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Julie Donaldson Explains New Role To The Junkies

“In explaining how she came to take the job, Donaldson was differential to Larry Michael, who abruptly resigned last week after sixteen years with the franchise.”

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The new Senior VP of Media for the Washington NFL franchise was on the radio in DC on Wednesday morning to talk about her new gig. The Junkies welcomed Julie Donaldson to 106.7 the Fan’s morning show by calling her “the most powerful woman in the NFL right now.”

In explaining how she came to take the job, Donaldson was differential to Larry Michael, who abruptly resigned last week after sixteen years with the franchise. The next day, he was named as an offender in The Washington Post’s story about rampant sexual and verbal harassment of female employees within the organization.

“He did so much. The work he did for the organization was very well respected,” Donaldson said of Michael. “So, it was with a heavy heart that unfortunately this change was made.”

Donaldson said she was at the gym when she first got a call gauging her interest. The NBC Sports Washington anchor says her general manager Damon Phillips opened the door to put the team and Donaldson together. She says that when she saw his name come up on her phone, her first thought was that she was in trouble.

As for her duties with the team, Donaldson says she will be replacing Michael as the host of the daily show breaking down the team on NBC Sports Washington. That show was called Redskins Nation, but with the nickname set to change, the name of the show will too.

The Junkies asked Donaldson if she had any reservations about taking a job within the organization right after the story about the team’s toxic culture came out in The Washington Post. Donaldson was not shy or coy in answering.

“Oh yeah. A hundred percent,” she said. “I hurt for those women. I know what that is like. You don’t make it twenty years in this business without stories of your own.”

Never willing to miss a chance to break some news, The Junkies threw several of the new names proposed for the now former-Redskins at Donaldson to see if she would give up any insight. Donaldson said she had opinions, but no information.

“I wish I could tell you [the new nickname] and drop the scoop, but I don’t know,” she said.

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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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