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Four new air personalities join YSR

December 19, 2014
Courtesy of Talkers

yahoosportsradio - ysrWith the New Year, Yahoo! Sports Radio welcomes four new talents to the lineup: longtime sports talk host Anthony Pepe daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon; Matt Perrault for weekends 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm; Tim Murray for Sundays 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm; and Jason McIntyre for Sundays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (all times ET).

Perrault will put the spotlight on the week in sports and Murray will focus on professional and college football and college hoops. McIntyre is founder and publisher of The Big Lead and will provide a roundup of the week’s sports headlines and

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

We’re happy to report that former local sportscaster Bob Neumeier is bouncing back from a stroke he suffered last month. Neumie, a former WBZ and WEEI jock talker and national expert on horse racing, is “recovering nicely,” according to pal Harry Manion.

“There’s been an amazing outpouring of support for him and his wife, Michele,” he said. “And his family were awesome.”

Neumeier underwent more than five hours of surgery after suffering the stroke and spent some time in intensive care. He is home now and working on his recovery.

Read more at the Boston Herald where this story was originally published.

It’s been more than half a year since the Radio Rumble took place at KFNS, when a long series of frustrations — including missed payrolls — bubbled over at 590 AM, with fists flying and just-dismissed host Brian McKenna being arrested for assaulting his former boss, Dan Marshall.

McKenna was not charged and has been off the air since then. But he’s set to return on Jan. 5, one day short of seven months from the date of the incident.

He’ll team with STLtoday.com sports columnist Jeff Gordon at WQQX (1490 AM), which fairly quietly has been in the sports-talk format since last year.

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where this story was originally published.

Pritchett named South Bend Cubs voice

December 19, 2014
Courtesy of WBST

The South Bend Cubs have named Darin Pritchett the team’s radio play by play broadcaster for the 2015 season.

Pritchett is in his 16th year at WSBT Radio where he is the station’s sports director. He will continue his duties which includes hosting Weekday Sportsbeat, broadcasting sports reports on The WSBT Morning News with JT and hosting WSBT Radio’s Notre Dame football pre game show. Pritchett is in his 6th season of calling Notre Dame hockey games on New Country 99.9fm.

Pritchett is a 7 time winner of the Indiana Associated Press Play-by-Play broadcaster of the year in the major market division. He also contributed to the WSBT Radio sports team winning three Indiana Broadcasters Association awards for sports coverage.

A 1994 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Pritchett spent two seasons working as an assistant producer in the KMOX Radio booth for St.Louis Cardinals baseball at Busch Stadium. Before arriving at WSBT Radio, Pritchett spent time as a sports producer at KMOX Radio in St.Louis and on air talent at WTIM Radio in Taylorville, Illinois.

You can hear every South Bend Cubs radio broadcast live on 960am and 96.1fm WSBT. The games will also be available on WSBTRadio.com, SouthBendCubs.com and the WSBT Radio App.

The South Bend Cubs, the Midwest League Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, opens their 2015 season at Four Winds Field on April 9th against Bowling Green.

Read more at WBST where this story was originally published.

michiganThe University of Michigan Athletic Communications Office announced on Thursday (Dec. 18) the hiring of Ed Kengerski as a video reporter and producer for Michigan Sports Television and MGoBlue.com. Kengerski comes to Michigan after serving as the sports director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo since 1995.

During his time at WWMT-TV, Kengerski was the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to sports director in 2004. He anchored, edited and produced weekday sportscasts; assigned, oversaw, and managed all day to day activities of the sports department; and produced and hosted sports specials covering college basketball, football, PGA Championships and the Kalamazoo Wings weekly coach’s show.

From 1990-95, Kengerski worked as the sports anchor/reporter for KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota, anchoring, editing, reporting and shooting local sports. From 1990-93, he also worked as the sports anchor for KYYY-FM in Bismarck, anchoring sportscasts for the top-rated morning drive show. From 1988-89, Kengerski was the sports director for WBKB-TV in Alpena, where he anchored nightly sportscasts.

He graduated from Central Michigan with a degree in broadcast and cinematic arts, with a minor in journalism and political science.

Read more at MGoBlue where this story was originally published.

YESNew York City FC and YES Network announced their much anticipated union Wednesday afternoon, with the Yankee-founded network serving as the new home of Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise.

A multi-year, multi-platform deal sees YES become NYCFC’s local, english speaking affiliate for both home and away matches, with the exception of national broadcasts. It will also serve as a “compliment” to their current deal with WFAN, pooling resources from each organization to broadcast matches across all media platforms.

“It is only fitting that YES has become New York City FC’s television partner, given the New York Yankees’ investment in the club and New York City FC’s playing in the number one market in the country, at Yankee Stadium in particular,” said YES President Tracy Dolgin. “The Yankees-Man City ownership structure, along with the presence of Jason Kreis and Claudio Reyna, give New York City FC instant credibility, and we expect it to become one of MLS’ flagship franchises in no time.”

YES Network will transmit NYCFC broadcasts throughout New York State and Connecticut, north and central New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania. Blacked-out matches will be streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app; available to subscribers of Time Warner Cable and Cablevision. The streaming option is the first of its kind amongst area soccer providers.

