When social distancing measures became a mandate in the Tri-state area to help flatten the coronavirus curve, 98.7 ESPN New York started offering their airwaves to local businesses.
Many local and essential businesses remain open to the public and 98.7 is giving them the opportunity to promote their service and products. It’s something 98.7 has done in the last few weeks, and will continue to do as a way of supporting the community. Small and local businesses that could benefit from a shout out have been asked to contact 987ESPN@gmail.com for more information.
98.7’s map of shout outs includes restaurants, home improvement contractors, automotive services, health facilities and more.
ESPN Adds Ray Ferraro, Brian Boucher For NHL Coverage
There are still plenty of openings ESPN has to fill. One of those includes the marquee play-by-play voice.
ESPN may be out of the running for Wayne Gretzky, but that doesn’t mean that it is standing still on its NHL crew. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Ray Ferraro and Brian Boucher are headed to Bristol.
TSN’s top game analyst Ferraro will join ESPN. He could be the analyst on ESPN’s top NHL broadcasts according to Marchand and will be part of ESPN’s and ABC’s Stanley Cup Finals coverage.
Ray Ferraro spent time with the Rangers, Islanders and Whalers in his playing career. He was also part of NHL 2Night alongside John Buccigross and Barry Melrose.
Brian Boucher is also headed to ESPN. NBC’s “Inside the Glass” reporter will stay with that network until season’s end.
There are still plenty of openings ESPN has to fill. One of those includes the marquee play-by-play voice. Gary Thorne has expressed interest in returning to the role. Marchand reports that the decision will likely come down to in-house candidates. Steve Levy and Sean McDonough have emerged as the top contenders.
Kevin Harlan Happy To Be Associated With Calls Of Fans On The Field
“Harlan says those are some of the moments when fans get to hear him at his most comfortable and authentic.”
Kevin Harlan has had a sportscasting career anyone in the industry would envy. He has called Super Bowls for Westwood One, NBA Conference Finals for TNT, and a plethora of NFL Playoff games for CBS. Still, he is well aware that when most sports fans hear his name, they think about the weird things that aren’t supposed to happen on the field but do.
Martin Kilcoyne of FOX2 in St. Louis sat down with Harlan for an interview over the weekend. The two touched on Harlan’s history with the Cardinals, where his dad was the PR Director during his youth. Harlan reminisced about building model airplanes with Bob Gibson and being welcomed into the booth to sit along side Jack Buck.
He talked about landing play-by-play roles for the University of Missouri and the Kansas City Chiefs and about how he chose to stick with those jobs rather than go to KMOX to join the St. Louis Cardinals broadcast team.
Kilcoyne said that most people think of “the idiot on the field” when they think of Harlan. He has incorporated calls of drunk fans and animals running onto football fields into his Westwood One broadcasts.
Harlan says those are some of the moments when fans get to hear him at his most comfortable and authentic.
“They were just fun moments and that was just clear,” Harlan told Kilcoyne. “I mean, if anyone listens to me, they know that is kind of part of it for me. I like to have fun. I like to laugh. I mean, we all do, but that’s what that was.”
Given all of the games and moments people have experienced with Harlan’s voice, he says it is strange to think the call of a cat running loose on the field at MetLife Stadium is what so many people will first think of when they hear his name.
“I like to think there is a call down the road here that will better do that. You know, I’ve been proud of my career. I think that all careers have a lot of tentacles to them. So this will be one of those tentacles. I’ll enjoy it if people have enjoyed it.”
Laurence Holmes Gives Up CBS Sports Radio Show
Getting up at 3 a.m. was a grind, especially with all he has going on with his Chicago radio show through the week and booking guests to join him live at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning was beyond challenging.
Those who tuned in to CBS Sports Radio on Sunday morning to hear Laurence Holmes were left wondering why they were met with a different voice on the other end of the radio dial.
Holmes is no longer hosting the national show and he explained why on the most recent episode of his “House of L Podcast.”
The majority of his reasoning surrounded how it was affecting his lifestyle in a negative way both mentally and physically. Getting up at 3 a.m. was a grind, especially with all he has going on with his Chicago radio show through the week, and booking guests to join him live at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning was beyond challenging.
Laurence Holmes expressed that he has felt a lot of anxiety around putting the show together in a way that was different than what he would consider normal anxiety for his podcast or show on 670 The Score.
“I felt like there was a chore involved in doing it and it became less fun,” said Holmes.
While Holmes initially took the job to see if he could compete at a national level and put together a product that people around the country enjoyed – which many would say he succeeded in – he decided that the stress it added to his life wasn’t worth continuing.
He also told listeners that he has added other personal projects to his life, including possibly getting another degree.
Holmes said that he has felt relieved and very happy with his decision.
“I slept like a baby last night,” said Holmes.