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Under The Radar in Sports Radio 7/11/16

Jason Barrett

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Once again news is being made throughout the sports radio format. Here’s the latest information we can provide. If you or your radio station have a future news tip or story you’d like to pass along, please email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

  • According to sources, Andrew Siciliano will soon be named the play by play radio voice of the Los Angeles Rams. Siciliano has done an excellent job on the Red Zone Channel and NFL Network and has prior radio experience in Los Angeles working for FOX Sports Radio and ESPNLA 710. He also worked as a sports radio reporter earlier in his career in Chicago. His ascension to the play by play position with the Rams has been expected for quite some time. The team utilized him to call pre-season games on television in St. Louis during the past few seasons.
  • One person who isn’t expected to be part of the Rams radio broadcast team is Eric Dickerson. The Los Angeles Rams legend was the odds on favorite to be named the team’s radio analyst and talks with the team did take place, but the Hall of Fame running back is planning to explore a different role instead. Multiple sources say Dickerson will join AM 570 LA Sports as a contributor for the 2016 NFL season. Details about his role remain unclear. With Dickerson out of the picture, the names Jim Everett, Jerome Bettis, and Maurice Jones-Drew have been mentioned as possible options in the analyst role.
  • Staying in Los Angeles, ESPN is expected to confirm the addition of Max Kellerman to ‘First Take‘ where he’ll replace Skip Bayless and square off daily with Stephen A. Smith. Kellerman’s departure leaves a hole in afternoon drive on ESPNLA 710. No word yet on who will partner with Marcellus Wiley on the radio program or on ‘SportsNation‘ with Wiley and host Michelle Beadle. ESPN is said to be considering internal and external options.
  • A tip of the cap to the team at 790 The Ticket in Miami for their work surrounding the departure of Dwyane Wade. When the story broke late last Tuesday night, local programming was scheduled to end at 10pm. Recognizing the importance of the story, The Ticket went live and local throughout the overnight. Josh Friedman and Chris Perkins extended their show to Midnight, Zack Duarte stepped in to host from midnight to 5:30am, and Dan Le Batard, who was on vacation, took a break from his break to host his show Wednesday morning. The station also had social media posts and on-air promos updated in a timely fashion.
  • We’re 2 weeks late on highlighting this story but it’s one worth sharing. Scott Kaplan of the Mighty 1090 in San Diego took part in the “Race Across America” which began in Oceanside, CA and ended in Annapolis, MD. Kaplan’s team “Team Pony Express” biked across the country in 6 days, 2 hours, and 47 minutes, raising over $150K for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in the process. Kaplan shared his daily journey with local listeners on social media. Although “Team Pony Express” initially finished 2nd, they ended up taking top honors due to a disqualification.
  • In Houston, on-air promos have hit the air to highlight a brand new local program debuting soon on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 KGOW-AM. “Nate and Creight“, which features local personalities Nate Griffin and Patrick Creighton, will take over weekdays from 1p-3p starting on July 18th. The two men had been hosting part-time for local competitor Sports Radio 610. 610 is currently looking for PT talent to fill their void.
  • AM 1300 The Zone in Austin, TX provided a nice surprise last week to their morning audience. With regular co-host Sean Adams off for a few days, Chip Brown spent two of them working with special guest co-host WWE superstar Mark Henry. The two-time Olympian, and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, is a Texas native and currently resides in Austin.
  • Last November, Tim Montemayor left 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City where he was program director and the morning drive host to move to Phoenix. His wife landed a great job resulting in a family relocation. Since then ‘Monty‘ had taken a break from hosting shows on a regular basis, but that changed last week when NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 in Phoenix added Tim and his son Jake to their weekday lineup. The father and son duo are now hosting a daily 1-hour show from 10a-11a.
  • Mike Maniscalco was let go by Buzz Sports Radio in Raleigh two weeks ago and as he looks for his next permanent gig he’s helping out a former employer. Maniscalco will fill-in on FOX Sports 910 in Richmond, Virginia for two days this week as morning host Wes McElroy enjoys a few days off.
  • Our condolences to the friends and family of Tennessee sports radio host Gary Haskew who passed away recently at the age of 74. “Dr. Basketball” as he was known on WGOW 102.3FM died of a massive heart attack. He spent over 25 years talking sports on the Chattanooga airwaves.
  • The Hudson Valley Renegades minor league baseball team have hired a member of baseball broadcasting royalty. New play by play radio voice Josh Caray, is the grandson of Harry Caray, son of Skip Caray, and brother of Chip Caray. He began his new role calling the team’s games in mid-June. In addition to calling Renegades games, Josh serves as the play by play voice for Stony Brook University men’s football and basketball.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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