Melanie Newman and the Baltimore Orioles made franchise history on Tuesday night. Newman became just the fourth woman in history to call play-by-play of a Major League Baseball game when she called the Os’ shutout loss to the Miami Marlins.
Melanie Newman is the first female broadcaster in Orioles history. Her assent through the Major Leagues included stops in Frisco, Texas and Mobile, Alabama, where she worked for the Rangers and the Diamondbacks respectively. Last year she and partner Suzie Cool made up the first all female broadcast booth in baseball history, calling games for the Red Sox single-A affiliate in Salem, Virginia.
The Orioles have Newman on their broadcast schedule a lot during the 2020 season. She made her debut for the team in spring training and clearly made an impression. If the season had gone according to the original plan, Newman would have called 65 games between MASN and the Orioles’ radio network according to Awful Announcing.
As of now, Newman is set to call 35 Orioles games on the radio. She will split play-by-play duties with Geoff Arnold. Prior to making her regular season radio debut, Newman already made an appearance as a sideline reporter on the team’s TV broadcast over the weekend.
Brady Quinn, LaVarr Arrington, Jonas Knox To Host FOX Sports Radio Morning Show
“The opening in morning drive was created four months ago when Clay Travis announced he would move to another department of parent company, Premier Networks.”
LaVarr Arrington is joining Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox in morning drive on FOX Sports Radio. The network announced today that 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe is the name of the trio’s new show, which will be heard every weekday. The show launches Monday on 350 stations across the country.
The opening in morning drive was created four months ago when Clay Travis announced he would move to another department of parent company, Premier Networks. He left FSR to join Buck Sexton in the time slot occupied by the late Rush Limbaugh.
“The FOX Sports Radio family was so proud when Clay Travis was chosen to team up with Buck Sexton to continue the tradition of excellence created by Rush Limbaugh,” Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, said in a press release. “At FSR, we make a commitment to each of our affiliates to deliver the best national sports lineup in the country, 24/7. Clay’s departure left a hole in our roster, but today, we proudly continue that commitment as we serve up a breakfast of champions with the launch of 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe.”
FOX Sports Radio didn’t have to look far to find its new morning men. Despite guesses and theories that included sports media professionals from all parts of the country at all levels of the business, 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe is made up of hosts that were already part of the network’s weekend lineup and had been serving as fill-in hosts for morning drive since May.
“Bolstering what’s already the best national sports talk lineup, we are injecting fun, personality, credibility, strong doses of caffeine, and thought-provoking conversation into morning-drive,” Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio, added. “After already getting rave reviews from the audience over the past couple months, we are fired up to have this dynamic trio start the day with a smile every morning!”
Arrington and Quinn will give the show a nice little national boost. The two will undoubtedly promote the show on FOX Sports’ television programs. Quinn is a part of FOX’s Big Noon Saturday while Arrington makes regular appearances on FS1.
Lisa Byington On Bucks Gig: ‘Sometimes History Finds You’
“We battle this every single day of our lives, the no’s, the not yet’s, the you are not good enough because you are a woman.”
Last week, Lisa Byington made history as she was named the play-by-play voice of the defending NBA champions, the Milwaukee Bucks, for Bally Sports Wisconsin. History is not uncommon for Byington as she became the first woman to do play-by-play for the men’s NCAA Tournament back in March and in 2017, she was the first woman to call college football for the Big Ten Network.
On Thursday, Byington was a guest on Spain and Fitz (57:20 mark) to talk about her role as a game-changer in the industry. She mentioned in her interview with the Bucks and Bally Sports Wisconsin that she was asked how she would handle being the first female ever in this role.
“I said, this is nothing new to me. We battle this every single day of our lives, the no’s, the not yet’s, the you are not good enough because you are a woman,” Lisa Byington said. “I said look, this is my story, this is what I have become accustomed to because I have lived this day-in, day-out, hour-in, hour-out. So, I am going to throw it back at you? Are you ready for this? I think the fact that they hired me was their answer.”
While Byington did not think this was a possible option a year ago, after calling games in the NCAA Tournament she decided that the sky’s the limit for what she can do in the industry and her agent, Gideon Cohen, at Excel Sports Management, opened the door to this job opportunity.
“You don’t chase history, sometimes history finds you. Sometimes people recognize something in you that you might not recognize in yourself. Some of these opportunities that I have had, there’s always had to be people that kind of opened those doors for me. When the idea of the Bucks job opened up, let’s go for it and we did.”
Lisa Byington will be joined in the booth by analysts Marques Johnson and Steve Novak as well as sideline reporter Zora Stephenson. She said that she will follow their lead a lot over this next year as she is “excited to be a part of their team.”
WBZ Radio Celebrates 100 Years of Broadcasting
The century mark.
WBZ Radio commemorated 100 years worth of broadcasting on Sept. 19, 2021.
The heritage station out of Boston was the first recipient of a commercial broadcasting license in the United States. Per CBS Boston, the station’s first broadcasts featured live theatre, farm talk and sewing lessons.
Yes, sewing lessons.
One of the numerous forms of celebration for the monumental anniversary included a personalized note from President Joe Biden.
“Radio has long been an important aspect of American life — narrating the triumphs and tragedies that have defined America as well as the day-to-day news that keeps listeners engaged with their communities,” Biden wrote via WBZ News Radio. “Over the decades, radio stations like WBZ NewsRadio have been on the forefront of journalism, providing entertainment and valuable information to people who tune in throughout the day.”
CBS Boston continued with their timeline of memorable moments in WBZ history, including a mention of a time during the 1930’s when a promotion called for bringing a live lion into the studio. The wild animal broke through a glass window and injured several people.
Throughout the years, WBZ has featured live news coverage of every major American event, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, terrorists attacks, multiple wars and natural disasters.
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