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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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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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