While you were busy taking in the sunshine during your mini work vacation or burying your brain in Twitter to stay informed on the latest news surrounding NBA Free Agency, developments were unfolding throughout the sports radio universe. Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what’s been flying under the radar in the world of sports radio.
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Under The Radar:
- The Golden State Warriors radio contract is up for grabs and sources say Entercom and Cumulus are both vying to land the team’s rights. After consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and landing Kevin Durant in free agency, Golden State stands to earn a large increase. The big question is whether they will terminate a longstanding relationship and sacrifice having the majority of their games air on KNBR‘s powerful signal in favor of more money, consistent clearance and more inventory control on 95.7 The Game.
- Budget cuts have impacted 94.9 The Game in Nashville. The radio station has parted ways with its morning show, ‘A to Z Sports‘ featuring Austin Stanley and Zach Bingham. ESPN Radio’s ‘Mike and Mike‘ will air in its place as well as on the company’s second signal 102.5 The Game. Whether that’s a short-term or long-term move is unclear.
- Former Green Bay Packers Offensive Lineman Mark Tauscher has signed on to host a weekday talk show for Good Karma’s ESPN Wisconsin. Tauscher will team with Jason Wilde for a new program titled “Wilde and Tausch“. The show will air weekdays from 9a-11a on Good Karma’s ESPN Milwaukee and ESPN Madison stations.
- 107.7 The Franchise has parted ways with John Rohde. The former columnist who had been part of the morning show was informed his contract wasn’t being renewed a few weeks ago. He’s been replaced by Andrew Gilman and former Sooner football player Rufus Alexander.
- With Kevin Graham gone as PD of WEEI in Boston, the radio station is turning to Joe Zarbano, Ben Kichen and Carlson Mozdiez to handle day to day programming issues in the interim. The three men share a combined 27 years of experience with the radio station and are highly regarded.
- Congratulations is in order for 610 Sports’ afternoon team of Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison. The two members of ‘The Drive‘ recently signed new agreements with their employer Entercom Kansas City.
- Jeff Rickard, who has hosted shows nationally for ESPN Radio, Fox Sports Radio, and SiriusXM has added Executive Producer stripes at 93.5/1070 The Fan in Indianapolis. He signed on with the radio station in his new role in April.
- Former NBA veteran Ryan Hollins, and former University of Memphis big man Will Coleman will take turns hosting this week on 92.9 ESPN in Memphis. They’ll be filling in for weekday host Gary Parrish as part of what the station is positioning as ‘GP Show Celeb Week‘.
- Daniel Ogden is leaving 95.7 The Game in San Francisco as producer of the midday show. Ogden, spent the past year and a half producing Greg Papa and John Lund’s show. Lund left last month to join KNBR. No word yet on where Ogden is going or who will replace him.
- Townsquare Media has strengthened its Tuscaloosa sports brand ‘The Tide‘ by moving it on to a stronger signal. The company has moved the station from 99.1 to 102.9, a move that increases the station’s reach by 3-5x. It will now be positioned on-air and online as ‘Tide 102.9‘.
- Former Atlanta/Charlotte/Miami host Mark James filled in for Joe Rose on WQAM in Miami on July 4th. That same day he also stepped in for Jim Rome on the CBS Sports Radio Network.
- Wisconsin radio host Mike Heller is filling in all of this week on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’.
- Matthew Barnaby has hosted his final show on SiriusXM’s NHL Network.
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”
DeAngelo Hall Explains His Exit From Commanders Radio Booth
“I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do.”
In a case of “you never know who’s listening”, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. got a surprise on Wednesday. Former NFL pro-bowl cornerback DeAngelo Hall texted Brian Mitchell of BMitch & Finlay that he was listening and wanted to join the program.
After discussing some opinions of the Commanders and other rivals on the field, Hall made a point to address leaving the team’s radio booth as a color analyst. In April it was announced that Hall would exit the broadcast booth. At the time it was reported that the decision was Hall’s. On BMitch & Finlay he added more context by explaining that, “it just felt like it wasn’t the right situation for myself.”
Hall went further by adding that a deciding factor for his decision seemed to be the team’s vision for the broadcast.
“I need to see it. I’m a fan first and it made it hard sometimes to go to work because my vision of what I thought it should be wasn’t ultimately what the decision-makers wanted to do. And you know how I am guys, I speak my mind and I just asked to go my separate way. I still love the organization, I’m still rooting for them.”
The former Washington player joined Bram Weinstein and analyst Julie Donaldson when the Washington Commanders overhauled their entire broadcast crew after an organization-wide sexual harassment scandal mentioned former play-by-play voice Larry Michael.
Hall was sure to praise his former teammate taking his role. “But so hyped for London Fletcher. I told Julie and Fletch at separate times man, that Fletch was such a great teammate and an inspirational person in my life and my process of growing as a pro and as a man, that taught me so much about the game. I couldn’t be happier that she gets a hell of a replacement in London Fletcher.
“I’m hyped for those guys but I’m too pretty to be on the radio, guys, I need more face time,” Hall quipped. “I’m fighting to get in one of them booths. When you see Tom Brady making 10-for-375 I said ‘I’m in the wrong business.’ When you’re watching Tony and them guys I’m in the wrong business. I got to get off this radio and get my face in front of the tizzube.”