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Sharks Reveal Broadcast Plans

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The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and Comcast SportsNet California (@CSNAuthentic) today announced that Sharks Alumnus Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13), who has spent the past nine seasons as the Sharks radio color commentator, has been named the television color commentator for Sharks games broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California.

2006 Stanley Cup Winner and 17-year NHL veteran Bret Hedican (@BretHedican) has been named as the team’s radio color analyst. Hedican will work alongside venerable play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky), adding his well-respected analysis on the team’s flagship station, 98.5 FM KFOX (@kfox) and the Sharks Radio Network.

Additionally, former Shark and 12-year NHL veteran Curtis Brown will serve as lead analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” and Sharks Postgame Live” shows.

“We are extremely pleased to have Jamie and Bret on our broadcast team to work alongside Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky,” said Chief Operating Officer John Tortora. “Over the past nine seasons, Jamie has earned the trust of our fans with his candid analysis and breakdown of the game and Bret will bring a fresh and knowledgeable commentary to our radio broadcast. We are excited to be able to have two veteran NHL players complement Randy and Dan, who we feel are the best play-by-play broadcasters in all of hockey. Furthermore, we’re excited that Curtis, another member of the Sharks family, will have an enhanced role on our pre- and post-game telecasts.”

Baker will continue to appear on Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live” programs. Baker’s high-energy personality, enthusiasm and excellent knowledge of the NHL have greatly enhanced Sharks radio broadcasts over the past nine seasons. In addition, his dedication to grassroots marketing has helped expand the ever-growing youth hockey population in the Bay Area.

Hedican joins the Sharks broadcast team full-time after spending the past five seasons as a pre-game, post-game and “Inside the Glass” analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s coverage of Sharks hockey, and he will continue to appear on both shows. Working with Rusanowsky, Hedican will provide expert, first-hand knowledge of the nuances and inner workings of the game.

A 12-year NHL veteran as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks and parts of three seasons with the Sharks, Brown joins Comcast SportsNet California full-time as the lead analyst for “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live.” He has been working with the network for the past three seasons as a studio analyst. Brown will co-anchor the pre- and post-game shows with 12-time regional Emmy Award winner Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN).

Seven-time regional Emmy Award winner Hahn will serve as the voice for Comcast SportsNet California’s broadcasts, his 22nd full season calling Sharks hockey.

On the radio dial at 98.5 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network, veteran radio play-by-play announcer Rusanowsky will return for his 24th consecutive season as the “Voice of the Sharks,” alongside Hedican.

For more information visit SJSharks.com.

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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.

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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