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michiganMichigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Wednesday that the football program’s new play-by-play radio voice could be official in a “few days.”

Speaking at a WWJ-AM “Business of Sports” function in Detroit on Wednesday, Brandon said the open position — which became available after the retirement of longtime radio voice Frank Beckmann following the conclusion of the 2013 season — would be filled by a name familiar to fans, and will be someone with a connection to the university.

“It’s IMG’s situation to announce,” Brandon said. “(But) our input was that we believe strongly that the voices of Michigan football should have a connection with our university and a sense of the tradition that makes Michigan football special.
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Jen DanielsJen Daniels is back!

The talented young woman who scored 1,389 points during her all star basketball career at Holy Spirit – hitting the clutch perimeter jumper, spinning through the defense for a layup or throwing a look-away pass – and who then went on to have a successful career at George Mason University, is an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia.

“It sounds like a cliché,” said Daniels, “but it is a dream to be doing this in Philadelphia. These are the teams I watched growing up and to be able to walk onto the ice after a Flyers game or onto the field at a Phillies game was really special. Being at Allen Iverson’s number retirement was great. He was my favorite player growing up. I’m getting used to these things now, because I’m there to do a job, but the first time was really memorable.”
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goff-jasonAnother original member of 92.9/The Game has left the station: Jason Goff.

He was on until recently from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Goff came from a sports station in Chicago in October, 2012, when the Game debuted.

His co-host Mac left last year and he has been running solo ever since.

Goff is now on SiriusXMNBA from noon to 3 p.m. on a show called “Off the Dribble.”
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us-open-logoJoe Buck and Greg Norman will be Fox Sports’ top on-air voices when the network debuts its golf coverage next year, according to several sources. The two will be set up in the 18th green tower at the ’15 U.S. Open, when the event will be held at Chambers Bay outside Seattle.

The decision to tap Buck and Norman comes as somewhat of a surprise, as neither has announced golf on television before. Norman, a two-time British Open winner, is a member of the Golf HOF. Buck is said to be a scratch golfer who is knowledgeable about the sport. Buck already is Fox’ top voice, anchoring the network’s “A” announce teams for the NFL and MLB. The network has not finalized other announcer positions yet, and it is not clear when the network plans to formally announce Buck and Norman. Fox declined comment.

Fox picked up the rights to the U.S. Open from NBC last August as part of a 12-year deal with the USGA worth more than $1B. The package’s rights include the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and the USGA’s 10 amateur competitions. The decision on which announcers would take the lead is one that has been closely watched. In addition to having the highest bid, Fox sold the USGA on its image as an innovative broadcaster that will change the way networks carry golf. NBC has broadcast the U.S. Open since ’95.

Read more at the Sports Business Daily where this story was originally published.

9News has hired a big-name Denver anchor, and long-time competitor, out of retirement. Ron Zappolo, who “retired” temporarily last year, will return to TV and to his first love, sports, as a KUSA weekend sports conversationalist. Not an anchor, not a reporter, but a well-known presence injecting a personal style into watercooler stories involving sports.

Read more at the Denver Post where this story was originally published.

The Sioux City Explorers announced that veteran play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Nitz will return as the ‘Voice of the X’s’ for the 2014 season, and all 100 Sioux City Explorers home and away games will be heard on 1360 KSCJ and via the X’s website at

The 2014 season will mark Nitz’s 33rd year in minor league baseball broadcasting and his sixth season with the X’s. A radio broadcast veteran, Nitz has been calling collegiate and professional athletic events for over 50 years.

Shawn Tiemann, an STAA client who has over 14 years of radio and television play-by-play experience in several sports at the high school and collegiate levels, will be joining Nitz in the radio booth in 2014 during home games, while also assisting in the X’s media relations department.

Read more at the Sioux City Journal where this story was originally published.

traverse_city_beach_bumsKevin Burke will be the new voice of the Traverse City Beach Bums.

Burke comes to Traverse City after a season with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League. He did radio play-by-play and color for all 70 home games and 26 road games for Cincinnati’s AA affiliate. He also worked in media relations, writing press notes and feature stories while maintaining the Blue Wahoos social media accounts.

In the off-season, Burke is the women’s basketball play-by-play broadcaster for High Point University. He’s a 2012 graduate of Virginia Tech.

Read more at the Traverse City Record-Eagle where this story was originally published.

There’s little doubt that “The Big Ticket” on WFMZ-Channel 69 has become a staple of the high school football scene each fall, with players, coaches and fans alike all making it a fall Friday night habit to check out the highlights and scores of games around the area in addition to their own school’s game.

Although he said it was truly a “team effort” in bringing “The Big Ticket” to fruition, former WFMZ sports director Jeff Fisher takes great pride in the fact that something he developed has carved such a niche in his native Lehigh Valley.

This fall, “The Big Ticket” will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and even though he now lives 3,000 miles away in Laguna Beach, Calif., Fisher still keeps tabs on what’s going on in the local sports scene.
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Fox 5 sports reporter Lindsay Murphy ended her interview with Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer before last night’s game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with a kiss.

Murphy and Guyer are married, and Monday marked their first formal interview since they met under somewhat similar circumstances in 2007. Murphy was a sports reporter at NBC29 in Charlottesville and was assigned to do a story on Guyer, who was a star baseball player at the University of Virginia.
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fifa-world-cup-wc-2014Mike Tirico and Bob Ley, two of the industry’s most respected voices, will again serve as hosts of ESPN’s FIFA World Cup coverage. Veterans of the company’s award-winning presentation four years ago in South Africa, Tirico, Ley will be joined by UK-based sports presenter Lynsey Hipgrave of BT Sport as hosts of ESPN’s English-language studio coverage during FIFA World Cup Brazil, June 12-July 13.

The trio will anchor ESPN studio shows – SportsCenter, World Cup Tonight, pre-match, halftime and post-match shows, and other FIFA World Cup-related news and information programs – throughout the month-long tournament from ESPN’s production headquarters at Rio de Janeiro’s Clube dos Marimbás, a popular members-only boating club on the southern tip of Copacabana Beach.
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