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‘The Darren Smith Show’ Asks Who Could Replace Joe Buck on Fox’s MLB Telecasts

Buck has been Fox’s lead MLB play-by-play voice for 26 years. Who could possibly take his place behind the mic if circumstances came to that?

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The current NFL broadcasting carousel could end up affecting Major League Baseball coverage as well. (Insert disclaimer about whether or not MLB has any games to broadcast this coming season.)

One of the footnotes to news of Troy Aikman possibly going to ESPN was that the network might also pursue Aikman’s play-by-play partner at Fox, Joe Buck. Buck has one year remaining on his deal with Fox and ESPN is hoping Buck could be pried away if the contract terms are larger than Fox is willing to pay.

In that scenario, most of the discussion has centered on who would replace Buck on Fox’s No. 1 NFL broadcast team. But Buck has another significant role for the network. He’s the No. 1 voice for Fox’s MLB coverage as well. He’ll call the All-Star Game and World Series, in addition to a few regular season match-ups. And if Buck were to leave for ESPN, that position needs to be filled as well.

On XTRA 1360’s The Darren Smith Show, the crew pondered that question. Buck has been Fox’s lead MLB play-by-play voice for 26 years. Who could possibly take his place behind the mic if circumstances came to that?

Jonathan Rifkind suggested that a regional broadcaster would get the call up to Fox’s No. 1 chair, though didn’t give a specific name. That seems like an improbable move for the lead play-by-play role. As Rifkind mentioned, Brian Anderson made the jump from Milwaukee Brewers broadcasts to Turner national postseason telecasts. But that’s also a different network.

Marty Caswell gave the name that Andrew Marchand also mentioned in his Sports Clicker newsletter for the New York Post: Joe Davis. Davis seems like the natural move as Fox’s No. 2 broadcaster and the TV play-by-play voice for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And having succeeded Vin Scully, he’d surely have no difficulties taking over for Buck.

Adam Amin was another name Marchand cited, someone who’s regarded very highly by Fox. Amin has already called MLB for the network, broadcasts NFL games, and is the TV voice of for the Chicago Bulls. But for the All-Star Game, World Series, and a handful of national broadcasts, there probably wouldn’t be many scheduling conflicts.

So replacing Buck on MLB telecasts probably won’t be as much of a dilemma for Fox. But it still presents an intriguing question. That role becomes an important one every October during the MLB postseason, which potentially leaves a big headset to fill.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and the station’s first voice to be heard belongs to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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