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Jim Nantz Interviewed Tiger Woods In February And Had No Idea A Masters Return Was Possible

“I got no indication that what’s about to unfold here was in the offing.”

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Back in February, Jim Nantz and Sir Nick Faldo interviewed Tiger Woods at the GENESIS Invitational and Woods gave no indication when he would come back to the PGA Tour during what ended up being a 45-50 minute conversation with him in the booth.

Well, Tiger is back playing at The Masters Thursday morning for a 10:34 AM ET tee time. It’s safe to say Nantz was one of the many people surprised by that news.

Nantz was on The Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday and said that he went to see Woods a few weeks after the tournament in Riviera and said he got no indication that playing in the Masters was going to happen For Tiger.

“I was down in Jupiter, Florida, this was after the GENESIS. I got no indication that what’s about to unfold here was in the offing. I did not get the sense that he was going to play here.” 

Jim Nantz was in Jupiter to talk to Tiger Woods for a special that will air on CBS at 1 PM ET Sunday as Woods looks back at his first Masters win 25 years ago. The special will air right before the live final-round coverage and Nantz said this special will have viewers see a side of Tiger they have never seen before.

“I think it’s fair to say, I’ve known him since he was 16, you are going to see a side of Tiger you’ve never seen before in that hour. He has an era of nostalgia. He’s very open-hearted about that week. He was just outstanding and gracious. I loved that time with him.”

While Nantz had no indication a comeback to the PGA Tour for Woods was as close as it now is, he saw that the 15-time major winner still had the hunger to be great just by what happened the day he showed up to interview Tiger for the special.

“The day I saw him, we delayed when we were going to meet until 11 o’clock because he had a workout. When I saw him for the first time that day, I said man, how are you doing? He said he had been up since 6 and that he had gone after it hard for 4 hours and he cleaned up and got dressed for the interview. Point is, this guy’s just different. The hunger to be great. There’s just no one out there like him.”

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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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