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Under The Radar – November 7, 2016

Jason Barrett

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The latest news that you might have missed across the sports media industry. As always, if you have news to share please pass it along via email at JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

Sid Rosenberg is reuniting with Don Imus on WABC 770AM. Rosenberg, who hosts middays on WABC has been summoned by the I-Man to replace New York sports media legend and longtime member of the show Warner Wolf. Rosenberg will provide sports updates during the show, a role he previously occupied when he and Imus both worked for WFAN.

Former Grand Rapids, Seattle and Omaha radio host Michael Grey has announced he’s accepted an opportunity in Helena, Montana. Grey will join The Montana Radio Company. He’s scheduled to start next week.

Lotus Broadcasting in Las Vegas has given an increased role to Helen Yee. She’s expected to be heavier involved on the digital side including doing a few more shifts on the company’s local sports stations.

Congratulations is in order for former Mike and Ike producer Eric Golden. He’s been promoted internally to the production department at Sports Radio 94WIP. James Seltzer is now producing the station’s new midday show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie.

In July, Joe Hunk was promoted at WJOX to host the evening show with Jon Lunceford. Then in September, Hunk was promoted to the position of program director and afternoon host for Sports Radio 740 WMSP in Montgomery, Alabama. Both WMSP and WJOX are owned and operated by Cumulus. Tim Melton replaced Hunk alongside Lunceford on WJOX’s evening show “JOX Prime Time”.

Bobby Mauro has confirmed that he’s joined Learfield Sports. Mauro will contribute for the network as a play by play announcer on Women’s Basketball broadcasts.

A familiar face has popped up on Fox Sports 1. Former ESPN NFL Analyst Cris Carter appeared Monday and Tuesday on Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. It’s unclear if Carter will have a future role with FS1 where he’d be reunited with former ESPN colleague Jamie Horowitz.

NFL Free Agent Quarterback Jimmy Clausen is moving closer towards a career in the sports media industry. The former Notre Dame star and member of the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens has appeared recently as a guest analyst on NBC Sports college football programming.

The Texas Rangers continue to make changes to their broadcast team for next season. In-game reporter Jim Knox will not be retained after spending the past 15 seasons working with the club. The Rangers have not announced who will fill Knox’s role.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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