2016 Nantz Award winner Appel earns DI football job

Josh Appel(August 26, 2016) Graduating college seniors are regularly told they won’t walk from campus into a Division I football play-by-play job. It rarely happens, but it’s happened for 2016 Jim Nantz Award winner Josh Appel. Appel, who won the award as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster, is the new voice of Florida International University Panthers football.

“I’m definitely looking forward to being able to do play-by-play for a division one program close to where I grew up,” says Appel, who is from Weston, FL less than an hour from FIU’s Miami campus. “This is such an amazing opportunity. I’m also looking forward to working with my broadcast partner and former FIU quarterback Wes Carroll, the student-athletes, coaches and support staff.”

Appel learned of the FIU opportunity through a friend, who delivered Appel’s demo and resume to the athletic department. “After the early communication, I didn’t hear from anyone about it for almost a month, so I really didn’t think anything was going to happen,” says Appel. “Then, a couple weeks ago I heard from someone with FIU and we went from there.”

Appel is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida, where he was sports director and student radio play-by-play voice for football, basketball and baseball on Bulls Radio. He began his career calling football for his high school. Now, as he looks forward to the Panthers season opener September 1st versus Indiana, he’s more excited than nervous.

“I’m sure there will be some nervousness leading up to the first broadcast, but at the end of the day I’m going to be able to do something I love and there’s nothing to be nervous about. It’s going to be a blast and I hope those listening will feel the same,” says Appel.

“[Head coach] Ron Turner and FIU Football are building something special and I can’t wait to represent this team and this university.”

(Visit Josh’s website).

3 suspended at The Fanatic over fake caller controversy

Courtesy of Philly.com

975 philly fanaticExecutives at Greater Media have suspended three 97.5 The Fanatic employees for their role in a fake caller scandal that has garnered national media attention, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

Sources say Pat Egan, the producer who created the “Dwayne from Swedesboro” character, and Mike Missanelli’s on-air partner Jason Myrtetus have been suspended for three days, effective Friday.

Matt Nahigian, the station’s program director, has also been suspended. All three will be able to return to the station Wednesday.

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Warriors depart KNBR after 32 years

Courtesy of SFGate

knbr-680If you’re looking for the Warriors on the radio this season, you’ll be looking for a different station.

Golden State announced this morning it was dissolving its long-time partnership with KNBR 680, broadcasting its games instead on 95.7 The Game, a relatively new Bay Area sportstalk radio station on the FM dial.

The surprise move ends a longstanding relationship between KNBR 680 and the Warriors, who partnered with the Bay Area’s top sports talk radio station dating all the way back to the team’s arrival in the Bay Area back in 1962. …

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OU, Learfield announce free Tunein audio streaming

University of Oklahoma sports fans will be able to listen to live streaming and on-demand audio broadcasts for free this season as OU and its multimedia rights holder, Learfield’s Sooner Sports Properties, announced Wednesday a multi-year partnership with TuneIn, the world’s largest audio network.

The new streaming agreement between Learfield and TuneIn provides Oklahoma fans complimentary access to a dedicated Sooner Network channel to find game action and related OU sports programming. TuneIn will air live football and men’s basketball games, as well as coaches shows, at no cost. TuneIn’s Sooner Network channel will also air live select women’s basketball, baseball, softball and other game broadcasts throughout the season. All OU athletics events that are broadcast via radio will be available for free via TuneIn, SoonerSports.com or a Sooner Sports Network affiliate’s website. Specific radio broadcast information for each event will be communicated via SoonerSports.com.

Harris set for victory lap at Duke

Courtesy of The Duke Chronicle

Harris-BobOn July 6, Duke quarterback Thomas Sirk was worried.

It wasn’t because of his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon or an issue with any of his teammates. It was because he was uncertain whether Blue Devil play-by-play announcer Bob Harris would be around for the 2016 season.

After Harris discussed his retirement at a press conference, he exited Cameron Indoor Stadium with his family and saw the Blue Devil signal caller heading in his direction. …

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Lundquist dives into last season as SEC voice

Courtesy of the Charlotte Observer

Lundquist-VerneVerne Lundquist recently returned from a Scandinavian summer vacation to find an email with 309 pages of stories on Texas A&M and UCLA. As the 76-year-old play-by-play man gets set for his 17th and final season as the voice of Southeastern Conference football on CBS, he is happily diving into one of his favorite parts of the job.

“I’m going to miss the preparation as much as anything,” Lundquist said Thursday during a conference call with reporters. “You can’t short-cut it. If you do you’ll get found out.”

Lundquist announced early this year that this would be his last doing SEC games on CBS. …

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Is NFL taking sides on Thursday Night TV voice?

Courtesy of NY Daily News

For most of his career at ESPN, Mike Tirico was recognized as a smooth yakking, jack-of-all-trades voice. Now in his earliest days at NBC, even he could not have envisioned being turned into some kind of broadcast martyr.

That’s exactly what the National Football League high command did when it wouldn’t let Peacock pooh-bahs slide Tirico under the wire and into the play-by-play role on NBC’s five “Thursday Night Football” telecasts. The NFL held NBC suits to the contract they signed (prior to them inking Tirico), which stipulated Al (Exigente) Michaels and Cris Collinsworth (NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” voices) would work “TNF.”

After we alerted the Free World about the NFL holding NBC to the deal, there were numerous Woe-Is-Tirico, Pity Parties thrown across a variety of media landscapes. …

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Sheppard, Murphy to host PM Drive on ESPN NH

ESPN New Hampshire Radio is proud to announce their new afternoon show “The Stretch Run” hosted by longtime Boston radio personality Pete Sheppard and veteran sports reporter and radio analyst Jimmy Murphy.

“The Stretch Run” can be heard Monday-Friday 3-6 PM ET on the radio (900 and 1250 AM), online at espnnhradio.com, or via the TuneIn app.

Sheppard, who came to ESPN NH in January, 2015, is best known for being a part of ‘The Big Show’ which aired on Boston’s WEEI for over a decade. He has lived most of his life in Massachusetts and is a graduate of Bishop Hendricken High School in Rhode Island and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, where he is on the Wall of Fame.

Murphy, who grew up in Arlington, MA, covered the Bruins as a beat reporter from 2001-2013, working for the Boston Metro, NHL.com, NESN.com and ESPNBoston.com. In 2013, he headed north to the hockey hotbed of Montreal, Quebec to cover the NHL as a freelancer for TSN.ca, NHL.com and CTV Montreal. Murphy also hosted a daily show called Top Shelf on Sirius/XM NHL Network.

Brothers in Black Bear broadcasting

Courtesy of The Maine Edge

On September 1, the University of Maine Black Bear football team will travel to Connecticut to take on the UConn Huskies.

Traveling with them will be Rich Kimball and Bob Lucy, two men who have spent the past two decades serving as the play-by-play and color analyst voices of Maine football. The 2016 season marks the 20th year for this pairing; they are the longest-running duo in the Colonial Athletic Conference and one of the longest-running in all of college football broadcasting.

They’ve been at it for a long time. And when you’ve been doing something like this for as long as they have, well…there are plenty of stories to be told. …

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