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March 11 is ‘Les Grobstein Day in Chicago,’ Bobblehead to Honor Legendary Voice

“Les Grobstein was known as a walking sports encyclopedia who had an ironclad memory of even the smallest details and who equally loved all Chicago sports.”

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On what would’ve been Les Grobstein’s 70th birthday, the city of Chicago is honoring one of its legendary broadcasters on Friday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot officially proclaimed March 11 “Les Grobstein Day in Chicago.”

The celebration is “in recognition of his indelible contributions to Chicago sports and encourages all residents to join in honoring the life of a man whose legacy will live on in the hearts and lives of all those who knew and loved him,” wrote Mayor Lightfoot.

Danny Parkins, Grobstein’s colleague at 670 The Score, shared the official proclamation from Mayor Lightfoot on Twitter, which included several tributes to the longtime overnight host’s 50-year radio career in the city. Among them, his previous stints at WLS (890-AM) and WMVP (1000-AM), calling play-by-play for UIC hockey, and his 1983 recording of the infamous tirade by Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia (which Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko compared to the Zapruder film).

“Les Grobstein was known as a walking sports encyclopedia,” Lightfoot added, “who had an ironclad memory of even the smallest details and who equally loved all Chicago sports from high school, college, professional and everything in between.”

Grobstein, who passed away in January, was a Chicago native who started his broadcasting career calling Northwestern basketball games. After the aforementioned stints at WLS and WMVP, he joined 670 The Score, where he hosted the overnight show for 13 years and built a loyal following.

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The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is also releasing a commemorative bobblehead in Grobstein’s honor. The figure depicts a smiling “Grobber” with a press pass around his neck, a microphone in his right hand, and his iconic tape recorder in his left hand. The base is decorated with a 670 The Score logo and a button that plays sound clips from Grobstein.

Grobstein’s bobblehead is only available through the museum’s online store at a retail price of $30. The figures are expected to ship in July. The bobblehead is being produced by the museum with Grobstein’s family and AUTOGRAPH1.

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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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