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Brennan & Stubbs to Host Show on SiriusXM

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SiriusXM announced sports journalist Christine Brennan and former professional tennis player Rennae Stubbs will host Game Changers, a new weekly show on the Dan Patrick Radio channel.

Game Changers will debut September 19th and broadcast every Wednesday evening from 6 – 8pm ET.  The new show is produced in collaboration with the Aurora Games, the inaugural global multi-sport event showcasing women’s sports which will take place on August 20-25, 2019.

“When the opportunity to host Game Changers came along I knew it was something I wanted to do,” said Brennan in a press release from SiriusXM.  “The timing for a show like this is perfect and I’m looking forward to working with SiriusXM and Rennae to discuss a wide variety of sports topics each week, including looking ahead to the upcoming Aurora Games.”

The show will focus on women’s sports, providing insight on headlines that interest women and previewing next year’s Aurora Games.

“As a professional athlete and long-time fan of all sports, Game Changers offers me a platform to talk about the things that I know sports fans around the world are interested in discussing,” said Stubbs.  “Being able to do that with Christine will make it a thrill every week.”

Brennan is an award-winning columnist for USA Today, also contributing to ABC News, CNN, PBS and NPR.  Brennan has twice been named a top 10 sports columnist in the country by the AP Sports Editors.  A ground-breaking journalist, Brennan was the first woman sports writer for The Miami Herald in 1981 and the first female to cover the NFL for The Washington Post in 1985.

After a tennis career that saw co-host Rennae Stubbs win four Grand Slam doubles titles and two Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, she worked as an analyst for ESPN, Tennis Channel and Channel Seven Australia.

“Christine and Rennae are two dynamic and bold voices who provide a valuable perspective on sports,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “We are thrilled to be teaming them up on SiriusXM, where they will have a platform to reach listeners from coast to coast.  Game Changers is an outstanding and welcome addition to our lineup.”

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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.

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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