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Dream Comes True For “The Guru”

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At 44 years of age Daryle Johnson is living the life he only imagined living. In April 2012 he was announced winner of the Lucky Break contest for 95.7 The Game. Johnson, known as the “Guru” is a sports fanatic and native of Union City, Calif.

The Lucky break competition featured 150 contestants who were evaluated weekly, on an assignment to deliver the most entertaining sports subject, similar to American Idol. After years of persistent sport call-ins, he has gotten his foot in the sports entertainment industry. His game time ambition has lead him to a victory.

Johnson signed a 1-year contract with 95.7 The Game back in 2012, which included a cash reward. He renewed his contract this year; the program director was pleased with his skills and asked him to stay. Over the past two years the “Guru” broadcast increased the ratings for this show.

The main job of a host is to come to the studio early to organize and prepare their opinions about local and national team levels. Johnson is responsible for covering baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.

“It’s a job, and it’s not just shouting into a microphone. I was blown away at the prep, which this job entails. It is amazing to see how prepared one had to be to have a great show,” said Johnson.

Johnson credited his love for sports to his father Norman Johnson. As a boy he was intrigued by three major sports. “He would take me to see the A’s, Giants, Warriors, 49ers, and Raiders games. I was then a sucker for sports,” Johnson said.

Radio host Zackariah Slenderbroek gave his kudos to Guru for renewing his contract. “He was good enough that he’s still there and getting regular air-time,” said Slenderbroek. “That’s not because of the contest, that’s because he has talent.”

Johnson had plans to pursue a psychology degree, but realized sports were the only topics he was enthusiastic towards.

“After going to college and not really being passionate about anything other than sports I prayed to the Lord that somehow I could get a shot to get into the business,” said Johnson.

As he approached his mid 20’s he listened and paid close attention to various sports hosts, and studied their techniques. “Stephen A. Smith is my favorite sports host, he is professional well spoken and a role model,” Johnson said.

Johnson had confidence and believed he could be a potential sports host, but felt he lacked a strategic plan to achieve his goal. After realizing he needed a better approach to jump-start his career, Johnson became a regular sports caller. He would call several radio stations, national and the Bay Area.

“One day I looked at my iPhone and had 10 text messages. After reading the texts from different friends telling me this is my big break, I had to enter. At this point in my life I was kind of ho hum,” Johnson stated.

If it was not for his friends encouraging him to enter the contest, he admits he would not be on the show.

For the rest of the story visit The Pioneer where this story was published

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Sports Media Reacts to Calls of Aaron Judge Hitting 62nd Home Run

Sports media offered plenty of reaction to both calls by two beloved and legendary play-by-play men.

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After all the agitating cut-ins on college football games the last two weeks, Aaron Judge finally hit his 62nd home run of the season on Tuesday to set the new American League single-season record.

The game against the Texas Rangers was not broadcast on national TV, so Michael Kay got to call the historic moment on YES Network. Meanwhile John Sterling was behind the microphone on the radio for WFAN.

Sports media offered plenty of reaction to both calls by two beloved and legendary play-by-play men.

The Yankees would go on to lose the game to the Rangers 3-2. New York finishes the regular season on Wednesday afternoon before they begin a postseason run as AL East champions.

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Colin Cowherd: Baker Mayfield Could Be Huge Star in the Booth

“I think Baker Mayfield, tomorrow, as a college football analyst, I think he’d be in the No. 2 booth within two years.”

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FOX Sports Radio host Colin Cowherd has never been high on quarterback Baker Mayfield even going back to the moment he planted the Oklahoma flag at midfield at Ohio State. But Cowherd does believe Mayfield has a bright future in the broadcast booth.

On his show on Tuesday, Cowherd said when Mayfield’s career as an NFL quarterback is over, he could transition to calling college football games and be wildly successful.

“If I owned a network, I’d put Baker on as a college football announcer tomorrow,” he said. Now he’s not (Joel) Klatt or (Kirk) Herbstreit, but I would put him on a college game. He’s got huge credibility collegiately, he’s totally outspoken.”

Cowherd added that it would just make sense for a guy like Mayfield to make the transition to TV.

“He’s like you know in baseball, a lot of catchers become broadcasters, in the NFL a lot of quarterbacks become broadcasters,” he said. “I think Baker Mayfield, tomorrow, as a college football analyst, I think he’d be in the No. 2 booth within two years.”

Cowherd finished by mentioning that Mayfield’s love for Oklahoma and college football in general would set him up to do well.

“He loves Oklahoma football, he has unbelievable passion for it,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with that. He doesn’t need the money. He could be a huge star as a broadcaster.”

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Kevin Shockey Named Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015.

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KJR Assistant Program Director Kevin Shockey has been named the new Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio in Denver.

“I’m leaving a station that I love and going to a new station with talent that I believe in and I can’t wait to work with,” Shockey said in a Facebook post announcing the move. He added that it’s time “for a new challenge and a step up. That also means it is time to step out and take a risk.”

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015. He will fill the seat vacated by Dave Tepper, who became the Program Director of KOA earlier this summer.

His final day at KJR will be Wednesday. He’s expected to start working in Denver on Monday October 10th.

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