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Dan Barreiro: I Have To Change Show Open To Preserve Voice, Sound Modern

“After show producer Justin Gaard filled in for Barreiro Wednesday, Barreiro returned to host the show on Thursday, and spoke about his plan going forward to protect his voice.”

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Over the last decade, teams around the National Basketball Association have adopted the practice of “load management,” which essentially means they intentionally hold a player out of game action to preserve their health, often for a playoff run. The term has become synonymous with all-stars such as L.A. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard and Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden.

Well, the same applies in sports media, which is why the sound of afternoon drive has been a bit unusual as of late on KFAN FM 100.3 in Minneapolis, Minn. On-air host Dan Barreiro has been experiencing vocal fatigue, and did not host Wednesday’s edition of Bumper-to-Bumper with Dan Barreiro to make sure his voice is adequate to host in the long run. After show producer Justin Gaard filled in for Barreiro Wednesday, Barreiro returned to host the show on Thursday, and spoke about his plan going forward to protect his voice.

“I am, I think, improved, but I vowed Gaardie that I’m not going to do the leader open until I’m convinced that I’m about 98% back,” Barreiro said to open Thursday’s show. “I probably have to get more assertive and louder at the open than at any other time in the show except for when I’m yelling, and then it has a deleterious impact [on] the rest of the show.”

As a result, Dan Barreiro announced that his traditional show open, in which he shouts, “Leader FAN Radio Network and KFAN.com” to the tune of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 hit “What’s Going On,” will be altered to conserve his voice in order to be able to host for four hours a day.

“On days where I’m still not sure the voice is all back… we’re just going to do a cold open,” Barreiro said. “It’s okay to do that; it probably isn’t a bad idea to mix it up once in a while.”

While it may have seemed like a disappointment that the show’s open would be altered, Gaard expressed his enthusiasm for the unpredictability and spontaneity it will bring to listeners each day.

“Now we’ve got anticipation for the open every single day,” expressed Gaard. “People are going to have to tune in every day.”

Dan Barreiro, 67, knows that as he grows older, his show needs to become more modern to appeal to newer audience members in today’s crowded media marketplace. He is willing to come up with new, entertaining bits and get “more with it” to make sure that he not only preserves his voice, but also his entertainment value while on-air.

“I like to think that our listeners could not possibly be hoodwinked [into pretending] to be 25 years old…. But maybe that’s what the kids want – I don’t know,” said Barreiro. “That’s what a couple of people have suggested because we’re all aging on the FAN.”

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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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