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Matt Spiegel To Fill-In On Cubs Play-by-Play

” On the five games Pat Hughes moves to TV, Spiegel will fill Zaidman’s regular radio spot, hosting the pre and postgame shows, as well as calling the fifth inning.”

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Later this month 670 The Score afternoon host Matt Spiegel will see one of his dreams come true when he calls his first inning of play-by-play for the Chicago Cubs.

When Marquee Sports Network announced Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes would be one of three rotating fill-ins for play-by-play this season, it left a void on The Score. During the five broadcasts, pre and postgame show host Zach Zaidman will take over for Hughes on Cubs radio. But they still needed someone to fill Zaidman’s usual radio role calling the fifth inning of Cubs games. 

Spiegel’s afternoon partner on The Score, Danny Parkins pushed for his co-host to get the gig, and program director Mitch Rosen obliged. On the five games Pat Hughes moves to TV, Spiegel will fill Zaidman’s regular radio spot, hosting the pre and postgame shows, as well as calling the fifth inning. His first game will be at Wrigley Field, April 25 against the Brewers.

“I’m sure a lot of people think that this is just a radio gimmick, and, ‘Oh, talk-show host gets to do an inning,’” Spiegel said according to Jeff Agrest of the Chicago Sun-Times. “Obviously, there’s an element of promotion that I think Mitch Rosen enjoys, and I don’t begrudge him that.

“But my respect level for the job and the booth is so high that it’s daunting to me. And while I’ve achieved a lot of other dreams in broadcasting, this is the first dream I ever had. So to get a chance to actually do it is really, really special.”

Spiegel returned to The Score as a full-time host earlier this year, when he reunited with Parkins, his former midday partner. The duo worked together from 2017- 2019, but Spiegel spent nine years in the station’s midday slot and has been a fixture in Chicago sports media for nearly three decades.

As he prepares to call his first inning of play-by-play for the Cubs, Spiegel told the Sun-Times that he’s getting advice from his 23-year-old nephew Jack McMullen, the voice of the Padres’ High-A affiliate the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Even though it’s just five of nearly 1,500 innings the Cubs play this season, Spiegel recognizes the importance of the opportunity.

“I might be used in perpetuity,” he told Agrest. “I might end up calling an inside-the-park grand slam that is remembered for decades. That could be true at any moment during a ballgame.”

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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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