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Under The Radar – April 17, 2017



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 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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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.”



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.”



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.”



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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