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Mason Starts New Life As Radio Analyst

Jason Barrett

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You’ll have to forgive Chris Mason for getting lost. During an 11-year NHL career, the former Predators goaltender acquainted himself with the maze-like corridors that lead to the locker rooms within the bowels of every arena.

He takes the elevator to work now, up to the unfamiliar upper levels of those same arenas. Searching for the press box Saturday, Mason and a reporter nearly walked the entire length of Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre twice before locating it, needing to stop to ask for directions.

Mason eventually found the radio booth, his new office after retiring from hockey this summer. He made his debut as an analyst on Nashville’s radio broadcast during the team’s three-game road trip last week.

“I think the first week went pretty good,” Mason said. “I definitely know that I have a lot to learn and areas to improve on, just getting the timing down, thinking of things to say on the spot, putting my thoughts into quick sentences. … It was awesome to see a different side of entertainment that I’ve never seen before.”

Mason’s last NHL action came during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, a forgettable campaign in which he compiled a 1-7-1 record, 3.73 goals-against average and .873 save percentage in his second stint with the Predators.

“All those lockout seasons have ended a lot of guys’ careers,” Mason said. “Statistically, I had an awful season, so with my age and everything too, I knew it was a possibility that that could have been my last.”

It was, but it gave Mason an opportunity to share an experience with his family. There had always been interest in playing overseas, so Mason signed with an Italian club and moved his wife and two young daughters to the small mountain town of Ritten Renon, located in the northernmost region of the country where German is actually the predominant language.

The plan was to play in Europe for one season with the possibility of another if all went well. Happy with their eight months in Italy, Mason and his family left for Augsburg, Germany, in what was the final year of his professional career.

“We knew,” said Mason, 39. “My daughters are getting older and it’s that time when we wanted to lay down some roots.”

Even before his playing career ended, Mason had kept in touch with Bob Kohl, the Predators’ senior director of broadcast and entertainment, about what might come next. With radio analyst Brent Peterson wanting to lighten his schedule, Kohl asked Mason if he’d like to join the broadcast team on a part-time basis. In all, Mason will work roughly one-third of Nashville’s games this season.

With no previous broadcasting experience, Mason recently estimated that he’s asked play-by-play partner Pete Weber and television analyst Stu Grimson “a million questions” about the nuances of the job. His longtime vantage point from the crease has helped him in providing a unique perspective.

To read more visit The Tennessean where this story was originally published

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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