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Orioles Shake Up Broadcast Teams

“According to the team’s announcement, they will take a more innovative approach to the 2020 season for their radio and TV broadcasts, utilizing their on-air talent in a variety of multiplatform roles.”



The Baltimore Orioles announced multiple changes to their 2020 team of broadcasters which features three new voices and a lot of moving parts. Scott Garceau, Melanie Newman and Geoff Arnold join the team of 18 announcers for Orioles broadcasts this season, which are seen on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and heard on their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan. 

According to the team’s announcement, they will take a more innovative approach to the 2020 season for their radio and TV broadcasts, utilizing their on-air talent in a variety of multiplatform roles.

Longtime broadcasters Jim Hunter and Tom Davis will move to “new roles as regular on-air contributors,” but those roles were not defined by the team in their announcement. Hunter has been with the team since 1997 and last year, took over as their lead radio voice and backup TV announcer after Joe Angel retired. 

“We are continually looking for innovative ways to engage with fans, expand our audience, and enhance our content,” said Greg Bader, Orioles SVP of Administration & Experience. “Through this new, multiplatform approach, our talent team will be empowered to deliver news, insights, analysis, and creative storytelling directly to our fans, regardless of medium.”

Scott Garceau returns to call games for the Orioles as one of their play-by-play announcers this season, a role he previously filled for 13 years. He will also contribute to MASN as a pre and postgame studio host for Orioles telecasts according to 105.7 The Fan. 

For four decades, Garceau has covered Baltimore sports, recently contributing as afternoon co-host of the Scott and Jeremy Show on 105.7 The Fan. The station just retooled their lineup, moving his co-host Jeremy Conn to the evening timeslot, as Garceau will no longer host a daily show on The Fan. The longtime Baltimore sportscaster also served as the play-by-play voice for the Ravens during their first ten years in the city. 

Melanie Newman joins the Orioles team of broadcasters after spending last season as the play-by-play announcer for the Salem Red Sox, Boston’s Single-A affiliate. Newman’s broadcasting career has also seen her contribute to the ACC Network, GameDay Radio, sideline reporting for Fox Sports Southwest and working as play-by-play announcer for the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders.

Geoff Arnold is added to the Orioles as he gets called up to the Majors after spending the last five years with Baltimore’s Class A-Advanced affiliate as the team’s Director of Broadcasting & Public Relations, along with serving as their lead radio voice. 

A number of announcers for the Orioles will remain in the rotation for 2020 as the full 18-member broadcast team is listed below. 

  • Geoff Arnold
  • Mike Bordick
  • Kevin Brown
  • Tom Davis
  • Rick Dempsey
  • Scott Garceau
  • Jim Hunter
  • Dave Johnson
  • Roch Kubatko
  • Rob Long
  • Paul Mancano
  • Ben McDonald
  • Steve Melewski
  • Melanie Newman
  • Gregg Olson
  • Jim Palmer
  • Brian Roberts
  • Gary Thorne

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Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte

“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”



Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.

Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin. 

“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”

Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”

Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”



The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”



John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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