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Toronto Blue Jays Bring Back Radio Broadcast

“The decision coincides with the team’s return to the Rogers Center.”

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The days of simulcasting are over in Toronto. The CBC is reporting that after going more than half the season without a dedicated radio call for their games, the Toronto Blue Jays will welcome back their radio crew on Friday night.

The decision coincides with the team’s return to the Rogers Center. The Blue Jays have not played a true home game in more than a year as Canada’s travel and COVID restrictions have forced the team to relocate to the United States temporarily in order not to be left out of the last two Major League Baseball seasons.

When making the announcement that games would be simulcast on TV and radio, Rogers Communications and the Blue Jays said it was a decision motivated by financial factors. It was unpopular with many people. In Canada, fans with vision issues said that they could not follow the game without the more descriptive radio call. In baseball, the team drew the ire of both fellow broadcasters and celebrity superfans.

“Taking the radio call away, we knew it would get a negative feedback — and it did,” Rob Corte, vice-president of Sportsnet and NHL production, told The Athletic. “There are certain elements of a radio broadcast that you can’t duplicate when you’re trying to have a broadcast of doing television and radio.”

Fans will get a paired down booth for the remainder of the season. Ben Wagner will be back at the dedicated radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. He will be alone in calling the games though. Rogers will not provide a color commentator.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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