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Under The Radar – October 24, 2016

Jason Barrett

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Here’s the latest tidbits from the world of sports media. If you have a news story or station event to share and would like to receive promotion for it in a future column, send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

Ike Reese has moved to the afternoon show on Sports Radio 94WIP effective immediately. Glen Macnow is filling in alongside Reese for a few days this week. The radio station expects to announce Reese’s permanent partner soon.

The world of politics is about to get a heavier dose of Curt Schilling. The former MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst has signed on to host a daily online talk show for BreitBart. A video livestream is also in the works. “Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling” will stream weekdays from 9a-11a ET starting on Tuesday.

Look for a new sports radio station to launch soon on FM in Columbus, Ohio. iHeartradio is expected to enter the space and present an alternative to market ratings leader 97.1 The Fan. Sources tell BSM that the lineup will include a mix of local and national voices.

Following the departure of Bruce Hooley, his former employer ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland has announced how they will fill his void going forward. The radio station will extend the afternoon show with Aaron Goldhammer and Emmett Golden by an hour to 3p-6p ET, and Munch Bishop’s “ESPN Cleveland Tonight” will now start an hour early and broadcast from 6p-9p ET.

Former 710 ESPN Seattle midday host Justin Meyers has signed on with 750 The Game in Portland. Meyers will host an Oregon football show and contribute as a fill-in host and update anchor during weekday programming.

Also at 750 The Game in Portland, Jonathan Glissmeyer has been promoted to producer of “The Bald Faced Truth” with John Canzano.

106.7 The Fan in Washington DC has announced they’ll be holding a special event for their listeners to honor their morning show, the Sports Junkies, and the band OAR, who are both celebrating twenty year anniversaries. “20 by 20” — a concert, celebrating 20 years to benefit “Heard the World” will take place on December 10th at 9:30 Club. For more information click here.

SB Nation Radio Assistant Program Director Mike Pearson is leaving the network in order to join ESPN 710 Los Angeles where he’ll serve as producer of the afternoon show featuring Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington. No word yet on how SB Nation Radio will replace his position.

Ryan Field has moved to New York City to become the lead sports anchor for WABC television. Field had been working for FS1 and hosting a weekend radio show on FOX Sports Radio.

Detroit Free Press Columnist Drew Sharp passed away Friday morning at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was 56. An autopsy revealed that he died due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Our condolences go out to the Sharp family and all who were close to him.

The Lincoln Star Journal has added Chris Basnett to its reporting team. Basnett will cover the Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball and football programs. He started work last week.

Former 94.9 The Game morning show hosts Austin Stanley and Zach Bingham have launched a website AtoZSportsNashville.com which will serve as the host to their show, podcasts, written pieces and video.

ESPN Boise has identified a co-host for their afternoon show “The Breakdown” with Joey Jenkins. The radio station has hired Alex Gold. Gold spent the past two years in Topeka, Kansas working for 580 WIBW.

Staying in Tennessee, sports station WHBQ (Sports 56) has added a simulcast of their programming in Tupelo, Mississippi. The station’s lineup can now be heard locally in Tupelo on 96.3 FM.

FOX Sports Radio has paired up Andy Furman and Brian Noe on Sunday mornings. The duo occupy the airwaves from 6a-9a ET throughout the football season. Furman previously hosted with Mike North who’s no longer with the network.

XTRA Sports 1360 midday host Mark Willard is once again contributing to FOX Sports Radio on Sunday’s. Willard is now co-hosting with Former Vikings Running Back & 2-Time Pro Bowler Robert Smith from 1p-5p ET. Willard also hosts Saturday’s alongside Undisputed host Joy Taylor from 1p-4p ET.

Jonas Knox has added a third show each weekend on FOX Sports Radio. Knox is now teaming up with former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn on Sunday evening from 8p-11p ET recapping every NFL Sunday game and providing live updates during Sunday Night Football.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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