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A couple of quick news items you may not be aware of from the sports media universe. Consider it a second shorter version of the Under The Radar column, right before the holidays. Here’s the latest.

  • 17 years and 4 months. That’s how long Boers and Bernstein have occupied the airwaves on 670 The Score in Chicago. With holiday vacations coming up, and Terry Boers exiting the radio station in early January, the popular duo are wrapping up their final show together today. Who the station inserts into afternoons with Dan Bernstein in the future remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain, Boers and Bernstein had one hell of a run. Congratulations to both men on their success over the past 208 months.
  • With FOX Sports 1 looking to add a live morning show in 2017, the first test run will be given to Nick Wright and Cris Carter. The two men will work together December 26-30, filling in for Colin Cowherd on The Herd. FS1 boss Jamie Horowitz told Mike McCarthy of the Sporting News that he’d prefer the morning show originate from New York instead of Los Angeles. The new show is likely to air 6a-9:30a and Horowitz is hopeful it will rate well and serve as a strong lead in to Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, the same way Bayless and Sharpe’s show has helped increase viewers for Cowherd’s program.
  • Speaking of FOX Sports 1, according to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, the network had strong interest in Bomani Jones who recently signed a new contract with ESPN. Deitsch says FS1 hoped to feature Jones on both radio and TV. He’ll now have an opportunity to increase his profile on the four letter network after the company announced it would develop additional projects for Jones in the future.
  • Alpha Media in Portland continues to increase its Seattle influence. The company has announced that its sports station 750 The Game will become Portland’s home for Seattle Mariners baseball starting in 2017. Alpha OM Bruce Collins says “we are thrilled to be Portland’s home for Mariners baseball. The Seattle Mariners have a strong following in Portland, and the future of this organization is extremely bright.”
  • In Houston, SportsTalk 790 is adjusting the hours of a few of its shows. Starting January 2nd, The Proper Gentlemen featuring Lance Zierlein and Matt Thomas will end an hour early and broadcast from 6a-9a. In The Trenches with Greg Koch and N.D. Kalu will shift from 10a-12p to 9a-11a. The Bottom Line with Adam Clanton and Sean Jones will move from 12p-3p to 11a-2p, and Josh Innes’ afternoon program slides from 3p-7p to 2p-6p.
  • WGR in Buffalo came under fire after Bills general manager Doug Whaley appeared on the station’s morning show last week and during the course of a twenty minute interview wasn’t asked about Bills head coach Rex Ryan‘s future. Jeremy White and Sal Capaccio conducted the interview, and White acknowledged that although Whaley’s history of avoiding conversations of a similar nature gave him reason to believe that Whaley wouldn’t have added anything to the discussion, he probably should have asked so the audience wouldn’t feel he avoided the subject. The beauty of live radio, you live and learn something new each day.

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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, according to sources.

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

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

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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