Penn State’s Feldman will start TV career at WBNG

feldman-tyler(April 29, 2016) Who you know can be as important as what you know. For Tyler Feldman, a college friendship has led him to his new job as a sports anchor/reporter at WBNG-TV in Binghamton, NY.

“I am extremely excited to start my career in Binghamton. It is the same station that ESPN’s Karl Ravech started his career,” says Feldman.

Feldman’s path to WBNG started in January when a college friend who was working at the station suggested that Feldman apply for a news position. In March, Feldman was offered the job. After much deliberation, he turned it down because his passion is sports. “Saying no thank you to my first offer was extremely difficult, but it ended up being my best decision,” says Feldman.

Incredibly, a sports position opened at the station just one week later. Two weeks after that, he was offered the job.

Feldman will graduate from Penn State University in May. The opportunity to report and anchor in his first job out of school makes WBNG a great fit him. “I love being able to share sports stories, but I also enjoy the studio environment. WBNG is providing me with the chance to pursue all of my passions within sports journalism.”

Moving to Binghamton represents a major life change for Feldman, but it’s one he is embracing. “Having to move to a new place, meet and work with new people, and cover new teams are all challenges that I look forward to pursuing.”

Feldman has been an STAA member since February.

“The best part about STAA’s services has to be the willingness that [CEO Jon Chelesnik] exhibits to help each and every member individually,” says Feldman. “Right from the start, Jon was there to answer all of my questions, critique my reel, offer advice, and provide insight into how to construct the perfect cover letter. Plus, having one central location to find sports-specific broadcasting jobs is incredibly helpful in locating that first gig.”

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Ex-Pats voice John Carlson dies

Courtesy of The Boston Globe

John Carlson was never at a loss for words, but when he broke into broadcasting at WBET-AM in Brockton in the mid-1950s, he would warm up before going on the air by reading the dictionary aloud.

Mr. Carlson, the play-by-play announcer for New England Patriots games on WEEI-AM from 1980 to 1986, knew from an early age that he had an engaging voice.

“His mother, Helen, took him to the Holbrook Grange hall, where he would do public speaking,” said Mr. Carlson’s son, John Jr. of Rockland. “He had a gift, and my grandmother encouraged him to use it.”
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Collinsworth will work Thursday night games for NBC

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Fox#00001Cris Collinsworth will join Mike Tirico in the broadcast booth for NBC’s Thursday Night Football package, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Earlier this week, it was widely reported Tirico is leaving ESPN for NBC, which agreed to broadcast five Thursday night NFL games this upcoming season. Tirico will do play-by-play for Thursday Night Football, while Collinsworth will provide color commentary.

NBC also holds the rights to Sunday Night Football, where Collinsworth will remain working with play-by-play man Al Michaels.

Collinsworth has been working on Sunday Night Football since 2009.

NBC paid $250 million for its five-game Thursday night package, agreeing to the deal in February.

Read more at Sports Illustrated where this story was originally published.

Red Sox, WEEI agree to seven-year extension

Courtesy of The Boston Globe

weei-fmRed Sox radio broadcasts have been heard across New England on WEEI since 1995. A new deal announced Thursday ensures that the familiar partnership will remain intact for many more years.

The Red Sox and Entercom Communications, WEEI’s parent company, announced a seven-year contract extension through 2023 that will keep the station as the club’s radio flagship. The average annual value is believed to be less than the previous deal, which was a 10-year, $200 million deal that began in 2007 and was set to expire at the end of this season.

“For more than a decade, the broadcast has been part of our most historic moments, with the voice of Joe Castiglione echoing the triumph that we all felt during three championship seasons,’’ said Red Sox president Sam Kennedy. “We look forward to this new phase of our partnership and sharing more winning baseball through our airwaves with our fans across New England.”

Entercom chief executive officer David Field said in a statement: “WEEI and Entercom are delighted to be extending our outstanding partnership with the Boston Red Sox well into the future.’’

The Red Sox are heard on 55 affiliates across New England on the WEEI/Shaw’s Red Sox radio network. WEEI has been a radio home of the Red Sox broadcasts since 1995, first on 850 AM and then on 93.7 FM upon the station’s signal switch in September 2011.

WEEI has been the flagship station for most of those years, save for 2007-09, when the majority of games aired on Entercom-owned WRKO 680 AM. In those three years, just 30 or so games aired annually on WEEI. That setup ended in August 2009 when Entercom moved the broadcasts to the 93.7 FM signal and WEEI became the flagship again.

The expiring contract became something of an albatross for WEEI. Signed in 2006, the $200 million contract — which was agreed upon while Greater Media, which owns five stations in Boston, was competing for Red Sox rights with the intention of launching a competing FM sports station — was the most expensive radio rights deal in Major League Baseball.

Read more at The Boston Globe where this story was originally published.

