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Flight 957 Arrives on 95.7 The Game

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95.7 The Game (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, today announced a new morning show, Flight 957 with Chad Doing, Joe Fortenbaugh and former All-Pro NFL Fullback Lorenzo Neal. The show debuts on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

“We are changing the sound of Bay Area sports radio with the launch of this exciting new morning show,” said Jason Barrett, Program Director for 95.7 The Game. “Expect Flight 957 with Chad, Joe & Lo to deliver a fresh, irreverent, and energetic spin to sports talk. The new show is the latest example of our commitment to bringing The GAME’s growing audience the best possible listening experience.”

Doing is a sports radio veteran.  Most recently, Doing has worked at KXTG in Portland and was previously the host of afternoon drive program Flight 750 with Chad Doing weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

“I’m thrilled to work with such dynamic personalities like Joe and Lorenzo,” said Doing. “We have already developed a fantastic working relationship that I believe will showcase our passion for sports.”

Joe Fortenbaugh co-founded the website National Football Post.com in 2008 where he has been writing ever since, covering topics ranging from fantasy football to sports betting in Las Vegas.  Fortenbaugh has freelanced for USA Today, ESPN.com, SportsIllustrated.com and VegasChatter.com, where he wrote golf course reviews and covered Las Vegas title fights from 2012-2014.  Most recently, Fortenbaugh co-hosting the television program “Fantasy Sports Today–Live from Las Vegas” on the Fantasy Sports Network.

“It’s awesome to be part of this new program and deliver a one-of-a-kind experience to our listeners,” said Fortenbaugh. “I can’t wait to stir it up with the guys and the audience.”

Lorenzo Neal was the preeminent fullback in the NFL for 16 seasons. He was a four-time Pro Bowler and played for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders.  He was voted a first team All-Pro twice, a second team All-Pro once, and selected to the NFL’s and Sporting News’ All-Decade team for the 2000’s. He graduated from Fresno State University.

“I’m truly excited to join 95.7 The GAME,” said Neal. “I’m looking forward to delivering that on-the-field, inside the huddle perspective listeners expect from a leading radio station.  I’m grateful to be a part of such a strong team and talk Bay Area sports every morning.”

Current morning anchor Chris Townsend moves to evenings where he’ll team up with 95.7 The Game personality Zakariah from 7 to 11 p.m.  Townsend will also become the full time voice for Oakland A’s pre- and post-game shows.

95.7 The GAME is the flagship radio station for the Oakland Athletics and Oakland Raiders. Effective December 8, 2014, The GAME’s new lineup will be:

  • 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.          Flight 957 with Chad, Joe, and Lo
  • 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.       Haberman & Middlekauff
  • 12:00-3:00 p.m.                    The Wheelhousewith John Lund & Greg Papa
  • 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.            The Damon Bruce Show
  • 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.      Towny & Zakariah

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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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Vanessa and Gallant

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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