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Under The Radar – 7/28/16

Jason Barrett

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After a few days away on business, I’m happy to get back on track and bring you up to speed on some recent developments inside the sports media industry. As always, if you have a news tip to share or a great story that you feel would be beneficial to others in the industry to be aware of, please send it to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

  • Former WDAE weekday host, and NFL player Ian Beckles has signed on to be part of a Sunday show on 102.5 The Bone in Tampa. The new program debuts on Sunday August 7th and will air from 11a-1p. Beckles is expected to be teamed with Mike Calta and Drew Garabo.
  • Speaking of WDAE, the radio station has added former Tampa Tribune Buccaneers beat reporter Roy Cummings as a special Bucs training camp correspondent. He’ll file a daily practice report and appear on the radio station’s key weekday programs.
  • Congratulations is in order for Mike Pearson who has been promoted to Assistant Program Director of SB Nation Radio (formerly Yahoo). Pearson has been a part of the Houston based network since 2012 and will work under PD Craig Larson.
  • Multiple sources have told BSM that the Los Angeles Rams have undergone a series of changes with their plans for their radio broadcast team. The team originally wanted Andrew Siciliano and Eric Dickerson to anchor the broadcast, but insiders say that neither are expected to be a part of it. It’s unclear of why talks broke down, but the latest scuttlebutt is that the team is now strongly considering JB Long and Maurice Jones-Drew.
  • Denver sports radio personalities Nate Lundy and Shawn Drotar announced on social media that they have launched the 5280 Sports Network, a Denver-centric website with a focus on pro and college sports, and featuring exclusive podcasts and video. The site went live yesterday. You can check it out by clicking here.
  • Portland sports radio stations 910 ESPN (KMTT) and 1080 The FAN (KFXX) have reached a multi-year agreement with the Washington State-IMG Sports Network. Beginning with the 2016 college football season, 910 ESPN-Portland will serve as the Portland affiliate for Cougar game-day broadcasts, with select games also to air on 1080 The FAN.
  • Joe Ferreira has left Learfield Communications to take a new position as the VP of Content Strategy for CSN Mid-Atlantic. Ferreira posted on Facebook that he’ll be leading a talented team of studio news, original programming, digital, and scheduling execs including on-air talent. His first day on the job will be Monday August 1st.
  • Boston radio personality Keith Rice has been added as a blog-contributor to WEEI.com.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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