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Mike Salk In, Danny & Gallant Out of Mornings At 710 ESPN Seattle

“Gallant started at the station in 2019 after moving over from SportsRadio 610 in Houston, TX.”

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Danny and Gallant is coming to an end on 710 ESPN in Seattle, WA. Paul Gallant confirmed on Twitter that the station has decided to go in a different direction. He learned of the news after today’s show. The show had been airing weekday mornings from 7a-10a PT.

“They had informed us about three months ago that they would be making some sort of shift to the lineup,” Gallant said on Twitter “So we’ve all been waiting on pins and needles and doing our absolute best to show that we are worth something.”

Gallant started at the station in 2019 after moving over from SportsRadio 610 in Houston, TX. He had been in the lone star state since beginning his journey in the industry back in 2011. The host asked 710 ESPN management why they decided to go down this path.

“I asked them why,” Gallant continued. “They just said they were going in a different direction. I do know that that different direction is one with Mike Salk, who hired me and was formerly in charge of all programming in the building.”

“Clearly they feel like he [Salk] is going to save the numbers,” added Gallant. “I don’t agree with that because we are living in a city that is still not welcoming people back to work, and people aren’t commuting in the same way, but whatever, that is their choice.”

As Gallant mentioned, Salk will indeed take over the timeslot, one he held prior to turning his focus to a full time programming role two years ago. Salk had previously split his time as the station’s PD and morning host while teaming with FOX Sports college football analyst Brock Huard. Brock and Salk were very successful and Bonneville Seattle is hoping Salk’s return to the morning timeslot can give their morning numbers a boost.

Although a full time radio reunion in mornings with Huard isn’t in the cards, Salk’s former partner will have a presence on The Mike Salk Show. The longtime friends and partners will also continue their weekly podcast.

In a tweet shared earlier, Salk said he wasn’t ready to dive back into hosting a show when Huard left two years ago. He acknowledged he’s now ready and excited to return to mornings, a move that will include Justin Barnes and Maura Dooley, and daily visits from Huard. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll, former Seahawks QB turned ESPN NFL analyst Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto, legendary NFL reporter John Clayton, and others will also appear regularly.

Salk helped launch 710 ESPN Seattle in 2009 and has been with the station for thirteen years. News of his return to the morning airwaves was met with a lot of positive responses on the station’s Facebook page. The unfortunate part of this story is that the return of Salk also means the end for Gallant and Danny O’Neill’s time with the station.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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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.

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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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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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