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Clay Travis Announces Plans For Outkick The Show

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the one year that I’ve been off daily radio, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the future of radio and talking to smart people in the media universe to gauge their thoughts. My question has been pretty simple: what will radio look like in five years? And I keep coming back to this answer — radio won’t look like it does now, not even close. We’re rapidly moving towards an era when all media is on demand at the exact moment that the consumer wants to see it.

That’s how my kids already consume all of their media, they expect every television show and movie ever made to be watchable at the exact moment they want to see it. The idea of scheduled programming is absurd to them.

I talked to tons of people about what my radio future should be and everyone under the age of forty said to not even worry about being on a radio dial, just do a podcast and let people find it. For months I wrestled with the decision of whether to do national radio show or do a daily podcast. But then something crazy happened, technology leapt ahead this spring. The first time I went on Periscope I saw the future.

Which led to some thrilling new opportunities.

That’s why I’m excited to announce my “radio” future.

Starting soon we will debut Outkick the Show, a daily one hour show that will broadcast live on Outkick, Fox Sports, Periscope, Facebook, and YouTube — replete with all your live comments — as well as turning the show into a daily podcast that you can download to listen to at your convenience.

The plan right now is to broadcast live each weekday at 12 eastern, 11 central, 10 mountain and 9 pacific. The show will air from my house, which means that I probably won’t even wear pants. I will, however, be able to take calls, interview guests, and conduct all of the typical business of a radio show without traditional commercial breaks and with live video as well as your streaming comments which I will respond to in real time, in typical Periscope press conference fashion.

Oh, and there will be no FCC restrictions on this show.

In addition to a daily weekday show we will also be doing post-game shows outside of that regular time spot that are flexible in nature. Some will be scheduled in advance, others I’ll decide to do on the spur of the moment. Big game ends in a controversial manner? Bang, we’re live with Outkick the Show. Coach retires or is fired, player arrested, it’s live show time. And it won’t just be sporting events either: presidential debates, VMAs, the Oscars, you name it, we’ll have a live show for you just after the broadcast ends for most big television events.

To read the rest of the article read Clay’s column where this was originally published

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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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