Mike Berman returning home to Chicago, WMAQ

Courtesy of Robert Feder

No one at WMAQ-Channel 5 is saying when — if ever — we’ll see the return of veteran sports anchor Mike Adamle, who’s been on personal leave since mid-March.

But on Monday, the NBC-owned station announced the hiring of a new sports reporter and fill-in anchor.

Mike Berman, a Chicago native who grew up in Northbrook and most recently worked at WTTV, the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, will join the NBC 5 sports team, effective August 15. The University of Missouri graduate previously worked in Springfield, Illinois; Austin, Texas; and Columbia, Missouri. …

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Davis, Hellie are Titans new preseason TV team

Courtesy of The Tennesseean

NFL Network broadcasters Charles Davis and Dan Hellie will replace WKRN-2 sports director Cory Curtis and former Titans running back Eddie George for the Titans preseason games this season.

Hellie, a 1997 University of Tennessee graduate, will handle the play-by-play and Davis, a four-year starting defensive back (1983-86) at UT, will be the analyst. …

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Ex-NFLer Matt Jones leaving The Buzz in Little Rock

Courtesy of Arkansas Online

Arkansan Matt Jones, a professional football player turned sports radio personality, has left his weekday afternoon job at The Buzz 103.7 FM in Little Rock, a station director said Wednesday.

Jones’ last day was Friday, though program director Justin Acri said by phone that the former quarterback for the Arkansas Razorbacks and wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars will likely make occasional visits at the radio station. …

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Kane replacing Sullivan on UCA football radio

Courtesy of University of Central Arkansas Athletics

The University of Central Arkansas is losing one KATV voice and gaining another for the 2016 football season.

Steve Sullivan, the play-by-play voice for UCA football for the last nine years, has had to give up those duties due to added responsibilities at KATV Channel 7. Chris Kane, one of the co-hosts of KATV’s Daybreak show, will join Justin Acri in the radio booth for UCA football this fall.

Acri, the program director at 103.7 The Buzz and co-host of The Zone weekday show, will move to the play-by-play chair in 2016, with Kane taking over the color commentary duties in his first year with the Bears. Long-time UCA radio voice Monty Rowell will …

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Shear leaving Fox 28 in Elkhart for Fort Wayne

Courtesy of Fox 28

Dear FOX28 Viewers,

Sunday night was certainly a bittersweet night for me because this place has felt like home these last few years and it’s hard to fathom that it was my last night working in such a great place.

Starting this Wednesday I’ll be taking over as the main Sports Anchor at the NBC station in Fort Wayne, and while I’ll miss FOX28, I can’t wait to take all the great things I …

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Sox’ Remy hit in head by falling TV monitor

Courtesy of Fox Sports

Jerry RemyRed Sox TV analyst Jerry Remy was hit in the head by a falling TV monitor as swirling winds caused havoc during the first inning at Fenway Park.

Remy was sent home from Boston’s game Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins but was expected back Sunday. Former player Steve Lyons, also an analyst during some games, came in for Remy. …

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ACC Network to launch in August

ACC-conferenceESPN and the Atlantic Coast Conference will launch the ACC Network – a comprehensive linear and digital network, it was announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford and ESPN President John Skipper at the conference’s annual Football Kickoff media event in Charlotte, N.C.

The 20-year partnership will provide ACC fans unprecedented access to live events via a comprehensive, multi-platform network. It also provides for the extension of the conference’s existing rights agreement with ESPN to 2036. ESPN is the ACC’s exclusive worldwide rights holder.

Beginning in August 2016, fans can access more than 600 exclusive live events from across the conference via a digital live-events channel ‘ACC Network Extra’, immediately available to users who have access to ESPN3 via WatchESPN and the ESPN app, with that number growing each year. More than 1,300 ACC events will be distributed across the platforms in 2019 when the linear network launches.
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Tech in home stretch to fill broadcaster slot

Courtesy of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

georgia-techGeorgia Tech is advancing toward filling its broadcasting opening and could fill it in the next few weeks.

Athletic director Mike Bobinski provided that information at the ACC Kickoff event Tuesday. Bobinski said that the school received significant interest and that “the challenge has been in getting the pool down to a workable number. We’re close to that.”

Bobinski said he was hopeful that the school could begin on-campus interviews with candidates at the end of next week “and get a decision made …

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Fox hires Charles Tillman for NFL pregame

Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

FOX NFL KICKOFF LogoCharles Tillman is ready to start his post-football career.

Fox Sports officially announced Thursday morning that the former Bears cornerback will be part of “Fox NFL Kickoff,” which airs on Sunday mornings during the NFL season at 10 a.m.

Tillman will join host Clarissa Thompson, Colin Cowherd and former Bears coach Dave Wannstedt. The show precedes “Fox NFL Sunday” with Terry Bradshaw and company.

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Seattle sports show moving to KJR

Courtesy of Talkers

Two Washington athletes – retired Seattle Seahawk Marcus Trufant and UW Husky Terry Holliman – are co-hosting the new weekly show airing Wednesday’s from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm on sports talk KJR. The show formerly aired on 710 ESPN.

The show is called “The Barbershop.” It will be broadcast live and remote from a local casino every Wednesday before Seahawks home games.

iHeartMedia Seattle SVP of programming Rich Moore says, “The show is a great fit for our coverage of the Seahawks and enhances Seattle’s first choice for NFL coverage.” …

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