As Michigan football’s spring game approaches, head coach Jim Harbaugh is creating a bit more news than who might win the Wolverines’ quarterback competition between Cade McNamara and J.J. McCarthy.
Harbaugh invited his former quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick, to Michigan spring practice and named him the honorary captain for Saturday’s spring game. Additionally, Kaepernick spoke to the team after practice Wednesday and several pictures of him at the Wolverines’ facility were posted to Twitter.
On Detroit’s 97.1 The Ticket, new Michigan football play-by-play announcer Doug Karsch, who also hosts the midday show with Scott Anderson, revealed how he discovered the news of Kaepernick not only being at the practice facility but his role in Saturday’s spring game.
“I am preparing for the Michigan football spring game this week, been at Schembechler Hall all week, and I’m sitting in an office talking to [wide receivers coach] Ron Bellamy last night,” Karsch explained. “Down the hall, there’s some commotion… then here comes Coach Harbaugh, you can hear him, and I had my back to the door when somebody walks in the room, like right next to me, and gives the bro-hug to Ron Bellamy.
“I look up right next to me and I say, ‘Sup, Colin.’ I’m like, I don’t know you, you don’t know me. Sorry. It’s Colin Kaepernick. I was so shocked, like completely shocked, because it was so random. Suddenly, I’m in a small room and there’s Colin Kaepernick. He’s tall.”
As Anderson noted, the news was already out by the time Karsch & Anderson took the air on 97.1 The Ticket. But Karsch reported, along with several outlets later, that Kaepernick would also hold a throwing session at Michigan Stadium during halftime with several NFL free agent receivers. Which receivers will appear hasn’t been revealed.
“You gotta figure there will be some NFL scouts there,” said Karsch. “Most of the scouts are preparing for the draft, but there will be NFL people there. It completely caught me off guard, though. Did not expect it at all.”
Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons in San Francisco, compiling a 44-19 regular-season record and an NFC championship in his second season. (The 49ers eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31, in Super Bowl XLVII.) Kaepernick’s best two NFL seasons occurred with Harbaugh in 2013 and 2014, throwing for a combined 6,566 yards with 40 touchdown passes.
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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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio
“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”
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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