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ESPN LA 710 Names Amanda Brown PD; Announces Additional Internal Promotions

“Amanda Brown has earned the promotion to PD at ESPN LA 710.”

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It’s no secret that female program directors are rare in the sports radio industry. Fortunately, ESPN LA 710 is more interested in changing history rather than repeating it.

General Manager Scott McCarthy informed his staff today that the station will turn to 17-year veteran Amanda Brown to lead the brand forward as its new Program Director. She takes over for Dan Zampillo who left the station in November to join Spotify.

Prior to earning her PD stripes, Brown spent the past four years as 710’s Assistant Program Director. During that time she spearheaded the station’s play-by-play programming and managed local team relationships.

Her career experience also includes serving as a producer of many notable and successful shows. In Los Angeles, Brown has worked with Mason and Ireland, and Max and Marcellus. In Bristol, CT at the ESPN Radio network, she produced Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt, and The Sports Bash with Erik Kuselias. She also spent three years earlier in her career in Dallas at ESPN 103.3 working with a variety of hosts and shows.

With Brown moving up to the PD position, 710 is promoting Greg Bergman to Assistant Program Director. Bergman will work closely with Brown on 710’s day to day programming matters. He’s spent 18 years in the business, beginning his journey into the format in 2002 with Fox Sports Radio. Since then, Bergman has gone on to work for Sporting News Radio, NBC Sports Radio, and Salem. He joined ESPN LA 710 in 2016 and has served as the lead producer for Mason & Ireland since, helping to make the show the #1 sports talk show in Southern California.

Rounding out 710’s internal promotions is the news of Adam Braunstein  being elevated to Producer of Play-by-Play. Adam has been with the station since 2007, starting in the marketing/promotions department before making the leap into the programming circle two years later as a board operator. He’s since moved up the ladder, earning roles as a weekend producer, midday producer (Mark Willard & Mychael Thompson), and became the station’s first-ever local morning show producer working with Travis Rodgers and Kelvin Washington. Following stints on the station’s talk shows, Braunstein moved into play by play producing and has been heavily involved in 710’s presentation of the Lakers and Rams.

Due to the internal promotions, 710 will be looking for a new producer for Mason & Ireland’s show.

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Kentucky and Missouri Stations Switch Formats, Add FOX Sports Radio

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

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Sports radio listeners in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri can rejoice, thanks to a recent decision by Withers Broadcasting to switch formats.

Folks in the Paducah area of Kentucky can now find FOX Sports Radio on 95.9 FM, while listeners in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can find FSR on 97.3.

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

Among the lineup of hosts that can be heard on the stations include Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Jason Smith, Ben Maller and Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky.

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Kevin McNamara to Host Two-Hour Show on 790 The Score in Rhode Island

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Two months after announcing its triumphant return to the Rhode Island airwaves, Sports Radio 790 The Score is set to go live next week.

And in addition to the station’s lineup of national hosts and sports betting shows, former Providence Journal writer Kevin McNamara will be hosting the station’s only local show.

McNamara will host his show from 5-7 pm, sandwiched between You Better You Bet and Bet MGM Tonight.

McNamara, who hosted a one-hour show on WPRO, saw his time extended an hour. He said this is a great opportunity to get listeners involved early.

“In one hour I tried to be as newsy as I could,” McNamara told Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. “It’s basically a three-segment show — we’d try to have three different subjects. Now we’ll try to hit those three different subjects, but we’ll have a real avenue for calls.” 

The second hour of McNamara’s show will be simulcasted on WPRO.

The Score, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, will carry Providence men’s basketball, Brown men’s basketball and football, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees.

The station hopes to eat at some of the market share in Rhode Island currently held by both Boston sports stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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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.

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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.

Joel Utley interviewing Rupp

“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.

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