Following his first season participating on the Philadelphia Phillies Radio Network, the club announced they will expand the role of analyst Kevin Frandsen, having him broadcast 81 games in 2019.
In his second season on the Phillies broadcast, Frandsen, will again partner with play-by-play voice Scott Franzke in the booth. Larry Anderson will fill the color commentator role for the remaining 81 games of the 2019 season, his 13th year on Phillies radio.
“My family and I are beyond excited that the Phillies chose me to be part of a team with Scott and Larry,” Frandsen said. “I have such an admiration for them both, and to have the opportunity to continue to broadcast Phillies games is very special.”
Last season, after Anderson announced his decision to take a reduced role on the Phillies Radio Network, Frandsen worked select road games in the booth, splitting 81 games with Kevin Stocker and Kevin Jordan. The Phillies decided to move forward with Frandsen, electing not to bring Stocker and Jordan back in 2019.
“Kevin [Frandsen] demonstrated during the 2018 season that he brings the perfect blend of enthusiasm and knowledge for our listeners,” Phillies executive vice president David Buck said. “In addition, he has a great rapport with Scott Franzke. We look forward to his continued contributions in 2019 and beyond.”
Frandsen played nine seasons in Major League Baseball, spending two of those with the Phillies in 2012 and 2013. The 36-year old San Jose native also hosts weeknights from 7 – 10pm with Drew Hoffar on San Francisco’s KNBR, a role Frandsen will continue even with his expanded slate of games on the Phillies Radio Network.
“We are thrilled for Kevin as he’s been working toward this goal since retiring as a player. It’s a great opportunity for him as there are only a select few announcer roles within Major League Baseball. We’re also happy this opportunity allows for Kevin to stay in the Bay Area and continue in his role on KNBR,” station Program Director, Jeremiah Crowe told BSM when reached for comment.
670 The Score Auctioning Off Producer Experiences for Charity
“The proceeds go to help patients suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia.”
There is internal competition brewing at 670 The Score. A charity auction has items to entice bidders that will get the winner inside the station’s Chicago studios. One is a producer for a day role in afternoons with Parkins & Spiegel. The other is the same role in middays with Bernstein & Holmes.
The auction benefits Laugh Your Face Off, a charity event started by WGN sports anchor and comedian Pat Tomasulo. The proceeds go to help patients suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia.
On Thursday, Tomasulo joined Parkins & Spiegel to talk about the dueling auctions and stoke some competitive fire between the two shows.
“I will be hurt if theirs goes for more money,” Danny Parkins admitted.
Both packages include the chance for the winner to sit on on their show’s pre-show meeting and contribute to show prep. When the show goes on the air, they will then spend an hour in the producers’ studio observing.
Chris Tannehill, Parkins & Spiegel’s sound engineer, promised that if their offering earned more than Bernstein & Holmes, he would even let the winner do his job and contribute sound drops to the show. Executive producer Shane Riordan noted that the winner can also screen phone calls for the show.
“That sounds like 1500 to 2 Gs for [Bernstein & Holmes],” Parkins said. “Ours feels north of 3 Gs. I mean beers! You’re not having beers for breakfast.”
The bidding for both prizes opened at $1500. Offers can be made until 9 pm on Saturday.
99.1 The Sports Animal to Coordinate First Tennessee Vols Spanish Broadcast
“We have explored various models to increase Spanish broadcasts across several of our sports in future years and felt this will be a great test run to start the process and expand our Vol Nation footprint.”
The University of Tennessee will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the first ever Spanish-language broadcast of Volunteer football. Fans will be able to hear Carlos Lopez, Juan Reveiz and Brian Rice call the game on the athletic department’s website UTSports.com.
While there will be no terrestrial radio distribution of the broadcast, the school’s broadcast partners are assisting. Learfield and flagship station 99.1 The Sports Animal in Knoxville will coordinate and produce.
“This unique opportunity to continue to grow our fan base is exciting,” athletics director Danny White said in a press release. “We have explored various models to increase Spanish broadcasts across several of our sports in future years and felt this will be a great test run to start the process and expand our Vol Nation footprint.”
Both Lopez and Reveiz are South American-born kickers with ties to the state of Tennessee. Lopez played high school football in the state and his college football career included stops at Carson-Newman and Middle Tennessee State. Reveiz twice earned All-SEC honors as a Vols kicker. He then enjoyed an eleven-year NFL career that included stints in Miami, San Diego and Minnesota.
Reveiz also has a lot of radio experience. He has hosted shows locally in Knoxville with 99.1 The Sports Animal and with the now-defunct AM 850 Rocky Top Sports.
Tim Ryan Signs Extension With 49ers Radio Crew
“The Mercury News indicates that both Ryan and Papa will have their contracts come up at the same time – 2028.”
Just ahead of the San Francisco 49ers game on Thursday Night Football, the team announced its radio color commentator Tim Ryan has signed a contract extension to remain on broadcasts through the 2028 season.
Ryan kicked off his 10th season in the booth a few weeks ago. He has been calling games alongside Greg Papa since 2019.
The Mercury News indicates that both Ryan and Papa will have their contracts come up at the same time – 2028.
Ryan played four seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. He was a third round draft pick in 1990. He has been broadcasting ever since.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
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