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Under The Radar – November 22, 2016

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As we gear up for Thanksgiving, here are a few sports media items that have trickled in and you may have missed. If you have future news to share you can send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

Cumulus Dallas has found their successor to Tyler Cox, who is retiring after 40+ years in the industry, including the past ten as program director of Dallas News Talk stations WBAP and KLIF. Veteran sports radio programmer Kevin Graham, who last managed WEEI in Boston, and who’s served as PD for KFNZ in Salt Lake City, KTAR and KMVP in Phoenix, WXYT in Detroit, and WEPN in New York City, will succeed Cox. Graham says he’s long admired Dan Bennett and Jeff Catlin of Cumulus Dallas, and considers it a great honor to follow in Cox’s footsteps to assist in the continued growth of two of the country’s most successful News/Talk brands, WBAP and KLIF.

A special crew will be in place for tonight’s Monday Night football game on Westwood One, live from Mexico City, and featuring the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans. CBS Sports’ Spanish-language broadcast team of Armando Quintero, Benny Ricardo, and Brady Poppinga will call the action. The network’s regular broadcast team of Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason have the night off.

Rob Parker is heading west to Los Angeles to take on a larger role as a debate analyst at FOX Sports 1. Parker had made appearances on FS1 since the network launched but was still living and working in Detroit. No word yet on which shows he’ll contribute to regularly. The former opinionist previously worked for ESPN, and was a regular contributor to First Take before the show was altered to revolve around Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.

In San Francisco, KPIX 5 Sports Anchor Dennis O’Donnell profiled former big leaguer turned KNBR 1050 morning host Kevin Frandsen. To check out the clip and learn more about Frandsen’s transition into the sports media industry click here.

Zach McCrite is doing some fill-in work this week in St. Louis for his former employer 101 ESPN. McCrite, who now resides in Louisville and last worked full time for 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City, is stepping in for Anthony Stalter and Chris Duncan on The Turn.

Also in St. Louis, KSDK-5 has promoted sports anchor Frank Cusumano to Sports Director. Cusumano has been a sportscaster at KSDK since 1993, winning an Edward R. Murrow Award and 17 Emmys. He added “Some kids want to be doctors, others want to be lawyers, all I have ever wanted to do is to talk about sports on television and radio in St. Louis. I am honored to be able to tell the stories of these incredible athletes in our town.”

Longtime Toronto Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth is undergoing a cancer operation this week to remove a small tumor. Howarth said a biopsy failed to find any prostate cancer, but the growth was later detected during an MRI scan.

Jacksonville University has a new public address announcer. Joshua Jackson has agreed to be the PA voice for Men’s basketball games. He made his debut last week.

A new website (TheRaidersWire.com) is being launched by the USA Today Sports Media Group, and the company has hired Will Reeve Jr. to serve as the site’s managing editor.

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700k Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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