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NBC Sports Radio To Carry The 2016 Stanley Cup Final
NBC Sports Group and the National Hockey League (NHL) have reached an agreement which will make NBC Sports Radio the exclusive national terrestrial radio partner for the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.
NBC Sports Radio, which is distributed by Westwood One, will provide broadcast coverage of the 2016 Stanley Cup Final to affiliated and other terrestrial radio stations. The broadcasts will also be available via NBCSportsRadio.com, the NBC Sports Radio App, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and the TuneIn digital radio platform. A list of stations carrying the Stanley Cup Final will be available on NBCSportsRadio.com.
Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will serve as NBC Sports Radio’s broadcast team for the 2016 Stanley Cup Final. Albert calls regular-season and post-season NHL games on NBC and NBCSN and has served as a hockey play-by-play commentator for NBC Sports at four Winter Olympics. Micheletti serves as an analyst for NBC Sports Group’s NHL regular-season and post-season coverage, and began his broadcasting career in 1985 as part of the St. Louis Blues radio team.
“We’re thrilled to bring the Stanley Cup Final to NBC Sports Radio and enhance NBC’s position as the home of hockey in the United States,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures. “The Stanley Cup Final is an iconic event. Its addition bolsters NBC Sports Radio’s position as a hub for dynamic sports talk and high-profile events throughout the year.”
“NBC Sports Group has been a tremendous partner in making the game more accessible to fans,” said David Proper, NHL Executive Vice President of Media Distribution & Strategy. “This extension of our partnership to bring the Stanley Cup Final to NBC Sports Radio is an added bonus for hockey fans coast to coast.”
NBC Sports Radio joins other NBC Sports Group platforms and select NBCUniversal networks in presenting the Stanley Cup Final. This is the fifth consecutive year in which every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks. This year also marks the 11th consecutive season that NBC and NBCSN will combine to cover the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and NBC is scheduled to present up to nine primetime games, tied for the most since acquiring NHL television rights in 2005.
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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Scott Hastings: I Need Dan Patrick in My Life
“If you guys don’t win, then I’ll be calling ya to talk about the Broncos.”
Denver Nuggets color analyst Scott Hastings has really appreciated his run of appearances on The Dan Patrick Show to talk about the team’s run to the NBA Finals.
Hastings joined DP on Monday ahead of Game 3 on Wednesday in Miami, and at the end of the conversation, Scott wanted to share his appreciation for Dan.
“I just wanted to say I miss you and I love you and I need you in my life,” Hastings said.
Patrick responded that the Nuggets just need to keep winning so they can keep checking in. Otherwise Dan said he’d be calling in to Polumbus, Hastings and Dover on Altitude Sports Radio 92.5 FM to talk NFL.
“I’m a frontrunner,” Patrick said. “If you guys don’t win, then I’ll be calling ya to talk about the Broncos.”
Hastings joked that he’d love to talk Broncos, because Lord knows they don’t talk enough Denver football on the show.
“I guarantee Fritzy has come to you a thousand times trying to get Broncos guests,” he said. “That ain’t gonna work.”
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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Brendan Tobin: I Love Mark Jackson Admitting Heat Gave Him Goosebumps
“I always like it when a person admits goosies.”
Who could have guessed that the moment that made the hair on the back of Heat fans’ arms stand up would be a pass that was never made? Maybe that isn’t true for everyone, but Mark Jackson said that the way Kevin Love reacted to realizing he missed the chance to hit Gabe Vincent in the corner for a wide open three pointer gave him goosebumps.
“I always like it when a person admits goosies and Mark Jackson yesterday, in front of millions on national television, admitted that when Kevin Love went over to hug Gabe Vincent for missing him wide open in the corner, he got the goosies,” Brendan Tobin said Monday afternoon on WQAM.
Jackson said that it stood out that Vincent didn’t pout and that Love did not get defensive. The pair hugged after the play. Jackson called it an example of the Miami Heat’s “winning mentality and outstanding culture”.
Jeff Van Gundy asked Jackson if he thought the Heat were overdoing it with the hug and if Jackson may have been being a little hyperbolic in his praise.
“No, it gave me goosebumps,” Jackson answered. “What is wrong with you?”
Brendan Tobin enjoyed seeing a member of the national media recognize that Heat Culture is about more than just winning games and series the team isn’t supposed to. It is built on recognizing how players up and down the roster can contribute all over the floor.
“You know what? I love it!” He said. “Gave me the goosies is too. Kevin Love – great locker room guy. Always there for support. I love Love.”
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Sean Baligian Gets New Night Show at WJR
“The new show will be a revival of Sportswrap. It is one of many changes coming to the WJR lineup.”
Changes at WJR means good news for sports fans in Detroit. Sean Baligian is back on the air in the Motor City. He will be hosting a one hour show weekday evenings at 6pm.
Baligian most recently was part of the station’s morning show with Paul W. Smith. He is a staple of Detroit sports talk though. He was heard on WDFN multiple times in his career. He also hosted the afternoon show at the short-lived Detroit Sports 105.1 and a digital show for the Woodward Sports Network
The new show will be a revival of Sportswrap. It is one of many changes coming to the WJR lineup.
On Facebook, Baligian expressed his excitement. He also revealed that the start date for the new show is June 20.
In addition to hosting shows, Sean Baligian can also regularly be heard calling college football games. He has been the play-by-play voice of the Wayne State for more than a decade.