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Andy Burcham Named New Auburn Radio Voice

“In addition to being part of Tigers baseball and women’s basketball broadcasts, Burcham has been the pre and postgame locker room host for Auburn football since 1990.”

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Andy Burcham has been named the new “Voice of the Auburn Tigers” as the University’s leading announcer for Auburn football, men’s basketball and baseball.  Burcham assumes broadcast responsibilities previously held by Rod Bramblett, who died with his wife Paula, in a car accident earlier this year.

Burcham has been part of Auburn Athletics team of radio broadcasters since 1988 when he started calling games for women’s basketball.  For the last 25 years, Burcham also partnered with the late Rod Bramblett to broadcast Tigers baseball.

“I’m thrilled to be selected as the Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” Burcham said in a press statement.  “While it’s a bittersweet time and I wish the circumstances creating this opportunity were different, I am honored to be following in the footsteps of such legends as Rod Bramblett, Jim Fyffe, and others.  With this job, you’re not just the voice of Auburn football, men’s basketball and baseball.  You’re also the voice of Auburn.  You represent Auburn every day, and I will never forget that.  I have been in this community and broadcasting Auburn games for 31 years.  I understand and love Auburn and its tradition. I can’t wait to be a part of it moving forward.”

In addition to being part of Tigers baseball and women’s basketball broadcasts, Burcham has been the pre and postgame locker room host for Auburn football since 1990.  Burcham also served as the play-by-play announcer for Auburn football pay-per-view and tape-delay broadcasts from 1992-2013.

“During the very difficult process of replacing Rod, it was very clear that Andy Burcham was the right man to be the new Voice of the Auburn Tigers,” Auburn Sports Properties VP and General Manager Chris Davis said.  “He is well respected not only in his profession, but by his coworkers, Auburn Athletics coaches and administration, and in the community.  He understands the importance of this role.  Andy is a consummate professional who puts great preparation, execution and passion into his work.  Most importantly, Andy is a man of great character who loves and cares deeply for Auburn and what it represents.  We’re very excited for Andy and can’t wait for the Auburn Family to embrace him in his new role.”

As Burcham begins his new role as voice of the Tigers, a position held by Rod Bramblett since 2003, Auburn’s assistant director of broadcast operations, Brad Law will assume Burcham’s previous responsibilities.  In addition to becoming the pre and postgame locker room host for Auburn football, Law will partner with Burcham for the University’s baseball broadcasts.  Burcham and Law will also co-host Tiger Talk together.

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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Andrew Williams Named Brand Manager of BetQL Network

Williams will be based in Washington DC and will oversee all producers, talent, and audio content for the network.

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Audacy has announced Andrew Williams as the Brand Manager of the BetQL Network, the company’s sports betting platform.

Williams comes to BetQL after working as the Senior Producer for SiriusXM FC. He has also spent the past year as the Executive Podcast Producer for Chicago Fire FC.

“I am delighted and honored to join the BetQL Network and the Audacy family,” Williams said. “The opportunity to join the leaders in Wagertainment is something that I could not pass up. My family and I are extremely excited about this next chapter.”

“Andrew possesses a proven track record of creatively reaching audiences through the creation and development of rich multimedia content, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to BetQL Network as that is one of the core principles of the network,” said Matthew Volk, Audacy Senior Vice President of Sports. “We look forward to welcoming him and his leadership to our brand, which has seen rapid growth across all platforms over the last year, and watching his experience and expertise help continue to grow the network.”

BetQL Network distributes roughly 100 hours of original content per week on the Audacy and BetQL digital platforms, and features shows like BetQL Daily, You Better You Bet, The Daily Tip, and BetMGM Tonight.

Williams will be based in Washington DC and will oversee all producers, talent, and audio content for the network.

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Reese Waters Exits The Team 980

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In what appears to be another budget cut from Audacy, The Reese Waters Show on The Team 980 has been cancelled.

“It is in fact true The Reese Waters Show on The Team 980 has come to an end,” Waters confirmed during a video posted to Twitter. Waters went on to thank his producers, guests, and listeners for helping him grow both personally and professionally during his stint hosting the show.

Waters, who told Barrett Sports Media his sportscasting career began by happenstance, joined the station in February of 2021. His show aired from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM daily. He will remain the host of Open Mic on WUSA TV.

Audcay has made several cuts over the last week. Jerry Coleman has departed 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore, while the entire staff of 1250 The Fan in Milwaukee was dismissed.

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Craig Carton Details ‘MMA Uncensored Live’ Demise to Dana White

“About, maybe, 10 shows into it, Kevin Kay — the former President of Spike — comes to me and says ‘Listen, from now on, you can’t talk about the UFC’.”

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UFC President Dana White appeared on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts Wednesday, which allowed Craig Carton the opportunity to tell White how he was partially responsible for the demise of Carton’s short-lived television show MMA Uncensored Live.

“I was not the biggest MMA guy, but I knew Dana and I knew the guys at Spike real well,” Carton said. “Spike decided to get in bed with Bellator, which was just a stupid decision because the UFC’s everything, right? So, Dana, you don’t know this story, I don’t think. About, maybe, 10 shows into it, Kevin Kay — the former President of Spike — comes to me and says ‘Listen, from now on, you can’t talk about the UFC’. And I go ‘Wait a minute. The name of the show is MMA Uncensored Live’. It was on Thursday nights. All we’re doing is talking UFC. And he says to me ‘I’m not putting any more money in Dana White’s pockets. F*** Dana White’. And I go ‘Then I quit. I can’t do the show’. Because it’s about the UFC.

“So he goes ‘Alright. I’m gonna compromise with you’. And the compromise was you can talk about a fight from last weekend but you can’t promote the fights that are happening in 48 hours. Which made no sense to me. And then when the poop hit the fan, I went on MMA Uncensored Live and I said, on the air, Joe Rogan is the best sports analyst of any sport on any network. And two weeks later, the show disappeared. So thanks, Dana. Appreciate that.”

White, who made headlines for calling an ESPN reporter a “scumbag”, then went on to detail how a Viacom executive — the parent company of Spike — who calls himself “Philippe Doo-mond” was one of the most “arrogant, pompous, goofy” people on the planet. White said “His real name is Phil Dauman. He’s from Jersey,” before detailing how Dauman thought Viacom had built the UFC into what it was at the time. Those ineptitudes, in White’s eyes, made the show’s cancellation unsurprising.

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