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Mike Salk: I Promise New Show Isn’t Just 4 Hours Of Me

“Salk’s name headlines the show, but he was adamant that it won’t just be four hours of him dominating the microphone.”

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Seattle sports radio got a shake-up over the past couple of weeks, leading to a new morning show on 710 ESPN Seattle. The Mike Salk Show is taking over for Danny & Gallant, and the fresh program closed their first hour with a Q&A for new host Mike Salk.

Salk’s name headlines the show, but he was adamant that it won’t just be four hours of him dominating the microphone.

“It won’t be four hours of just me,” Salk said during the first hour of the debut episode. “I don’t want that, you don’t want, nobody wants that. You’ve already met Justin [Barnes], you’ve met Maura [Dooley]. You’ll hear their voices every day on this show, and there will be a lot of others. We know Pete Carroll is joining us every day after the games during the season.”

Barnes is a newcomer to 710, but the executive producer of The Mike Salk Show is a Seattle radio veteran. Dooley recently crossed the half-decade mark at the station and frequently contributes to 710’s fantasy football content.

“We’re excited and fortunate to be able to add such a talented host back into our daily lineup,” 710 ESPN Seattle Program Director Kyle Brown said in a press release. “Mike is a passionate, opinionated broadcaster with long-standing connections to Seattle’s teams and fans. With daily appearances from Brock Huard and John Clayton and weekly interviews with Pete Carroll, Matt Hasselbeck, and Jerry Dipoto, this show will be a can’t-miss destination for sports fans in the region.”

Headline guests arriving from outside the station regularly include Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, and former NFL quarterbacks Brock Huard and Matt Hasselbeck.

“I am thrilled to have Mike Salk on the air in morning drive,” said Cathy Cangiano, SVP/Market Manager for Bonneville Seattle. “Mike’s knowledge, experience, and local relationships will no doubt provide the Pacific Northwest sports community an entertaining and insightful show every morning.”

Salk is still hosting his Brock & Salk podcast along with the new gig. The station is also adding an hour to Jake & Stacy, which now airs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

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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 shell 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. Since being with that group, he has worked with Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, 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.

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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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