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Predators Announce Changes

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The Predators will be offering additional television programming on Fox Sports Tennessee to support a minimum of 75 regular-season games this year, up from 70 in 2013-14.

All 82 games will be broadcast on radio on 102.5-FM The Game.

“We’ve really tweaked our broadcast lineup in large part as a result of our increased coverage,” said Chris Parker, Predators executive vice president. “All of the names are very familiar ones — people recognize them, they’ve been associated with our broadcast in many respects since day one — but they have some different roles and responsibilities.”

There will be one new name, Lyndsay Rowley, who will join Predators coverage on Fox Sports as a rink-side reporter.

Rowley has spent time on the sidelines of many sports, from college football to the NBA, and recently worked as the in-house television host for all Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) home games.

“She comes from a very diverse sports background,” Parker said. “She did some sideline work with the (Columbus) Blue Jackets. She has worked with Fox Sports-affiliated properties over the past several years. She knows hockey, which is critically important.”

Pete Weber will continue in his position as the play-by-play voice of the Predators on Fox Sports broadcasts, joined this year by color commentator Stu Grimson.

Grimson, who has worked for the past six seasons as color commentator on the Predators Radio Network, played 30 games with the Predators during the 2001-02 season and currently serves as president of the Nashville Predators Alumni Association and as president of the Nashville Jr. Predators.

Terry Crisp will continue to be a part of Predators home broadcasts on Fox Sports. He will co-host the pregame and postgame shows with Mark Howard, anchor special features and appear on Predators Snapshot, a look behind-the-scenes at the team.

Howard will continue in his role as anchor, with new co-host Crisp, of the Predators pregame, intermission and postgame reports.

“(Terry) has a job in this organization for as long as he wants,” Parker said. “He’s one of only a handful of guys who’s won a Stanley Cup both as a player and a head coach. So he brings a very unique perspective. He’s loved by the fans, he’s extremely knowledgeable and passionate.”

Willy Daunic, who took over radio play-by-play duties on a temporary basis in the midst of last season, will join the Predators staff full time as the play-by-play voice on the Predators Radio Network and flagship station 102.5-FM.

Daunic has worked in some capacity with the Predators Radio Network since the team’s inception in 1998.

A familiar voice on the topic of Nashville sports, Daunic has had a presence on Nashville sports radio since 1993, including maintaining a place on 102.5’s popular “Sports Night.”

“He took over about a month or six weeks into the season last year,” Parker said. “He did a fantastic job, I think better than any of us could have really thought. Really fell in love with it, enjoyed it immensely.”

Darren McFarland will continue in his position as host of the Predators Radio Network pregame, intermission and postgame shows, a roll he assumed after Daunic took over play-by-play responsibility in October 2013.

Brent Peterson will join Daunic and McFarland on the Predators Radio Network, serving as a color analyst for select games in the 2014-15 season.

Peterson has spent the last 16 years as a member of the Predators hockey operations staff, working behind the bench as a member of the coaching staff from 1998-2011 and most recently as the Preds hockey operations adviser.

In 2007, Peterson founded Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s, an organization dedicated to raising awareness of the devastating effects of Parkinson’s disease and helping fund critical research and educational and support groups.

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Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road

“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”

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When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.

“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.

No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.

Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.

On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.

“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”

If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.

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Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”

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Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.

On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.

This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.

“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”

McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.

“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”

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DeAngelo Hall Explains His Exit From Commanders Radio Booth

“I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do.”

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In a case of “you never know who’s listening”, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. got a surprise on Wednesday. Former NFL pro-bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted Brian Mitchell of BMitch & Finlay that he was listening and wanted to join the program.

After discussing some opinions of the Commanders and other rivals on the field, Hall made a point to address leaving the team’s radio booth as a color analyst. In April it was announced that Hall would exit the broadcast booth. At the time it was reported that the decision was Hall’s. On BMitch & Finlay he added more context by explaining that, “it just felt like it wasn’t the right situation for myself.”

Hall went further by adding that a deciding factor for his decision seemed to be the team’s vision for the broadcast.

“I need to see it. I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do. And you know how I am guys, I speak my mind and I just asked to go my separate way. I still love the organization, I’m still rooting for them.”

The former Washington player joined Bram Weinstein and analyst Julie Donaldson when the Washington Commanders overhauled their entire broadcast crew after an organization-wide sexual harassment scandal mentioned former play-by-play voice Larry Michael.

Hall was sure to praise his former teammate taking his role. “But so hyped for London Fletcher. I told Julie and Fletch at separate times man, that Fletch was such a great teammate and an inspirational person in my life and my process of growing as a pro and as a man, that taught me so much about the game. I couldn’t be happier that she gets a hell of a replacement in London Fletcher.

“I’m hyped for those guys but I’m too pretty to be on the radio, guys, I need more face time,” Hall quipped. “I’m fighting to get in one of them booths. When you see Tom Brady making 10-for-375 I said ‘I’m in the wrong business.’ When you’re watching Tony and them guys I’m in the wrong business. I got to get off this radio and get my face in front of the tizzube.”

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