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Travis Builds Multi-Media Brand

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For roughly 20 straight weekends last fall, Travis made the cross-country trip from Nashville, Tennessee to the FOX Sports 1 studios in Los Angeles.

Even as FSI’s newest college football analyst for the network’s Saturday pre-game show, he still managed his widely regarded blog, Outkick The Coverage, and also performed radio for 15 hours a week on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone. On Saturday’s, he jumped over to NBC Sports for his weekend three-hour radio spot as well.

And yet, the erratic schedule — which he still maintains — is in part what drives the 35-year-old Nashville native. It’s a 180-degree change of pace from his former days as a litigator during the mid-2000s.

“It’s pretty wild sometimes,” said Travis, who had just returned from a week-long stay out in Los Angeles. “…It’s why sometimes I almost flip out when the Wi-Fi isn’t working well on my Southwest flights. I feel like I have to be able to use those four hours that I spend in the air to work. I’m kind of always on the go, but there are a lot of people that do that. It’s like anything else — it’s a balancing act.”

In 2006, Travis finally gave up his legal practice and turned his full attention to writing, earning just $100 for three articles a week on CBS Sports. In the same year, he traveled to all 12 SEC stadiums on his “Dixieland Delight” tour, with the end result being a comprehensive book from the fan’s perspective. He’s since become a one-man sports media personality following the launch ofOutkick The Coverage in 2011. Some may even call him his own “brand,” if you will.

While sitting in a Birmingham hotel room, Travis channeled his inner Jerry Maguire and drafted a mission statement for Outkick, the foundation for his continued success.

“I’ve always been fearless,” he said to his readers. “That’s why I can promise you this, at (Outkick) we will be smarter, faster and more entertaining than any of the major sports sites on the Internet. We’ll also be 10 billion % funnier. And we’re going to break news, lots of news.…But most importantly, we’re going to have fun.”

Through a combination of pop culture pieces, Johnny Manziel briefings, breaking news regarding SEC conference expansion, and the weekly mailbag distraction, Travis has turned Outkick, and in turn himself, into a multi-million dollar business that not only offers gear for its supporters but also continuing education (CLE) online sports credit for lawyers. The site garners upwards of two million unique readers a month as the ‘Official College Football Blog’ of FOX Sports. Needless to say, through the SEC corridor and even more so now after three years running, Outkick is one of the most visited college football sites on the web.

With writing, radio and now, television, Travis’ plate is pretty full. He credits his wife, Lara, for not only her career support, but arguably more importantly, for raising two sons while he’s on the road.

“I have an incredible wife,” Travis said. “She does what I could never do and handle a six-year-old and a three-year-old boy all day in addition to being pregnant. …That’s a tougher job than anything I do.”

While Travis admitted that he is “probably doing too much” in the sports media industry, he said he’d “rather be doing too much than not enough.”

“I’d just hate to have to choose to give up writing, radio or television,” he added. “They’re all different challenges, and I enjoy them all for different reasons. The only way to not work as much would be to give one of them up, and I’m not willing to do that.”

They’re three separate entities, but as Travis said, they all “feed off each other,” which makes his life easier when he transitions from one to the other throughout his workweek. With the assistance of Twitter and the 24-7 online news cycle, there is probably rarely a time when Travis doesn’t have a finger on the pulse of the happenings within the sports world.

“While I’m writing, I’m paying attention to all of the news of the day, which keeps me plugged in for radio,” he explained. “I can try out arguments or opinions on radio and see what kind of response I get, so that maybe I can turn a few things into articles. And then on television, it’s all about synthesizing that information.”

For the rest of this article check out Forbes where it was originally published

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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.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

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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