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Sharks Reveal Broadcast Plans
The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and Comcast SportsNet California (@CSNAuthentic) today announced that Sharks Alumnus Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13), who has spent the past nine seasons as the Sharks radio color commentator, has been named the television color commentator for Sharks games broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California.
2006 Stanley Cup Winner and 17-year NHL veteran Bret Hedican (@BretHedican) has been named as the team’s radio color analyst. Hedican will work alongside venerable play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky), adding his well-respected analysis on the team’s flagship station, 98.5 FM KFOX (@kfox) and the Sharks Radio Network.
Additionally, former Shark and 12-year NHL veteran Curtis Brown will serve as lead analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” and Sharks Postgame Live” shows.
“We are extremely pleased to have Jamie and Bret on our broadcast team to work alongside Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky,” said Chief Operating Officer John Tortora. “Over the past nine seasons, Jamie has earned the trust of our fans with his candid analysis and breakdown of the game and Bret will bring a fresh and knowledgeable commentary to our radio broadcast. We are excited to be able to have two veteran NHL players complement Randy and Dan, who we feel are the best play-by-play broadcasters in all of hockey. Furthermore, we’re excited that Curtis, another member of the Sharks family, will have an enhanced role on our pre- and post-game telecasts.”
Baker will continue to appear on Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live” programs. Baker’s high-energy personality, enthusiasm and excellent knowledge of the NHL have greatly enhanced Sharks radio broadcasts over the past nine seasons. In addition, his dedication to grassroots marketing has helped expand the ever-growing youth hockey population in the Bay Area.
Hedican joins the Sharks broadcast team full-time after spending the past five seasons as a pre-game, post-game and “Inside the Glass” analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s coverage of Sharks hockey, and he will continue to appear on both shows. Working with Rusanowsky, Hedican will provide expert, first-hand knowledge of the nuances and inner workings of the game.
A 12-year NHL veteran as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks and parts of three seasons with the Sharks, Brown joins Comcast SportsNet California full-time as the lead analyst for “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live.” He has been working with the network for the past three seasons as a studio analyst. Brown will co-anchor the pre- and post-game shows with 12-time regional Emmy Award winner Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN).
Seven-time regional Emmy Award winner Hahn will serve as the voice for Comcast SportsNet California’s broadcasts, his 22nd full season calling Sharks hockey.
On the radio dial at 98.5 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network, veteran radio play-by-play announcer Rusanowsky will return for his 24th consecutive season as the “Voice of the Sharks,” alongside Hedican.
For more information visit SJSharks.com.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.