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Wiener Enjoying Home Cookin’

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Meeting with Jon Wiener, the host of “Home Cookin'” on ESPN Radio (105.9 FM The Zone), you quickly realize two things. He is excited and passionate about Mississippi sports and about his show as it enters its second year on the air.

Wiener, 28, grew up in Jackson and is a proud product of Jackson Public Schools. He graduated from Murrah High School and attended Trinity University in San Antonio, where he received a bachelor’s degree in English in 2010.

While at Trinity, Wiener played baseball, but it was at Syracuse University in New York where he received his master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism. He returned to Jackson in August 2011 for a job with Fox 40 when the station lost a football anchor.

After Fox 40 merged with WLBT, Wiener was laid off. That led to his opportunity in radio.

How did “Home Cookin'” come about, and what led to you getting the show?

I was at Fox 40 for two years when the merger happened, and getting laid off freed me up to do more radio. (Wiener filled in for Bo Bounds on “Out of Bounds” at times while at Fox 40). When I was filling in for the morning show, an opening happened to come open in the afternoon. … I got pulled aside and told they were looking for a local guy and were wondering if I would be interested in doing an afternoon show. In April of 2013, I got offered, and on August 1st of that year, we started the show.

What is the show’s format and structure?

The show’s format is all about Mississippi sports. That is the key. That is why we call it “Home Cookin’.” It is all about Mississippi sports talk. Anything Mississippi sports almost exclusively. That means obviously State and Ole Miss, but it also means high-school football and the SWAC schools. It means the JUCOs, college baseball, high school and college basketball.

It means when we look professionally at NBA, NFL or MLB, we look to talk about Mississippi guys like Monta Ellis (NBA), Eli Manning (NFL) or Buck Showalter (MLB) because what excited me to do the show—what my passion is—my drive is sports but, more importantly, Mississippi. I grew up here. I love Mississippi. I am obsessed with the history we have here from Marcus Dupree to Archie Manning.

The opportunity for me (is) to not only share but celebrate Mississippi’s sports and how much it means and how passionate we are about it—how rich and how the fabric of sports is built into our state.

Another big part of our show, one thing we have been able to capitalize on, is I believe people want to hear from players and coaches. Not writers and other pundits. People want to hear from people playing the game or involved in the game. Now the flip side: They are not always good interviews. Sometimes you get a player or a coach and you get cliches. I pride myself on being able to get real substantial interviews.

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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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