Anchorboy

Paperback | November 5, 2013

byJay Onrait

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Nine out of ten people would say Jay Onrait changed Canadian sportscasting. The first nine are right. The tenth just doesn’t get sports.

From the 2011 Gemini Award-winning sportscaster comes a book of essays and stories featuring the rise of a small town prairie boy and his journey to broadcasting in the big city. But, it’s not what you think. These are not tales of triumph, but the stories his fans and viewers have been waiting for.

Anchorboy teaches aspirational sportscasters that if you make enough mistakes you’ll land the right job. It explains Jay’s philosophy on personality-based sports broadcasting and how he changed sportscasting forever. A behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work at TSN—it’s a balance of humour, pop culture, and sports.

Specifically, you’ll read about:

  • Jay being sexually harassed at TSN by a senior every day for ten years
  • Jay being beaten up by a professional MMA fighter while hosting Winnipeg’s The Big Breakfast
  • Jay’s nervous interview with one of his comedy heroes, Will Ferrell
  • Jay’s own personal Worst Christmas Eve Ever

These are the stories that will make you laugh. Mostly at Jay’s expense.

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Nine out of ten people would say Jay Onrait changed Canadian sportscasting. The first nine are right. The tenth just doesn’t get sports.From the 2011 Gemini Award-winning sportscaster comes a book of essays and stories featuring the rise of a small town prairie boy and his journey to broadcasting in the big city. But, it’s not what you...

JAY ONRAIT has been connecting with Canadian television viewers for the past 15 years on outlets such as Winnipeg’sThe Big Breakfast, The NHL Network’sOn The Fly, CTV’sOlympic Morning, MuchMore’sThe Week That Was, and TSN’sSportscentre—after his failed childhood attempt at becoming an NHL star (note: he never had a shot). Jay won the 2...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Editorial Reviews

“Jay Onrait has finally found a medium in which he stands a chance to succeed. Stick with the books, kid!  Television is just not your thing. And get rid of the other guy immediately.”—Regis Philbin “I’m not going to be one of those people who say something mean about Jay Onrait just for a cheap laugh and a chance to get on his book cover. Besides, who the hell is Jay Onrait?”—Peter Mansbridge “When I first met Jay Onrait, he was essentially an intern at TSN. I would berate him daily and make him do silly dog tricks to humiliate him in front of the staff. But if that is in this book, I will sue his ass.”—James Duthie “There are only a few people who can carry off a Superman unitard in public and Jay Onrait isn’t one of them. As I watched security haul him away at the London Olympics, I said to myself: ‘Hello, book blurb!’”—Lisa LaFlamme “Seriously, a book by Jay Onrait is not to be taken seriously. Except by Jay Onrait, who was driven by the need to work on his spelling.”—Dave Hodge "I can’t remember if we’ve ever met or if I’ve even heard Jay Onrait speak, but I do know that a book from him at this stage must mean he’s set to retire . . . so it can’t be all bad, right?”—George Stroumboulopoulos