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Under The Radar – October 24, 2016

Jason Barrett

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Here’s the latest tidbits from the world of sports media. If you have a news story or station event to share and would like to receive promotion for it in a future column, send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

Ike Reese has moved to the afternoon show on Sports Radio 94WIP effective immediately. Glen Macnow is filling in alongside Reese for a few days this week. The radio station expects to announce Reese’s permanent partner soon.

The world of politics is about to get a heavier dose of Curt Schilling. The former MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst has signed on to host a daily online talk show for BreitBart. A video livestream is also in the works. “Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling” will stream weekdays from 9a-11a ET starting on Tuesday.

Look for a new sports radio station to launch soon on FM in Columbus, Ohio. iHeartradio is expected to enter the space and present an alternative to market ratings leader 97.1 The Fan. Sources tell BSM that the lineup will include a mix of local and national voices.

Following the departure of Bruce Hooley, his former employer ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland has announced how they will fill his void going forward. The radio station will extend the afternoon show with Aaron Goldhammer and Emmett Golden by an hour to 3p-6p ET, and Munch Bishop’s “ESPN Cleveland Tonight” will now start an hour early and broadcast from 6p-9p ET.

Former 710 ESPN Seattle midday host Justin Meyers has signed on with 750 The Game in Portland. Meyers will host an Oregon football show and contribute as a fill-in host and update anchor during weekday programming.

Also at 750 The Game in Portland, Jonathan Glissmeyer has been promoted to producer of “The Bald Faced Truth” with John Canzano.

106.7 The Fan in Washington DC has announced they’ll be holding a special event for their listeners to honor their morning show, the Sports Junkies, and the band OAR, who are both celebrating twenty year anniversaries. “20 by 20” — a concert, celebrating 20 years to benefit “Heard the World” will take place on December 10th at 9:30 Club. For more information click here.

SB Nation Radio Assistant Program Director Mike Pearson is leaving the network in order to join ESPN 710 Los Angeles where he’ll serve as producer of the afternoon show featuring Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington. No word yet on how SB Nation Radio will replace his position.

Ryan Field has moved to New York City to become the lead sports anchor for WABC television. Field had been working for FS1 and hosting a weekend radio show on FOX Sports Radio.

Detroit Free Press Columnist Drew Sharp passed away Friday morning at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was 56. An autopsy revealed that he died due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Our condolences go out to the Sharp family and all who were close to him.

The Lincoln Star Journal has added Chris Basnett to its reporting team. Basnett will cover the Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball and football programs. He started work last week.

Former 94.9 The Game morning show hosts Austin Stanley and Zach Bingham have launched a website AtoZSportsNashville.com which will serve as the host to their show, podcasts, written pieces and video.

ESPN Boise has identified a co-host for their afternoon show “The Breakdown” with Joey Jenkins. The radio station has hired Alex Gold. Gold spent the past two years in Topeka, Kansas working for 580 WIBW.

Staying in Tennessee, sports station WHBQ (Sports 56) has added a simulcast of their programming in Tupelo, Mississippi. The station’s lineup can now be heard locally in Tupelo on 96.3 FM.

FOX Sports Radio has paired up Andy Furman and Brian Noe on Sunday mornings. The duo occupy the airwaves from 6a-9a ET throughout the football season. Furman previously hosted with Mike North who’s no longer with the network.

XTRA Sports 1360 midday host Mark Willard is once again contributing to FOX Sports Radio on Sunday’s. Willard is now co-hosting with Former Vikings Running Back & 2-Time Pro Bowler Robert Smith from 1p-5p ET. Willard also hosts Saturday’s alongside Undisputed host Joy Taylor from 1p-4p ET.

Jonas Knox has added a third show each weekend on FOX Sports Radio. Knox is now teaming up with former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn on Sunday evening from 8p-11p ET recapping every NFL Sunday game and providing live updates during Sunday Night Football.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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