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WFAN Plans To Keep Moose & Maggie In Mid Days

“New contracts have not been signed by the two hosts, but offers will be made by The Fan and parent company Entercom.”

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With Craig Carton set to rejoin WFAN’s weekday lineup next week, the decision to pair him with incumbent afternoon host Evan Roberts means Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray will remain in their midday timeslot. 

Even though Moose and Maggie won’t be disrupted by the addition of Carton, questions remained about their future in WFAN’s revamped lineup. But according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, WFAN is ready to keep the show going into 2021. New contracts have not been signed by the two hosts, but offers will be made by The Fan and parent company Entercom.

Up until Carton and Roberts was announced by WFAN last week, there were reports of attempts to reacquire Bart Scott from ESPN New York, with plans of putting him alongside Carton from 2 – 7pm. If that happened, Roberts would have likely returned to middays, with Gray considered the favorite to be his co-host. Pairing Roberts and Gray from 10am – 2pm would have left Malusis on the outside looking in at WFAN’s lineup. 

Instead, not only are Gray and Malusis both in middays when Carton returns next week, but they’re expected to get an opportunity to control the timeslot into the New Year. Gray has added value to WFAN which features a white-male dominated lineup unrepresentative of New York, but she’s also on her third co-host pairing since joining the station full-time in 2018. 

Gray was hired with Chris Carlin and Bart Scott to replace Mike Francesa the first time he left afternoon drive nearly three years ago. The trio was then relegated to the 1 – 3pm hours when Francesa returned, with Gray and Scott pinned as a duo after Carlin was let go. When Scott spurned WFAN for ESPN New York this past January, Gray was paired with Malusis to take over the 10am – 2pm timeslot. 

If Moose and Maggie can’t put a lock on WFAN’s midday show, the narrative might unjustifiably point to Gray and whether or not she deserves a fourth co-host pairing in three years. 

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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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