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Seahawks Reveal Broadcast Plans

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The Seattle Seahawks announced today their 2014 broadcast and network information. Play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee joins former Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard for Seahawks preseason telecasts on Q13 FOX. On radio, Steve Raible and Warren Moon will call the action with Jen Mueller as sideline reporter on 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM during the preseason and regular season.

The Seahawks 2014 preseason telecasts will feature limited interruption during the first quarter, giving one exclusive partner the opportunity to carry the advertising rights. The partner will be given five breaks to message in unique ways, including: messages from CEOs, corporate and community prerecorded videos, and interviews with key executives. Boeing and Washington’s Lottery will be featured in two of the games.

TV Talent (preseason)

Menefee begins his sixth season with the Seahawks broadcasting team as the play-by-play announcer for preseason telecasts. Menefee currently hosts FOX’s award-winning NFL pregame show, FOX NFL Sunday. Prior to taking over as full-time host in 2007, he called play-by-play for NFL and NFL Europe League games on FOX Sports and FSN.

Huard returns for his second season as analyst in the Seahawks TV booth. The former University of Washington star and Puyallup High School All-American has been calling college football for ESPN since August 2008, working as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC’s Saturday games, and is also a studio analyst for the networks. Since 2009, Huard has co-hosted a sports radio morning show on 710 ESPN. After a standout high school career at Puyallup and a record-setting stint at the UW, Huard went on to play six years in the NFL, including four spent with the Seahawks, from 1999-2001 and 2004.

Radio Talent (preseason and regular season)

On 710 ESPN and 97.3 FM is Steve Raible returning for his 33rd season in the radio booth, his 11th as “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. An original member of the Seahawks, Raible played wide receiver from 1976-81 and has missed only four games in the franchise’s history, either as a player or broadcaster after suffering a collapsed lung vs. Oakland in 1981. Following his football career, Raible joined KIRO-TV where he has won five local Emmy Awards including two for “Best Anchor.” He currently anchors KIRO-7 Eyewitness News at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon returns to the Seahawks radio team for his 11th season after serving as the preseason television analyst for the previous two seasons. After finishing a playing career in which he was nominated to an NFL-record eight straight Pro Bowls (1988-95), adding a ninth overall in 1997, Moon has become one of football’s leading broadcast analysts. He has spent recent years as a Westwood One radio analyst and sideline reporter and also spent time in the booth during Fox Sports Net’s Pac-12 College Game of the Week.

Jen Mueller enters her sixth season as sideline reporter. She is a 14-year sports broadcasting veteran and joined the Seahawks Radio Network in 2009. In addition to her work with the Seahawks, she has been a member of the ROOT Sports broadcast team since 2006.

For more information visit Seahawks.com where this story 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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