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President’s Week Boosts Vancouver

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Historically, the month of August in the radio industry is the deadest time of the calendar year. Yet every August for the past four years, TSN Radio (née Team 1040) host Matt Sekeres has energized his midday audience with what has been cleverly positioned as Presidents Week.

For five days running, with the help of programmers Mike Whittingham and Rachel Goldman, Sekeres secures months in advance the top honchos from Vancouver’s sports teams as guest co-hosts. The batting order this past week from Monday to Friday was Dennis Skulsky (Lions), Andy Dunn (Canadians), Ron Toigo (Giants), Trevor Linden (Canucks) and Bob Lenarduzzi (Whitecaps).

“We don’t drag them into the studio kicking and screaming,” Sekeres says.

“They get good feedback from their respective customers and look forward to it. I tell them before each show to be prepared for potentially controversial issues that might be brought up by our listeners. But just to be clear, there are no holds barred. I simply ask the callers to be respectful.”

Just once over the four years has a team president balked at appearing and that was after the Canucks’ Mike Gillis had gone through a Summer Summit broadcast on Team 1040 that became, in the words of Sekeres, “testy.”

In Year 2 of Presidents Week, Gillis sent his assistant Laurence Gilman.

“It has reached a point where the listeners appreciate being connected with the leaders of our teams,” Sekeres says. “Occasionally they drop a scoop like Skulsky mentioning the Lions inviting the University of Washington marching band for a Lions game and Linden telling us the Canucks will be bringing back the retro black-skate jersey for a game in February. That’s the fun part.”

Presidents Week obviously adds some much needed bite to radio’s notorious dog days of summer.

Credit to the Vancouver Sun who originally published this article

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Parker Hillis Named Brand Manager of Sports Radio 610

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Goodbye snow and hello heat! Parker Hillis is headed to Houston. Audacy has announced that he will be the new brand manager for Sports Radio 610.

“Parker is a rising star,” Sarah Frazier, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy in Houston, said in a press release. “He has impressed us since day one with his innovative ideas, focus on talent coaching and work ethic. We’re thrilled to have him join our Audacy team.”

Hillis comes to the market from Denver. He has spent the last three years with Bonneville’s 104.3 The Fan. He started as the station’s executive producer before rising to APD earlier this year.

In announcing his exit from The Fan on his Facebook page, Hillis thanked Fan PD Raj Sharan for preparing him for this opportunity.

“His leadership and guidance set the stage for me to continue to grow and develop in this industry, one that I absolutely love,” Hillis wrote. “This is a special place, one that I am honored to have been a part of and so sad to leave.”

Sports Radio 610 began the process to find a new brand manager in February when Armen Williams announced he was leaving the role. Williams also came to Houston from Denver. He started his own business outside the radio industry.

“I’m excited to join the Sports Radio 610 team in Houston,” said Hillis. “The opportunity to direct and grow an already incredible Audacy brand is truly an honor.”

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Iowa Adds WCKG As Chicago Radio Affiliate

“The Hawkeyes open their season at home on September 3 against FCS power South Dakota State.”

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Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, sits just over three and a half hours from Chicago. It makes sense to assume plenty of alumni move to the Windy City after school and that other Iowa fans live in the metro area as well. That is why the Hawkeyes have struck a deal with WCKG to become their radio affiliate in Chicago.

The station, which is heard on 1530 AM, will air the entire season of Iowa football.

“Iowa Football’s storied history, continued success, and loyal fan base and alumni network throughout Chicagoland made this move a no-brainer for WCKG,” WCKG Sports Director Jon Zaghloul said in a press release. “I’m excited to bring the Hawkeyes to Chicago, and can’t wait to start airing games this Fall. It’s a huge acquisition for our brand, and, more importantly, our devoted listeners.” 

The Hawkeyes open their season at home on September 3 against FCS power South Dakota State. Gary Dolphin has called all of the school’s sports on radio since 1996. Ed Podolak is his partner in the booth during football season.

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Dave Rothenberg Can’t Stand Hearing Kenny Albert Mispronounce ‘Raleigh’

“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it.”

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Dave Rothenberg has a tiny bone to pick with Kenny Albert, and it’s over the way Kenny pronounces the Carolina Hurricanes’ home city.

Talking on his show on ESPN New York on Tuesday, Rothenberg, who spent three years working in Raleigh on 99.9 The Fan, said he wished someone would get in Albert’s ear and correct the way he’s been saying it adding that it has made him wish one of the top play-by-play voices in hockey wouldn’t be on the call for the playoff series between the Canes and New York Rangers.

“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it,” Rothenberg said.

Albert has been pronouncing the city’s name as “RAW-lee”. It is properly pronounced “RAH-lee”.

Co-host Rick DiPietro and the rest of the show crew thought Albert would take offense to the correction, especially since it’s such a minor thing, but Rothenberg thought that was ridiculous.

“See, no one can deal with tough love anymore,” Rothenberg said.

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes series shifts back to Raleigh on Thursday for Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.

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