Brandon Gaudin, is leaving his position as the voice of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Gaudin has called Georgia Tech football and men’s basketball for the past three seasons, in addition to hosting the coaches’ television and radio shows for each sport. A search for his replacement has begun.
The reason for Gaudin’s departure, he’s been named the new play-by-play voice of Madden NFL for EA SPORTS. He debuts on “Madden NFL 17” which arrives in stores this August. Jim Nantz, had appeared in the video game for the past four seasons alongside Phil Simms. Fox Sports NFL analyst Charles Davis will replace Simms, and work with Gaudin.
Also this fall, Gaudin will join the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer for various football, basketball and baseball broadcasts. He’s also been named the lead college football play-by-play announcer for Westwood One Sports, and will occasionally call NFL games for the network. His position as one of the voices for Westwood One’s coverage of men’s basketball, including conference championship week and the NCAA Tournament, remains unchanged.
“When I uprooted from Indianapolis to move to Atlanta, I certainly didn’t know my stay at Georgia Tech would span just three seasons. I just remember being so excited that I couldn’t get there fast enough,” Gaudin said in a Tech release. “This is an absolutely wonderful job, and I am incredibly fortunate to have held it.”
“While we are certainly excited for Brandon to have such a great opportunity to grow his broadcasting career, we are equally sad to see him leave,” said Mike Bobinski, Georgia Tech’s director of athletics. “Brandon has become an important part of the Georgia Tech family, and was respected and admired by our fans and alumni as the voice of the Yellow Jackets. Beyond his ability in the broadcast booth, his skill as a host and emcee added significantly to the quality of events across our department. While I know our fans listening across the State of Georgia will miss hearing his voice this fall we wish Brandon great success in his new endeavors.”
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected].
Boomer Esiason: Joe Benigno Was Just Doing His Job
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is. That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point.”
Former WFAN host Joe Benigno continues to make headlines after he revealed sensitive text messages he had with New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Despite the controversy, Boomer Esiason believes Benigno was simply doing what was necessary.
After Boomer & Gio played a clip of Saleh saying he “still likes Joe B.”, Esiason argued that Benigno was doing his job by revealing that Saleh “didn’t like” Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
When fill-in update anchor Chris Lo Presti pointed out that Saleh wouldn’t call Benigno by name — referring to him as “Joe B.” — Esiason said “That’s cause everyone knows who he is”.
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is,” Esiason said. “That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point. But man, I would think that Rob Saleh was pretty floored by all of that, I’d imagine.”
Co-host Gregg Giannotti agreed, questioning if Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke to Saleh about ceasing texting with the former WFAN host.
After originally revealing the text messages, Benigno has shared he wishes he hadn’t mentioned the comments made by Saleh in private. He later clarified that he took the coach’s statements out of context and misinterpreted them.
Anthony Lima: People Will Watch NFL Games No Matter Who the Quarterbacks Are
“The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
As the NFL begins week 14 with a Thursday Night Football matchup that pits a pair of backup quarterbacks against one another, 92.3 The Fan morning hosts Ken Carman and Anthony Lima agree it doesn’t matter who’s under center, fans will still be tuning in.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are slated to face the New England Patriots as Mitch Trubisky and Baily Zappe will start at quarterback for each team. During The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima Thursday, the hosts agreed they’ll still watch the broadcast.
“Do you think fans are bored by the league with this or are they more interested?,” Carman asked, referencing the Steelers-Patriots matchup.
“Well the ratings don’t show that,” Lima said. “The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
Indeed for its Week 13 Thursday night game, Amazon Prime Video recorded an all-time high average of 15.26 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys marked the 11th consecutive week of year-over-year, double-digit viewership growth for the property, and helped engender a 29% increase from last year’s 11-week average viewership.
Carman offered an analogy pertaining to wrestling, conveying how many people are interested in the sport when they are younger. He enjoyed the sport in his youth but it then began to phase out until he went to middle school and became interested again. These phases, however, do not seem to apply when it comes to the game of football.
“We line up for years,” Carman said of football. “There’s people who haven’t missed Monday Night Football no matter what incarnation [it is] for 30+ years. Is it an enjoyable thing to sell all the quarterbacks down?”
Lima is cognizant of what has happened at the quarterback position this year and feels that it makes him want to watch a game less, affirming that the starters on Thursday night will need to earn his attention.
“I think I’ll give it a quarter,” Lima said. “I might even be a little late… [but] I’ll put it on and see where the game’s at.”
Fred Toucher: What Did Joe Benigno Think Would Happen By Revealing Robert Saleh Texts?
“He’s on Zoom and he looks like he’s in his bedroom from like 1962. It looks like a little kid’s bedroom.”
Earlier this week, former WFAN host Joe Benigno raised eyebrows by revealing that New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh “doesn’t like” quarterback Zach Wilson. 98.5 The Sports Hub morning host Fred Toucher was dumbfounded by the entire situation.
During his morning show Thursday, Toucher questioned the motive behind Benigno sharing the text exchange, saying the former New York host “crossed the line” by revealing the coach’s texts.
“So what is it what is Joe Benigno thinks gonna happen? He comes on the air, he says he’s texting with Robert Saleh. He’s not lying,” said Toucher. “So if you’re Robert Saleh, you have this maniac old man texting you… You gotta be like ‘Alright dude, thanks. I shared with you my vulnerability and this is how you pay me back, you unempathetic prick. I expressed vulnerability to you, I showed you that I was concerned.'”
Fred Toucher did note that he actually likes Benigno and considers him a friend of the program, despite calling him a “psycho”.
“He’s an old guy. He’s a big-time Jets fan. Like, he loves the jets. Like really, really loves (the Jets),” Toucher said. “He’s on Zoom and he looks like he’s in his bedroom from like 1962. It looks like a little kid’s bedroom. There’s Jonathan Vilma jersey, it’s like tacked up hastily.”
Toucher concluded by noting he felt bad for Saleh, and hoped the revelation from Benigno didn’t cost him his job.
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