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Under The Radar – March 20, 2017

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A couple of sports media items from the past week that you may not have been aware of. If you have a news tip, press release or promotion worth sharing, please send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

According to the New York Daily News, WFAN is reducing expenses by trimming the travel of Sweeney Murti and Ed Coleman. The station’s lead reporters for Yankees and Mets coverage had traditionally accompanied each team on all its road trips. That will change this season.

Colin Cowherd released a fascinating Saturday podcast which included an in-depth conversation with Jason Whitlock about a variety of sports media subjects including ESPN’s challenges, the pros and cons of social media, racism in sports and media, why women deserve more inclusion in sports debates, and the reason why Colin avoids talking politics on his program. He also added that Mike Greenberg will be off of Mike and Mike by Thanksgiving. To hear the episode click here.

Our well wishes go out to Vic “The Brick” Jacobs who is undergoing treatment for Stage 3 colon cancer. The Los Angeles radio personality told listeners last Tuesday on the “Petros and Money” show on AM 570 L.A. Sports that he had completed the first round of treatments and would be taking time away to attend to his health. 570 has posted a website link for supporters who wish to post videos of encouragement for Jacobs.

The Detroit Free Press wrote a great piece on 97.1 The Ticket morning host Mike Stone. The article takes a look at Stone’s authenticity and transparency with local listeners, and the way he’s approached his craft for nearly three decades. To read it click here.

With Zach Bye off to Denver to host middays with Brandon Stokley on 104.3 The Fan, Chris Onorato will get an opportunity to produce and co-host Big Board Sports with Rodger Wyland for 104.5 The Team in Albany, NY. Onorato officially starts his new role on March 23rd.

Congratulations to WEEI‘s former voice guy and imaging director Pete Gustin, who has been retained by the FOX News Channel to become the network’s new on-air voice talent. To hear Gustin’s work click here.

On Friday March 24th, former 92.9 The Game and 610 The Fan WFNZ drive time host Marc James steps in for Jim Rome on the CBS Sports Radio Network.

On the upcoming Mac and Monz podcast on WFAN, WWE superstars Enzo and Big Cass will drop by for a conversation prior to their tag team title match at this year’s WrestleMania. Mac and Monz plan to dedicate the entire episode to previewing the WWE’s biggest event of the year.

Northwestern University journalism major Tim Hackett has been named the new radio voice of the Wisconsin Woodchucks. The summer league baseball team begins play in late May.

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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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