Sirius/XM will have all of the content baseball fans are looking for during the All Star break. The satellite radio service will carry play-by-play of the Major League Baseball All Star Game, the Home Run Derby, and the 2018 MLB Futures Game from Washington, DC.
Amongst the specialty programming will be a Sirius/XM town hall with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo. The show will be taped at the Library of Congress. Russo’s regular show Mad Dog Unleashed will air live from DC on Monday the 16th and Tuesday the 17th. Sirius/XM announced more specialty All Star programming in a press release.
SiriusXM will air the national broadcast of both the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 17 at 8:00 pm ET and the T-Mobile Home Run Derby on Monday, July 16 at 8:00 pm ET, live on MLB Network Radio. Pre- and post-event coverage will air from Nationals Park both days beginning at 5:00 pm ET, hosted by Casey Stern, Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and former major league outfielder Matt Diaz, who will interview many of the All-Stars in attendance.
On Saturday, July 14 (4:00-7:00 pm ET) MLB Network Radio will feature its annual mid-season roundtable broadcast, which this year will include former major leaguer Eduardo Perez, former GMs Jim Duquette, Steve Phillips and Jim Bowden, and Mike Ferrin, Casey Stern and Grant Paulsen.
The press release also announced a special audio documentary that will air throughout the week on MLB Network Radio.
On Wednesday, July 18 (1:00 pm ET), the day after the All-Star festivities, MLB Network Radio will present a special on the former Montreal Expos franchise and their relocation to Washington, D.C after the 2004 season to become the Washington Nationals. Hosted by Mike Ferrin, the show will feature commentary from guests including former Expos player and Hall of Famer Tim Raines, former Expos managers, GMs and coaches Buck Rodgers, Dan Duquette, Kevin Malone and Kevin Kennedy, and acclaimed baseball journalist Peter Gammons. The special will replay several times on the channel and be available on SiriusXM On Demand.
Joel Utley, College Basketball’s Record Holder for Most Games Called, Retires
Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record.
Joel Utley has announced he is retiring from broadcasting and as the voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.
Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record. He broadcast 1,933 Kentucky Wesleyan games during that span, also a record for total games called. He began his career on December 2, 1961 when KWC defeated California State University – Northridge, 100-64.
Utley also is the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles.
“It was a tough decision to make, but the timing is right to step down,” Utley said. “What I have done as a broadcaster reflects my love for KWC. My career has been beyond any dreams I ever had.”
He is a member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and in September, Utley will be inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame.
Mark Chernoff: ‘I Didn’t Believe Mad Dog Was Going To Leave WFAN’
“I wish they hadn’t separated, because it was the most amazing team.”
Mark Chernoff offered some great stories and insight on the latest episode of The Jason Barrett Podcast. The former program director of WFAN in New York began his appearance by paying tribute to the station’s three soon-to-be Hall of Famers.
He reflected on Jeff Smulyan’s vision in creating sports radio, Suzyn Waldman’s gravitas and versatility as a reporter and talent, and all of the success he shared with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
Russo and his long time radio partner Mike Francesa split up in 2008 after Russo left WFAN for Sirius. Chernoff admitted that even as he was told it was about to happen, he still didn’t believe it.
“You know, I misread a little bit the situation with Mike and Chris,” he admitted. “Mike said ‘Dog’s gonna leave. I know he’s gonna leave.’ He even intimated that he had spoken to Mel [Karmazin, the then-CEO of Sirius], not Mike but Chris, and it was likely he was going to go over to Sirius. And I just couldn’t believe it.”
Mike and the Mad Dog is as dominant a show as local sports radio has ever produced. The duo was together from 1989 until 2008. When they split up, Mark Chernoff says that he took it personally.
“I was sad for a really long time. I was angry too.”
The move hurt his relationship with Russo for a while. The two did not speak for a long time.
He told Barrett that that is over now. They share occasional texts and always hug and catch up when they see each other. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t still some lingering disappointment.
“I wish they hadn’t separated, because it was the most amazing team,” Chernoff said of Mike & the Mad Dog. “But both [Chris] and Mike were certainly successful on their own.”
New episodes of The Jason Barrett Podcast are released each Tuesday morning.
Eli Gold To Miss Start of Alabama Football Season
He’s faced his share of health challenges recently. His streak of 409 consecutive Alabama football games was broken in 2020 after a COVID diagnosis.
Legendary Alabama play-by-play announcer Eli Gold will miss the beginning of the 2022 football season with health issues.
Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing announced the news Wednesday. The school did not elaborate on Gold’s ailment, only saying he would be sidelined to begin the season.
Chris Stewart, who handles play-by-play duties for Alabama’s basketball and baseball teams will fill in during Gold’s absence. Stewart will also host The Nick Saban Show and Hey, Coach until Gold returns.
The 68-year-old Gold is a 2014 inductee to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Gold, who’s contract runs through the 2023 season, has been the Voice of the Crimson Tide since the 1988 season.
He’s faced his share of health challenges recently. His streak of 409 consecutive Alabama football games was broken in 2020 after a COVID diagnosis. Gold also had both shoulders replaced that same year.
In addition to his work with the Crimson Tide, Gold has served as an announcer for NASCAR, NFL, NHL, and the NBA G-League, among others.