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Under The Radar – February 20, 2017

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Here’s the latest news from the world of sports radio and television. To pass along a news story, tip, or press release, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

With Jay Mohr gone from FOX Sports Radio, the network has a hole in its weekday lineup. Phil Mushnick of the New York Post reported last week that Doug Gottlieb would soon fill the hole, joining the radio network, and FOX Sports 1. The move would make a lot of sense for both Gottlieb and FOX. Assuming it comes together it would leave a vacancy in the CBS Sports Radio Network lineup. Nothing has officially been announced yet.

Toronto sports radio veteran Mike Richards is launching a new website which will serve as the home for his new show. Richards says his debut broadcast will take place on April 12th, the first day of the NHL playoffs.

104.3 The Fan in Denver is expected to make a decision soon on a host to work opposite Brandon Stokley. The station has been reviewing applicants and trying to wind down its process.

With Jim Rome off for President’s Day, Marc James will step in on the the CBS Sports Radio Network, and host Monday’s program.

Former Sirius XM College Sports Nation program director T.J. Cutini has joined Westwood One as a producer and news editor.

After spending the past few years producing Rob Dibble‘s show on 97.9 ESPN in Hartford, Chrissy Paradis has decided to leave the radio station. She says she’s interested in continuing to produce. To reach her via Twitter click here. The station is looking for her replacement, and the opening has been posted in our Jobs section.

Spencer Ray is leaving 730 The Game in Lansing, Michigan where he’s worked as a producer in order to join the ESPN Radio network in Bristol, CT.

In Chicago, Sean Freedberg has been named a producer at 670 The Score.

Congratulations is in order for Tom Ackerman who recently signed a new contract to remain the Sports Director at KMOX in St. Louis. Ackerman has been the station’s SD since 2009.

105.7FM The Fan in Milwaukee has brought back its motor sports show Final Inspection. The show airs Saturday’s at Noon and features Steve Zautke and a mix of well-seasoned contributors. Jeff Orloski will produce the show and offer observations and opinions as well.

ESPN 97.5 afternoon host Fred Faour shared some exciting personal news on social media on Friday. Faour says terms have been agreed to and plans are being finalized to develop a movie version of his novel, “Jesus Just Left Chicago“.

SB Nation Radio host and former ESPN and SEC Network reporter Kayce Smith has accepted a new opportunity with CSN New England. She’s expected to join the Boston sports television channel at the end of the month.

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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’

“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”

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They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.

“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”

Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.

“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”

After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.

“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”

Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.

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99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship

“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”

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The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.

The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”

“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.

“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.

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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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