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ESPN Radio Unveils 2016-2017 NBA Schedule

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ESPN Radio tips off its 28-game regular season schedule with a matchup between LeBron James and the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Carmelo Anthony and the revamped New York Knicks on Opening Night, Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm ET. The two teams will be featured against one another twice this season on the network.

Additionally, ESPN Radio will broadcast a Christmas Day doubleheader featuring a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals with the Cavaliers hosting newly signed Kevin Durant and the Warriors at 1:30pm ET, followed immediately by Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls visiting Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs.

ESPN Radio will also serve as the exclusive national broadcast home for NBA All-Star events, including the 66th NBA All-Star Game, the NBA Playoffs and the NBA Finals.

All broadcasts will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com and, for the first time ever, via the ESPN app. Marc Kestecher debuts as the network’s new play-by-play voice, alongside analyst Jon Barry. P.J. Carlesimo (analyst) and Kara Lawson (analyst) will also return for select games.

Additional highlights:

  • Two rematches of last year’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavaliers – Christmas Day and January 16;
  • Two games (February 11 and March 20) between last season’s NBA Western Conference Finals teams, Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, as Durant faces his old team;
  • The 66th NBA All-Star Game, plus two additional All-Star specials;
  • Nine games for the Cavaliers; eight games for the Warriors; six appearances each by six-time NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks; and five games each for the LA Clippers and Chicago Bulls.

Here is the full schedule courtesy of ESPN Media Zone.

**Note, times reflect start of broadcast window

Date Time Game
Tue, Oct 25 7 p.m. New York Knicks at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sun, Dec 25 1:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
  Follows Chicago Bulls at San Antonio Spurs
Thu, Jan 12 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Mon, Jan 16 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors
Sat, Jan 21 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Jan 28 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Sun, Jan 29 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Feb 4 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at New York Knicks
Sun, Feb 5 1 p.m. LA Clippers at Boston Celtics
Sat, Feb 11 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sun, Feb 12 2:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
Fri, Feb 17 9 p.m. BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Sat, Feb 18 8 p.m. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
Sun, Feb 19 7:30 p.m. 66th NBA All-Star Game
Thu, Feb 23 9:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Sat, Feb 25 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers
Sat, Mar 4 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Chicago Bulls
Sun, Mar 5 2:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks
Sat, Mar 11 7:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
Sun, Mar 12 2:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics
Wed, Mar 15 7 p.m. Portland Trailblazers at San Antonio Spurs
Sat, Mar 18 7:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at LA Clippers
Mon, Mar 20 7 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Sun, Mar 26 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Mon, Mar 27 7 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs
Thu, Mar 30 9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trailblazers
Sun, Apr 2 2:30 p.m. Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
Thu, Apr 6 7 p.m. Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks
Sat, Apr 8 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at San Antonio Spurs
Wed, Apr 12 7 p.m. Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers

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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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