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Under The Radar in Sports Radio 7/11/16

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Once again news is being made throughout the sports radio format. Here’s the latest information we can provide. If you or your radio station have a future news tip or story you’d like to pass along, please email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

  • According to sources, Andrew Siciliano will soon be named the play by play radio voice of the Los Angeles Rams. Siciliano has done an excellent job on the Red Zone Channel and NFL Network and has prior radio experience in Los Angeles working for FOX Sports Radio and ESPNLA 710. He also worked as a sports radio reporter earlier in his career in Chicago. His ascension to the play by play position with the Rams has been expected for quite some time. The team utilized him to call pre-season games on television in St. Louis during the past few seasons.
  • One person who isn’t expected to be part of the Rams radio broadcast team is Eric Dickerson. The Los Angeles Rams legend was the odds on favorite to be named the team’s radio analyst and talks with the team did take place, but the Hall of Fame running back is planning to explore a different role instead. Multiple sources say Dickerson will join AM 570 LA Sports as a contributor for the 2016 NFL season. Details about his role remain unclear. With Dickerson out of the picture, the names Jim Everett, Jerome Bettis, and Maurice Jones-Drew have been mentioned as possible options in the analyst role.
  • Staying in Los Angeles, ESPN is expected to confirm the addition of Max Kellerman to ‘First Take‘ where he’ll replace Skip Bayless and square off daily with Stephen A. Smith. Kellerman’s departure leaves a hole in afternoon drive on ESPNLA 710. No word yet on who will partner with Marcellus Wiley on the radio program or on ‘SportsNation‘ with Wiley and host Michelle Beadle. ESPN is said to be considering internal and external options.
  • A tip of the cap to the team at 790 The Ticket in Miami for their work surrounding the departure of Dwyane Wade. When the story broke late last Tuesday night, local programming was scheduled to end at 10pm. Recognizing the importance of the story, The Ticket went live and local throughout the overnight. Josh Friedman and Chris Perkins extended their show to Midnight, Zack Duarte stepped in to host from midnight to 5:30am, and Dan Le Batard, who was on vacation, took a break from his break to host his show Wednesday morning. The station also had social media posts and on-air promos updated in a timely fashion.
  • We’re 2 weeks late on highlighting this story but it’s one worth sharing. Scott Kaplan of the Mighty 1090 in San Diego took part in the “Race Across America” which began in Oceanside, CA and ended in Annapolis, MD. Kaplan’s team “Team Pony Express” biked across the country in 6 days, 2 hours, and 47 minutes, raising over $150K for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in the process. Kaplan shared his daily journey with local listeners on social media. Although “Team Pony Express” initially finished 2nd, they ended up taking top honors due to a disqualification.
  • In Houston, on-air promos have hit the air to highlight a brand new local program debuting soon on Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 KGOW-AM. “Nate and Creight“, which features local personalities Nate Griffin and Patrick Creighton, will take over weekdays from 1p-3p starting on July 18th. The two men had been hosting part-time for local competitor Sports Radio 610. 610 is currently looking for PT talent to fill their void.
  • AM 1300 The Zone in Austin, TX provided a nice surprise last week to their morning audience. With regular co-host Sean Adams off for a few days, Chip Brown spent two of them working with special guest co-host WWE superstar Mark Henry. The two-time Olympian, and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, is a Texas native and currently resides in Austin.
  • Last November, Tim Montemayor left 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City where he was program director and the morning drive host to move to Phoenix. His wife landed a great job resulting in a family relocation. Since then ‘Monty‘ had taken a break from hosting shows on a regular basis, but that changed last week when NBC Sports Radio AM 1060 in Phoenix added Tim and his son Jake to their weekday lineup. The father and son duo are now hosting a daily 1-hour show from 10a-11a.
  • Mike Maniscalco was let go by Buzz Sports Radio in Raleigh two weeks ago and as he looks for his next permanent gig he’s helping out a former employer. Maniscalco will fill-in on FOX Sports 910 in Richmond, Virginia for two days this week as morning host Wes McElroy enjoys a few days off.
  • Our condolences to the friends and family of Tennessee sports radio host Gary Haskew who passed away recently at the age of 74. “Dr. Basketball” as he was known on WGOW 102.3FM died of a massive heart attack. He spent over 25 years talking sports on the Chattanooga airwaves.
  • The Hudson Valley Renegades minor league baseball team have hired a member of baseball broadcasting royalty. New play by play radio voice Josh Caray, is the grandson of Harry Caray, son of Skip Caray, and brother of Chip Caray. He began his new role calling the team’s games in mid-June. In addition to calling Renegades games, Josh serves as the play by play voice for Stony Brook University men’s football and basketball.

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Tobin and Leroy Debut on WQAM Middays

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

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After a brief hiatus and the closure of 790 The Ticket, Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard officially returned to the Miami airwaves on Monday on 560 WQAM.

Tobin and Leroy debuted in its new midday timeslot of 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the station.

“This is a big change for us,” Tobin said. “I’ve been doing morning drive, producing or hosting now, for the last decade. Now it’s to middays we go.”

Tobin added that the timing between when they made their exit from The Ticket and returned on WQAM was a bit off.

“It was a very weird week for us to take off last week. Because they were like, ‘Hey, you’re change times, you’re gonna change stations, and also it’s gonna be the busiest sports week of the year,'” he said. “So now we’re back, and nothing will happen this week.”

“There has been less action on days we thought we had to be here than what happened last week,” Hoard added.

Hoard actually arrived to the show late, citing traffic issues getting to the station. That was something even Tobin noted is an adjustment they have to make from when they were doing morning drive.

“We’ve all discovered here today is traffic is not the same at 8 a.m. as it is at 4 a.m.,” he said. “Very different.”

Tobin made sure WQAM listeners knew that even though they switched stations, the show isn’t changing. They continued with all the usual segments that fans know and love on Monday.

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Chick Hearn Headlines Radio Hall of Fame Legends Inductees

Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.

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The Museum of Broadcast Communications announced today the selection of 10 new Legends inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame for 2022. This distinction honors those in the industry who have contributed greatly to it and have since passed away.

Chick Hearn, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, will be amongst those inducted in Chicago next month. Hearn was the voice of the Lakers for 41 years (1961-2002). Amongst other accolades, he is credited with broadcast 3,338 consecutive Lakers game from November 21, 1965 to December 16, 2001.  

The full list of those to be inducted as part of the Legends class are:

  • MrDoug Banks– Nationally syndicated on-air personality;
  • MrJames Brown– Legendary singer, to be inducted as a radio station owner of WJBE Knoxville, TN;
  • MrBob Coburn– Host of the syndicated Rockline show;
  • Mr. Chick Hearn– Play-by-play announcer/voice of the Los Angeles Lakers;
  • MsBernice Judis– Owner and General Manager, WNEW-AM, 1930’s–1950’s;
  • MrSid Mark– Host of syndicated program, Sounds of Sinatra show for 60+ years;
  • Mr. Bobby O’Jay– On-air personality, WDIA-AM/Memphis;
  • MrPervis Spann– On-air personality, WVON-AM/Chicago;
  • Mr. James Thompson– Group W Broadcasting President and President of the Broadcasters Foundation;
  • Ms. Rosalie Trombley– Music Director of CKLW-AM/Detroit in the 1960’s–1970’s.

“The Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our 100+ year old industry,” Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame said. “I’m thrilled to see the Nominating Committee confirm the induction of these 10 individuals who each made such an impact on our industry in their time.”    

The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees, including the class announced in July, during a ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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