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Under The Radar – February 13, 2018

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Another week of activity to bring you up to speed on from the sports media world. If you have personal or brand related news to share please send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now on to this week’s news.

Lost in the chaos of Super Bowl week was the news that Chris Mannix has ended his radio program on NBC Sports Radio. No word on what Mannix has planned next, although he did appear on FOX Sports 1‘s “First Things First” and stepped in to host “The Dan Patrick Show” which airs on FOX Sports Radio. NBC Sports Radio has turned afternoons over to “Calling The Shots with Keith Irizarry.” Details of the new afternoon show are not available yet on the network’s website.

Elsewhere on the national circuit, Peter Burns has landed a new weekend program on ESPN Radio. “Best Week Ever with Peter Burns” made its debut this past weekend and will air each Sunday morning 7a-9a ET.

Barstool Radio has added former Oakland A’s pitcher, ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst and current Barstool contributor Dallas Braden to its weekday lineup. “Dialed In with Dallas Braden” now airs weekdays from 2p-4p ET and includes comedian Steven Brody Stevens and Patrick “PCon” Connor who also works for KNBR in San Francisco. Barstool President Dave Portnoy says Braden’s addition will complete the radio channel’s lineup for the time being.

A new weekly soccer podcast, Alexi Lalas’ State of the Union, has been launched by FOX Sports. Episodes are expected to run 45-minutes and premiere every Tuesday at 5am ET. The first episode featured a preview of the U.S. Soccer Presidential election.

In less positive news, the sports radio world lost a good guy behind the scenes. Remote engineer and technical producer Kevin Ingles passed away last week. Ingles was a dedicated and well liked member of the ESPN Radio family. He also spent time working for CBS Radio. He was 36 years old.

In the big apple, Ray Martel has been named the new Executive Producer of the 710 WOR New York Mets Radio Network. As part of his new responsibilities, Martel will work on Mets broadcasts with Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, Wayne Randazzo and Chris Majkowski. He’ll also work with Pete McCarthy and Sal Licata on “WOR Sports Zone.”

WGN AM 720 is said to be pursuing the radio rights to the Chicago White Sox which recently became available. In the meantime, the station has inserted Joe Brand and Andy Masur into their weekend schedule offering sports updates.

For the first time in a decade, a woman is leading a program on KFAN 100.3. KFAN has added “Overtime with Carly Zucker” to its weekly schedule. The show debuted last Thursday and will be rotated in the evening hours around game schedules. To hear the debut episode which featured Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen click here.

1500 ESPN in Minneapolis is taking longtime personality Patrick Reusse off of Saturday’s in order to keep his involvement focused on M-F. Reusse previously had Friday’s off and co-hosted “Saturday Morning Sports Talk” with Judd Zulgad. Taking his spot on the Saturday show will be 1500’s Vikings reporter Matthew Coller. Reusse will now be featured M-F in afternoons working with Joe Soucheray.

Shifting to Seattle, Gee Scott is getting an opportunity to expand his horizons. The on-air host and contributor on 710 ESPN Seattle is moving to evenings on NewsTalk station KIRO 97.3 FM. Both KIRO and 710 are owned by Bonneville International.

Also in Seattle, iHeartMedia in Seattle has switched affiliations from CBS Sports Radio to FOX Sports Radio on its second sports station in the market 1090 AM. The station is being branded as 1090 KJR. The weekday lineup features FSR’s on-air personalities giving the KJR brand a live and local outlet on 950 and a national flavor on 1090.

Congratulations to Justin Kinner on being named the new program director and afternoon host at ESPN WING 1410 AM in Dayton, Ohio. Kinner started with the station in 2014 and takes over the position previously occupied by Mark Neal.

The same courtesy goes out to Frank Fowler who has been hired by SiriusXM in Washington DC as a producer. Fowler will join the satellite company’s sports programming department in early March. He’ll primarily be working on the SEC Radio channel.

Waco’s ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM and 99.1 FM is shuffling its sports talk lineup. The station will air ESPN Radio’s “Wingo & Golic” from 5a-9a. The “Voice of the Bears” John Morris moves from the afternoon to the morning and hosts from 9a-10a. Butch Henry joins Ward Whites for “The Opening Drive” from 10a-12p. “Unnecessary Roughness” with Craig Smoak and Qiant “Your Boy Q” Myers shifts from noon to 3p, followed by “You Make The Call” with David Smoak and Paul Catalina airing from 3p-6p.

In writing circles, news continues to revolve around The Athletic who are stockpiling talent across their various platforms. The sports website has added longtime sports columnist and 101 ESPN morning host Bernie Miklasz to the company’s St. Louis platform. To read Miklasz’s first piece click here. The company also snagged exceptional baseball writer Jayson Stark. The former ESPN baseball writer will begin writing for the site on April 1st.

