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Under The Radar – October 24, 2016

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Here’s the latest tidbits from the world of sports media. If you have a news story or station event to share and would like to receive promotion for it in a future column, send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

Ike Reese has moved to the afternoon show on Sports Radio 94WIP effective immediately. Glen Macnow is filling in alongside Reese for a few days this week. The radio station expects to announce Reese’s permanent partner soon.

The world of politics is about to get a heavier dose of Curt Schilling. The former MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst has signed on to host a daily online talk show for BreitBart. A video livestream is also in the works. “Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling” will stream weekdays from 9a-11a ET starting on Tuesday.

Look for a new sports radio station to launch soon on FM in Columbus, Ohio. iHeartradio is expected to enter the space and present an alternative to market ratings leader 97.1 The Fan. Sources tell BSM that the lineup will include a mix of local and national voices.

Following the departure of Bruce Hooley, his former employer ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland has announced how they will fill his void going forward. The radio station will extend the afternoon show with Aaron Goldhammer and Emmett Golden by an hour to 3p-6p ET, and Munch Bishop’s “ESPN Cleveland Tonight” will now start an hour early and broadcast from 6p-9p ET.

Former 710 ESPN Seattle midday host Justin Meyers has signed on with 750 The Game in Portland. Meyers will host an Oregon football show and contribute as a fill-in host and update anchor during weekday programming.

Also at 750 The Game in Portland, Jonathan Glissmeyer has been promoted to producer of “The Bald Faced Truth” with John Canzano.

106.7 The Fan in Washington DC has announced they’ll be holding a special event for their listeners to honor their morning show, the Sports Junkies, and the band OAR, who are both celebrating twenty year anniversaries. “20 by 20” — a concert, celebrating 20 years to benefit “Heard the World” will take place on December 10th at 9:30 Club. For more information click here.

SB Nation Radio Assistant Program Director Mike Pearson is leaving the network in order to join ESPN 710 Los Angeles where he’ll serve as producer of the afternoon show featuring Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington. No word yet on how SB Nation Radio will replace his position.

Ryan Field has moved to New York City to become the lead sports anchor for WABC television. Field had been working for FS1 and hosting a weekend radio show on FOX Sports Radio.

Detroit Free Press Columnist Drew Sharp passed away Friday morning at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He was 56. An autopsy revealed that he died due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease. Our condolences go out to the Sharp family and all who were close to him.

The Lincoln Star Journal has added Chris Basnett to its reporting team. Basnett will cover the Nebraska Cornhuskers men’s basketball and football programs. He started work last week.

Former 94.9 The Game morning show hosts Austin Stanley and Zach Bingham have launched a website AtoZSportsNashville.com which will serve as the host to their show, podcasts, written pieces and video.

ESPN Boise has identified a co-host for their afternoon show “The Breakdown” with Joey Jenkins. The radio station has hired Alex Gold. Gold spent the past two years in Topeka, Kansas working for 580 WIBW.

Staying in Tennessee, sports station WHBQ (Sports 56) has added a simulcast of their programming in Tupelo, Mississippi. The station’s lineup can now be heard locally in Tupelo on 96.3 FM.

FOX Sports Radio has paired up Andy Furman and Brian Noe on Sunday mornings. The duo occupy the airwaves from 6a-9a ET throughout the football season. Furman previously hosted with Mike North who’s no longer with the network.

XTRA Sports 1360 midday host Mark Willard is once again contributing to FOX Sports Radio on Sunday’s. Willard is now co-hosting with Former Vikings Running Back & 2-Time Pro Bowler Robert Smith from 1p-5p ET. Willard also hosts Saturday’s alongside Undisputed host Joy Taylor from 1p-4p ET.

Jonas Knox has added a third show each weekend on FOX Sports Radio. Knox is now teaming up with former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn on Sunday evening from 8p-11p ET recapping every NFL Sunday game and providing live updates during Sunday Night Football.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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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