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With the premier roster of top-rated local sports stations, and the growing nationally-focused CBS Sports Radio among its portfolio, CBS RADIO announced today it was expanding its senior leadership team in charge of programming with the promotion of Mike Thomas to Vice President, Sports Programming. The announcement was made by Chris Oliviero, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS RADIO.

Thomas will continue to serve as CBS RADIO’s head of programming in Boston while also guiding the on-air presentation and strategic planning for 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) and 100.7 Classic Rock (WZLX-FM). The appointment is effective immediately.

In this new role, Thomas joins Mark Chernoff in overseeing CBS RADIO’s nearly 30 sports formatted stations, as well as CBS Sports Radio, with more than 300 affiliates nationwide. CBS RADIO owns the most listened to sports stations in the country with weekly audiences in excess of 9 million, including WFAN-AM/FM in New York, WSCR-AM in Chicago, WXYT-FM in Detroit and WIP-FM in Philadelphia, among others.

Additionally, CBS RADIO stations serve as the flagship for more than two dozen professional sports teams across the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL.

“Mike’s creativity and expertise in the format is evident by The Sports Hub’s quick ascent in one of the most competitive and passionate sports towns in America,” said Oliviero. “These skills will serve CBS RADIO well as Mike joins Mark in guiding our continually growing, industry leading portfolio of both local and national sports brands which combined produces nearly 300 hours a day of original content.”

Thomas has served as Program Director for CBS RADIO Boston’s WZLX-FM since 2006 and 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) since 2009. He has nearly 20 years of top management experience as a radio program director. Prior to joining CBS RADIO, Thomas was Program Director as well as midday on-air personality at KGB in San Diego, Calif. He also programmed WFBQ in Indianapolis, Ind., WTUE and WXEG in Dayton, Ohio and WYMG in Springfield, Ill.

98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards, and consistently captures the largest share of listening among Men 18-49 and 25-54 in Boston.

Read more at CBS Radio where this story was originally published.

HillcatsThe Hillcats’ series finale with Potomac Thursday night was rained out and will not be made up.

Lynchburg’s final homestand continues Friday night with the opener of a four-game series with Myrtle Beach. Monday’s regular season home finale will also be the last for Hillcats’ play-by-play man Erik Wilson, who’s accepted a job with the Los Angeles Dodgers as their social media coordinator.

Erik Wilson, HILLCATS DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, said “I’m gonna be handling their Facebook, their Twitter, updating during games, doing some marketing for ‘em using social media, covering all the games for the Dodgers.”

While going home and working for the Dodgers is a dream, calling Hillcats’ games the past four years has been a great opportunity for Wilson, his first full-time job.

Erik Wilson said “I’m so appreciative to Paul Sunwall and Ronnie Roberts and everyone I’ve met here and worked with. It’s an incredible organization. I’ve had a great time, especially a kid from southern California who never thought he’d leave home to come all the way to Virginia for a job, it was a little scary. And this place has felt incredibly like home, more than I could have ever imagined.”

Read more at WSET-TV where this story was originally published.

The fastest growing demographic in sports television in the last few years has to be National Football League studio analysts.

Contributing to this explosion has been an expansion of NFL programming hours the league has given its TV partners like ESPN, as well as the birth and growth of sports programming on cable networks including Fox Sports 1, CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network.

Fox, CBS and NBC all carry NFL game broadcasts around which networks build so-called “shoulder programming” aimed at capturing some game-day viewers as well as NFL-centric viewers on other days of the week.

To that end, former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor and former NFL coach Kevin Gilbride (left) are to join “Pro Football Talk,” NBCSN’s weekday NFL news show, co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, who replaces Erik Kuselias. Burmeister, the former Iowa quarterback, previously worked for the NFL Network.

“PFT,” which airs 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, also has added Mike Ryan, who has 26 years experience as an athletic trainer in the NFL, to talk about player injuries and sports medicine.

Beginning the week of Sept. 8, Tony Dungy of NBC’s “Football Night in America” will appear on “PFT” every Tuesday throughout the season. Hines Ward will rotate in on Wednesdays, Cris Collinsworth on Thursdays and Doug Flutie on Fridays.

