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Sean Salisbury Imagines Epic, ‘Austin 3:16’ Return for Carlos Correa to Astros

“What would happen if we’re standing out there, and out of the main door where they come out, this music just starts blaring and here comes Jim Crane and Carlos Correa?”

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As baseball’s free agent market continues to move at a quick pace following the conclusion of the Major League Baseball lockout, rumors have circulated suggesting that the Houston Astros may be interested in bringing back All-Star shortstop, World Series champion, and 2015 American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa.

The 27-year-old free agent superstar is highly regarded throughout MLB and may be willing to take a short-term deal with a high average annual value to return to the only team he has played for. It is a possibility Astros fans and players have clamored for in an effort to return to the World Series for the fourth time in six years.

If you were to put a soundtrack to Correa returning to Houston, look no further than The Sean Salisbury Show on SportsTalk 790. Out of a commercial break, show producer Tyler Soto – also known as “Heavy T” – played a guitar-heavy rock track to introduce the next segment of the show. It is safe to say show host Sean Salisbury was fired up and excited to continue the show speaking over the track, which opens with a sound effect of glass shattering.

“My man – Heavy T!” exclaimed Salisbury in the third hour of Wednesday’s show.

Co-host Michael Connor mentioned a scenario where this music would play to create a sublime experience for Astros fans at spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida, in which a door would open and reveal the presence of two prominent figures in Houston Astros baseball.

“What would happen if we [were] standing out there, and out of the main door where they come out, this music just starts blaring and here comes [Astros’ owner] Jim Crane and Carlos Correa?” said Connor. “You hear the glass-break sound, and then they just walk out.”

The adrenaline-inducing rock track reminded Salisbury of appearances he made in the past on a podcast hosted by former 106.7 The Fan host Chad Dukes. Initially, Salisbury said he had a moment of confusion when Soto played that specific rock track out of the break.

“You freaked me out with that; [do] you want to know why?,” said Salisbury to Soto. “You know my guy, Chad Dukes? He was in D.C. all those years and has his podcast. Every single time I’ve joined his show over the last decade, this is the intro song.”

So what is the name of this rock track? And why had it not been played until March 16 on The Sean Salisbury Show? The answer comes in the notation of the date itself – 3/16 – and the fact that “Austin 3:16” is the notorious catchphrase associated with WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Since the date is referred to by wrestling fans around the globe as “Steve Austin Day,” and Austin just released a new lager beer in association with El Segundo Brewing Company, Soto decided to play the wrestler’s theme song, called “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me” by composer Jim Johnston, on the air Thursday.

“You caught me off guard; I’m like ‘What are you doing?’” said Salisbury. “It got me, ‘Oh, this is from there…’ I love the fact you played this; I like this cut. That would be a hell of an entry with Crane and Correa.”

“I’m going to open up a can of whoop-ass,” replied Soto in the idiomatic nature of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on his special day.

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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.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

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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