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Radio Ink Conference Adds Gossage

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Eddie Gossage, president and GM of Texas Motor Speedway and one of America’s greatest racing promoters, will give the closing keynote at Radio Ink’s Sports Radio Conference, coming up March 4-5 in Dallas. The famously innovative Gossage is  perhaps the most successful speedway executive in motor sports today. It’s a booming business, and he’s played a huge part in making that happen. Continue Reading…

Under Gossage’s leadership, Texas Motor Speedway annually hosts the largest single-day sporting events in the Lone Star State, with two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, in addition to two NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series races and a Verizon IndyCar Series event. The speedway has hosted the largest single-day crowd in Texas sports history.

Texas Motor Speedway:

• Annually attracts among the largest crowds of the season for all the major series that compete at the speedway
• Debuted an aggressive and edgier “No Limits” marketing campaign in August of 2010 aimed at attracting younger fans while also providing a multitude of new benefits to all fans
• Staged the first-ever nighttime Indy-car race
• Promotes some of the country’s largest music festivals

Gossage has been involved in motor sports since 1980, and his long and varied experience with auto racing in all its forms has made him one of the most influential executives not just in racing, but in all of professional sports. After starting out as the public relations director of Nashville International Raceway in 1980, in 1983 he took on management of Miller Brewing’s motor sports public relations program and was soon a fixture in NASCAR, Indy car, drag racing, sports car racing, and unlimited hydroplane racing.

In 1989, Gossage was named VP of public relations for Charlotte Motor Speedway, and in 1995, he was hand-picked by Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith to be the guiding force for a new state-of-the-art facility in Fort Worth. Texas Motor Speedway opened in 1997, and today, under Gossage’s creative guidance, is considered one of the premier motor sports venues in the world.

Motor sports attracts some of the most passionate, loyal fans on earth — and so does Sports radio. The creative and business-savvy Gossage knows how to make those passionate fans happy, and how to generate big revenue and big growth while doing it. Hear what he has to say, only at the Sports Radio Conference.

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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 show 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. 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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