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Sports Radio Colleagues Take To Twitter To Honor Mike Golic

“The kind words will keep pouring in for Golic and it is clear to see the impact that he has in the industry on and off the air.”

Ricky Keeler

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For sports fans, one of the constants over the last 20 years was waking up in the morning to hear Mike Golic co-hosting either Mike & Mike or Golic and Wingo on ESPN Radio. On August 17, that will all change as the morning show will now feature Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, and Zubin Mehenti as the hosts. 

According to Richard Deitsch from The AthleticGolic is still under contract with ESPN, but a future role has yet to be determined. 

In the last 24 hours, many current and former ESPN personalities took to Twitter to talk about their experiences working with Golic on the air. We will start with Golic and Wingo, producer Evan Wilner, and ESPN Director of Talent Production and Guest Booking Ray Necci.

Over the years, many different people have filled on either morning show to co-host with Golic and a few of them shared their experiences. Adnan Virk, who is currently at DAZNremembered when he first worked with Golic and Mike Hill credits Golic for getting him on the air to fill in on Mike & Mike

Golic received some praise on Twitter from former colleagues Will Cain, who is now at FOX News and Doug Gottlieb (host on FOX Sports Radio). Cain and Gottlieb would both fill in on Mike & Mike from time-to-time: 

For other people, it is Golic’s kindness that helped them feel comfortable working with him, such as Jason Romano. Romano worked at ESPN for 17 years and felt more relaxed working with Golic. ESPN contributor Bobby Carpenter also explained how Golic pushed him to be with his family for the holidays rather than worry about filling in on the show.

Even though Golic had the national spotlight on ESPN, he would give a helping hand to people in the business as well. Randy Scott, who now works at ESPN, met Golic in 2009 and shared his story of meeting him and giving him advice that eventually led to them being colleagues: 

Danny Kanell, who used to work with Golic at ESPN (now at CBS Sports and Sirius XM), tweeted about what made Golic different compared to others currently in the industry. So too did Paul Pabst, Dan Patrick’s producer. Also weighing in was Barstool’s PFT Commenter, who acknowledged being a longtime morning listener and fan of Golic’s work.

https://twitter.com/PaulPabst/status/1280832610416107520?s=20

Last, but not least, Golic’s wife Christine, one of his sons, Mike Jr., and his daughter Sydney thanked the people on Twitter for their kind words and support. Golic Jr. will be in the new national ESPN Radio lineup co-hosting with Chiney Ogwumike from 4-7 p.m ET. 

The kind words will keep pouring in for Golic and it is clear to see the impact that he has in the industry on and off the air. There are many memorable moments to look back on from Golic over the last two decades and it will feel different when the new ESPN Radio lineup launches. 

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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