The Seattle Seahawks announced today their 2014 broadcast and network information. Play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee joins former Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard for Seahawks preseason telecasts on Q13 FOX. On radio, Steve Raible and Warren Moon will call the action with Jen Mueller as sideline reporter on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM during the preseason and regular season.
The Seahawks 2014 preseason telecasts will feature limited interruption during the first quarter, giving one exclusive partner the opportunity to carry the advertising rights. The partner will be given five breaks to message in unique ways, including: messages from CEOs, corporate and community prerecorded videos, and interviews with key executives. Boeing and Washington’s Lottery will be featured in two of the games.
TV Talent (preseason)
Menefee begins his sixth season with the Seahawks broadcasting team as the play-by-play announcer for preseason telecasts. Menefee currently hosts FOX’s award-winning NFL pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday. Prior to taking over as full-time host in 2007, he called play-by-play for NFL and NFL Europe League games on FOX Sports and FSN.
Huard returns for his second season as analyst in the Seahawks TV booth. The former University of Washington star and Puyallup High School All-American has been calling college football for ESPN since August 2008, working as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC’s Saturday games, and is also a studio analyst for the networks. Since 2009, Huard has co-hosted a sports radio morning show on 710 ESPN. After a standout high school career at Puyallup and a record-setting stint at the UW, Huard went on to play six years in the NFL, including four spent with the Seahawks, from 1999-2001 and 2004.
Radio Talent (preseason and regular season)
On 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM is Steve Raible returning for his 33rd season in the radio booth, his 11th as “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. An original member of the Seahawks, Raible played wide receiver from 1976-81 and has missed only four games in the franchise’s history, either as a player or broadcaster after suffering a collapsed lung vs. Oakland in 1981. Following his football career, Raible joined KIRO-TV where he has won five local Emmy Awards including two for “Best Anchor.” He currently anchors KIRO-7 Eyewitness News at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon returns to the Seahawks radio team for his 11th season after serving as the preseason television analyst for the previous two seasons. After finishing a playing career in which he was nominated to an NFL-record eight straight Pro Bowls (1988-95), adding a ninth overall in 1997, Moon has become one of football’s leading broadcast analysts. He has spent recent years as a Westwood One radio analyst and sideline reporter and also spent time in the booth during Fox Sports Net’s Pac-12 College Game of the Week.
Jen Mueller enters her sixth season as sideline reporter. She is a 14-year sports broadcasting veteran and joined the Seahawks Radio Network in 2009. In addition to her work with the Seahawks, she has been a member of the ROOT Sports broadcast team since 2006.
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KNBR’s Brian Murphy Speaks for First Time After Paul McCaffrey Laid Off
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’.”
Earlier this week, KNBR underwent a round of layoffs, affecting a pair of programs on the Bay Area sports station, including the departure of longtime morning host Paul McCaffrey. His longtime partner — Brian Murphy — has taken to X to share his thoughts.
In a thread to X, Murphy shared his admiration for McCaffrey, whom he hosted Murph and Mac with for 18 years.
“Paulie Mac is my guy, will forever be my guy. The best thing I could ever wish anyone is that you get to work with someone as loyal, energetic, funny, consistent as the guy his Jersey buddies call ‘Smack’,” wrote Murphy. “So much love.”
He then shared that everything listeners and fans of the program have shared on social media has been read by the duo, and thanked them for the outpouring of love and support.
Finally, Murphy addressed his future. Fill-in host Dieter Kurtenbach shared on Thursday he did not have a definitive answer about Murphy’s future with the Cumulus-owned station.
However, Brian Murphy has shared he will return to the airwaves on Monday morning.
“I’ll be back Monday morning on KNBR with our guy Markus (Waterboy) Boucher,” Murphy wrote. “Come on. It’s Niners-Eagles. Wouldn’t miss it. As Paulie Mac’s board itself would say: The show goes on.”
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.