The Indianapolis Colts announced they have removed the interim tag from Matt Taylor’s title, naming the broadcaster as their full-time radio play-by-play voice.
“This is an incredible honor and opportunity,” Taylor said. “I love everything about Indianapolis, radio, football and the Colts. Those things combined make this a dream position for me. I am very grateful to the Irsay family and the Colts organization for allowing me this opportunity. I’m beyond excited to help enhance the game day experience for Colts fans and share in future great moments.”
Taylor was thrust into the play-by-play role in August after longtime Colts radio announcer, Bob Lamey suddenly retired one week into the preseason. Soon after Lamey’s retirement was announced, it was reported the broadcaster repeated a racial slur off-air. The racial slur was allegedly said while the 79-year old Lamey quoted another person in an attempt to share a story from decades earlier in his career. Even after the report surfaced, both Lamey and the Colts insisted the broadcaster’s departure from the booth was due to retirement.
Taylor joined the Colts in 2012 as manager of radio production. After serving as the sideline reporter during Colts radio broadcasts, Taylor appeared next in line to take over Lamey’s play-by-play duties. That came to fruition quicker than anticipated last summer and will continue into the 2019 season.
WFNI ESPN 107.5/1070 The Fan is the flagship radio partner of the Indianapolis Colts.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
94 WIP’s Devan Kaney Joins Philadelphia Flyers as In-Arena Host
“I’m so excited to be joining the Flyers family in this new role,” said Kaney.
The Philadelphia Flyers have added a familiar Philadelphia voice to its in-arena lineup with the signing of Devan Kaney.
The Pennsylvania native will split duties with Andrea Helfrich this season and will join Everett Jackson as an in-arena co-host and on-camera personality. She’ll be responsible for carrying out all on-ice and in-crowd promotions and segments and be a select community events throughout the hockey season.
“I’m so excited to be joining the Flyers family in this new role,” said Kaney. “Philly sports fans are one of a kind – they’re truly my people and I can’t wait to spend this NHL season behind the mic and in front of the best fans in the world as an in-arena host for the Flyers!”
Kaney made her debut with the team during the Flyers’ final preseason game on Tuesday night.
“Devan’s passion for Philadelphia sports paired with her impressive broadcasting resume makes her a perfect fit and a great addition to our in-arena hosting team,” said Mark Zarthar, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Philadelphia Flyers. “Devan knows Flyers fans as well as anyone, and she will help us continue to provide our fans with the best game experience in sports.”
Kaney is a weekend and fill-in host for 94 WIP as well as a host on PhillyVoice Sports Bets and on the JAKIB Media Eagles postgame show.
Mike Breen Shares Gratitude To Supporters After House Fire
“There will never be enough words adequate words to tell you how truly touched we all were and what a difference it made.”
Last week, Mike Breen’s Long Island home was destroyed by a fire. On Tuesday night, he returned to the air for the New York Knicks’ first MSG Network broadcast of the preseason and offered his gratitude for the support he has received since.
The longtime voice of the Knicks, first for WFAN then to MSG, waited until the final minute of a blowout Knicks victory to address the issue.
“I didn’t want to take anything away from the game,” Breen began, “I just want to give a heartfelt thanks to so many people who offered kindness and support this past week after the fire at my family’s home on Long Island. Just a reminder for me of how many wonderful people are in my life, yourself included and all family here at MSG, the Knicks and Madison Square Garden.”
Breen was speaking to his longtime broadcaster partner Walt Frazier. He continued.
“There will never be enough words adequate words to tell you how truly touched we all were and what a difference it made. Just incredible support. Me and my family the beneficiary of just unbelievable kindness. So thank you to so many.”
“You’re a good man, you’re always giving,” Frazier responded to Breen. “Always caring and sharing.”
Dave LaGreca Signs Extension With SiriusXM
“I am able to live my dream because the Busted Open Nation is right there beside me. The Nation’s passion and energy are the lifeblood of this show and it’s been amazing to grow with you all.”
SiriusXM has announced it has agreed to a contract extension with Dave LaGreca, host of Busted Open, that will see the show and host remain the satellite broadcaster for years to come.
“I am very happy to cement my relationship with SiriusXM. The platform will continue to be the home for Busted Open and I appreciate every SiriusXM team member who has made the show a success,” said LaGreca. “As always and most importantly, I am able to live my dream because the Busted Open Nation is right there beside me. The Nation’s passion and energy are the lifeblood of this show and it’s been amazing to grow with you all.”
LaGreca began hosting Busted Open in 2009, and has seen it grow to one of the most prominent shows for wrestling fans.
“Dave has built Busted Open into the best wrestling show in all of radio through talent, dedication and sheer force of personality,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming and Podcasts. “Dave has been a valuable member of SiriusXM’s sports team since 2004, working as a producer before launching Busted Open. It has been wonderful to see him grow into a star on our airwaves and we are thrilled to have Dave and Busted Open on SiriusXM for years to come.”