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Under The Radar – February 13, 2018

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Another week of activity to bring you up to speed on from the sports media world. If you have personal or brand related news to share please send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now on to this week’s news.

Lost in the chaos of Super Bowl week was the news that Chris Mannix has ended his radio program on NBC Sports Radio. No word on what Mannix has planned next, although he did appear on FOX Sports 1‘s “First Things First” and stepped in to host “The Dan Patrick Show” which airs on FOX Sports Radio. NBC Sports Radio has turned afternoons over to “Calling The Shots with Keith Irizarry.” Details of the new afternoon show are not available yet on the network’s website.

Elsewhere on the national circuit, Peter Burns has landed a new weekend program on ESPN Radio. “Best Week Ever with Peter Burns” made its debut this past weekend and will air each Sunday morning 7a-9a ET.

Barstool Radio has added former Oakland A’s pitcher, ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst and current Barstool contributor Dallas Braden to its weekday lineup. “Dialed In with Dallas Braden” now airs weekdays from 2p-4p ET and includes comedian Steven Brody Stevens and Patrick “PCon” Connor who also works for KNBR in San Francisco. Barstool President Dave Portnoy says Braden’s addition will complete the radio channel’s lineup for the time being.

A new weekly soccer podcast, Alexi Lalas’ State of the Union, has been launched by FOX Sports. Episodes are expected to run 45-minutes and premiere every Tuesday at 5am ET. The first episode featured a preview of the U.S. Soccer Presidential election.

In less positive news, the sports radio world lost a good guy behind the scenes. Remote engineer and technical producer Kevin Ingles passed away last week. Ingles was a dedicated and well liked member of the ESPN Radio family. He also spent time working for CBS Radio. He was 36 years old.

In the big apple, Ray Martel has been named the new Executive Producer of the 710 WOR New York Mets Radio Network. As part of his new responsibilities, Martel will work on Mets broadcasts with Howie Rose, Josh Lewin, Wayne Randazzo and Chris Majkowski. He’ll also work with Pete McCarthy and Sal Licata on “WOR Sports Zone.”

WGN AM 720 is said to be pursuing the radio rights to the Chicago White Sox which recently became available. In the meantime, the station has inserted Joe Brand and Andy Masur into their weekend schedule offering sports updates.

For the first time in a decade, a woman is leading a program on KFAN 100.3. KFAN has added “Overtime with Carly Zucker” to its weekly schedule. The show debuted last Thursday and will be rotated in the evening hours around game schedules. To hear the debut episode which featured Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen click here.

1500 ESPN in Minneapolis is taking longtime personality Patrick Reusse off of Saturday’s in order to keep his involvement focused on M-F. Reusse previously had Friday’s off and co-hosted “Saturday Morning Sports Talk” with Judd Zulgad. Taking his spot on the Saturday show will be 1500’s Vikings reporter Matthew Coller. Reusse will now be featured M-F in afternoons working with Joe Soucheray.

Shifting to Seattle, Gee Scott is getting an opportunity to expand his horizons. The on-air host and contributor on 710 ESPN Seattle is moving to evenings on NewsTalk station KIRO 97.3 FM. Both KIRO and 710 are owned by Bonneville International.

Also in Seattle, iHeartMedia in Seattle has switched affiliations from CBS Sports Radio to FOX Sports Radio on its second sports station in the market 1090 AM. The station is being branded as 1090 KJR. The weekday lineup features FSR’s on-air personalities giving the KJR brand a live and local outlet on 950 and a national flavor on 1090.

Congratulations to Justin Kinner on being named the new program director and afternoon host at ESPN WING 1410 AM in Dayton, Ohio. Kinner started with the station in 2014 and takes over the position previously occupied by Mark Neal.

The same courtesy goes out to Frank Fowler who has been hired by SiriusXM in Washington DC as a producer. Fowler will join the satellite company’s sports programming department in early March. He’ll primarily be working on the SEC Radio channel.

Waco’s ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM and 99.1 FM is shuffling its sports talk lineup. The station will air ESPN Radio’s “Wingo & Golic” from 5a-9a. The “Voice of the Bears” John Morris moves from the afternoon to the morning and hosts from 9a-10a. Butch Henry joins Ward Whites for “The Opening Drive” from 10a-12p. “Unnecessary Roughness” with Craig Smoak and Qiant “Your Boy Q” Myers shifts from noon to 3p, followed by “You Make The Call” with David Smoak and Paul Catalina airing from 3p-6p.

In writing circles, news continues to revolve around The Athletic who are stockpiling talent across their various platforms. The sports website has added longtime sports columnist and 101 ESPN morning host Bernie Miklasz to the company’s St. Louis platform. To read Miklasz’s first piece click here. The company also snagged exceptional baseball writer Jayson Stark. The former ESPN baseball writer will begin writing for the site on April 1st.

One piece highly recommended is the column Doug Gottlieb wrote for The Athletic. The FOX Sports Radio host and FS1 on-air analyst and contributor opened up about some of the mistakes he made in college and how they’ve helped shape his life.

And ESPN is losing a talented scribe. Andrew Marchand has announced he’s departing as Senior Writer in order to join the New York Post as a sports media columnist.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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