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Suzyn Waldman Embarrassed By Error On Yankees Broadcast

Suzyn Waldman of WFAN voiced her frustrations about announcing Yankee games remotely following a critical call in a game on Wednesday.

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Ever since the global pandemic descended upon us all early in 2020, people from all around the world have needed to adjust their typical day-to-day to some degree. Count professional sports broadcasters among those that absolutely find themselves in that group. Many have called games remotely rather than in-person, courtside or perched above and behind home plate.

Instead of being able to interact with players and coaches and those in-the-know before the game, or to take in the sights and sounds during, some broadcasters have to provide commentary from their own home; making adding extra insight to the games vastly more difficult.

WFAN color commentator for New York Yankees broadcasts Suzyn Waldman felt the repercussions of that first-hand last week. According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, during a critical ninth inning play in Wednesday’s Yankees-Blue Jays game, Waldman was looking at her notes and missed a controversial foul ball call.

Mistakes can happen in a 162-game season, but for a consummate professional like Suzyn Waldman, it stuck in her craw.

“I didn’t sleep all night,” Waldman told The Post. “I was really embarrassed.”

Waldman also mentioned she believes it would have been different if she was in Buffalo for the game, rather than working remotely. Currently, around a third of Major League radio broadcasts are done remotely, with more expected to return to ballparks after the All-Star Break. Given the rise in vaccinated players, coaches, fans, and personnel, it stands to reason broadcasting may be inching its way back to normalcy. Marchand posed that some of the hesitancy from some teams to return to the old model may not be due to the virus, but rather finances.

Still, Suzyn Waldman is not alone in her frustrations. Former ESPN and current Chicago Cubs broadcaster Jon Sciambi called KBO games during the heat of the pandemic, and told Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports last year of some of the difficulties of calling any kind of baseball game from afar.

“I mean, a league that I am learning seven days before the league starts, would be super hard. A league filled with players whose names are difficult to pronounce when you don’t get the lineups until 45 minutes before first pitch if I was physically there. That would be hard.

“And then, if you made me do the Royals and the Rockies exactly this way and my partner wasn’t next to me and I didn’t know the next shot was coming and they just showed me the Royals dugout, that’d be hard! Just all of it is difficult. It’s been really difficult.”

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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, according to sources.

The radio station has removed his shell from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website. An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

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. Since being with that group, he has worked with Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, 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.

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

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

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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.

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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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