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Under The Radar – August 8, 2016

Jason Barrett

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Here are the latest developments happening in sports radio, television, and print that you might not have been aware of. If you want to be included in this section in the future, send your story, tip or press release to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

  • Some changes are taking place behind the scenes at ESPN Radio. Congratulations is in order for Michelle Smallmon who has been named the new producer for ESPN Radio’s “Russillo and Kanell“. Smallmon moved to the network last summer after a successful tenure with 101 ESPN in St. Louis. She had been producing “Jorge and Izzy” featuring Jorge Sedano and Israel Gutierrez.
  • With Smallmon joining the midday show, Vince Kates takes over producing duties of “Jorge and Izzy“. Kates had been working with “Russillo and Kanell” and has a strong track record of producing top network talent including Colin Cowherd, Todd Wright, Jason Smith, and others.
  • FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix is launching a new 1-hour morning show. The radio station has confirmed the addition of “Four Quarters” featuring host Mike Jurecki. The show will air weekdays from 6a-7a and offer a heavy dose of NFL and Arizona Cardinals conversation.
  • WTIC Hartford afternoon host and CBS Sports Radio weekend man Andy Gresh is filling in Monday and Tuesday this week on WFAN in New York. Gresh will host the midday show. He’s also scheduled to fill-in on August 18th and 19th.
  • With 49ers play by play radio voice Ted Robinson busy calling the Olympics for NBC, Kate Scott is earning an opportunity to step up and call 49ers pre-season action on KNBR. Scott will call the first two games alongside former Niners Keena Turner, and Dennis Brown. Regular radio analyst Tim Ryan will be involved on the team’s local television broadcast.
  • Keep your eye on WDFN in Detroit. According to sources, there could be additional local programming on the radio station in the near future.
  • Richard Daugherty has announced he’s leaving the afternoon show on FOX Sports Knoxville. Daugherty had been co-hosting alongside Russell Smith. No word yet on where Daugherty is headed or who will replace him on the show.
  • In Cleveland, Dave DeNatale has announced he’s leaving as producer and co-host of the Bruce Hooley show on ESPN 850 WKNR. DeNatale had spent the past six years working for the radio station. No details were shared on where he’s headed or who would be replacing him on the show.
  • Continuing with departure news, producer Anthony Nachreiner has left Sports Radio 1560 The Fan in Melbourne, Florida in order to become the new Sports Director for 600 KGEZ in Kalispell, Montana. Nachreiner spent the past two years producing and contributing to the “Mark Moses Show”.
  • Producer Kyle Knezevich of The Dan Dakich Show, and MMA fighter and former NFL player Matt Mitrione have started a new Saturday show titled “The Beatdown”. The program airs on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis.
  • TSN 1150 in Hamilton, Ontario has reached an agreement to become the new flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL.
  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune have added Herbie Teope as a new Saints beat writer. Toepe had been covering the Kansas City Chiefs for the Topeka-Capital Journal.
  • Tania Ganguli has vacated her position as the Houston Texans reporter for ESPN’s NFL Nation, in order to accept an opportunity covering the Los Angeles Lakers for the Los Angeles Times.
  • Speaking of NFL Nation, ESPN has added two new faces, starting with Katherine Terrell taking over as the new Cincinnati Bengals reporter. The company has also brought in Alden Gonzalez to cover the Los Angeles Rams.

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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Jason Fitz: Keyshawn Johnson Cannot Be Serious With Trevor Lawrence Take

“There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

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When he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, Trevor Lawrence was heralded as a once-in-a-lifetime type of prospect. While his career had a bit of a rocky start, he has shown a lot in year two, including leading one of the largest come-from-behind victories in playoff history Saturday night against the Chargers. Jason Fitz cannot believe that isn’t enough to impress Keyshawn Johnson.

The ESPN Radio morning man ranked the eight remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs and put Lawrence dead last.

“Trevor Lawrence at eight? I know Keyshawn Johnson is out there in California, but I want to party with Key because obviously, he was doing a little partying before this show, Harry,” Jason Fitz told his partner on Tuesday’s edition of Fitz & Harry. “There is no way Trevor Lawrence is the eighth-best quarterback out of eight left in the playoffs after doing what he did after the first quarter of that last game.”

Fitz noted that during the season people started calling Lawrence “Trevor Tangerines” for the daringness he continued to show even after things looked bad for him and the Jaguars. He said that on Saturday night, he should have been called “Trevor Watermelons”.

Jason Fitz acknowledged that it would be hard to rank anyone ahead of Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, and Jalen Hurts, which made up Keyshawn Johnson’s top four. But Fitz doesn’t think this is a matter of Lawrence being disrespected for being number eight, behind Brock Purdy, who began the season as the 49ers’ third-string quarterback, instead of number seven.

“Considering the whole body of work and the way that Trevor Lawrence has played since week nine, you wouldn’t have to press hard to put Daniel Jones below Trevor Lawrence.”

He added that Keyshawn Johnson is also being influenced by the uniform Trevor Lawrence wears.

“I think there’s a little element that speaks to the fact that we have a perception on certain organizations. I’m just saying — four interceptions or not — this is the analogy I keep making this week: If Trevor Lawrence had the bounceback game with the star in his helmet as the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys, today the conversation would be like ‘Well, you can’t hold him down the whole game’.”

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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