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WGR’s Buscaglia Joining Channel 7

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Here’s the type of story that Joe Buscaglia, the Buffalo Bills beat reporter for WGR radio, would likely report if it had to do with EJ Manuel, Marcell Dareus or any other Bill expected to change where he works.

In what is becoming one of the worst-kept secrets in the local media, sources say, that barring any last-minute snag, Buscaglia is expected to join Channel 7 shortly as the Bills beat reporter and an occasional sports anchor.

In addition, Buscaglia is expected to do extensive work on the Bills for WKBW’s website.

Occasionally, these things fall apart in the media as they do in football. At one point, it looked like Bills thought they were going to sign quarterback Josh McCown, who eventually landed with the Cleveland Browns.

But sources say that this is all but a done deal, that Buscaglia frequently has been seen inside Channel 7 and had a tryout on the anchor desk that went very well.

The station also hasn’t replaced Jeff Russo – who left his job as sports director almost two months ago to become a news anchor – on its sports team that now consists of Shawn Stepner and Nick Filipowski.

Stepner has taken Russo’s role, with Buscaglia expected to fill Stepner’s position.

The news could be a blow to WGR, especially since Buscaglia annually leads its coverage of the upcoming National Football League draft. However, Channel 7 could allow him to do freelance work for WGR if the sports station is interested and if it is willing to identify him as working for Channel 7.

It would be less of a blow to Channel 2, which has used Buscaglia on a freelance basis and enabled him to showcase his ability to work in TV. Channel 2 has the largest sports staff among the TV stations in town.

Credit to the Buffalo News who originally published this article

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Kevin Shockey Named Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015.

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KJR Assistant Program Director Kevin Shockey has been named the new Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio in Denver.

“I’m leaving a station that I love and going to a new station with talent that I believe in and I can’t wait to work with,” Shockey said in a Facebook post announcing the move. He added that it’s time “for a new challenge and a step up. That also means it is time to step out and take a risk.”

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015. He will fill the seat vacated by Dave Tepper, who became the Program Director of KOA earlier this summer.

His final day at KJR will be Wednesday. He’s expected to start working in Denver on Monday October 10th.

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Dan Le Batard: What 790 the Ticket Did to Jonathan Zaslow Was Horrifying

“But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz used its local hour portion of their podcast to discuss the folding of Miami’s 790 the Ticket. A large portion of the show staff previously worked at The Ticket and had many memories and thoughts on the end of an era for the brand.

Le Batard began by saying that it feels like they’ve grieved four different things in relation to the station, but it still stirred something when the news became official. Le Batard asked Stugotz, one of the founders of the station, what he felt when the switch happened.

“I wasn’t as sad as I thought I would be for a couple of reasons,” Stugotz said. “One: super proud of what we accomplished and built there. Secondly, and I’m serious about this, it probably lasted 17 years longer than what I thought it was going to last and for that I am thankful.”

The show went on to talk about one of the last pillars of the station, Jonathan Zaslow, being let go recently and how it was the final connective tissue that many had to the station where they began.

“My connection point (to 790 the Ticket) was the people there,” began Mike Ryan Ruiz. “The final nail in the coffin was when they let (Jonathan) Zaslow go, who was one of the original 790 hires. They did so in a crude fashion, I felt but…”

“Oh it was crude. It was crude,” Le Batard jumped in. “And that is what got stirred for me. That’s what got stirred for me when, it seemed 790 was dead to me because of some of the stuff that happened with the Local Hour at the end that I found disrespectful. But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful. The awful part of this awful radio business.”

Ruiz said that Zaslow should have been given an explanation and it wouldn’t have taken much.

“In fact, the explanation Zaslow should have gotten was ‘we’re consolidating both stations and don’t worry, we’ll tell the Miami Heat for you,’. Should have been a nice little human touch in regards to the Zaslow thing.”

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Kayla Anderson Added to 104.5 The Zone Morning Show

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor to WKRN-TV in Nashville.

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Kayla Anderson has been added to the 104.5 The Zone morning show, newly titled Ramon, Kayla, and Will, joining Ramon Foster and Will Boling on the Nashville station.

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor on WKRN-TV in Nashville. A graduate of Washington State University, she has also worked at television stations in Spokane, Missoula, Tucson, and Columbus in addition to her time in Nashville.

“After spending the last 15 years in local TV covering sports, I’m thrilled to venture into Sports Talk radio, joining 104.5 The Zone in the mornings with Ramon, Will and producer Jonathan Shaffer,” Anderson said. “I’m truly looking forward to hanging with this talented crew, talking sports, interacting with the listeners, and having lots of fun doing it!”

Anderson said on Twitter she is “so excited to join this group!”

Boling had been the interim host of the morning show after the August departure of Jason Martin.

Ramon, Kayla, and Will will be heard from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM each weekday morning.

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