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Sid Rosenberg Enters Francesa/Gio Fight

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In what is a somber day for the WFAN morning show, Mike Francesa and Sid Rosenberg shifted some of the focus away from the guilty verdict of former WFAN host Craig Carton.

The newest member of the WFAN morning show, Gregg Giannotti has made a habit of impersonating other FAN employees since joining the program. On Wednesday, Mike called Gio out in an attempt to rekindle a radio war between the WFAN morning and afternoon shows. Francesa said he happened to stumble on the morning show for about an “hour” and didn’t seem to find Giannotti amusing.

“Giannotti, stop with the impersonations of me. I mean, enough already. Get some new material, please,” Francesa said. “No wonder your show stinks. Jeez. Giannotti, I mean, he is short on ability, I’m sorry. I’m sick of the impersonations. I listened to them this morning, they stink.”

When Mike ended his rant, it seemed the battle vs. Giannotti would be put on hold until the morning show had an opportunity for a rebuttal, but Sid Rosenberg, former WFAN talent and current host of the Bernie and Sid Show on WABC saw an opportunity to get involved.

While Francesa will almost assuredly decline any assistance from Rosenberg in a radio fight, Sid still jumped in to support Mike’s talent assessment of Giannotti and add that listeners are leaving WFAN for his WABC show every day. Gio quickly responded to Sid on Twitter citing ratings, which led to a rant from Rosenberg, who many thought could replace Carton on WFAN.

Sid threw the first punch, so it was interesting to see him tell Gio, “I was your friend” and “show some respect,” but Sid is well aware that anytime he gets involved with WFAN drama it provides him with extra attention and listeners the next morning.

At a time where the WFAN morning show is dealing with the fact that their former captain was convicted of a crime which will ultimately see him in land in jail, they can be thankful to Mike Francesa and Sid Rosenberg for attempting to help them get through the day. 

Boomer and Gio do not take criticism too seriously, which continued Thursday as they found humor in the situation. The WFAN morning show remains a united front, and Wednesday evening’s comments from Mike and Sid appeared to serve the program well.

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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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