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Carmichael Dave Addresses Grant Napear, ‘All Lives Matter’

“Carmichael Dave highlighted knowing Napear for 20 years, having idolized him growing up as a Kings fan in Sacramento.”

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KHTK 1140 morning host Carmichael Dave was back on-air Monday, for the first time since his longtime colleague, friend and mentor Grant Napear departed the radio station and the Sacramento Kings. 

‘Carmichael’ Dave Weiglein initially refrained from commenting on the controversial exit, but expressed gratitude in KHTK’s parent company Bonneville International, for trusting him to address what happened last week with Napear. 

The now former TV voice of the Kings and local afternoon host on KHTK was put on administrative leave, and soon resigned from both jobs following an insensitive tweet last week. Former Kings center DeMarcus Cousins tweeted Napear, asking for his take on Black Lives Matter. Napear responded with, “ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”  It’s a response that Napear quickly apologized for, claiming ignorance for not knowing “all lives matter” can demean the BLM movement. 

Weiglein even put blame on himself, apologizing “for not taking more time to talk about the words and phrases that matter, along with the actions behind them because those of us that were close to Grant, we all share the blame. It’s what we need more of – accountability.”

This was not the first time Napear and the former Kings center had an issue with each other, which seemingly made this even more difficult for Dave to witness, as a big fan of Cousins, the player and person. The KHTK morning host called himself a dreamer, hoping one day Cousins and Napear will mend their relationship.

Carmichael Dave highlighted knowing Napear for 20 years, having idolized him growing up as a Kings fan in Sacramento. Still, he noted there are more significant problems in the world right now than his friend and mentor losing two broadcasting jobs, calling this “small and irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.”

“We have to understand the phrase Black Lives Matter is so important. It is so vital,” Weiglein said Monday on KHTK. “I hope we’re waking up as a society, saying that ignorance is no longer excusable and what may have been acceptable in the past is no longer the case. Saying Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean you don’t care about other life, it means you’re aware there is a systemic issue happening. That you’re aware and ready to help effect change.”

Weiglein closed the segment and his Monday radio show by playing Emmanuel Acho’s first episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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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.

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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