Rangers add C.J. Nitkowski to TV team

Courtesy of The Oklahoman

The Texas Rangers have juggled the lineup for its TV broadcast team with Dave Raymond and FS1 sportscaster C.J. Nitkowski getting prominent roles.

Raymond replaces Steve Busby as the main play-by-play voice on the Fox Sports Southwest broadcasts after serving as a substitute announcer last season. He will work alongside Nitkowski, a former major league pitcher, and former Rangers general manager Tom Grieve, who will be entering his 23rd season as a Rangers analyst. …

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Fox Sports hires Kate Abdo for soccer role

Courtesy of World Soccer Talk

FOX Sports has hired Kate Abdo as studio presenter for its soccer coverage, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk.

Abdo, who previously worked for FOX Sports as a guest host during the network’s coverage of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will join the network’s coverage of soccer and is expected to play a pivotal role in FOX Sports’ coverage of the World Cup, Confederations Cup and other tournaments. She is also expected to be FOX’s new face of its Bundesliga coverage. …

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Mike Raita let go at Birmingham’s ABC 33/40

Courtesy of AL.com

Sportscaster Mike Raita and newscaster Linda Mays, both of whom have been in the Birmingham TV market since the late 1980s, have been let go at ABC 33/40, AL.com has learned.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) was my last day,” Raita told AL.com this morning. “They did not renew my contract, which is up at the end of the month.”

Raita, who was the sports director and anchor at ABC 33/40, has been with the station since it came on the air in 1996. Previously …

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Indy TV station to launch all sports channel

Courtesy of Inside Indiana Business

An Indianapolis television station has announced a new over-the-air channel dedicated solely to sports programming. WHMB-TV 40, which is owned by South Bend-based LeSEA Broadcasting, has launched WHMB TV All Sports Channel 40.3 in conjunction with American Sports Network.

The channel will feature ASN programming that includes 15-20 live men’s and women’s college basketball and hockey games each week with …

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Burke enjoying first year with Isles’ TV

Courtesy of Long Island Newsday

Brendan Burke traveled to Wednesday night’s Panthers-Islanders game on the Long Island Rail Road, seated next to a guy old enough to be his grandfather and who was about to take his job for the night.

But he could not have been happier about it.

For Burke, 32, the night on which MSG Networks and the Islanders honored Jiggs McDonald, 78, was a …

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Greenberg leaving Mike & Mike for new ESPN TV program

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

The end of one of the longest-running partnerships in sports radio is coming soon.

SI.com has learned via multiple sources that ESPN executives are moving forward with the plan to shift Mike Greenberg—one half of the long-running Mike & Mike radio show on ESPN Radio—into a new role as the lead host of a television show that would air in the mornings on ESPN. The new show will have elements of SportsCenter—which currently airs at that time—as well as a traditional morning show. It is expected to be based in New York City. …

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Parkins headlines new lineup at Chicago’s Score

Courtesy of Robert Feder

Following the retirement last week of 25-year veteran host Terry Boers from WSCR AM 670, the CBS Radio sports/talk station is shifting Jason Goff from middays to afternoons alongside Boers’s former partner, Dan Bernstein.

Replacing Goff alongside Matt Spiegel in middays will be newcomer Danny Parkins, a Chicago native who joins The Score from KCSP, a sports/talk station in Kansas City. He currently hosts a top-rated afternoon show there. …

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Max Baker added to NCN sports

Courtesy of Columbus News Team

As Columbus News Team and News Channel Nebraska continues to grow, so does the staff with the addition of Max Baker.

Max Baker joined the Columbus News Team news and sports staff on December 5th, and is moving to Columbus from Wayzata, Minnesota. Baker attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he graduated with a degree in Marketing in 2014. Baker has since worked as the voice for the Maddison Mallards and the St. Cloud Rox …

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Kelly O’Donnell leaving WRGB

Courtesy of The Albany Times Union

In a span of less than three months, WRGB (CBS-6) has lost its two most-experienced sports anchors.

Kelly O’Donnell, who assumed the role of sports director after Doug Sherman left the station Oct. 31, confirmed Wednesday that he has accepted a job as associate director of marketing and communications at Siena College. Sherman departed to take a full-time play-by-play position with ESPN.
O’Donnell’s last day on the air is Thursday, Jan. 19. …

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Cubs renew Kasper, Deshaies

Courtesy of Major League Baseball

Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper and television analyst Jim Deshaies each received three-year contract extensions, the team announced Tuesday. The 2017 season will be their fifth year together.

Cubs TV ratings on WGN and CSN have more than doubled in the last two years, while WLS-TV achieved nearly a 5.0 average household rating in its second year of broadcasting Cubs games. …

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