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610 Sports Radio Releases Exclusive Tyreek Hill Audio

“In April, KCTV5 released clips of the audio, but it was not until July 9th that the full recording was made public.”

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In what is historically one the year’s slowest weeks for sports talk radio, Kansas City’s 610 Sports released audio of the full 11-minute conversation between Chief’s wide-receiver Tyreek Hill and his fiancé, Crystal Espinal.  Set in Dubai International Airport, the audio-recording provided additional context of Hill and Espinal’s physical handling of their son.

The conversation which was recorded without Hill’s knowledge, was reportedly already heard by the Chiefs and the NFL and had been in the hands of 610 Sports since June 7th.  In April, KCTV5 released clips of the audio, but it was not until July 9th that the full recording was made public.  

Post-NBA’s wave of free agency, pre-NFL training camp and with Major League Baseball in the middle of their All-Star break, 610 Sports was able to create a more meaningful radio discussion by releasing the 11-minute long piece of audio.  According to the radio station and afternoon drive co-host Carrington Harrison, timing, however, had nothing to do with why they played the recording.  610 Sports held back on releasing the audio for a month to complete their due diligence and make sure they could play the it publicly.  

https://twitter.com/cdotharrison/status/1148673408923779073

The full 11-minute conversation between Hill and Espinal was played during 610’s afternoon show The Drive.  According to The Drive’sco-host, Carrington Harrison, the audio was played without alteration except for “bleeping” out names of individuals and expletives.  

Hill: You ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014, bro, and if you want to rewind that night we can rewind that night too, [expletive]. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no, I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left. And on my son you did that, bro. And then then you get in the courtroom you want to sit up there and cry on the stand. ‘He hit me, he hit me.’ Man, come on bro.

Espinal: Then where did the bruises come from, Tyreek?

Hill: Did I hit you? 

Espinal: Where did the bruises come from?

Hill: Did I hit you, though?

Espinal: I’m asking you where did the bruises come from.

Hill: Did I hit you? Tell me the truth in my eyes right now. Look at me.

Espinal: We’re not thinking about that. Right now the issue is [our son].

Hill: We’re gonna handle both of these issues right now while it’s on my chest cause [I’m] still hurt over that bro.

On June 26th, Hill met with the NFL for eight-hours.  Still awaiting word on their talented wide-receiver’s status for the season, the Chiefs are currently planning for Hill to participate in training camp.

At first, Harrison said the 11-minute audio would not be podcasted, but 610 Sports did end up posting the full conversation between Hill and Espinal on their website.

https://610sports.radio.com/media/audio-channel/drive-full-tyreek-hill-recording

Carrington Harrison and Sean Levine host The Drive on 610 Sports every weekday from 2 – 6pm.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

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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