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Elsten Named Voice of the Gulls

Jason Barrett

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Craig Elsten grew up in Long Beach, where his loyalties were with the Los Angeles Kings.

Elsten was named Monday as the play-by-play voice of the San Diego Gulls, who are affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks.

“Now I’m supposed to forswear the Kings forever,” Elsten said. “I will put away my Stanley Cup champions T-shirt.

“This is a new beginning for the San Diego Gulls. And it’s a beginning at a level that’s higher than ever before. I really feel like I’m taking off with our fan base simultaneously on a really fun voyage of who are these guys, what’s this level of play going to be like, who are our rivals going to be?”

In addition to broadcasting all home and road games for the Gulls’ inaugural season in the American Hockey League, Elsten will host weekly podcasts and video features and have responsibilities with the team’s communications department. Gulls games will be broadcast on the Mighty 1090-AM and ESPN 1700-AM, which will handle the team’s 68-game regular season schedule as well as any postseason contests.

Elsten has lived in San Diego for 25 years, ever since coming down to attend UC San Diego. His broadcast experience includes high school and colleges sports in San Diego as well as pre- and post-game work with the Mighty 1090’s Padres coverage. Elsten has been the voice of the San Diego Sockers for the past six years, a position he left to accept the Gulls assignment.

“I look at it as the perfect opportunity at the perfect time,” Elsten said. “The thing I love doing the most, and I learned this over six years with the Sockers and calling SDSU sports, is working for a team, being around a team and being the announcer for a team. It’s great to announce a random high school game or go here, there and everywhere (to broadcast an event). But it’s really exciting to be locked in with one organization and work with them, share in the wins and losses, share in trying to fill the seats and build the brand.

“To see the Gulls come in and what this opportunity is for the city, for this team and the sport in this market and to be able to jump in on the ground floor, it’s perfect.”

To read the rest of the story visit the San Diego Union Tribune where it was originally published

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98.7 ESPN New York Shuffles Lineup, DiPietro & Rothenberg Expanding To Four Hours

DiPietro & Rothenberg will now move to 6:00-10:00 AM to compete directly with WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio.

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According to a report from Andrew Marchand and Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post, 98.7 ESPN New York is expanding DiPietro & Rothenberg to four hours as part of a revamped daily lineup. The changes are expected to go into effect on January 3rd.

DiPietro & Rothenberg currently airs on the station from 5a-8a while ESPN Radio’s national morning show — Keyshawn, JWill, & Max — airs from 8a-10a. By extending the local show, 98.7 ESPN New York will finally have a chance to feature a local show and compete in all four hours against WFAN’s Boomer & Gio.

Additionally, ESPN Radio’s Bart & Hahn will move back to 98.7 ESPN New York as an exclusively local show. Bart Scott played a portion of his NFL career for the New York Jets, and worked at both WFAN and 98.7 ESPN New York before the show moved to the national stage. Alan Hahn has spent more than 25 years working in New York media with Newsday, MSG Network, and 98.7 ESPN New York.

The changes create some adjustments for ESPN Radio’s national network too. Jason Fitz and Harry Douglas are listed as options for the newly opened 12p-3p slot on ESPN Radio according to the report. The network is also expected to pair Amber Wilson and Joe Fortenbaugh from 7p-9p to fill the timeslot vacated recently by Sarah Spain.

Greeny — hosted by Mike Greenberg — will remain in its current 10a-12p timeslot on the station. However, the move to a local morning show on 98.7 ESPN New York raises questions about KJM‘s future on ESPN Radio.

The Michael Kay Show, and the station’s other shows hosted by Dan Graca, Larry Hardesty and Gordon Damer all remained unchanged.

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Jon Marks: ‘Can’t Take Chris Simms Seriously’ After Jalen Hurts Criticism

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments. Or compliments, I guess.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a 10-1 start, and while there’s criticism from sports media members inside the city, 94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks doesn’t want to hear it from those who aren’t fans, especially Chris Simms.

During Chris Simms Unbuttoned, the former NFL quarterback turned NBC Sports analyst said “people are scared to talk about Jalen Hurts” and that the third-year quarterback doesn’t pass tests “with flying colors”.

“He had him ranked as the 35th best quarterback in the league,” Marks said. “Now I can’t take anything he says serious. Kellen Mond — is he even in the league? I think he got released by the Vikings. So, anyway, whatever with Chris Simms.”

Co-host Ike Reese had less criticism for Simms but did say he disagreed.

“There’s an awful lot of qualifying comments,” Reese said. “Or compliments, I guess.”

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Sean Pendergast: Cleveland Media Has Done ‘Good Job Peppering’ Deshaun Watson With Hard Questions

“All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that.”

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Deshaun Watson is slated to play his first game for the Cleveland Browns this week after serving an 11-game suspension for serial sexual assault with more than two dozen massage therapists in the Houston area. Sports Radio 610 host Sean Pendergast gave credit to Cleveland media members for not allowing the former Texans quarterback to sidestep questions about his alleged misconduct.

“Deshaun will get asked about this today at his press conference,” Pendergast said after it was revealed that at least 10 of Watson’s accusers will be in the crowd in Houston Sunday. “Someone in Cleveland — cause Cleveland has done a good job peppering him with hard questions– will ask him ‘Tony Buzbee will be at the game with 10 of your accusers. What do you think about that?'”

Co-host Seth Payne added the first time Watson looks in the direction of where the accusers will be located, it will be photographed and filmed ad nauseam.

“Cameras will be trained on him the entire time, obviously,” Seth Payne said. “All he has to do is make one glance in that direction and someone will grab a still frame of that. Let’s say Deshaun can compartmentalize but also not stare at one section of the stadium.”

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