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Under The Radar – April 17, 2017

Jason Barrett

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Here are the latest developments from across the sports media industry that you might not be aware of. If you have a future news tip, press release or job promotion to share, please send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now on to the news we go!

Starting Monday afternoon, Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber make their television debut on the CBS Sports Network. The duo are taking over for Doug Gottlieb who left CBS Sports to join FOX Sports. Tiki and Tierney will broadcast in afternoons on both TV and the CBS Sports Radio Network. Damon Amendolara takes over their midday slot of 9a-12p on radio. Bill Reiter steps into D.A.’s evening position from 6p-10p ET.

The mother of New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple, Annie Apple, has annonced via Twitter that her one-year contract with ESPN has expired. She says she is thankful for the opportunity she had to work with some of the best peeps in sports and is looking forward to new adventures, giving the impression that her run with the network has come to an end. No word yet from ESPN on their future plans with her.

A tip of the cap to ESPN Radio producer Michelle Smallmon who ran the first of what she says will be 50 half marathons this past weekend in Rhode Island. Russillo and Kanell‘s producer is running in memory of her friend Mike Kelly who lost his battle to cancer. All monies she raises as part of her Refuse To Lose campaign, are going to The Mike Kelly Foundation to help fund free baseball camps for kids. Her first run generated over $3,700. To pledge your support click here.

A new morning show is now in place at Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville. The radio station has announced the addition of Tyler Ivens, alongside Heather Harrington. Ivens is a Knoxville native who spent the past four years in Cedar Rapids, IA working for KGYM. He and Harrington will wake up local listeners weekdays from 6a-9a ET.

Joe Ostrowski is moving on up at 670 The Score in Chicago. The former Chicago Cubs radio Executive Producer and contributor to the Laurence Holmes show, is trading in his late night experiences to wake up early and provide updates from 5a-11:30a CT during the Mully and Hanley and Spiegel and Parkins shows.

In San Diego, the Mighty 1090 has launched a new podcast featuring afternoon host Scott Kaplan and former evening host and local newspaper sports writer Kevin Acee. ‘The Radio Guy vs. The Newspaper Guy’ is two episodes in and worth a listen. Click here to check it out.

Bleacher Report is also increasing its podcast offerings. The company has announced the release of a new NBA podcast “The Full 48” which will be hosted by Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner. The show debuted last week with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appearing as the first guest.

Congratulations to Rob Ryan on being named the new public address announcer for the Vermont Bucks of the Can-Am indoor football league.

After 42 years in journalism, and the past 36 years spent chronicling sports in Central New York, Bud Poliquin has announced his retirement. The popular sports editor and columnist was a fixture for the Syracuse Post-Standard for more than three decades.

Speaking of retirement, Norm Sanders has also decided to put a bow on his writing career. The longtime Belleville News-Democrat sports writer is moving on after 32 years with the newspaper.

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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy

“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”

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Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.

“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.

“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”

He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.

“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”

He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.

Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.

The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.

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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number

“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”

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Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.

While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.

“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”

Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.

The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.

Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.

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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media

“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”

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Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.

Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.

“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.

They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.

“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.

He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.

Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.

In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.

“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.

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