One piece highly recommended is the column Doug Gottlieb wrote for The Athletic. The FOX Sports Radio host and FS1 on-air analyst and contributor opened up about some of the mistakes he made in college and how they’ve helped shape his life.

And ESPN is losing a talented scribe. Andrew Marchand has announced he’s departing as Senior Writer in order to join the New York Post as a sports media columnist.

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Tyler Polumbus: ‘I Couldn’t Talk About Colorado Football On Denver Radio Before Deion Sanders’

“You are now a cultural icon for kids all across the country.”

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Over the weekend Deion Sanders was formally announced as the new head football coach at Colorado University after three seasons at FCS Jackson State.

The hall of fame defensive back transformed Jackson State in his short stint at the HBCU, and the hope is that Sanders will be able to make football in Boulder relevant again.

Talking to Pete Medhurst and Chris Russell on The Team 980 in D.C. on Wednesday, Altitude Sports Radio host Tyler Polumbus explained how Deion’s hiring alone has already started to make an impact on the Buffaloes program.

“In 48 hours, Colorado’s social media accounts grew by 150,000 people,” Polumbus said. “And that’s the Deion Sanders effect. You are now a cultural icon for kids all across the country.”

Polumbus, a Denver native who played football at Colorado and recently joined Altitude Sports Radio after a stint at rival 104.3 The Fan, said the hiring has even made the school’s program a relevant topic on the radio.

“I couldn’t talk about CU on my radio show. CU is never talked about,” he said. “And Colorado is a one-sport (state). It is the Denver Broncos – that’s it. And from here on out until Deion Sanders is no longer the head coach at CU, they will be the top story here in Colorado.”

Medhurst mentioned how USC and UCLA exiting the Pac-12 for the Big Ten starting in 2024 could open the door for Colorado under Deion’s leadership to make some noise in the conference. But despite all the excitement from the Sanders hiring and not having seen what he can do with the team on the field, Polumbus said he’s trying to keep things in perspective.

“We already got catfished once this offseason with Russell Wilson,” he said of the Broncos quarterback. “So we’re trying to not let our hopes and enthusiasm get all too high with Deion Sanders, because I can’t let myself get catfished twice in one year.”

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Colin Cowherd: Baker Mayfield Isn’t That Interesting To Me Anymore

“Carolina’s weak, and he has proven to be over-drafted. The Rams right now are boring, I don’t think with a bad o-line and limited weapons he’ll find it any easier than he did in Carolina.”

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Former Cleveland Browns top draft pick Baker Mayfield’s stint with the Carolina Panthers ended after this past week, with the team placing him on waivers. On Tuesday, news broke that the L.A. Rams claimed Mayfield.

On FOX Sports Radio, host Colin Cowherd said Wednesday he didn’t have a hot take on the news.

“For a couple of years, three years or so, I talked about Baker Mayfield I swear to God every other day during the football season,” Cowherd said. He was considered one of Mayfield’s most vocal critics even going back to his playing days at Oklahoma.

“But I said when he left Cleveland I wouldn’t talk about him as much, because he’s just not that interesting,” he added. “Carolina’s weak, and he has proven to be over-drafted. The Rams right now are boring, I don’t think with a bad o-line and limited weapons he’ll find it any easier than he did in Carolina.”

Despite the fall from grace for Mayfield, Colin Cowherd said he hoped for the best for Baker moving forward.

“I honestly wish him well. I don’t root against professional athletes. Russell Westbrook can drive me crazy. Baker Mayfield drove me crazy, but he’s a nice kid.”

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Bobby Belt: ‘Pat McAfee Butchered The Name Shan and RJ’

“I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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Shan and RJ is a show that routinely finds itself in the media spotlight. They may be a Dallas show, but when Jerry and Stephen Jones routinely appear on your airwaves, you are going to draw attention from outside of the market.

On Tuesday, Pat McAfee played a clip of the hosts talking to Jerry Jones. McAfee threw to the clip introducing the show as “Shan, RJ, and Chop.” On Wednesday morning, the 105.3 The Fan’s morning show had some fun with the former Colts punter’s struggles.

“There’s a lot to unpack here,” newly added co-host Bobby Belt said after listening to McAfee and his crew take three unsuccessful cracks at naming the show.

“Reggie made a good point yesterday when I was talking to him about this,” Belt said. “Reggie was like ‘I think McAfee was going to the clip, saw three faces and didn’t know a third name, and so he’s like ‘well, that must be RJ and Chop.’”

Belt delighted in the idea that in McAfee’s mind, RJ Choppy goes by “Chop” on air and even pointed out that one of the producers said that RJ “looks like a Chop.”

Pat McAfee called the show “Shan, RJ, and Chop,” “Shana, RJ and Chop,” and “Shannon and RJ” on different occasions according to Belt. He didn’t think it was disrespectful. He just didn’t understand how McAfee got it so wrong so often.

“They butchered this three ways to the weekend. I have no idea. I mean, it clearly says on the graphics ‘Shan and RJ’.”

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