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WGR Changes Buscaglia’s Role

Jason Barrett

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When I saw all the tweets that Joe Buscaglia, WGR’s Buffalo Bills beat reporter, was sending during the preseason opener with the New York Giants Sunday, I tweeted a message to him asking if he was no longer the sideline reporter during radio broadcasts.

I assumed he couldn’t tweet that often on the sideline.

He never answered on Twitter.

But multiple sources have confirmed that WGR is going without a sideline reporter for the first time in recent memory as John Murphy calls play-by-play of the game and Mark Kelso does analysis.

Buscaglia will be in the press box again Friday when the Bills visit the Carolina Panthers in their second preseason game and I expect he will tweet away.

He is expected to go to all the games to be part of the pregame show and halftime intermission and perhaps do post-game interviews.

The idea apparently is to increase Joe B’s online content and not clutter the game broadcast with a third participant.

The move is somewhat understandable considering all the restrictions that sideline reporters have to operate under National Football League guidelines.

The sideline also could possibly be the worst seat in the house for a reporter to see what is actually going on, except for when players come to the sideline injured. Joe B sees the game much more clearly when he looks at the “All-22″ game film that he uses to do his extremely interesting weekly analysis and grading of how every Bill plays in a game.

I would expect if WGR learns that it is missing something by not having a sideline reporter, Joe B will eventually leave his press box seat this season and get back on the sideline.

For more visit the Buffalo News where this story was originally published

 

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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