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WOR to Cut Sports Programming



When iHeartMedia’s WOR 710 became the flagship radio station of the New York Mets in 2014, they made a commitment to sports programming beyond just the Mets broadcast.  The residual effect of losing the Mets will cause WOR to cut its other sports programming.

In 2014, WOR launched The Sports Zone with Pete McCarthy airing weeknights at 6pm.  Although it’s not a sports-centric show, the station also built their morning program around veteran sportscaster Len Berman in 2015.  While Berman will most likely continue co-hosting the morning show on WOR with Michael Riedel, McCarthy announced The Sports Zone will soon be cancelled.

“With the Mets changing stations, WOR is discontinuing the Sports Zone at some point this fall. It’s been a dream come true talking about the team I grew up rooting for these last five seasons. Many thanks to all those who listened or contributed.” McCarthy tweeted.

Fill-in sports radio host on WOR and former producer of Mike Francesa’s WFAN show, Sal Licata also announced he would no longer appear on WOR.

“It was a fun 5 years at WOR, doing things on my radio shows that I couldn’t have done anywhere else. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and really enjoyed my time there working with good people. It was an awkward fit but I feel I made the most of my opportunities. I’ll miss it.” Licata posted on Twitter

It remains to be seen how the Mets new home in 2019, WCBS 880 will cover the team, but it’s hard to imagine the station adding a daily program similar to The Sports Zone.

Howie Rose is a near lock to continue as the team’s radio voice on WCBS, but Howie’s partner and the Mets pre/postgame host could potentially change.  Josh Lewin has joined Rose in the booth since the 2012 season and will be a favorite to remain the second play-by-play voice for the club.  Fill-in announcer and pre/postgame host Wayne Randazzo is also a candidate to partner with Howie on a permanent basis.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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TuneIn Premium Offering ESPN Radio Commercial Free

“All of the ESPN Radio content is available live or on-demand over the TuneIn platform.”



Courtesy: TuneIn, ESPN

TuneIn just announced a major addition to their premium audio offerings. ESPN Radio is now available commercial-free to TuneIn premium subscribers.

TuneIn’s top customers will now get unimpeded access to their favorite ESPN Radio shows like Keyshawn, JWill, and Max, and Greeny. The company had been offering ESPN Radio programming on its platform before, but never commercial-free.

“Every day, millions of people around the world trust ESPN to provide them with the latest and greatest in sports coverage and commentary,” said Richard Stern, CEO of TuneIn.

The brand new feature falls in line with other commercial-free programming that TuneIn has implemented. MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News Radio are all currently available in a commercial-free format for premium subscribers, along with CNBC and Bloomberg. TuneIn began its premium service in 2015 and initially allowed those subscribers to record anything on the app but that has since been discontinued.

All of the ESPN Radio content is available live or on-demand on the TuneIn platform.

“Now more than ever,” Stern said. “TuneIn is committed to meeting our listeners’ demand for timely and uninterrupted sports talk. As longtime partners with ESPN, we are incredibly excited to bring ESPN Radio Commercial-Free to TuneIn Premium, and give our listeners, even more, sports to consume.”

TuneIn boasts 80 million active monthly users around the globe and exclusively offers commercial-free programming from various news networks. Listeners can hear sports, news, music, radio, and podcasts from all over the world on TuneIn. 

Users can access TuneIn in 100-plus countries and on over 200 different devices. There are over 100,000 global radio stations available on the platform. The company has grown exponentially since Bill Moore founded it as RadioTime in Dallas 19 years ago.

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Matt Perrault & Dave Sharapan Team For New Digital Show

“Dave and I could not be more excited to get started, and we feel like is the perfect platform for the new show.”



Gambling media company American Affiliate announced the addition of sports betting radio host Matt Perrault, formerly at Sportsmap Radio, and longtime bookmaker Dave Sharapan today to its growing team of sports gambling media personalities.

The two will also be hosting a new sports gambling podcast and live stream called The Bostonian vs. The Book which will be live on

Perrault will serve as American Affiliate’s director of new media and brings more than two decades of radio experience, including his syndicated show, Pushing The Odds. Sharapan comes from a long line of gambling experts in Western Pennsylvania and has spent the past two decades working in sportsbooks in Las Vegas and around the world. The show is focused on sports betting entertainment along with the wealth of experience and knowledge from Perrault and Sharapan around the sports gambling industry.

“Dave and I could not be more excited to get started, and we feel like is the perfect platform for the new show.” said Matt Perrault.

“I made my first bet on Super Bowl X with my dad. The Steelers won, but didn’t cover,” said Dave Sharapan. “Sports have been a big part of my life since. The business is amazing. Every day, every game, the line tells a story. It’s fun to talk about, and I am pumped to do it every day, even with a Boston guy.”

“When I asked Matt Perrault what his dream show to develop was, I committed before he even finished saying Dave’s name.” said American Affiliate Co-Founder and CEO Chris Grove.

Starting in December, The Bostonian vs. The Book will be live on every weekday from 10 – 11 a.m. PT, with an audio and video podcast to follow.

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Big 12 Bans Texas Tech Radio Crew From Upcoming Game

“Texas Tech University has not officially commented on the broadcast plans for the Oklahoma State game.”



Texas Tech fans will not hear familiar voices this week if they tune into the radio call of the Red Raiders’ game against Oklahoma State. Play-by-play man Brian Jensen and analyst John Harris have been reprimanded by the Big 12 and barred from calling the game.

The conference took action on Wednesday. During Texas Tech’s game last Saturday, Jensen and Harris were very critical of the officials in the game. They even suggested that the league was conspiring to ensure Iowa State won.

“I’ll say it right now, the Big 12 does not want Iowa State to lose this game,” Harris said on air after an interception by Texas Tech at the goal line was overturned.

Jensen tweeted about the call from the broadcast booth during the game.

The final straw for the league may have been John Harris naming the officials on air and saying that the Big 12 should “be embarrassed” by them.

Timothy Burke collected all of the audio and tweeted it out in a thread showing what was happening on the field at the time of the comments.

“I understand the roles of the play-by-play and color analyst,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a press release. “However as University representatives they also have an obligation to adhere to Conference policy regarding comments about game officials.  The comments by the Red Raider Radio Network booth announcers were contrary to expected levels of respect and professionalism.  Questioning the integrity of Conference officials and specifically calling out members of the officiating crew is well beyond appropriate and permissible behavior.”

Texas Tech University has not officially commented on the broadcast plans for the Oklahoma State game. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal speculates that Geoff Haxton, who calls play-by-play of the school’s basketball and baseball teams, will call the action and sideline reporter Chris Level will serve as the analyst.

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