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Orioles Shake Up Broadcast Teams

“According to the team’s announcement, they will take a more innovative approach to the 2020 season for their radio and TV broadcasts, utilizing their on-air talent in a variety of multiplatform roles.”

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The Baltimore Orioles announced multiple changes to their 2020 team of broadcasters which features three new voices and a lot of moving parts. Scott Garceau, Melanie Newman and Geoff Arnold join the team of 18 announcers for Orioles broadcasts this season, which are seen on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network and heard on their flagship radio station 105.7 The Fan. 

According to the team’s announcement, they will take a more innovative approach to the 2020 season for their radio and TV broadcasts, utilizing their on-air talent in a variety of multiplatform roles.

Longtime broadcasters Jim Hunter and Tom Davis will move to “new roles as regular on-air contributors,” but those roles were not defined by the team in their announcement. Hunter has been with the team since 1997 and last year, took over as their lead radio voice and backup TV announcer after Joe Angel retired. 

“We are continually looking for innovative ways to engage with fans, expand our audience, and enhance our content,” said Greg Bader, Orioles SVP of Administration & Experience. “Through this new, multiplatform approach, our talent team will be empowered to deliver news, insights, analysis, and creative storytelling directly to our fans, regardless of medium.”

Scott Garceau returns to call games for the Orioles as one of their play-by-play announcers this season, a role he previously filled for 13 years. He will also contribute to MASN as a pre and postgame studio host for Orioles telecasts according to 105.7 The Fan. 

For four decades, Garceau has covered Baltimore sports, recently contributing as afternoon co-host of the Scott and Jeremy Show on 105.7 The Fan. The station just retooled their lineup, moving his co-host Jeremy Conn to the evening timeslot, as Garceau will no longer host a daily show on The Fan. The longtime Baltimore sportscaster also served as the play-by-play voice for the Ravens during their first ten years in the city. 

Melanie Newman joins the Orioles team of broadcasters after spending last season as the play-by-play announcer for the Salem Red Sox, Boston’s Single-A affiliate. Newman’s broadcasting career has also seen her contribute to the ACC Network, GameDay Radio, sideline reporting for Fox Sports Southwest and working as play-by-play announcer for the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders.

Geoff Arnold is added to the Orioles as he gets called up to the Majors after spending the last five years with Baltimore’s Class A-Advanced affiliate as the team’s Director of Broadcasting & Public Relations, along with serving as their lead radio voice. 

A number of announcers for the Orioles will remain in the rotation for 2020 as the full 18-member broadcast team is listed below. 

  • Geoff Arnold
  • Mike Bordick
  • Kevin Brown
  • Tom Davis
  • Rick Dempsey
  • Scott Garceau
  • Jim Hunter
  • Dave Johnson
  • Roch Kubatko
  • Rob Long
  • Paul Mancano
  • Ben McDonald
  • Steve Melewski
  • Melanie Newman
  • Gregg Olson
  • Jim Palmer
  • Brian Roberts
  • Gary Thorne

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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