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Under The Radar – October 10, 2016

Jason Barrett

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Week after week, sports media news continues to pour in. The past week was no exception. A quick reminder, if you have something to share or promote, you can always pass it along via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now without further delay, here are this week’s developments.

SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation is losing a valuable member of its programming team. T.J. Cutini, who had served as a program director of the channel for the past five years is moving on. Cutini, worked his last shift on Friday, said that he felt it was time for a change of scenery. No word yet on where he will turn up next or who will assume his duties.

Congratulations is in order for Travis Demers who was recently promoted to Assistant Program Director at Rip City Radio 620 in Portland. In addition to handling APD duties, Demers hosts the afternoon show on the radio station.

Marc Ryan has accepted a new challenge. After hosting in Tampa for both WDAE, and the now defunct 98.7 The Fan, and previously working on-air at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, Ryan has accepted a multimedia position in Houston with Sports Radio 610 KILT. Ryan will host, report and write for the radio station. He started in his new role last week.

After dropping Josh Innes from afternoons in August, sources say Sports Radio 94WIP is close to putting the finishing touches on their weekday lineup. Barring any unexpected setbacks, another former Eagle will join the mix. Stay tuned.

ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM (WOIC-AM) has added Joshua “J-Fresh” Ivey to its Saturday morning college football tailgate show College Football Country. Ivey will serve as the show’s new executive producer. The show is hosted by Demetri Ravanos and Alpha Media Columbia SVP/Market Manager Mike Hartel and airs Saturday mornings from 10a-12p during the college football season.

With Hurricane Matthew rocking the southeast part of the United States, especially the state of Florida, Sports Radio 930 AM in Jacksonville made the decision to cease sports talk programming and turn the airwaves over to First Coast News. Program Director Seth Harp said the station’s priority was to serve the community and keep them updated on key developments.

The NHL Network are making a few additions. Former player Scott Gomez who spent a large part of his career with the New Jersey Devils has been hired as an analyst. The network has also added Michelle McMahon to the E.J. Hradek and Steve Mears show.

The NBA season is a few weeks away and for the Chicago Bulls broadcast team, they’ve got their Executive Producer back. Jeff Magnurten is returning for his 11th season. Bulls games air in Chicago on WLS 890.

ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City has agreed to terms with the Utah Grizzlies to serve as the team’s flagship radio station. The Grizzlies are a minor league hockey affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

KTUL Channel 8 Sports Director John Moss will be joining 97.1 The Sports Animal in Tulsa every Monday and Wednesday from 9a-11a.

LSU Sports Radio has brought in Jacob Hester to its broadcast team. Hester made his debut last weekend working alongside Jordy Culotta.

The Illinois men’s basketball broadcasts will have a new voice involved this season. Former player Doug Altenberger has signed on as an analyst. He’ll split duties with Deon Thomas.

NESN in Boston has hired Jahmai Webster as a sports anchor and reporter. He’ll join the network later this month. Webster recently worked as a sports anchor in Denver for ABC affiliate KMGH.

Tampa Bay Times Lightning beat writer Joe Smith has signed on with WDAE as a regular contributor. Smith will appear on the station 3x per week.

The Fayetteville Observer has hired Patrick Obley as a sports writer.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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Stan Norfleet To Replace N.D. Kalu On SportsTalk 790 in Houston

“My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

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Change is afoot at SportsTalk 790 in Houston. Chris Gordy will have a new co-host in middays as N.D. Kalu exits and Stan Norfleet comes aboard for Next Up.

Kalu, a former Houston Texans defensive end, has decided to leave radio behind. Instead, he will focus on his real estate business.

“N.D. is a tremendous talent and one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. He will be missed,” said iHeartMedia Houston’s head of AM programming, Bryan Erickson.

Stan Norfleet comes to Houston after most recently being on WFNZ in Charlotte. He is no stranger to Texas, though. He finished his college football career at Texas Southern University. He also worked in the sales departments for both the Rockets and the Texans.

“It is a tremendous blessing and honor to join the renowned iHeartMedia Houston family. I have long been a fan and avid listener of Sportstalk 790 and respect the history and contributions of its personalities,” Stan Norfleet said in a press release. “My affinity for Space City spans nearly two decades and I look forward to connecting with old friends and new listeners in the market.”

In addition to his time on air in Charlotte, Norfleet has also been heard on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta and seen on Raycom’s regionally syndicated ACC Network. He is also a former columnist at BSM.

“Stan brings amazing passion to everything he does,” said Erickson. “He has strong local ties and we’re thrilled to add him to the team.”

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Mark Sanchez Jokes ‘Tom Brady Is Going To Ruin My Career For a 2nd Time’

“I get drafted to the guy’s division. Now he’s gotta come to FOX and ruin everything here. I can’t get away from the guy.”

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Now that Tom Brady is done on the field, it is only a matter of time before he makes his way to the broadcast booth. Before the 2022 season began, FOX announced that Brady had signed a ten-year deal with the network that will put him in the top NFL play-by-play booth and make him a brand ambassador.

That has created speculation and uncertainty for Greg Olsen, the current analyst on FOX’s top NFL crew, but it won’t stop there. The effects will almost certainly trickle down. Mark Sanchez was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday and joked that he knows his place is a little less certain now than it was last week.

“I guess thanks for ruining the trajectory of my career for the second time, Tom,” Sanchez said with a smile. “I get drafted to the guy’s division. Now he’s gotta come to FOX and ruin everything here. I can’t get away from the guy.”

Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to two AFC Championship Games during Tom Brady’s Super Bowl drought. He was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and the then-Washington Redskins during his ten-year NFL career.

He began his broadcasting career in 2019. He was first with ABC and ESPN as a studio analyst for college football. Before the 2021 NFL season, he moved to FOX, where he joined Kevin Kugler in the broadcast booth.

With a few years and plenty of reps under his belt, Mark Sanchez is a broadcast veteran. He joked that that will give him some clout over Tom Brady when the GOAT makes his FOX debut.

“Hopefully he doesn’t get too annoyed with the hazing we put them through as rookies here at FOX. Hopefully, it doesn’t get too annoying for him.”

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