This was a year in South Florida sports media when NBC-6 inexplicably decided it was better off without arguably its most popular personality, a radio host was arrested for stealing from another station, and some Panthers games drew smaller audiences than Barbecue University, Mystery Diners and ice-crusher infomercials.
Recognizing the notable, regrettable and memorable from the local airwaves in 2014:
### Best personnel moves:
1) Fox and the Panthers hiring polished, respected Denis Potvin as TV analyst five years after dropping him.
2) 104.3 The Ticket pairing Josh Friedman and Chris Wittyngham on evening talk shows. They consistently mix smart, sensible commentary with quirky musings about day-to-day life.
3) WPLG-10 and NBC-6 hiring highly competent backup sportscasters Clay Ferraro and Stefano Fusaro.
4) WQAM-560 luring clever, engaging Marc Hochman from The Ticket for its afternoon drive-time slot.
5) The Dolphins and WINZ-940 snagging capable Greg Likens from WQAM when Jesse Agler left for the San Diego Padres.
6) WQAM promoting utilityman Curtis Stevenson to a prominent role on Joe Rose’s show. “Captain Curtis” deserved a regular gig and engages Rose in substantive conversation.
7) WINZ luring Andy Slater — who works harder to break stories than most talk show hosts — from WMEN-640, and WQAM upgrading by hiring Orlando Alzugaray, though he was much too critical of Ryan Tannehill this season.
8) Sun Sports hiring Ron Rothstein as a studio analyst on Heat games.
### Worst moves:
1) NBC 6 buying out Rose with a year left on his contract — essentially paying him not to work. At least they have a very good replacement in Adam Kuperstein.
2) NBC 6 dropping its 6 p.m. sportscast and Sunday Sports Final (the final episode is Sunday).
3) FIU refusing to grant a credential to Miami Herald sports writer David J. Neal early in the season because of perceived negative coverage, before coming to its senses.
4) CBS-4 refusing to carry the network’s post-game NFL coverage, including the conclusion of other games, following Dolphins games. It’s understandable that WFOR switches to a local Dolphins postgame show, but the station should shift the remaining CBS NFL coverage to Channel 33.
5) Sun Sports hiring Carl Pavano for Marlins postgame shows without giving him proper coaching.
### Best programs:
1) Dan Le Batard on The Ticket and ESPN Radio. Yes, there’s sometimes too much needling of Jon Wiener, but it’s still the show most likely to make you laugh and make you think.
2) “Inside the Heat, Marlins and Panthers” specials on Sun Sports and FSN. Consistently well-produced.
3) WSVN-7’s Sports Xtra. The quintessential wise guy, Steve Shapirokeeps the show light, lively and well-paced. And Drew Rosenhaus delivers quality guests and news tips.
### Best weeknight sportscast:
Shapiro on Channel 7, largely a function of the fact he has more air time than his competitors. But he makes the most of it.
### Best radiocast:
UM football on WQAM. The Hurricanes are the only local team that we would encourage turning down the TV volume to hear the radio call.
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107.5 The Fan To Present Stage Show in June
“Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning.”
All four local weekday hosts from 107.5 The Game in Indianapolis will take part in a live stage show next month. The event, titled A Night in the Fan Cave, will take place at the Indiana Historical Society.
Kevin Bowen Jake Query, Dan Dakich, and JMV will be on stage to talk sports, tell a few jokes and take listener questions.
Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning. For $65, fans get access to the show and free food and beverages. There will also be a pre-show reception and a chance afterward for attendees to take pictures with the 107.5 The Fan crew.
A Night in the Fan Cave is presented by Forum Credit Union. The preshow reception is presented by Larceny and Evan Williams Bourbon.
Jim Nantz: ‘Players Are Realizing Being In A Top NFL Booth Is A Big Deal’
Much has been made in the media about Tom Brady joining the NFL on FOX booth after his playing days are over. The majority opinion has been that Brady won’t succeed.
But if you ask Jim Nantz, Brady is going to be a home run.
“He’ll be very well prepared. That goes without saying,” Nantz told Rich Eisen on Tuesday. “I think he’ll be very good. I don’t have any question about it.”
Nantz speaks from having spent the last five seasons alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at CBS. Romo has been widely praised for his analytical skills and abilit
“I’m thrilled that he’s going to have a voice in the sport,” Nantz continued. “I think what’s happened here recently is that everybody has realized that that platform, being an elite analyst on one of the very few, handful of packages in the NFL, it’s a big deal. And you’re extremely relevant and people are listening to everything you say. And Tom will be up to the challenge.
“I never had a doubt that he would be a genius at this. I had a friendship with Tony that went back many years before the arranged marriage by CBS that put us in the booth together.
“I don’t pull against anybody. I’m not trying to outsmart, outdo this. We’re just trying to be the best that we can be, and I just like our situation of having the chance to work 21 weeks a year together having fun conversing, looking at one another face-to-face.”
Andre Knott Joins ESPN Cleveland
“Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally.”
ESPN Cleveland has added Andrew Knott to fill a variety of roles for the station. He will join the station’s content team and contribute both on air and online.
“I’m excited and can’t wait to go back to 850 ESPN Cleveland,” Andre Knott said in a press release. “Not only will I be talking sports but working with some of my favorite people in our business.”
Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally. Prior to that he was part of the Browns Radio Network.
“Andre adds great experience and personality, and he is an incredible storyteller,” said Matt Fishman, Director of Content, ESPN Cleveland. “He also helps to encourage the development of teammates newer to the industry, and we look forward to seeing him do that at ESPN Cleveland.”