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Dennis & Callahan At Odds

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The cold war between WEEI morning men John Dennis and Gerry Callahan continued yesterday, but their boss expects that they will kiss and make up and he’s not too worried about the long-term fallout for the station’s highest-rated show.

“I think the temporary tension between John and Gerry is an occasional and natural byproduct of two people in any long-term, working relationship, especially when they have to get up every morning at 3:30 a.m.,” Entercom Boston boss Phil Zachary told the Track. “Having worked with morning teams for the better part of 40 years, I’ve seen this play out time and again, so I’m not concerned. The only difference here is the media scrutiny. Everyone loves a good soap opera.”

Well yes, we do.

A former station insider who worked with Dennis and Callahan said he knows there have been tensions over the years between the two but was surprised to see the feud spinning out publicly.

“They always had their little quirks, but nothing ever got out of the office,” our snitch said. “They always closed the door and hashed it out and nobody ever noticed. This is different because they are both on the record talking about the laundry.”

As we told you yesterday, the longtime on-air partners have been sniping back and forth for a couple of weeks now, first Dennis while Callahan was on vacation, and then Gerry firing back while Dino was away this week.

In a nutshell, Dennis is feeling like the odd man out on the morning show and believes Callahan and co-host Kirk Minihane are freezing him out. He also said Callahan was less than supportive during his recent stint in rehab for alcohol addiction and added that he believes Gerry is threatened by his “likeability factor.” Callahan says it’s all a crock.

In any event, the two are under contract through September 2017, so they are going to have to suck it up and make up, or it’s gonna be a loooong two years.

“They’ll probably have to sit down and have a conversation if they haven’t already,” said our source. “They are both obviously very smart guys and know what’s best for the show. They’ll figure it out. They are too good not to.”

Dennis & Callahan will be together for the first time in weeks on Monday so it will be interesting to see how they handle the situation.

“On Monday, John, Gerry and Kirk Minihane will be professional broadcasters who speak their minds as listeners have come to expect,” Zachary said. “I’m certain they will communicate before then because there are frequent conversations regarding show topics and content before each program.”

As always, do stay tuned …

Credit to the Boston Herald 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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