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‘Parkins & Spiegel’ Check On Mark Grote, Now Working 670 The Score Overnights

“I feel great about myself… being stimulated by the caffeine that is being pumped through my system throughout the day. So I’m great!”

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It’s been just over a month since Mark Grote took over 670 The Score’s overnight shift, filling the seat long held by Les Grobstein. (Perhaps in an acknowledgement of Grobstein’s ownership of “Score Overnights,” Grote is doing three shows a week with a cast of rotation hosts taking the other two nights.)

Switching to a schedule of midnight to 5 a.m., working when most are sleeping, is a life-changing adjustment. Some eventually adapt, others never do. And a few are naturally nocturnal. Or they also work an overnight shift, which is why such a bond develops between a radio host and an audience.

Knowing what a major change going to overnights is, Grote’s 670 The Score colleagues, Parkins & Spiegel, checked in on their fellow host to see how he was doing. Grote is doing fine so far, but as you might expect, he’s drinking coffee at a time of day when most of us have switched to less caffeinated beverages.

“I feel great about myself, seeing Matt [Spiegel] staring me in the face, and then being stimulated by the caffeine that is being pumped through my system throughout the day,” said Grote. “So I’m great!”

Noting that Grote was drinking coffee at 4 p.m., Danny Parkins asked if that was the last time he would drink coffee that day, knowing that his air shift would begin eight hours later. Most of us who begin working at, say, 9 a.m., aren’t typically up and drinking coffee at 1 a.m.

Normally, Grote probably would need more coffee to get through his day. But as he explained, Wednesday was his Friday, so to speak. It was Grote’s last night of the work week, so he didn’t need a cup to power him along so much as just feel normal.

Asked why he wouldn’t just skip coffee so he could sleep at a more normal hour, Grote said this is what he called his recovery period.

“Part of the recovery is, I just don’t want to do nothing,” said Grote. “I want to take advantage of not having to be up at midnight and performing a show. So I want to feel normal. There’s a normalcy level that goes along with having the cup of coffee. Because if I don’t, I don’t want to fall asleep at 5 and wake up at 11.”

Grote kind of sounds like someone who needs a nap. But the process of adjusting his biorhythms, circadian rhythms, or whatever you might call a sleep pattern and awake period, is surely complicated. And what works for one might not work for another. Grote might even still be trying to figure it out at this stage.

Parkins and Spiegel certainly sounded grateful they’re not making that adjustment, though they marveled at the feat. Their listeners likely felt much the same way.

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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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