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Barnett To Call North Texas Games



Dave Barnett quietly settled in his familiar spot on a warm fall day in 2012.

The exact locale has varied through the years, moving from stadium to stadium, but the setup is essentially the same — a chair, a microphone and a game.

Barnett called the University of North Texas football team’s game against Texas Southern University at Apogee Stadium that September night, describing the action in the smooth baritone voice that has carried him through a decorated career.

Barnett, 57, had called hundreds of games just like it before, but this was different. The game was a rebirth of sorts for one of the familiar faces and voices in Texas sports broadcasting.

Barnett has been to the top of the mountain in sports radio and television since graduating from UNT’s school of broadcast journalism in 1979. When the Rangers played in back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011, Barnett helped deliver the story. He called the World Series games on radio in 2010 before moving to the television side the following year.

He has won two Emmys, served as the radio and television voice for the Mavericks, broadcast San Antonio Spurs games on television and spent 13 years with ESPN.

For Barnett, broadcasting is a labor of love — and an opportunity he credits to his alma mater.

“My whole career is one long debt of gratitude to the school,” Barnett said. “Everything I have done is a direct result of having gone to school here.”

Those ties are a big reason Barnett will take over as the Mean Green’s radio voice this fall, the next step in rebuilding his career after a tough and highly publicized departure from his job as the television voice of the Rangers. Barnett will call both the UNT football and men’s basketball games.

There isn’t a person with a better perspective on Barnett and the situation he will step into this fall than George Dunham, the longtime friend he is replacing in UNT’s radio booth.

“I have always said Dave is the best announcer for North Texas,” Dunham said. “He is smooth as molasses and is so good on the air.”

That talent and that history are what make the fact Barnett will be sitting in the radio booth at Ford Stadium on Saturday, when the Mean Green open their season at Southern Methodist University, a turn of events no one saw coming.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”



The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”



John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”



What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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