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Demers Fills in for Wheeler on Blazers Radio

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Rip City Radio host Travis Demers will be the voice of the Portland Trail Blazers to open the season. His first assignment will be to follow the team to British Columbia on September 29th for a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors.

Brian Wheeler, who has been the voice of the Trail Blazers for the last 21 years, will be away from the team on a temporary medical leave. “Continuing to steer my health in a positive direction is the top priority for me,” he said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to being back in action as soon as I can.”

Demers is a staple in Oregon sports. He has co-hosted The Rip City Drive on NBCSNW Rip City Radio with Chad Doing since 2014. Before that he was on 1080 the Fan for 10 years. He also calls play-by-play of Portland Pilots men’s basketball and high school sports on the OSAA Radio Network. Demers will work with former Blazer Michael Holton on home games and with Trail Blazers Insider Casey Holdahl on the road.

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Colin Cowherd Says He Was Offered a Political Talk Show

“I’m too happy to do politics. I don’t manufacture outrage. I’m outraged maybe once a year.”

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Could you picture Colin Cowherd with a political talk show on one of these cable news networks? Cowherd says he’s been approached in the past with opportunities outside of sports talk.

On Tuesday’s edition of The Herd on FOX Sports Radio, Cowherd explained why he thought he just wasn’t the best fit.

“Years and years ago – this has happened twice in my career – where somebody in the political media has said, ‘Would you come to our network and do politics?'” Cowherd said. “And I always say the same thing: I’m too happy to do politics. I don’t manufacture outrage. I’m outraged maybe once a year.”

Colin pointed to the January jobs report, in which the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated the U.S. unemployment rate hit 3.4 percent, the lowest in 53 years. He was making a broader point about LeBron James and mentioned some of the great things he’s accomplished for the community in his career. James is going to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA’s all-time scoring lead this week.

“You used to be able to just celebrate kindness and celebrate cool and celebrate good weather and celebrate a good jobs report. Everybody’s bitter,” Cowherd said. “Everybody’s angry. Nobody likes anybody. They hate Trudeau in Canada, they don’t like Biden here. We don’t like anybody. We don’t like our commissioners.”

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Albert Breer: I Cannot Picture Tom Brady in a Press Box

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Tom Brady is going to take a gap year before eventually making his debut in the broadcast booth at FOX.

Brady, who last week announced he was retiring, is the heir apparent to the number one play-by-play analyst’s seat next to Kevin Burkhardt.

MMQB senior NFL reporter and lead content strategist Albert Breer told Dan Patrick on Tuesday that he just doesn’t envision Brady getting behind the microphone.

“I hate to say it’s beneath him, but doesn’t it sort of feel like, can you guys see him standing in the buffet line with the rest of us at halftime?” Breer said. “It was never hard for me to wrap my head around the idea of Tony Romo doing that. It’s not even hard to wrap your head around the idea of Troy (Aikman) doing that. It’s kind of hard to wrap your head around the idea of Tom Brady standing in that line waiting for a hot dog.”

Breer thought Brady becoming an NFL owner in the future was more Brady’s avenue. He said he thought ownership would help Brady keep that competitive flame burning. He mentioned that Brady coming back for the 2022 season was an example of the seven-time Super Bowl champion just wanting to scratch that competitive itch. Brady in a broadcast booth probably doesn’t do it for him.

“I don’t think it was ever searching for a fairytale ending or getting back at people in New England,” Breer said. “I think for him it was like an addiction almost to competition. And I do think like going and being part of an ownership group and getting into team building might satisfy that to a degree. Would television satisfy that?”

Patrick said he thought Brady having to be openly critical of players or situations throughout the course of a broadcast wasn’t something he’d be up for.

“Tom spent his entire life not criticizing or saying anything. And now you’re gonna say, ‘Tom be yourself. Go out there and critique. Be honest,'” Patrick said. “I just don’t see him wanting to do that.”

“Is he compromised?” Breer asked. “Like where he can criticize this person but he can’t criticize that person. That can be really, really tricky.”

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Matt Moscona Named PD of 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge

“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary.”

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104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge host Matt Moscona has been named Program Director of the Guaranty Media station.

Moscona hosts After Further Review, which is simulcast on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge as well as as 100.3 ESPN New Orleans. He also hosts the Rosters to Riches podcast, which discusses the largest stories in the Name, Image, and Likeness space.

“Watching 104.5 ESPN grow from its inception to one of the most respected brands in sports talk in the country has been extraordinary,” Moscona said. “I’m honored to have been chosen to help continue our growth in this new role.”

Moscona joined Guaranty Media in 2010 after a stint at iHeartMedia in Baton Rouge. He will continue to host After Further Review after the promotion.

“Matt Moscona is the perfect person to help grow ESPN Baton Rouge as we continue to increase the amount of content we produce and the number of platforms we are distributing that content to daily,” Guaranty Media GM Gordy Rush said.

“Matt’s dedication to the growth of the brand from day one and how that impacts the listeners and the businesses we serve makes him the perfect person to bring 1045 ESPN to the next level,” added Guaranty Media COO TJ Solis.

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