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Barnett To Call North Texas Games

Jason Barrett

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Dave Barnett quietly settled in his familiar spot on a warm fall day in 2012.

The exact locale has varied through the years, moving from stadium to stadium, but the setup is essentially the same — a chair, a microphone and a game.

Barnett called the University of North Texas football team’s game against Texas Southern University at Apogee Stadium that September night, describing the action in the smooth baritone voice that has carried him through a decorated career.

Barnett, 57, had called hundreds of games just like it before, but this was different. The game was a rebirth of sorts for one of the familiar faces and voices in Texas sports broadcasting.

Barnett has been to the top of the mountain in sports radio and television since graduating from UNT’s school of broadcast journalism in 1979. When the Rangers played in back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011, Barnett helped deliver the story. He called the World Series games on radio in 2010 before moving to the television side the following year.

He has won two Emmys, served as the radio and television voice for the Mavericks, broadcast San Antonio Spurs games on television and spent 13 years with ESPN.

For Barnett, broadcasting is a labor of love — and an opportunity he credits to his alma mater.

“My whole career is one long debt of gratitude to the school,” Barnett said. “Everything I have done is a direct result of having gone to school here.”

Those ties are a big reason Barnett will take over as the Mean Green’s radio voice this fall, the next step in rebuilding his career after a tough and highly publicized departure from his job as the television voice of the Rangers. Barnett will call both the UNT football and men’s basketball games.

There isn’t a person with a better perspective on Barnett and the situation he will step into this fall than George Dunham, the longtime friend he is replacing in UNT’s radio booth.

“I have always said Dave is the best announcer for North Texas,” Dunham said. “He is smooth as molasses and is so good on the air.”

That talent and that history are what make the fact Barnett will be sitting in the radio booth at Ford Stadium on Saturday, when the Mean Green open their season at Southern Methodist University, a turn of events no one saw coming.

To read the rest of this story visit the Denton Record Chronicle where it was originally published

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Craig Carton: John Jamstremski ‘Shunned Me’ On Radio Advice

“I liked JJ a lot but that was not the smartest career move. I thought he went to work at McDonalds or something.”

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A discussion on WFAN about whether or not Craig Carton had heard one of his producers work on the air as a host turned into Carton revealing he once tried to give advice to John Jastremski that The Ringer podcast host allegedly didn’t take.

“I once gave JJ (John Jastremski) advice and he shunned me on the insight,” Carton said.

“Really? What was the insight you gave him?” co-host Evan Roberts asked.

“The insight I gave him was — he’s not even in the business anymore, right?” Carton asked before being told that Jastremski does a podcast. “I liked JJ a lot but that was not the smartest career move. I thought he went to work at McDonalds or something. As a a manager, not like flipping burgers or anything.”

Roberts then said he’s seen Jastremski on SNY, to which Carton replied “you see lots of people on SNY, they pay like $30 a shift. Not a joke. $30 a shift.”

Carton then said Jastremski not taking his advice “irked” him.

“When you and your friends talk about football, you talk about what league?” Carton asked each member of the show, who all said the NFL. “It killed me when he would say ‘the National Football League’. No one talks like that. Nails on a chalkboard. I go ‘Listen, you didn’t ask for my advice but I’ve got a pretty good track record. Talk like normal people talk. Nobody is sitting at a bar in Staten Island saying Hey did you see what happened in the National Football League today? People don’t talk that way. You didn’t grow up talking that way, don’t do it’. And he kept doing it. It pained me to my core. It’s a stupid little thing. Talk the way normal people talk.”

Carton then concluded by saying you can ignore his advice, but he’s been number one in both morning and afternoon drive, and the only other person to accomplish that is Howard Stern. He also said he told former WFAN and CBS Sports Radio host Marc Malusis that he is better on TV than radio and should focus on TV rather than radio. Five years later, Malusis is now the lead sports anchor at PIX11.

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Marcus Spears: Tom Brady ‘Let His Ego Get in the Way’ of Taking FOX Sports Job Instead of Playing In 2022

“Should we remind everybody that Tom Brady’s got $375 million waiting on him at FOX? Or did we all forget about that?”

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It’s possible that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady decides to retire for good at the end of the 2022 season, but that remains to be seen.

Brady’s decision to unretire not long after originally saying he was done playing shocked the football world, and some questioned why he wanted to come back and not make the transition into the broadcast booth.

ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears told Dan Patrick on Tuesday that the contract Brady signed with FOX should be enough incentive for him to call it a career at season’s end. Patrick asked him whether he thought Brady or Packers QB Aaron Rodgers would be back in 2023, and Spears said he definitely felt like Rodgers would be back.

“Should we remind everybody that Tom Brady’s got $375 million waiting on him at FOX?” Spears asked. “Or did we all forget about that?”

Perhaps Brady felt like he had unfinished business on the field after the Bucs got steamrolled by the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams in the playoffs last season. But even if that was the case, Spears said Brady couldn’t help himself and just stay retired. Now Brady’s chickens have come home to roost.

“He is learning that his damn ego got in the way. That’s what he learned,” Spears said. “Because what happened in Tampa based on what he needs can happen next year. They can suffer injuries next year. New contracts, guy moving places, can happen next year.”

Spears added that despite the Bucs still leading the NFC South with six games left, there’s a lot going on internally with the team that could persuade Brady to hang it up after this season.

“Right now it’s a bunch of disarray in Tampa,” he said. “So even if he decides to come back, is Tampa the right place? We don’t know that.”

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Merrill Reese Doesn’t See Himself Doing Anything Other Than Calling Eagles Games

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When it comes to voices synonymous with Philadelphia sports, Merrill Reese is among them.

The radio voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Reese and his broadcast partner Mike Quick were recently featured on NBC’s TODAY. Reese, 80, said he still has a passion for what he does.

“I love it,” he said. “There’s nothing in the world I’d rather do than be out here broadcasting NFL football, especially the Eagles.”

Reese has been calling Eagles games for more than four decades. The job has evolved in a lot of ways since the days at Veterans Stadium, and Reese said despite having so much experience, it still involves putting in plenty of work.

“It’s a little bit different,” he said. “There are hours and hours and hours of preparation.”

But the product of that work, Quick added, makes listeners seem like just about anyone could do what they do.

“It’s so chatoic in the booth, but we have to make sure that it’s seamless,” Quick said. “It comes out like two guys just sitting and talking football.”

Reese and Quick are both members of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.

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