Scully’s letter to fans highlights final LA weekend


Courtesy of KPCC

ScullyVin Scully has written a letter dedicated to Dodgers fans that will be handed out before the game Friday night at Dodger Stadium, starting a weekend of events celebrating the legendary broadcaster’s 67-year career with the team.

The first 50,000 fans will receive the letter as part of the team’s Vin Scully Appreciation Weekend, which starts with Friday’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Colorado Rockies. Pregame ceremonies honoring Scully will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a video tribute narrated by …

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Astros’ Bill Brown to retire at end of season


Courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch

bill brownLongtime Houston Astros TV play-by-play announcer Bill Brown will retire this month.

The 69-year-old Brown on Thursday announced he’s retiring nearly 30 years after joining the Astros. Brown called his first Houston game on April 6, 1987, in an opening day win over the Dodgers in the Astrodome.

His final scheduled broadcast is the last home game of the regular season, Sept. 28 against Seattle.

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Martin, Smith to co-host on ESPN Memphis


Entercom Memphis has announced the addition of John Martin and Jason Smith to its weekday lineup on 92.9 FM ESPN/680 AM beginning in October. John Martin is the youngest sports host in a Top 50 market in America and has been with 92.9 FM ESPN since 2013. Smith is an award-winning reporter who brings more than a decade of experience in the Memphis sports landscape and comes to 92.9 FM ESPN after spending the last six years at The Commercial Appeal as the University of Memphis basketball beat writer.

Martin and Smith, who were once colleagues at The Commercial Appeal, will host their show middays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. , following a live nationally syndicated ESPN show, Mike & Mike in the Morning, from 5 to 9 a.m. and The Geoff Calkins Show from 9-11 a.m.

As part of his responsibilities at 92.9FM ESPN, Smith will contribute to The 92.9 Line, the online home for written content and breaking news, in addition to co-hosting with Martin. Assistant program director Jon Roser will produce.

Rockets announce changes to broadcast team


houston_rocketsIn conjunction with broadcast partners ROOT SPORTS and SportsTalk790, the Houston Rockets announced changes to their television and English radio broadcast team for the upcoming season.

Longtime television play-by-play broadcaster Bill Worrell will once again team up with former Rockets Matt Bullard and Clyde Drexler for ROOT SPORTS coverage of Rockets home games, with Worrell joining Bullard for select road games.

For most of the Rockets road schedule on ROOT SPORTS, Bullard will be alongside Craig Ackerman, who has served as the Rockets radio play-by-play voice dating back to the 2008-09 season. Ackerman has been a part of the Rockets organization for the past 22 years, beginning with an internship while he was a student at Houston Baptist University.

When Ackerman is handling duties on the road for ROOT SPORTS, SportsTalk790’s Matt Thomas will cover radio play-by-play. Thomas will also return as the team’s public address announcer, a position he held back during the Rockets championship seasons. In addition to contributing to Rockets coverage and co-hosting “The Proper Gentlemen of Sports” on SportsTalk790, Thomas has called play-by-play for University of Houston basketball.

Local radio personality Adam Clanton will take over the reigns as studio host for SportsTalk790’s coverage of the Rockets. Clanton, who has lived in Houston since he was 8 years old, co-hosts “The Bottom Line” weekdays on SportsTalk 790.

Ryan Leaf joins SB Nation Radio


Ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is joining SB Nation Radio. Leaf will host a weekly show on Saturdays from 8 to 10 pm Eastern Time. Leaf will discuss football, but also topics related to recovery from addiction.

In addition, SB Nation Radio has added former ESPN and SEC Network sideline reporter Kayce Smith. She’ll host a Monday Night college football show from 8 to 10 pm EDT.

Blue Jackets extend radio partnerships


blue jacketsThe Columbus Blue Jackets announced today three-year extensions of its partnerships with Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan (WBNS-Radio) and CD102.5 (WWCD-Radio) through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season. Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan will continue to serve as the flagship station of the club’s radio network, carrying live all regular season and playoff games with any conflicted games airing on CD102.5.

Preseason games will air live on 97.1 The Fan’s sister station, ESPN1460. WBNS-Radio and WWCD-Radio have been the exclusive radio home of Blue Jackets hockey since the inaugural 2000-01 season.

Mick Holien starts selling down memory lane


Courtesy of Lake County Leader

The former voice of the University of Montana Grizzlies Mick Holien is now parting ways with over 30 years of memorabilia he has acquired during his thirty-one seasons as the infamous “Voice Of The Griz.”

Holien’s personal collection is like a shrine to his career, his passion, and the many athletes that dedicated themselves both regionally and internationally. It was all started to finance his grandkids’ college education. Holien will have his garage sale Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at his home at 35078 Bennington Lane just off Hackk Rd.

“I started the collection to finance my grandkids’ education and my two oldest grandchildren are now juniors,” Holien said. “It’s here …

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Lunte taking next career step at KRES in Moberly


lunte-scott(September 23, 2016) Scott Lunte aspires to broadcast marquee events like Super Bowls, NBA Finals, Olympics and golf majors. He’s counting on his new job being the first step in that direction. An STAA member, Lunte is joining the news and sports staff at KRES Radio in Moberly, MO.

“My primary responsibilities will be a play-by-play talent for KRES covering much of Northern Missouri high school sports and select collegiate events such as D-II Truman State and Central Methodist University,” says Lunte. He will also host coaches shows, other sports shows and cover news stories when necessary.

“A small market radio station means I will have lots of responsibilities, and not just calling games on Friday nights,” Lunte smiles.

Lunte is the sixth STAA member hired by the KRES in recent years. “I have had good success with STAA clients,” GM Brad Boyer has said. “While they come excited about the play-by-play opportunities we offer, they also embrace our local community radio concept and leave as more well rounded announcers.”

A 2016 graduate of Webster University near St. Louis, Lunte joined STAA in July. Two days later, he interviewed with Boyer after having been referred by STAA.

“Every college kid needs to start somewhere post-graduation. KRES is giving me a great opportunity to develop myself as a play-by-play talent and also as a journalist,” says Lunte. “I feel like this station will give me the best chance to eventually move onto something bigger in life.

(Visit Scott’s STAA Talent Page).

Stars’ Strader has ‘rare and aggressive’ cancer


Courtesy of Dallas SportsDay

StraderStars play-by-play voice Dave Strader released a statement Wednesday afternoon updating his medical condition. It does not appear he will be joining the team any time soon.

Look for Daryl Reaugh to slide over from the analyst seat and Craig Ludwig to move from the studio to the analyst seat.

“In early June 2016, a tumor was found in my bile duct,” Strader’s statement said. “…There is no cure for my cancer. However, at this point it is treatable.” …

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Rockets’ Bill Worrell to cut back on road games


Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

bill-worrellLongtime Rockets broadcaster Bill Worrell will reduce his schedule to home games and selected road games on Root Sports Southwest this season, and radio broadcaster Craig Ackerman will assume TV play by play duties for most Rockets road games, the network said Wednesday.

Worrell, 72, said the schedule change will enable him to lighten his travel responsibilities while continuing his association with the pro team with which he has most been identified across five decades as a broadcaster in Houston…

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