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Dickey Broadcasting Inks 10 Year Deal with The Braves

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The Atlanta Braves and Dickey Broadcasting Company have announced an unprecedented 10-year extension for Dickey Broadcasting Company to remain the exclusive radio rightsholder for Braves baseball through 2026. In addition, Dickey Broadcasting will move its studios and offices to The Battery Atlanta, leasing loft office space on the 4th floor, overlooking the plaza and next to the Coca-Cola Roxy Theater in the new mixed-use development adjacent to SunTrust Park.

Dickey Broadcasting Company, which became the Braves exclusive radio rightsholder in 2010, will carry all 162 regular season games on its two Atlanta flagship radio stations, 680-AM and 93.7-FM. They will also continue to manage the expanding Braves Radio Network — the largest sports radio network in the U.S., covering well over 100 radio stations throughout the Southeast.

“Our relationship with Dickey Broadcasting Company is an extremely important part of our team and they are the best in the business,” said Derek Schiller, Braves president, business. “This agreement ensures our fans throughout the South — and beyond — will be able follow Braves baseball wherever they go and know they are receiving the highest quality radio broadcasts anywhere in professional sports. We are also proud to have their team of professionals relocating next to SunTrust Park which further showcases the success of The Battery Atlanta.”

In addition to its new offices, Dickey Broadcasting will have a significant presence at The Battery Atlanta on gamedays, with “680 The Fan’s Game Day” pregame show and “Atlanta Braves Wrap-Up” postgame show broadcast live adjacent to the Terrapin Taproom.

“This extension represents a new era for our relationship with one of the most storied franchises in professional sports,” said David Dickey, president of Dickey Broadcasting Company. “We’ve long been proud partners of the Atlanta Braves, and now we’re excited that we can call them our neighbors at The Battery Atlanta. From expanded coverage opportunities to exclusive programming, we’ll be able to share the best stories from the team to all of Braves Country.”

In addition to broadcasting all regular season and postseason games, 680 The Fan will offer many other programs in support of Braves baseball, including:

FM Simulcast Partner:
· All gameday broadcasts will also be heard on FM simulcast partner 106.7FM

Spring Training:
· All Spring Training games will be aired locally in Atlanta on a combination of 680-AM/93.7-FM, 1230-AM/106.3-FM and 1340-AM/103.7-FM
· Each week during Spring Training, a different 680 The Fan show will broadcast live from Orlando for the entire week and will feature interviews with Braves players, manager and general manager
· Live reports and updates throughout Spring Training from Ben Ingram and Kevin McAlpin

“Atlanta Braves Today”:
· Airs daily at 7:45 – 8:00 a.m. on “The Rude Awakening” from Spring Training through the end of the season with reports from Atlanta Braves Radio Network Reporter Kevin McAlpin.

“680 The Fan’s Game Day”:
· During the regular season and postseason, the “Chuck and Chernoff” show hosts a 30 minute pre- pregame show with reports from Atlanta Braves Leadoff Host Chris Dimino before each weekday home game.

“Atlanta Braves Leadoff Show”:
· During the regular season and postseason Ben Ingram, Mark Lemke, Chris Dimino and Buck Belue host a 75 minute long pre-game show.

“Atlanta Braves Wrap-Up Show”:
· During the regular season and postseason Ben Ingram and Atlanta Braves Radio Network Reporter Kevin McAlpin host an hour-long postgame show.

“Atlanta Braves Clubhouse Report”:
· All season long, Ben Ingram hosts this program every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.

680 The Fan’s Winter Meetings Coverage:
· During Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, 680 The Fan will provide extended coverage and live reports from Ben Ingram and Kevin McAlpin for various shows

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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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