Monday, Steiner ink extensions with Dodgers

Courtesy of The LA Dodgers

The Dodgers’ radio duo of Rick Monday and Charley Steiner signed new multiyear agreements with the team on Thursday.

Monday and Steiner have worked together for the past 12 seasons, calling games on the Dodgers’ flagship station AM 570 LA Sports and the Dodgers Radio Network.

“Rick and Charley have been a great team in the broadcast booth,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “The combination of the two talents over the past 12 years has provided Dodgers fans a thoroughly enjoyable journey through each and every game. We look forward to them continuing for many years to come.”
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Blues’ Kelly, Pang booted from playoffs booth

Courtesy of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It was another standout regular season for the Blues and their broadcasters. And an even more exciting first-round playoff series followed, with the club’s scintillating seven-game matchup with Chicago in which it eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in a tense winner-take-all game Monday night.

But while radio broadcasters Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase move on for the team’s series against Dallas that starts Friday, television announcers John Kelly and Darren Pang are pushed out of the booth. That’s because NBC Sports Group has exclusive TV rights for the rest of the playoffs, ending the run for Fox Sports Midwest and the other regional carriers of NHL teams.

“I’d love to be calling the games, the games at this time of the year are the best of the season,” said Kelly, who just finished his 12th consecutive season, 15th overall, broadcasting the Blues. “The last series I think, from (Games) 1-7, was the best playoff series I ever had the chance to broadcast. Obviously I’d like to continue doing the games. But I knew the rules going in, so there’s no use getting frustrated or mad.”

Read more at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch where this story was originally published.

Conn’s camaraderie with host works well on 105.7 The Fan

Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun

In March of 2010, Jeremy Conn was facing as much uncertainty in his professional life as were the beleaguered Baltimore Orioles, who would fall to the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, on opening day and go on to lose 95 more times that season under three different managers.

Conn’s career was also in flux, and he was thinking that his radio broadcasting career might be coming to a swift and unceremonious end.

Instead, he discovered a gig that has made him a fixture on the Baltimore airwaves at WJZ-FM (105.7 The Fan) as a co-host of the Scott Garceau Show.
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A great announcer makes bad basketball worth watching

Courtesy of The UConn Daily Campus

Trust me, there are very few things to like about being a Brooklyn Nets fan. We have fresh uniforms, a cool court design and a really popular new arena. The list of pros doesn’t go far past that, although the franchise appears to be trending in the right direction under new general manager Sean Marks.

Should you choose to watch a Nets game on the YES Network, you will be treated to one of the very best broadcasters in the business. Play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle has done excellent work for years, and it’s been a joy watching him climb the ranks recently.

Eagle was promoted, along with color commentator Dan Fouts, to the No. 2 broadcast team for CBS’ NFL coverage this past season. He has also moved into a larger role covering the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
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Ibanez replacing Schilling at ESPN

Courtesy of Forbes

When life hands you an opinionated analyst who can’t kick his social media habit, you go out and hire Raúl Ibañez.

That was the case on Wednesday night as ESPN unveiled its newest booth member in the former MLB star who will now take the place of the embattled Curt Schilling who left amid criticism for his ongoing polarizing social media feed.

Now there isn’t anything terribly interesting about a late April baseball game between the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.
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NESN’s Elle Duncan to ESPN

Courtesy of ESPN MediaZone

elle_duncanTelevision sports veteran Elle Duncan has joined ESPN as an anchor for SportsCenter, the network’s signature news and information program. She will begin work on May 9.

For the past two years, Duncan has been an anchor, host and reporter for the New England Sports Network (NESN) in Boston, most recently hosting the daily NESN Live and NESN Sports Today programs.

Prior to joining NESN in early 2014, the Atlanta native worked in a number of on-air positions in her home city on both television and radio, including as a sports anchor and reporter for WXIA-TV, Atlanta’s NBC-TV affiliate, from 2012-2014. She was a sideline reporter for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks for six years and a field reporter for Comcast Sports South on SEC and ACC football for two years.

Duncan started her broadcasting career in 2003 as an entertainment reporter for former Atlanta sports radio station 790 the Zone, then in 2005 began a seven-year career as an on-air personality with Atlanta hip-hop station V103 where she hosted a top-rated program. She expanded her radio work as co-host of pre-game, halftime and post-game shows for the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network in 2010-2011.

“As someone who grew up in sports and having loved sports my entire life, I’ve always appreciated what ESPN brought with the talented group of people who worked there and the personalities,” said Duncan.

“ESPN was the first entity and remains one that marries its own personalities and sportscasting with entertainment, and I feel that ESPN has always been ahead of the curve in that sense,” she said. “I think of myself to be the same way – someone who loves and enjoys sports and wants to talk about them in a knowledgeable but entertaining way, and to me this truly is a dream come true.”

Read more at ESPN MediaZone where this story was originally published.