Andy Pollin exits ESPN 980

Courtesy of The Washington Post

Andy Pollin, the dean of Washington sports radio, said Thursday that his contract at ESPN 980 won’t be renewed, ending his run there a few weeks shy of his 25th-year anniversary.

Pollin and his longtime friend and partner Steve Czaban had reunited as “The Sports Reporters” in May of last year, doing a three-hour afternoon drive program that took advantage of their …

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Powell native pursuing broadcasting career at FOX Sports 1

Courtesy of The Powell Tribune

Baseball legend Pete Rose has playfully called him out on national television, he’s fetched statistics for and talked sports with Alex Rodriguez and he’s broadcast college basketball games at Duke, North Carolina and Kansas.

“Of course I never thought this would be my lot,” Anthony Masterson says with a laugh. “It’s really bizarre.”

But the Powell native — now working as both a researcher at FOX Sports 1 and as a broadcaster for Long Beach State University — cautions that his surreal career in the sports media world shouldn’t be confused for a charmed life.

“Everybody who grows up …

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Marin sportscaster turns surfing into therapy

Courtesy of Ross Valley Reporter

I’m a dinosaur.

At 79, I accept my skin drying out and print journalism, my lifelong profession, being on the extinction trail of pterodactyls.

But I’m not ready to fade away.

And although print may be following eight-tracks, horses-and-buggies and dodos, I still prefer writing columns and texts without abbreviations, and enjoy hearing local radio personalities rather than syndicated broadcasts.

OMG, how quaint.

Bruce Macgowan, Fairfax resident 15 years my junior, doesn’t fit the dinosaur designation.


But …

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Ex-players get shot at TNT play-by-play

Courtesy of The Big Lead

TNT has a new Monday night NBA package this season, which debuted earlier this week on Martin Luther King Day. The Big Lead has learned that Turner will conduct a five-week experiment with announcing and studio crews comprised entirely of former players beginning after the All-Star break, on Monday, Feb. 27. Appropriately, the title will be Players Only. A formal announcement is expected later this week.

A highly placed source with knowledge of Turner’s plans tells The Big Lead that these will be the crews: …

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Cole could transition from WWE TV booth soon

Courtesy of Fox Sports

Michael Cole could be leaving the broadcast booth sooner than later in WWE.

Michael Cole has been a WWE personality since his time as a backstage interviewer in the late 1990’s. He eventually moved into a full-time play-by-play role for SmackDown in its early years, and for Raw throughout this past decade. Cole has worked with the likes of Taz, Jerry Lawler, JBL, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips, and Corey Graves during this time.

According to PW Insider Elite, Cole could actually be …

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Francesa’s final year on WFAN Radio is here

Courtesy of Long Island Newsday

The milestones on Mike Francesa’s road to his scheduled Dec. 15 departure from WFAN continue to speed by.

Next up are his final appearance on Radio Row at the Super Bowl, followed Feb. 5 by the end of his long-running Sunday morning NFL show.

But so far Francesa is far from feeling wistful, and he shows no sign of second thoughts about leaving at the end of his current contract. …

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WATR’s Sagendorf back on air with new vocal cords

Courtesy of The Zone RA

He had not worked a basketball or football broadcast for six years. He underwent 16 total surgeries. He had brain surgery, had a bone removed from his throat, surgery on a palate which had atrophied, and just one month ago had new vocal folds crafted out of tissue from the local area.

The long broadcasting journey of WATR’s Bob Sagendorf has been well documented, but the most recent ordeal is certainly the most significant.

Tonight, you can hear Sagendorf, 62, call play-by-play action of a city basketball gem at 1320 on the AM dial as WATR broadcasts the Sacred Heart at Crosby game from The Palace. It all begins at 7 p.m. …

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Moulton fired from 99.3 ESPN Fort Myers

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Local sports radio talk show co-host David Moulton was fired Tuesday morning by Beasley Broadcast Group, he said via Twitter, and the show he co-hosted was not being broadcast in its usual place on 99.3 ESPN radio.

The firing comes on the first day the show was scheduled to air following the publication by The News-Press over the weekend of a story critical of Beasley’s firing of former “Miller and Moulton” co-host Mark Miller. …

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FSR Indianapolis gets new AM show

Courtesy of Media Confidential

iHM’s WNDE 1260 AM announced Tuesday that they are launching a local sports-talk show weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. The show, tabbed “Flagrant Foul,” will be hosted by Don Stuck and Dave “Gunner” Gunn, both long-time personalities on Classic Rock sister station, WFBQ 94.7 FM.

The first show is expected to air Feb. 6 and will simulcast on translator W248AW 97.5 FM. …

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CBS TV San Diego will carry Chargers

Courtesy of The San Diego Union Tribune

Remember when wearing Chargers garb brought San Diegans together?

Now the same Bolts attire can elicit dismay, even scorn.

At least, so it did Monday for 49-year-old Alberto Mier y Teran when he got his car washed in Mission Valley a few miles from the old Chargers stadium.

“I’m wearing a Chargers jacket,” he said, “and the attendant starts talking to me like, ‘I can’t believe you’re wearing that jacket.’

“People are upset.” Mier y Teran said. “They are angry, very angry.”

Teran is a San Diego native and fan of the team since childhood, and yet, as general manager of KFMB Channel 8, wants locals to stay tuned to the Bolts.

They’ll get the chance. …

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