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Under The Radar – November 15, 2016

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News continues to be made throughout the sports radio universe. To be included in a future column, please send over any important announcements via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

590 The Fan KFNS in St. Louis is making changes to its lineup. The radio station is moving it’s current afternoon show “We Are Live” to middays from 2p-4p ET in order to install former Blues forward and local product Cam Janssen, former Mizzou receiver T.J. Moe, radio host Eric Messersmith, and Hanna Yates, a recent Mizzou graduate in the afternoon drive slot. Matt Whitener will produce the show and occasionally contribute on the air. The lineup shuffling leaves Howard Balzer and Joe Rodderick in position to have their roles at the radio station changed.

In Boston, WEEI has added a new weekend hockey show. “Saturday Skate” features Ken Laird (producer of Kirk & Callahan), Ty Anderson of WEEI.com, former NHLer Ryan Whitney, and Barstool Sports Bruins writer Rear Admiral. The show debuted this past Saturday and airs from 3p-5p ET.

95.7 The Game in San Francisco has plucked Bonta Hill away from KNBR 680. Hill spent three years at the Cumulus sports talker prior to agreeing to move to Entercom’s FM sports station. He’s expected to contribute to the Greg Papa show.

One immediate challenge 95.7 The Game has is getting Greg Papa back on the air. He’s been off of his show for most of the past month. Sources had varying details of why Papa hasn’t been hosting his show. The radio station says Papa is taking time off to recharge his batteries.

Details should be available soon about a new sports station launching in Columbus. The brand is expected to be affiliated with FOX Sports Radio, heard on the FM dial, and operated by iHeart. Former ESPN Cleveland WKNR on-air host Bruce Hooley is rumored to be one of the new station’s weekday personalities. It’s also possible that the local programming which originates out of Columbus could be made available on other in-state sports stations presently run by iHeart. Stay tuned for further details.

710 ESPN in Seattle and the Kent school district are conducting a town hall event on the seriousness of concussions in youth sports. The event takes place tonight at 7pm PT in Covington, WA. Afternoon host and former Seahawks LB Dave Wyman will be joined by University of Washington professor Dr. Stan Herring, and Kent School District Athletic Director Dave Lutes on the panel. Danny O’Neil, who hosts the afternoon show with Wyman and Jim Moore, will serve as moderator.

Former 101.3 ESPN afternoon host and play by play voice of Vermont men’s basketball AJ Kanell has resurfaced as the new play by play voice of Siena men’s basketball. Kanell made his on-air debut this past weekend.

With Kanell now at Siena, Sam Hyman has taken over as the play by play announcer of Vermont men’s basketball. The Catamounts continue to air their games on 101.3 ESPN in Burlington.

Double duty is what Jay Alter has earned. The Syracuse graduate has been named the TV/Radio play by play voice for Columbia women’s basketball as well as a play by play voice for Big East digital.

104.5 The Team in Albany has started utilizing Chris Onorato in a fill in hosting role when Rodger Wyland has days off.

St. Louis Cardinals play by play broadcaster Dan McLaughlin has agreed to provide play-by-play of 10 St. Louis University Billikens men’s basketball games this season. The games will be carried on FOX Sports Midwest or Fox Sports Plus and streamed on foxsportsgo.com.

The Ames Tribune has hired Joseph Hoyt to serve as their beat reporter for Iowa State sports. Hoyt announced the news earlier this month.

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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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