Welcome to episode No. 24 of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. In this podcast, which is published weekly, Deitsch interviews members of the sports media about their work, and interesting people about the sports media.
This week’s guest is the FS1 anchor Jay Onrait, who co-hosts Fox Sports Live with Dan O’Toole. The two also co-host the Jay and Dan podcast.
Onrait grew up Athabasca, Alberta and was a popular anchor for TSN in Canada before he was hired by FS1. In this episode, Onrait discusses the differences between Canadian sports television and U.S. sports television, why he was frustrated by the direction of Fox Sports Live initially and ultimately why moving from Canada to the United States was the right decision for him. Onrait also talks about what he learned growing up as the son of a pharmacist and a nurse, what it's like working with O’Toole, the most underrated on-air talents at FS1, whether he’s personally competitive with ESPN, why the World Cup of Hockey is a terrible idea and much more.
Editor's note: Onrait's audio is scratchy for the first two minutes of the interview. It gets better, promise!