Oas new voice of Class-A LumberKings

oas-erik(October 21, 2016) Eric Oas has earned his first opportunity as a lead broadcaster in affiliated minor league baseball. An STAA member, Oas is the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Clinton LumberKings.

The LumberKings are the Class-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

“One of the things that have always drawn me to baseball has been its history. Joining the only remaining charter member of the Midwest League is something I find incredibly cool,” says Oas.

The San Diego native moves to Clinton following a stint with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Chicago White Sox Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he served as the team’s Broadcast/Media Relations Assistant during the 2016 season.

He graduated from San Jose State University in May 2013 where he broadcast the school’s hockey, football, basketball, volleyball and baseball coverage for campus radio station KSJS.

Upon graduation, Oas worked in Palm Springs, California for the California Winter League and then spent two seasons in the West Coast League serving as the Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Klamath Falls Gems and Bellingham Bells. Following the 2015 season, he took his talents to Australia to serve as the Director of Broadcasting and Communications for the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League.

“We are looking forward to having Erik on board with us for the upcoming season,” said LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow. “He has a great voice and enthusiasm for the game and I am sure that our fans and listeners will enjoy the broadcasts.”

(Visit Eric’s STAA Talent Page).

Scott to call Gamecocks basketball, baseball

derek-scottDerek Scott, who has served two institutions as a play-by-play broadcaster for almost 20 years, has been named the radio play-by-play voice for University of South Carolina men’s basketball and baseball, announced Thursday by officials with the South Carolina Athletics Department and Gamecock IMG Sports Marketing.

“While searching for the next play-by-play voice for men’s basketball and baseball, we came across many talented individuals,” said South Carolina Athletics Director Ray Tanner. “However, during the interview process and after talking with our coaches and staff, Derek emerged as our top candidate. I’m pleased that we can continue to have Derek as part of our Gamecock family.”
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DeCamara, Ritchie to team on WIP; Barkann out

Courtesy of The Delaware County Daily Times

wip_phillyThere’s another shuffle of hosts on your Philly sports radio dial.

Michael Barkann is out at SportsRadio 94.1WIP; Joe DeCamara, who just a few weeks back decided to leave 97.5The Fanatic, will co-host a new mid-day show, coupled with former Eagles Jon Ritchie.

Ike Reese, another former Eagles who was teamed with Barkann on 610 mid-days, will wind up in the afternoon drive time slot with a co-host to be determined. …

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New lineup at Altitude Sports Radio Denver

altitude-950Altitude Sports 950 in Denver has unveiled a new lineup to provide listeners with 11 straight hours of daily local programming.

Here is the new schedule:

7-10: Vic Lombardi
10-1: ScottHastings & Tom Helmer
1-3: Marc Moser & Julie Browman
3-6: Nate Kreckman & Tom Nalen

Out of the lineup is Nalen’s former co-host Kyle Keefe.

ESPN2 considering Jones, Torre for new show

Courtesy of Sporting News

ESPN is eying Bomani Jones and Pablo S. Torre to replace Jemele Hill and Michael Smith in the noon time slot on ESPN2, sources tell Sporting News.

The two up and comers are under consideration to create their own studio show, succeeding “His & Hers” when Hill and Smith move to the 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” next year.

Both Jones and Torre are viewed as rising talents in Bristol.

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Hooley leaving ESPN Cleveland

Courtesy of NEO Sports Insiders

bruce-hooleyAfternoon-drive talk-show host Bruce Hooley, who hosted the 5-7 pm show weekdays on WKNR 850 ESPN Cleveland, announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the station to pursue another opportunity.

Hooley said he would be joining a “syndicated morning show.”

ESPN Cleveland will extend Aaron Goldhammer and Emmett Golden’s show, to a third hour, from 3 to 6 pm. Munch Bishop’s show will start an hour earlier and go from 6 to 9 pm. …

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Midday host Dante Hall exits KILT

Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

kilt-610-houstonDante Hall, the former NFL player who starred at Texas A&M and Aldine Nimitz, has left KILT (610 AM) after less than five months as co-host of the station’s midday show with Cody Stoots and John Lopez.

Ryan McCredden, the station’s program director, said Hall will not be replaced.

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Kornheiser, Wilbon get PTI extensions

pti-pardon-the-interruptionThis week marks the 15-year anniversary of Pardon the Interruption, and ESPN has signed the show’s popular co-hosts to new multi-year contract extensions. Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, who have been with PTI since the daily sports news and discussion show debuted on October 17, 2001, will continue to work together and contribute to other ESPN platforms.

“Tony and Mike are the best in the business and PTI is the gold standard of daily sports commentary,” said Connor Schell, senior vice president and executive producer, ESPN Original Content. “That PTI remains as insightful and innovative as ever – and as relevant – is a tribute to the genius and hard work of Erik, Matt and their whole team.”

Said Kornheiser: “The fact that ESPN would give me yet another extension at my age indicates one of two things: one, they have never actually seen me on television. Two, they feel they are saving money on health insurance because they think I will have all my expenses covered by Medicare. Either way I am thrilled to be doing PTI with Wilbon and scaring the children.”

Rose, Billups, McGrady join NBA Countdown

nba-countdownESPN has announced its commentator teams for the Wednesday and Friday editions of NBA Countdown – ESPN’s NBA pre-game show.

NBA Countdown host Michelle Beadle will be joined by analysts Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Tracy McGrady on Wednesdays, and Rose and Billups on Fridays. NBA Countdown on ESPN will expand to mostly one-hour shows on Wednesdays and Fridays this season, starting at 7 p.m. ET prior to ESPN NBA doubleheaders.

“Everyone knows how much I love the NBA, which is why I’m beyond excited to be the host of NBA Countdown,” says Beadle. “To get insight from Chauncey and Tracy is amazing. And Jalen, we’re simply going to have all the same conversations we would if the cameras weren’t there. Not to mention all the terrifically talented people behind the scenes who make the show as great as it is. I can’t wait for the season to start.”