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Pollin’s Show To End

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Longtime local radio fixture Andy Pollin announced Tuesday morning that his “Sports Reporters” morning drive program on SportsTalk 570 will end after Friday’s show. Pollin said he will move to an as-yet unspecified role at ESPN 980.

Pollin’s show was on borrowed time after the creation of “The Man Cave,” which will masculinely debut on ESPN 980 Monday morning. That show will push “Mike and Mike” to SportsTalk 570, in turn pushing Pollin’s program off the air.

Pollin announced the end of his morning show just shy of its 18-month anniversary. It was launched in September 2013, after  “The Drive with Cooley and Czabe” replaced the old afternoon-drive “Sports Reporters” on 980. That program launched in 1999, meaning Pollin has been using the “Sports Reporters” format in this market for more than 15 years.

“But that’s the reality of this business,” Pollin said on the air Tuesday morning. “Good shows last for five years. Really good shows go 10. Only the great ones go 20.”

Pollin brought some of his familiar guests, including Chris Knoche and Kevin Blackistone, to the lower-profile 570 gig. He said he saw it as an opportunity to audition a local morning show for 980, and said that “management” rejected proposed slots to move the show back to 980.

“We have agreed for a role for me on ESPN 980 starting next Monday, but this show…will have its last show on Friday,” Pollin said. “That’ll be the last time we do a ‘Sports Reporters’ show. And I won’t try and hide my disappointment from you. I put a lot into this. I enjoyed doing it. It’s been great to connect to people….It’s been great for me to do something that A) I really enjoy, and B) I think has been a good show for a group of people. But the reality in this business, and in any business, is we love you out there, but there just aren’t enough of you. If there were more of you, we’d be going on.”

Pollin said he would complete this week’s shows; his last guest on Friday will be Rich Campbell, now of the Chicago Tribune.

“I have no plans to retire,” Pollin said. “Friday will be the last show and that will be it, and we will move on. And like I’ve done for the last 23 years, at either SportsTalk 570 or ESPN 980, I’ll do the best I can with what I’m assigned to do, and I will do it as long as they choose to employ me here. But we will say a fond farewell on Friday.”

Credit to the Washington Post who originally published this article

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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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