WFAN will also offer a live stream on their website, offering an alternative for days where Yankee and Nets broadcasts bump NYCFC from the station. Already, they have secured an overflow station agreement with 970AM in such case where matches could not go on 660AM live.

According to Dolgin, FOX is taking a special interest in the project, helping to form the broadcast content on the YES network, from production to television and radio personalities. They have narrowed options for their play-by-play and color analyst options, but won’t come to a decision on personnel until the new year.

Read more at Empire of Soccer where this story was originally published.

alex englishIf you were seeking the perfect color analyst for digital telecasts of South Carolina men’s basketball, where would you start?

You’d want someone who knows the game, preferably from playing at a high level. On-air experience, obviously, would be a leg up. Knowledge of USC basketball history – a top national program in the 1960s-1970s and briefly in the late 1990s, not so much since – would be a plus. Name recognition; icing on the cake.

And don’t forget affordability. We are talking digital here.
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Cataldi’s contract renewed at WIP

December 18, 2014
Courtesy of Philly.com

Cataldi-AngeloAngelo Cataldi’s contract has been renewed at 94.1 WIP. Cataldi told me there are three and five year options. But after that?

“I figure that’ll probably be it for me,” Cataldi, who has been with the station since 1990, said. “I think someone else should get a chance after this one. I definitely wanted to hang around awhile longer because I just got to make it long enough for the Eagles to win a Super Bowl. Then I’ll see what I needed to see … I’ve always had this fear the year after I left they’d win a championship. That’s the ultimate goal. I would love to see them do it and I think with Chip Kelly they can.”

Marc Rayfield, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, CBS Radio Philadelphia, in a statement called Cataldi a “Philadelphia radio legend.”

Al Morganti and Keith Jones’ contracts have also been renewed (Rhea Hughes is on a different contract schedule). “We’re all sticking together through thick and thin. I don’t want it any other way,” Cataldi said. “People in this city embrace you. They are loyal to people who have been around for awhile. Other cities get tired of you after a couple years and they want a new voice. But we’ve had a great long run.”

Read more at Philly.com where this story was originally published.

CBS-Sports-RadioCBS Sports Radio today announced that they will broadcast the new college basketball showcase, the “CBS Sports Classic,” featuring four of the nation’s most prestigious college basketball teams.

Affiliated stations will air the doubleheader, taking place at the United Center in Chicago, Ill., on Saturday, Dec. 20 beginning at 1:00 PM, ET with North Carolina versus Ohio State followed by UCLA against Kentucky. This will be the first of three events in the series, as announced earlier this year by CBS Sports.

Gary Cohen, current play-by-play announcer for Mets baseball, Seton Hall men’s basketball and Westwood One’s NCAA men’s basketball coverage, will provide play-by-play for the games. He will be joined by analyst Alaa Abdelnaby, current college basketball studio and game analyst for CBS Sports Network. Lance Meadow will contribute to pre-game programming beginning at 12:45 PM, ET, as well as halftime and post-game updates.

“This showcase is noteworthy for CBS Sports Radio as it marks the first time we will broadcast live game coverage across our stations,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio. “CBS Sports has assembled a group of legendary college basketball teams, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that our play-by-play debut is happening with this distinguished event.”

In addition to experiencing the games on CBS Sports Radio stations and the CBS Television Network, live video and audio will be available on www.cbssports.com and www.cbssportsradio.com, respectively. Apps for both entities will feature live coverage, as will XM 204/Sirius 136. The games will be produced by Westwood One for CBS Sports Radio. (check local listings for radio broadcast outlets).

Read more at Media Confidential where this story was originally published.

Dylan Scott has joined LIN Media’s WLUK-TV FOX 11 in Green Bay, WI as a sports reporter, he has announced.

“After two amazing years in Vermont, it’s time for the next chapter in the journey” he said.

“Excited to announce I’ve accepted a sports reporter/anchor job with WLUK-TV/Fox 11 in Green Bay, WI. The chance to cover a professional franchise like the Packers is a dream realized and the next big step in an incredible ride” he continued.

Dylan joins WLUK from WCAX-TV CBS 3 in Burlington, VT where he has been a sports reporter/anchor since 2013. Prior to that, he was a weekend sports anchor at Gray Television’s KSFY-TV ABC 13 in Sioux Falls, SD. During his time as KSFY, he was fortunate enough to interview coaching greats such as Bobby Knight and Bobby Bowden. He also traveled with the SDSU women’s basketball team during their 2012 NCAA Tournament run and attended two Minnesota Vikings training camps.

Dylan thanked the people in his life, saying “I want to thank my family, friends & co-workers at KSFY & WCAX, you believed in me when I didn’t always believe in myself and that love and support has pushed me to incredible heights.”

Originally from Staten Island, NY, Dylan graduated from high school in Marlboro, NJ, and is a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH where he studied journalism.

Dylan’s last day on-air at WCAX was on December 15, he is expected to start at WLUK in 2015.

Read more at New England One where this story was originally published.

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