Former NFL players Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, Takeo Spikes and Brian Westbrook will continue to contribute to the show.

“Pro Football Talk” producer Matt Casey calls his roster of analysts “our deepest and most consistent” in the brief three-year history of the program.

Meanwhile, on CBSSN, “That Other Pregame Show,” which airs from 8 a.m. to noon on NFL game days, has added three analysts for its second season.

Former linebacker London Fletcher has joined, along with defensive back Fred Smoot, who played nine seasons in the NFL, seven with the Redskins and two with the Vikings. Anita Marks also has joined the program. She works for NBC Sports Radio and contributes to Giants radio broadcasts.

Host Adam Schein, Amy Trask and Brandon Tierney return for another season of “TOPS.”

“NFL Monday QB,” a weekly show on CBS Sports Network, returns for a third season with returnees Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein, Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms. Schein remains host. New “NFL on CBS” game analyst Trent Green joins the QB show season, which debuts at 4 p.m. Sept. 8, and will air at 5:30 p.m. Mondays during the season.

Read more at the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel where this story was originally published.

The recently launched SEC Network, a national sports network devoted to the Southeastern Conference and operated by ESPN, has added former Auburn head football coach Gene Chizik and former Georgia quarterback David Greene to its football analyst roster. Chizik will be a studio analyst on Mondays and Tuesdays and Greene will host Film Room regularly airing Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET.

“The addition of Gene and David rounds out our SEC Network studio roster with a full slate of college football contributors from the offense, defense and coaching perspectives,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president, college networks. “Gene’s experience as a former head coach will provide viewers with unique insight into what’s going on behind the scenes, from weekly game preparation to in-game adjustments, and David’s many hours watching film and preparing as a quarterback make him a great fit for Film Room.”
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ESPN 970 AM, 94.5 3WS HD2 and iHeartRadio will serve as the official radio home for Duquesne University Athletics, as announced today by Learfield Sports’ DUQS Sports Properties, the University’s exclusive multimedia rights holder.

The agreement calls for Clear Channel Pittsburgh’s three broadcast outlets to carry Duquesne football, men’s basketball and coaches’ shows throughout the 2014-15 athletic season. Dukes’ broadcasts will air on 970 ESPN, 94.5 3WS HD2 and iHeartRadio, the industry leading free digital radio service, with conflicting broadcasts on 1320 WJAS AM.
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Missouri State basketball games are moving to a new television home for the next five years, with 17 Bears and Lady Bears game per season slated for high-definition viewing.

The school announced Thursday an agreement with Nexstar, the parent company of KOLR and KOZL, that will take effect for the upcoming basketball season with nine men’s games and eight women’s games set for viewing.

No announcement was made on play-by-play or analyst for the broadcasts. In addition to the games, weekly highlight shows for football, men’s and women’s basketball and season preview shows for all three will be shown on the stations.
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virginia tech hokiesThe Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network and CBS Radio, Inc. have agreed to a multi-year extension of their current radio affiliation agreement with WJFK-FM, 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C.

The Fan will continue to carry all Virginia Tech football and men’s basketball game broadcasts, plus ancillary programs, including weekly “Tech Talk Live!” shows featuring Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams. The new agreement extends WJFK-FM’s current affiliation with the Hokies through the end of the 2018 season.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Virginia Tech football and men’s basketball,” WJFK-FM Program Director Chris Kinard said. “The Hokies have a large and passionate fan base in the Washington, D.C., area. With marquee ACC and NCAA matchups in both sports, and the leadership of Frank Beamer and Buzz Williams, Virginia Tech sports are truly a marquee collegiate property in the Mid-Atlantic region.”

In addition to Virginia Tech sports broadcasts, 106.7 The Fan is the radio home of the Washington Nationals, the Washington Capitals and other D.C.-sports programming. The station’s 25,000-watt FM signal blankets Washington and all of Northern Virginia.

“This is a win for everyone involved,” said Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. “The National Capital Region is home to our largest alumni base and we are pleased to have a radio presence with a station as powerful as WJFK in that area. Extending this relationship will continue to serve our fan base well.”

The Virginia Tech IMG Sports Network consists of radio and television affiliates that cover the Commonwealth of Virginia and several neighboring states. Virginia Tech’s radio network is one of the most expansive and successful within IMG Audio, the nation’s largest independent sports radio network producing nearly 30,000 hours of intercollegiate sports programming each year.

