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Buffalo Radio Hosts Ready To Welcome Toronto Blue Jays

“Not only are the two cities less than 100 miles apart, Buffalo is also home to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate.”

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Canada will not let the Toronto Blue Jays play in their home city in 2020. The country has done a much better job than the United States of getting Covid-19 under control and has largely kept its border shut down for months.

The NHL may be bringing people in from the United States, but they will be in two bubbles, not allowed to leave. Major League Baseball is having its teams play true home and road games in 2020, and the Canadian government doesn’t want that much travel to and from the United States, where the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging.

The Blue Jays will have to find a temporary home south of the border for 2020, and Buffalo, New York has been a popular rumor. Not only are the two cities less than 100 miles apart, Buffalo is also home to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate.

Sports radio hosts in Western New York have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. Joe DiBiase, who hosts studio coverage of the Bills on WGR, asked his Twitter followers just how much they are willing to embrace the Blue Jays as part of the city’s sports culture.

Brian Koziol, who is part of the station’s coverage of the Buffalo Sabres, wanted to know how enthusiastic fans would be for the Blue Jays to become a more permanent fixture in the city.

It isn’t a done deal that the Blue Jays will be in Buffalo this season. Laura Armstrong of The Star reports that the team is also considering calling its usual spring training home in Dunedin, Florida home in 2020.

One more city is showing some excitement. Dan Shulman, who calls play-by-play for the Blue Jays appeared on CNN and mentioned Charlotte as a potential home for the team in 2020. That was met with a lot of enthusiasm from WFNZ host Nick Wilson.

The team has not issued a timeline for a decision. The Blue Jays home opener is scheduled for July 29 against the World Series Champion Washington Nationals.

Speculation is always fun. It will certainly create content for several stations until an announcement is made official. Barring any concerns about the stadium or housing though, it does seem like Buffalo is most likely to be the team’s home in 2020.

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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.

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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