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Under The Radar – November 15, 2016

Jason Barrett

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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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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went 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 transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go 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.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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