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Gresh and Keefe: CBS Should’ve Just Played Walker Hayes Music At Halftime

“Like the Super Bowl, we’re not gonna listen to the NBC crew break it down while Eminem’s in the background.”

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From a sports media standpoint, the biggest story coming out of Sunday’s AFC Championship game was probably the CBS halftime show in which the sound blaring from a Walker Hayes performance drowned out The NFL Today crew of James Brown, Phil Simms, Bill Cowher, Nate Burleson, and Boomer Esiason.

Esiason addressed the debacle to start his WFAN morning show with Gregg Giannotti, praising Brown for maintaining his professionalism and trying his best to carry the halftime discussion through, despite no one on set being able to hear one another.

But the circumstance of not being able to hear the CBS studio team talk about the first half of Bengals-Chiefs, especially after Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes made a poor decision that prevented the team from scoring a touchdown, let alone a field goal, made for a frustrating viewing experience. Although it was also funny watching the CBS crew trying to communicate during a difficult audio situation.

The halftime blunder was a topic of discussion for Gresh and Keefe Monday morning on Boston’s WEEI. Besides making fun of Hayes and his “Fancy Like” song that Applebee’s turned into a national sensation, Rich Keefe wondered if producers should have quickly conceded that the audio issue wasn’t going to be fixed before halftime ended.

“I feel like at this stage of the game, you might as well let the halftime show breathe a little bit,” Keefe said.

“Like the Super Bowl, we’re not gonna listen to the NBC crew break it down while Eminem’s in the background. No, we’re just gonna watch Eminem, and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, right? They’re not gonna be down on the field with Chris Simms screaming over those guys.”

You can listen to the entire segment here.

Keefe went on to say that for special occasions or deeper into the playoffs, leagues and networks feature halftime entertainment anyway. The obvious difference is that those situations are planned far in advance, while this wasn’t.

Also, the natural instinct for CBS producers and engineers was to try and fix the problem, to salvage a halftime show that was quickly slipping away. How quickly should such a decision to just give up and go with the Walker Hayes musical performance have been made?

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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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