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Cameron Maybin: I Don’t Want to Be Another Broadcaster, I Want to Win Awards

“I was never an All-Star, I played 15 years, and I said let me give myself a chance to be an All-Star at something else.”

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Cameron Maybin is diving head-first into his broadcasting career, signing up to call New York Yankees broadcasts for YES Network while also joining Marquee Sports Network and MLB Network as a studio analyst.

But the Yankees were the first team to give Maybin a shot at broadcasting, auditioning him with Michael Kay and drawing raves for his tryout. (Fellow YES Network play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Ruocco echoed those sentiments.)

Kay invited his new on-air partner on The Michael Kay Show to talk about the decision to retire and his ambitions in broadcasting. Is Maybin comfortable with the idea that if he’s good at this and has a long career in the booth, more fans might remember him as a broadcaster than a player?

“Absolutely. One thing that I said when I decided I wanted to try my hand at this is, I don’t want to be another guy,” Maybin said. “I want to win awards, I want to win Emmys, I want to bring recognition to the club, to the YES Network. I want to grow my brand, as well.”

“I was never an All-Star, I played 15 years, and I said let me give myself a chance to be an All-Star at something else,” he continued. “I’m not saying it’s going to happen right out of the gate, but I’m surrounding myself with great people that I can rely on, get advice from, bounce ideas off of, and learn from. I’m a very teachable guy.”

Kay brings up an intriguing point about athletes becoming more known as broadcasters. Maybin has a long way to go before that, of course, but if he does become established and well-known with YES Network viewers and Yankees fans (or a different network and fanbase), that could define his career to later generations.

Chris Broussard and Rob Parker touched on that same subject when discussing Mark Jackson and Charles Barkley. How many know Jackson as a star for St. John’s, the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. Barkley is a Hall of Famer, one of the greatest players in league history. But how many current NBA fans watched him play?

Maybin, only 34, feels he still has the athleticism to play at the major-league level, but was disheartened by only getting minor-league offers (albeit it from 22 teams). So why not try something else, something he could be good at and achieve a level of notoriety and stardom? He begins his YES Network broadcasting career with Kay this weekend.

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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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