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‘The Darren Smith Show’ Asks Who Could Replace Joe Buck on Fox’s MLB Telecasts

Buck has been Fox’s lead MLB play-by-play voice for 26 years. Who could possibly take his place behind the mic if circumstances came to that?

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The current NFL broadcasting carousel could end up affecting Major League Baseball coverage as well. (Insert disclaimer about whether or not MLB has any games to broadcast this coming season.)

One of the footnotes to news of Troy Aikman possibly going to ESPN was that the network might also pursue Aikman’s play-by-play partner at Fox, Joe Buck. Buck has one year remaining on his deal with Fox and ESPN is hoping Buck could be pried away if the contract terms are larger than Fox is willing to pay.

In that scenario, most of the discussion has centered on who would replace Buck on Fox’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team. But Buck has another significant role for the network. He’s the No. 1 voice for Fox’s MLB coverage as well. He’ll call the All-Star Game and World Series, in addition to a few regular season match-ups. And if Buck were to leave for ESPN, that position needs to be filled as well.

On XTRA 1360’s The Darren Smith Show, the crew pondered that question. Buck has been Fox’s lead MLB play-by-play voice for 26 years. Who could possibly take his place behind the mic if circumstances came to that?

Jonathan Rifkind suggested that a regional broadcaster would get the call up to Fox’s No. 1 chair, though didn’t give a specific name. That seems like an improbable move for the lead play-by-play role. As Rifkind mentioned, Brian Anderson made the jump from Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts to Turner national postseason telecasts. But that’s also a different network.

Marty Caswell gave the name that Andrew Marchand also mentioned in his Sports Clicker newsletter for the New York Post: Joe Davis. Davis seems like the natural move as Fox’s No. 2 broadcaster and the TV play-by-play voice for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And having succeeded Vin Scully, he’d surely have no difficulties taking over for Buck.

Adam Amin was another name Marchand cited, someone who’s regarded very highly by Fox. Amin has already called MLB for the network, broadcasts NFL games, and is the TV voice of for the Chicago Bulls. But for the All-Star Game, World Series, and a handful of national broadcasts, there probably wouldn’t be many scheduling conflicts.

So replacing Buck on MLB telecasts probably won’t be as much of a dilemma for Fox. But it still presents an intriguing question. That role becomes an important one every October during the MLB postseason, which potentially leaves a big headset to fill.

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David Schultz Out At 105.5 WNSP

“I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions.”

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WNSP is looking for a new afternoon show. A source tells Barrett Sports Media that David Schultz has been let go.

Schultz served as the Program Director as well as the host of The Game Plan in afternoon drive. Michael Brauner has been his co-host since last April.

David Schultz came to Mobile in August of 2019, replacing Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy, who is now heard on crosstown rival Sports Talk 99.5. Before coming to Alabama, Schultz hosted mornings on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is also a former contributor to WQAM in Miami.

“To the listeners of WNSP, it has been my honor and pleasure driving you home from work since August of 2019,” he wrote on Twitter. “I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions. I appreciated your patience as it took this ‘yankee’ a bit to get used to his surroundings. Thank you very much for bringing me into your homes, cars, and phones.”

The station’s permanent afternoon plans are far from solidified. BSM has learned that Mark Heim — who currently hosts The Opening Kickoff on the station — will cover the shift in the interim.

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Audacy, New York Mets Announce Addition of Keith Raad, Pat McCarthy

“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast.”

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As has been previously speculated, the New York Mets and WCBS have officially announced the additions of Keith Raad and Pat McCarthy to its radio broadcast team.

Raad joins the crew after spending last season announcing games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He has also been the voice of Wagner University football and women’s basketball since 2017.

McCarthy — the son of Philadelphia Phillies television voice Tom McCarthy — has served as the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-affiliate of the Phillies. He has filled in on Phillies broadcasts during the past two seasons, in addition to working as a football, and men’s/women’s basketball announcer for Princeton and St. Joseph’s Universities.

“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast,” said Andy Goldberg, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer, New York Mets. “Having Keith called up from Brooklyn, and being a local New Yorker to keep it in the family is what the Mets are all about.”

Raad will serve as the play-by-play and color commentator on the club’s broadcasts, while McCarthy will host the pregame and postgame shows, and step into the play-by-play role held by Howie Rose during select broadcasts.

“As we round the bases towards Spring Training, we’re proud to officially welcome Keith Raad and Pat McCarthy to our popular coverage of Mets baseball alongside Mets Hall of Famer Howie Rose,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York. “Once again, the Mets offseason has created anticipation and optimism for the 2023 Amazins’ and we’re looking forward to being the audio home for every moment on-air and digitally.”

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ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio

“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”

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SiriusXM still has a college sports radio station on its platform. It’s just called something different now.

A report from Cord Cutters News confirmed that ESPNU and SiriusXM have ended their partnership. Channel 84, which used to be known as SiriusXM ESPNU Radio, is now known as SiriusXM College Sports Radio.

ESPNU had been with the satellite radio provider since 2017. The channel itself, which has been on the Sirius lineup since 2010, was called SiriusXM College Sports Nation when it first launched.

Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed. Listeners can still tune in to hear hosts like Danny Kanell, Dusty Dvoracek, Rick Neuheisel and EJ Manuel, as well as live college sports play-by-play broadcasts.

The move doesn’t end ESPN’s partnership with Sirius. Cord Cutters noted that College GameDay will still be fully simulcasted on channel 81, which is ESPN Xtra.

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