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2 Producers Exit 105.3 The Fan In Dallas

Brandon Contes

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Last week, Entercom’s 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Fort Worth made two surprising changes, removing producers Jonathon Shipman and Roy White from the station. 

Earlier in the week, Shipman announced on Twitter he was a radio free agent. For six years, the radio personality known to TOLO’s as “Shippy” worked at The Fan as a producer, board-op and on-air contributor. 

One of Shippy’s most notable contributions was to the popular Ben and Skin Show. The afternoon hosts and producer Kevin Turner departed The Fan last October, joining Cumulus’ owned 97.1 The Eagle earlier this year. Ben and Skin welcomed Shippy for a segment on The Eagle last week after his tenure at The Fan came to an end.

Shortly after Shippy announced his departure from The Fan, morning show producer and on-air contributor Roy White also took to Twitter, informing TOLO’s he was let go by the station. 

“I truly cherish all the times that I had with the good folks working at 105.3 The Fan from the top down. The boss Gavin Spittle, one of the best bosses I’ve ever had and I thank him for everything that he’s done for me,” White said. “Shan, RJ, Troy – three of the best coworkers anybody could ever ask for. Those guys are amazing and I’m so proud to have been a part of what they’ve built in the last couple of years.”

While the exit of both White and Shippy surprised many, Shan and RJ co-host Shan Shariff went on social media Saturday morning, offering candid insight as to why people leave their jobs. During the post, he notes this is “NOT about Roy and Shippy leaving.” The timing from Shan was interesting, but his post seemed to be more about defending station program director Gavin Spittle amid the many recent changes at 105.3 The Fan, rather than criticism of specific former co-workers. 

1) Budget cuts
2) Career change
3) Wanting a bigger role
4) Relocation
5) Not doing your job

These are just some of the reasons people leave their jobs. It’s always convenient to blame our bosses and “big, bad corporate” whenever someone leaves, but remember ALL 5.

You want the truth? I’ve gotten in COUNTLESS arguments with Gavin Spittle over him not getting rid of people FASTER. I’ve always told him his patience is too much Jerry Jones with Jason Garrett. But he can’t/won’t comment because he’s the boss, plus corporate legal BS I can’t stand. But here’s the beauty- After getting a few drinks in me, I don’t care about corporate legal bullshit. So the next time you see me out, we’ll talk reality and not perception. Sometimes people leave and sometimes they deserve to get fired, just like at your job.
This post is NOT about Roy and Shippy leaving, it’s about all of the turnover that inevitably takes place. As a station, we’re LUCKY that you get so passionate and fired up over changes that happen. It shows how much you care, so I want to give a sincere thank you for that. I’ve probably said too much, but that’s the TRUTH and I’ll always be as honest as I can with you.

Love you guys #TOLO

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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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