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Salem Red Sox Have 1st All-Female Booth

“The Sox first hired Dominic Cotreno to replace Gellman, but in late January the radio voice instead accepted a Double-A job with the Corpus Christi Hooks.”

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After Suzie Cool became the first woman-broadcaster in the Carolina League last year, she’ll make history again this season, partnering in the booth with Melanie Newman to make the first all-female broadcast team in professional baseball.

Newman will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the Salem Red Sox, Boston’s Single-A affiliate, with Cool returning as the broadcast’s color analyst.

“Melanie’s experience is going to be an amazing addition to our broadcasts this year,” team president and general manager C. Ryan Shelton said in a statement. “Her knowledge and extensive background in the game is going to provide insight for our fans that is going to be so different from what they have heard in the past. She and Suzie are going to take this historical moment for the game of baseball and make this season one to remember for the organization.”

Newman’s credentials include contributions to the ACC Network, GameDay Radio, sideline reporting for Fox Sports Southwest and working as play-by-play announcer for the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders.

“I’m so beyond thrilled to be joining Salem for numerous reasons,” said Newman. “The timing could not have been more perfect; the ability to finally work with Suzie, after bonding over social media, the way most of us women in sports have, makes everything come full circle. The cherry on top is working in the farm system of the team that my family is rooted in. I can’t wait to start sharing Salem’s stories with its fans.”

Newman will replace Ben Gellman on the broadcast who worked alongside Suzie Cool during the last two seasons.  According to the Sox, their job posting last October for a play-by-play announcer received no female applicants.  

The Sox first hired Dominic Cotreno to replace Gellman, but in late January the radio voice instead accepted a Double-A job with the Corpus Christi Hooks. Around the same time, 27-year old Melanie Newman was let go from the Frisco Roughriders due to budget cuts and became a match for the Salem Sox vision of an all-female broadcast booth.

Salem Red Sox games are carried by ESPN Roanoke 1240 AM and ESPN Blacksburg 810 AM, also available via the TuneIn App and salemsox.com.

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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Sports “The Buzz” Changes Signals in Raleigh/Durham

Capitol Broadcasting has moved “The Buzz” from 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville/Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 1550 WCLY Raleigh.

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Sports “The Buzz” has moved from FM to AM in the Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina markets.

Capitol Broadcasting has moved “The Buzz” from 96.5 W243DK Durham and 99.3 W257CS Morrisville/Raleigh to 620 WDNC Durham and 1550 WCLY Raleigh. The brand’s programming can still be heard on 99.9 WCMC-HD2 in Holly Springs.

“The Buzz” features local morning show The Sports Shop with Reese and KMac hosted by Kevin McClendon and Erroll Reese from 7-10am. The remainder of their lineup is hosted by ESPN Radio’s national lineup.

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Dan Dakich: Local Media Should ‘Always’ Go After National Media

“Look, everybody has to be in everybody else’s business.”

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93.5/107.5 The Fan’s Dan Dakich told listeners Thursday that local media should “always” defend their markets against national media members.

A viewer claiming to be from Cleveland was watching Dakich’s show on YouTube and asked the former college basketball coach if local media should “go after” national media, referencing Ken Carman and Anthony Lima defending Browns fans from criticism from national outlets.

“Always,” Dakich said confidently. “I’m for me going after all media. They can come at me, too. Which they have. Which you’ve seen. Who cares? Look, everybody has to be in everybody else’s business.

“One thing I’ve learned is people don’t care as much as you think they do. People don’t even care a little bit as much as you think they do. ‘Oh my god, this was written about you!’ People don’t care. ‘Oh my god, you’re asking Deshaun Watson for an autograph?’ Yeah, people don’t care. We act like we do, and we’re supposed to, and we can do all the things that are supposed to make ourselves look good but people don’t care. People honestly don’t care.”

Dakich then went into a larger conversation about the ease with which media members can, and have, criticized the talk show host.

“There’s nothing easier than calling me out. I mean, damn. I mean, I’m low-hanging fruit,” Dakich said. “I’m a 60-year-old white dude. That has an opinion. That’s not liberal. It’s not conservative, either. It’s common sense. I’m the easiest guy in the world. Guys make their careers ripping on me. And they have. They jump-started a newspaper ripping on me,” Dakich said, alluding to the Indianapolis Star.

Star columnist Gregg Doyel recently wrote a scathing report ripping Dakich, who the writer called his former friend, saying the host has been “revealing his true character, one episode at a time” during the last few months.

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Gregg Giannotti Mocks Mad Dog For Mispronunciations

The clip ended with Giannotti, guest host Sal Licata, and update anchor Chris Lopresti cackling with laughter.

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has a penchant for mispronouncing athlete names, and Thursday morning during Boomer & Gio, Gregg Giannotti poked fun at Mad Dog for a recent clip.

“The Yankees traded for Bentendi from the Royals,” Russo said in the clip, referencing Andrew Benintendi. “I’m assuming he got his vaccination shot because the Yankees wouldn’t have traded for him unless he did. A guy like Bentendi, who’s got a lot of guys around him, is a good useful baseball player.

“Galloway is outta there,” Mad Dog continued, referring to former Yankee Joey Gallo. “He’ll be better than Galloway. If he’s blind, he’ll be better than Galloway. From that perspective you’ll get Bentendi up here.”

The clip ended with Giannotti, guest host Sal Licata, and update anchor Chris Lopresti cackling with laughter.

“Galloway stinks,” Giannotti said as he impersonated Russo. “We all know it. You know it. I know it. Get Galloway outta here.”

Radio Hall of Fame, right there,” guest host Sal Licata said.

“The year you’re getting out of Aaron Bayliff is off the charts,” Giannotti said tongue-in-cheek, meaning Aaron Judge.

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