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Congratulations is in order for KFAN in Minneapolis. The radio station once again flexed its muscles in the March ratings book, finishing 1st with every key weekday show. Chad Abbott and his team have built one of the most dominant sports radio brands in the country.

In San Francisco, KNBR turned in a powerful March book. The radio station was in the Top 3 with 6+, and Top 2 with Adults 25-54. They were also #1 with Men 25-54 in mornings thanks to Murph & Mac who delivered an 8.4 rating.

The battle in the windy city remains tight between ESPN 1000 and 670 The Score. For the month of March, ESPN 1000 led the way in middays (David Kaplan) and afternoons (Waddle and Silvy). The Score however won in mornings (Mully and Hanley). “Waddle and Silvy” turned in the highest performance of any sports talk show in the market, finishing with an impressive Top 10 showing in the 6+ demographic.

Despite undergoing a sea of changes to its weekday lineup, 790 The Ticket in Miami held off WQAM in the March ratings book with Men 25-54. The Ticket produced a 1.0, which was a tenth of a point higher than WQAM who delivered a 0.9. WINZ was a distant third with a 0.2.

98.7 FM ESPN New York’s “Hahn and Humpty” which features Alan Hahn and former Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro are adding a television component to their program. The MSG Network will televise a one-hour highlight show weeknights at 7pm ET starting May 23rd. A replay will air at 10:30pm ET. The show will include the best moments from each day’s radio broadcast.

In Dallas, Gavin Dawson of 105.3 The Fan‘s “G-Bag Nation” is entering new territory. The talented talk show host will debut a brand new show “One Nation“, this Saturday night at 8pm CT on CBS Dallas’ 1080 KRLD. Dawson has offered social commentaries, and unique political perspectives occasionally during his midday show. The venture into news talk allows him to further tap into that passion, while maintaining his presence on the highly rated Fan midday show. He says the focus of the new show will be on bipartisan issues that have a negative impact on the lives of average Americans, and the corruption of the legislative and election process. He expects the show to draw an edge and conservative slant from his position on men’s rights, and the decline of the modern American man and family.

After adding John E. Hoover to their weekday lineup, The Franchise in Tulsa has made moves yet again. The radio station recently secured the local market affiliation for the Kansas City Royals, and pried away the local broadcasting rights to Jenks High School football, the top rated program in the state of Oklahoma. The world champion Royals previously aired on 1550 KYAL, and Jenks played their games for the past twenty years on The Buzz AM 1430.

Longtime Producer Colin Hoggard and 610 The Fan WFNZ in Charlotte have parted ways. Hoggard spent the past eight years working for the radio station after interning on and off for a few years. He’s looking for his next opportunity and can be reached here.

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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.

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.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

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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