Read more at Virginia Tech Athletics where this story was originally published.

USCRadio and online coverage of USC’s 2014 football games will be the school’s most wide-ranging ever, including comprehensive pre- and post-game shows.

Game broadcasts will again be on ESPNLA 710 Radio and will begin with a pre-game show four hours prior to kickoff, with longtime Trojan voice Pete Arbogast joined by Steve Mason and Harvey Hyde for the first half of the show and then Mason, former USC football/baseball Academic All-American John Jackson and Trojan social media director Jordan Moore taking over until kickoff. Arbogast (play-by-play), Jackson (analyst) and Moore (sideline) will handle the game broadcast, as they did last season. For two hours after the game, locker room interviews with head coach Steve Sarkisian and various players will be followed by a post-game show hosted by a pair of former Trojan standouts new to the USC broadcast this year: football All-American Shaun Cody and volleyballer Kelli Tennant.
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Ragozino named PD in Portland

August 21, 2014
Courtesy of All Access

ALPHA MEDIA Sports KXTG-A (750 THE GAME)/PORTLAND has named former WAOR (95.7 THE FAN)/SOUTH BEND PD/morning host MIKE “RAGZ” RAGOZINO as PD and afternoon host, starting SEPTEMBER 8th. RAGOZINO transitioned into the Sports format after programming and hosting Classic Rock at WNNJ/NEWTON, NJ and WAOR, which flipped to Sports in MAY 2012.

RAGOZINO said, “When I got into this business, from the start it was always about taking a new challenge head on, without fear of failure, having fun and most importantly, entertaining the audience. Joining ALPHA MEDIA and more specifically, 750 THE GAME offers me is a chance to do what I love for an incredible company, in a beautiful city that has the same passion for sports as I do.”

ALPHA EVP/Programming SCOTT MAHALICK added, “RAGZ is uniquely qualified to lead THE GAME staff and practice what he preaches everyday on the air. He gets the entertainment factor in sports radio like no one else in this business.” – See more at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/132627/mike-ragozino-named-pd-afternoon-host-at-750-the-g#sthash.EddYix1X.dpuf

Read more at All Access where this story was originally published.

CBS-Sports-RadioBeginning next Saturday (8/30), CBS Sports Radio anchor Rich Ackerman will host “Eye on College Football” (2:00 noon – 8:00 pm, ET), which will include reports from all top college games, as well as interviews.

Co-hosted on a rotating basis by CBSSports.com senior fantasy football writers Adam Aizer, Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg, “Eye on Fantasy Football” will air Saturdays (10:00 pm – 12:00 midnight, ET) and will be broadcast from CBSSports.com’s Fort Lauderdale studios.

CBS Radio all-sports WFAN, New York afternoon drive personality Mike Francesca will host “Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday” (9:00 am – 11:00 am). While that show starts on the network September 7, it has been on WFAN the past 25 years.

Another show kicking off September 7 – and following Francesca – is a one-hour simulcast of CBSSports.com’s Adam Aizer-hosted “Fantasy Football Today.” Rich Ackerman’s “Eye on Football” (12:00 noon – 8:00 pm) will offer a national perspective on all of that day’s NFL games; it also starts September 7.

Beginning with Saturday, here is a complete look at the network’s weekend lineup, with all times listed ET.
Marc “Moose” Malusis and Maggie Gray (6:00 am – 10:00 am);
“Eye on Baseball” with Adam Gerstenhaber and CJ Nitkowski (10:00 am – 12:00 noon);
“Eye on College Football” (12:00 noon – 8:00 pm);
Jody McDonald (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm);
“Eye on Fantasy Football” (10:00 pm – 12:00 midnight).

The Sunday schedule is:
Bill Simonson (12:00 midnight – 2:00 am);
Amy Lawrence (2:00 am – 6:00 am);
John Kincade (6:00 am – 9:00 am);
“Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday” (9:00 am – 11:00 am);
“Fantasy Football Today” (11:00 am -12:00 noon);
“Eye on Football” (12:00 noon – 8:00 pm);
Jody McDonald (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm).

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

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