android: AAAAAPPLE!
Smartphone or tablet: iPad… so tablet!
Favourite app ever is: Savage Love
App you wish you’d invented: Shazam
First cell phone: Sanyo
Pre-show superstitions: Sacrificing a Motorola flip-phone to the app gods
Most memorable interview: Discussing the vicious circle of poverty and the U.S. economy with the Rev. Jesse Jackson
Most likely to… blame it on the dog
Favourite APP CENTRAL moment: Making a robotic alarm clock turn on Kris Abel
Kris Abel, Reporter, APP CENTRAL, BNN/CP24
Cyber-sleuth and gadget specialist, Kris Abel has explored new technologies for nearly a decade across television, online, and print. His latest adventure takes him to APP CENTRAL as a Reporter.
A hacker long before the arrival of the Internet itself, Abel joined CTV in 2002 when CANADA AM made him its first technology contributor.
Just as adept at exploring serious issues, Abel has also been a regular consultant for CTV News, offering insights into the role of technology within disasters, wars, and the top stories of the day.
Born in Toronto, Abel is the son of an electrical and mechanical engineer – a fact that might explain why he gets a thrill out of taking things apart and figuring out what makes them tick.
;@RealKrisAbel Fun Facts:
Favourite app: Solar System…3D imagery transforms the wonders of space, into an experience you can touch and feel
App you wish you’d invented: Word Lens. It uses your camera to translate signs, labels, posters, etc. from one language to another
Tablet or Smartphone: Smartphone with friends, tablet at home
First cell phone: A Motorola clamshell with a black, faux carbon fiber finish
Favourite TV show: Discovery Channel’s MYTHBUSTERS
Your hero: Douglas Adams for his insightful writings on the emergence of computers and the internet
Favourite Game: Splinter Cell. It’s like Chess-meets-Kung-Fu!
If you weren’t in media you’d be… A surgeon
Favourite APP CENTRAL moment: Teaching a lion to use an iPad… it just doesn’t get better than that!