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KOA Parts Ways With Roach

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Alan Roach, often called “the man with a 1,000 voices,” has lost one voice.

The veteran radio sports reporter, public address announcer and voice-over talent, has been removed from his sports position at KOA (850 AM) in an economy cutback.

Roach recently returned from a two-week Hawaii vacation and was told he no longer would be involved in his two key station projects — the sports voice during the weekday “Colorado Morning News” (5-10 a.m.) and pregame, sideline and locker room reporting during KOA’s Broncos coverage.

His dismissal from KOA will not affect his local public address career, which includes work at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (since 2007) during Broncos games.

Recognized nationally for his deep, baritone voice, Roach became the center of controversy prior to the 2014 Super Bowl.

As a veteran PA announcer on eight previous games, he was prepared for duty in the New York Meadowlands for the Seahawks-Broncos clash. But league officials removed him, claiming his voice might give the Broncos “a competitive advantage.”

“Obviously I was shocked to find out about the KOA decision,” Roach said. “I’ve really enjoyed my sports reporting duties and my work covering the Broncos.”

Roach, 49, has been on the Denver radio scene since 1991, when he joined KRFX (103.5 FM) as an on-air talent. He came to Denver from Colorado Springs, where he was the radio voice for the Sky Sox and later the PA announcer at games.

He has been involved as a PA announcer in historic Denver sports debuts — the Rockies in 1993 and Avalanche in 1999.

Roach’s busy career also has included PA work at numerous NFL and NHL events and he’s been the stadium voice at Olympics events through the years.

Travelers at Denver International Airport are familiar with Roach since he provides airport information during their rides on the train system.

Roach’s dismissal from KOA will not impact his numerous PA and “voice-over” positions around the country, which include commercials, movie and TV work.

KOA sports director Mark Johnson has replaced Roach on the “Colorado Morning News.”

Credit to the Denver 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.

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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