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Under The Radar – April 17, 2017

Jason Barrett

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Here are the latest developments from across the sports media industry that you might not be aware of. If you have a future news tip, press release or job promotion to share, please send it via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now on to the news we go!

Starting Monday afternoon, Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber make their television debut on the CBS Sports Network. The duo are taking over for Doug Gottlieb who left CBS Sports to join FOX Sports. Tiki and Tierney will broadcast in afternoons on both TV and the CBS Sports Radio Network. Damon Amendolara takes over their midday slot of 9a-12p on radio. Bill Reiter steps into D.A.’s evening position from 6p-10p ET.

The mother of New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple, Annie Apple, has annonced via Twitter that her one-year contract with ESPN has expired. She says she is thankful for the opportunity she had to work with some of the best peeps in sports and is looking forward to new adventures, giving the impression that her run with the network has come to an end. No word yet from ESPN on their future plans with her.

A tip of the cap to ESPN Radio producer Michelle Smallmon who ran the first of what she says will be 50 half marathons this past weekend in Rhode Island. Russillo and Kanell‘s producer is running in memory of her friend Mike Kelly who lost his battle to cancer. All monies she raises as part of her Refuse To Lose campaign, are going to The Mike Kelly Foundation to help fund free baseball camps for kids. Her first run generated over $3,700. To pledge your support click here.

A new morning show is now in place at Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville. The radio station has announced the addition of Tyler Ivens, alongside Heather Harrington. Ivens is a Knoxville native who spent the past four years in Cedar Rapids, IA working for KGYM. He and Harrington will wake up local listeners weekdays from 6a-9a ET.

Joe Ostrowski is moving on up at 670 The Score in Chicago. The former Chicago Cubs radio Executive Producer and contributor to the Laurence Holmes show, is trading in his late night experiences to wake up early and provide updates from 5a-11:30a CT during the Mully and Hanley and Spiegel and Parkins shows.

In San Diego, the Mighty 1090 has launched a new podcast featuring afternoon host Scott Kaplan and former evening host and local newspaper sports writer Kevin Acee. ‘The Radio Guy vs. The Newspaper Guy’ is two episodes in and worth a listen. Click here to check it out.

Bleacher Report is also increasing its podcast offerings. The company has announced the release of a new NBA podcast “The Full 48” which will be hosted by Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner. The show debuted last week with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appearing as the first guest.

Congratulations to Rob Ryan on being named the new public address announcer for the Vermont Bucks of the Can-Am indoor football league.

After 42 years in journalism, and the past 36 years spent chronicling sports in Central New York, Bud Poliquin has announced his retirement. The popular sports editor and columnist was a fixture for the Syracuse Post-Standard for more than three decades.

Speaking of retirement, Norm Sanders has also decided to put a bow on his writing career. The longtime Belleville News-Democrat sports writer is moving on after 32 years with the newspaper.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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