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Impemba Returns To Detroit With Red Sox Radio Crew

“It’s been really positive and that’s a cool thing,” he told Tony Paul of The Detroit News.

Brandon Contes

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Ten months ago, Mario Impemba’s 17-year run as the Detroit Tigers television play-by-play voice came to an abrupt ending when both he and his broadcast partner, Rod Allen were let go following an off-air physical altercation.  Impemba, who since joined the Red Sox radio broadcast as part of a rotation of play-by-play announcers, returned to Comerica Park over the weekend with Boston in Detroit for a series against the Tigers.

Impemba knew arriving at Comerica as part of the visiting team would be strange, especially the way his relationship with the Tigers ended last summer, but the veteran broadcaster was welcomed back.  “It’s been really positive and that’s a cool thing,” he told Tony Paul of The Detroit News.  “I’ve tried to flush the negativity out of my life the last nine months.  It’s been a good return here.  I’ll do two more games after tonight, and then go on with my life.”

Those two games have since been played, completing Impemba’s return to Detroit, but the way it ended last year still doesn’t sit well with the current Red Sox radio voice.  “There’s still a lot of negativity surrounding what happened,” Impemba told Paul.  “A lot of people ask me, ‘Why aren’t you telling your story?’

“I know what happened that night, he (Allen) knows what happened that night. I just want to move on.  Nothing comes from rehashing a bad event in your life.”

After 17-years with the Tigers, his hometown team, Impemba envisioned choosing when he would leave his dream job after a celebrated career.

“I wanted to leave on my terms when I felt I couldn’t do the job anymore and say, ‘It’s been a great ride, thanks, I appreciate the opportunity.’

“And I was robbed of that,” Impemba said in his conversation with The Detroit News.  “There’s some bitterness and anger there that you’ve gotta flush out. I think I’m getting there.

“I’m more angry at the situation, and it’s just going to take some time.”

Still, for Impemba, it could be worse than quickly rebounding with a franchise like the Boston Red Sox.  Working at Fenway Park, for a team with World Series aspirations every year while the Tigers continue a long rebuild presents a silver-lining for Impemba, who’s enjoying working on radio.

“There’s more freedom, there’s less cooks in the kitchen, you just do what you do,” he said. “And there’s less egos in radio, too. It’s been a lot of fun.”

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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Eli Gold Out as Voice of Alabama Football; Ends 35-Year Run

“I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

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Courtesy: Alabama Athletics

The Tuscaloosa News has reported longtime University of Alabama radio play-by-play voice Eli Gold will not be returning next season. Gold, who has been in the position for 35 years, told Birmingham FOX 6 Reporter Jonathan Hardison, “I will not be returning. The university chose to not bring me back. I have not retired!”

The report says Chris Stewart, who has been calling Alabama basketball for the Crimson Tide Sports Network, will take over the football broadcasts.

“Eli has been an invaluable member of our broadcast team,” Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of the Crimson Tide Sports Network said in a statement. “We are grateful for his years of service and wish him all the best in this next chapter. CTSN is fortunate to have someone as part of our existing broadcast team in Chris to step up and seamlessly transition into this role.”

Gold missed the 2022 season for health reasons, otherwise he has been calling Crimson Tide games each season since 1988. Gold, 70, had been diagnosed with cancer just over one year ago but called home games in 2023. Stewart filled in for Gold both in 2022 and 2023.

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670 The Score Hosting ‘QB1 Town Hall’ to Debate Future of Justin Fields, Chicago Bears

“We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”

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670 The Score – QB1 Town Hall
Courtesy: Audacy

Audacy-owned 670 The Score in Chicago will host a unique discussion to deliberate what the future could hold for the Chicago Bears quarterback position on Wednesday’s edition of the Parkins & Spiegel Show.

Following a 7-10 campaign by the Bears that marked the third consecutive season without a playoff berth for the team, there have been several questions surrounding the future of starting quarterback Justin Fields. The Bears have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft in a class with several accomplished college quarterbacks. Having selected Fields with the 11th-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the organization could look to move on from him, although he is coming off a season where he threw for more than 2,500 yards for the first time in his career.

Emanating from the Audacy Chicago Blue Cross Blue Shield Performance Stage, afternoon co-hosts Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel will deliver insightful perspectives and opinions on this quandary that has the football world waiting for a potential resolution. Various football experts will join the program, which will also include a live audience, contributing to the conversation surrounding this pressing topic.

The station ran a contest last week that determined the crowd at Wednesday’s event, known as the “QB1 Town Hall.” Members of the crowd will also be able to express their opinions and ask questions to a panel composed of Audacy personalities and sports industry professionals.

“This decision will determine the entire season’s trajectory and the fans are passionate about their views on it,” Mitch Rosen, vice president of programming at 670 The Score and BetQL Network, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to opening up this conversation to our listeners and Bears faithful.”

Consumers can listen to the “QB1 Town Hall” broadcast of the Parkins & Spiegel Show on 670 The Score, the Audacy mobile app and company website. Additionally, video functionality will be available through the official 670 The Score Twitch and YouTube channels. The program will run from 2 to 6 p.m. CST.

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Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio Celebrate Anniversary on 94 WIP

“Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”

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Logo for WIP Middays with Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio
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94 WIP hosts Hugh Douglas and Joe Giglio celebrated their one-year anniversary as the midday show in Philadelphia today. Following Angelo Cataldi’s retirement in 2023 and the subsequent move of DeCamara and Ritchie taking his place in mornings, Douglas and Giglio formed the station’s new midday show.

Giglio started the show, “Happy Anniversary, Hugh!…Yes, it is the one year anniversary of the midday show, of the change at WIP. Our key cards still work here, they still let us in this morning.”

Douglas, who had been part of the morning show at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta prior to starting with Giglio on 94 WIP, had mixed emotions. He was excited for the show, but was also reminded that he had been in Philadelphia now for a full year and had yet to find his permanent place to live. Giglio said he believes the reasoning is simply Douglas’ attention to the show and nothing else.

Giglio took a moment to thank those who help with and listen to the show. “We appreciate everyone who has been a part of the show for the last year,” he said. “We are excited for the next year to get started.”

Douglas played in the NFL for ten years, spending time with the Jets, Eagles and Jaguars.

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