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Under The Radar – February 6, 2017

Jason Barrett

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Another week of news to share that you may have not been aware of. To pass along future tips, press releases and relevant information, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here’s the stuff you might have missed.

One of the biggest sports media questions of 2017 is, where will Mike Francesa land after he departs WFAN? Last week during an on-air reunion with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Francesa said he will be on the air somewhere on January 3, 2018. He also hinted that the next venture might not be conventional. Stay tuned.

Altitude Sports 950 in Denver is going thru a change to its weekday lineup. Tom Nalen has left the station and his position in afternoon drive with Nate Kreckman, forcing the station to make a personnell adjustment. Starting Monday, Kreckman will be joined on a daily basis by former Denver Bronco Ryan Harris. The new afternoon show will be titled “Kreckman and Harris“.

Also in Denver, Mile High Sports is bringing in former Sports Radio 810 WHB evening host TJ Carpenter for a look. Carpenter who has spent the past four and a half years in Kansas City is expected to do a few test shows this week.

Congratulations to Kyle Brown who’s been promoted to Assistant Program Director at 710 ESPN Seattle. The station also announced promotions for James “Boy Howdy” Osborn and Taylor Jacobs. Osborn will become the station’s Topical Content producer, which includes handling the station’s imaging and developing ways to produce content across all media platforms. Jacobs takes on the role of Audience Engagement Manager, which focuses on the brand’s social media strategy and engagement, database development, and digital brand messaging.

When you have a love for radio, you keep pushing forward regardless of the setbacks. That’s exactly what Jeff Pantridge did and as luck would have it, he’s now landed the afternoon hosting opportunity at ESPN Radio 94.1 in Virginia Beach. Congrats to Dave Paulus and the Max Media Virginia Beach crew on finding a quality replacement for Nick Cattles who left last month to join 98.5 The Sports Hub.

Former LSU center T-Bob Hebert, who’s also the son of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert is returning to Baton Rouge. The former offensive linemen will co-host a morning drive show with Jordy Culotta on 104.5/104.9 ESPN. The program “Off the Bench” will air weekdays from 7a-9a ET.

CRC Broadcasting has announced plans to launch a new sports radio station in Phoenix. 1580 The Fanatic will debut Monday, February 13th and feature a mixture of local programming and CBS Sports Radio and SB Nation Radio shows. The station’s weekday lineup will consist of The Morning Fanatics with K-Ray and Bauer from 6-9am, Fouhy on The Fanatic from 9-10am, Jim Rome from 10am-12pm, The Daily Blender with Jeffry O’Brien from 12-2pm, The Dean’s List with Jeff Dean from 2-3pm, and Roc and Manuch with Shawn Crespin from 3-6pm. This will be the 4th sports station to be available in the Phoenix market, joining Arizona Sports 98.7FM, FOX Sports 910 and NBC Sports 1060.

Also in Phoenix, congratulations is in order for Erin Maloney who has expanded her role on Arizona Sports 98.7FM. Maloney will be providing on-air updates during Bickley and Marotta’s midday show.

In the windy city, Julie DiCaro and Brian Hedger are teaming up to co-host a new Saturday program on 670 The Score. The debut broadcast took place this past Saturday February 4th immediately after the Illinois basketball game.

Heading to the nation’s capital, 106.7 The Fan has made a couple of moves. The radio station has struck a deal with Thom Loverro to contribute to all of the station’s weekday programs. Loverro had been a member of ESPN 980 but was let go due to budget cuts. Additionally, The Fan has partnered with the Washington Capitals to bring head coach Barry Trotz on the Sports Junkies every Wednesday morning at 8am.

Congratulations are in order for Jack Fritz who has been hired as a producer at Sports Radio 94 WIP in Philadelphia.

CBS Sports Radio is losing the talents of Max Herman. The on-air anchor has announced he’s moving to Vancouver where he hopes to produce content for an interested company. Herman worked his final shift on CBS Sports Radio last week.

Former NFL Defensive Coordinator and San Francisco 49ers Head Coach Mike Nolan will be departing SiriusXM‘s NFL channel in order to accept a new opportunity with the New Orleans Saints.

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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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