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101 ESPN Puts Stalter & Rivers In Midday Slot

“For 101 ESPN, Stalter and Rivers replaces The Turn which previously aired from 1 – 3pm and Kevin Wheeler’s show which filled the 10am – 1pm timeslot.”

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101 ESPN in St. Louis announced the debut of their new midday show featuring Anthony Stalter and Jamie Rivers.  The new show is part of the station’s change from a four-show weekday schedule to a more traditional three-show lineup.

Beginning Monday, September 9thStalter and Rivers will air Monday – Friday from 10am – 2pm.  Stalter, who has been part of the 101 ESPN weekday lineup for the last six years, is set to partner with former St. Louis Blues defenseman and current Fox Sports Midwest Blues Pre and Postgame Show host, Jamie Rivers.

“We are going to cover it all! Blues, Cardinals, big topics, NFL Football, Mizzou, college football, and we have XFL and MLS coming to town. We’ll talk about,” Stalter said in the press release.  “We will cover national stories and relate them locally. It’ll be entertaining and knowledgeable with the feel of two guys at the end of the bar talking sports and having everyone join us!“

Stalter joined 101 ESPN in 2012 as a producer before becoming a weekday host on the station in 2013.  For the last six years, Stalter has been featured on The Turn from 1 – 3pm, co-hosting with Chris Duncan until the former Cardinal was forced to leave due to health reasons.  Stalter’s full plate as a sports media personality includes writing for 101ESPN.com, and hosting Football Frenzy, Sundays on ESPN Radio.

Since retiring from professional hockey in 2011, Stalter’s new radio partner, Jamie Rivers has been featured on Fox Sports Midwest’s coverage of the Blues and appeared as a regular guest on 101 ESPN.

“This has been a bit of whirlwind! Joining the crew in the spring, and getting to know everyone here at 101 ESPN has been amazing,” Stalter said.  “It is one big happy family, and it’s like teammates that I had when I was a player. That environment was key to me joining. Stalter is amazing, and the relationship and chemistry have developed quickly. I love the guy already. It can only get better.”

The new midday show sits between The Bernie Miklasz Show in the morning and The Fast Lane in afternoon drive.  For 101 ESPN, Stalter and Rivers replaces The Turn which previously aired from 1 – 3pm and Kevin Wheeler’s show which filled the 10am – 1pm timeslot.  

With the new changes, The Fast Lane will continue as a four-hour show, broadcasting from 2 – 6pm instead of 3 – 7pm.  Freeing up the six o’clock hour allows the station to offer more St. Louis Blues programming as they begin their new broadcast partnership with the Stanley Cup Champions. 

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, according to sources.

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. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

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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