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670_The_Score_WSCRPatrick Mannelly has a new top priority: Don’t use “we” when he discusses the Bears.

The former long snapper for the Bears, who retired in June, will be Matt Spiegel’s new partner on WSCR-AM 670’s 9 a.m.-1 p.m. show. The new show starts Tuesday.

Mannelly replaces Dan McNeil, who failed to agree to a new contract with the station. While doing a few fill-in stints with Spiegel over the summer, the 16-year veteran realized he stumbled when he referred to the Bears as “we.”
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Zito joins The Fan in Fort Myers

August 29, 2014
Courtesy of Talkers

Market pro Jeff Zito – who is well known for his work with former partner Bob Garrett on the “Zito and Garrett” show that aired on crosstown talk WXRK and rock WJBX – is joining Sun Broadcasting’s sports talk duo WFWN, Fort Myers/WNOG, Naples “1240/1270 The Fan” to host the afternoon drive show.

Other changes at the station include the addition of DirecTV/Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick in late mornings and CBS Sports Radio Network programming in the evenings.

Program director Joseph Lopez says, “I am very excited for the new additions to ‘The Fan!’ I honestly feel with [morning host] Thom Abraham and Jeff giving the community their local takes plus national voices as well respected as Dan Patrick and Jim Rome, this makes for the best sports lineup Southwest Florida has ever seen.”

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

Dick Nelson, the “Voice of Laker Football,” announced Thursday he will step down due to lingering health concerns. Nelson was set to begin his 38th season broadcasting Lakers football next Thursday at Azusa Pacific over the 16-station Grand Valley Sports Network.

Nelson missed just the second game of his career last December when an irregular heartbeat forced him off the Lakers’ flight prior to the team leaving for the NCAA Division II semifinals at Northwest Missouri State. The only other game Dick missed was because of poor weather conditions as he was en route to Northern Michigan in 1984.

“It was quite a run, but not one that I was intending,” Nelson said. “I only planned on helping Grand Valley State get its radio broadcast off the ground for one year (1977), but it ended up lasting 37 years and I am forever grateful to GVSU for allowing me to be a part of the winningest college football program in the country.”

Steve Lloyd-Jones will take over doing play-by-play.

Lloyd-Jones has been a part of the sports broadcasting fabric in West Michigan since 1998, calling the action for every mainstream sport, including GVSU football, basketball and baseball. Lloyd-Jones has been honored 12 times by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Awards in play-by-play, sports talk radio and television work during his career.

He began his career with the Lakers in 1998, broadcasting basketball and hosting the GV Sports Report from 1999-2011 on WGVU-TV. He handled the play-by-play duties for the Grand Rapids Hoops for three years (1998, 1999, 2001), while also calling West Michigan high school football games from 2003-2010.

Read more at the Holland Sentinel where this story was originally published.

san_jose_sharksThe San Jose Sharks and Comcast SportsNet California announced Wednesday morning that Sharks alumnus Jamie Baker, who has spent the past nine seasons as the Sharks’ radio color commentator, has been named the television color commentator for Sharks games broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California.

Winner of the 2006 Stanley Cup and 17-year NHL veteran Bret Hedican has been named as the team’s new radio color analyst. Hedican will work alongside venerable play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky, adding his well-respected analysis on the team’s flagship station, 98.5 FM KFOX, as well as the Sharks Radio Network.
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For the first time in over three decades, there will be a new voice of the Calgary Flames.

Derek Wills, the former voice of the Hamilton Bulldogs, officially ushered in a new era and became the new voice of the team’s radio play-by-play on Sportsnet 960 the FAN announced on Thursday.

Wills replaces the legendary Peter Maher who retired this spring after calling 3,162 games for the club including their 1989 Stanley Cup victory and the 2004 Stanley Cup playoff run. He’ll work alongside radio analyst Peter Loubardias.
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On Thursday, Rogers Sportsnet announced a wave of new hires and some significant changes to their broadcasting team. Most of the shifts were at the national level, which was a necessary expansion for a company which is now the NHL’s primary rights holder, but there were some regional changes as well.

For Oilers fans, the biggest news was that incumbent colour commentator Louie DeBrusk would no longer be partnering with play-by-play man Kevin Quinn on regional broadcasts. Instead, Quinn will be joined this year by Drew Remenda, who has filled the same role on San Jose Sharks broadcasts for the last 14 years.

Remenda is a highly-respected broadcaster whose departure from the Sharks this summer came as a surprise. He’d spent two decades with the organization, including five years as an assistant coach, a tenure which had previously only been interrupted for a year with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. He’s one of the better game analysts around the league, combining long experience in broadcasting – he’s hosted radio shows and done radio commentary in addition to his TV work – with a coach’s eye for the game.

More importantly, he’s willing to go beyond simply praising good plays; he’s also willing to highlight and critique mistakes. Comcast SportsNet’s Sharks broadcasts are among the best regional offerings in the NHL, and a lot goes into that – they do some unique things with their camera, and play-by-play man Randy Hahn is excellent – but Remenda’s balanced approach has been one of the key ingredients.

The Journal‘s Jim Matheson hinted on Tuesday that this change was coming, reporting that Sportsnet had opted to replace DeBrusk and suggesting that Remenda had “the inside track” to replace him on the broadcasts. He added that DeBrusk may surface in another capacity with the network.

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

Fox 29 sports anchor Colleen Wolfe is leaving Fox 29 for the NFL Network according to various sources. Her final day is on Sunday, and she’ll start with the NFL Network on Tuesday. The Drexel grad had been with Fox 29 since 2012. Wolfe was a popular figure in the market, making it all the way to the quarterfinals of Crossing Broad’s Philly Sports Media Field of 64, upsetting NBC10′s John Clark and CSN’s Marshall Harris and Neil Hartman.

Replacing Wolfe, is former 6ABC sports anchor Keith Russell, who returns to the Philadelphia market. Russell, a West Oak Lane native, spent seven years with 6 before departing for Washington, D.C. The Central High grad, who left the market in 2012, did a stint at ESPN before his 6ABC tenure.

Russell will join Howard Eskin beginning next week as a co-anchor for “Game Day Live.” He will also anchor the stations Friday and Saturday night newscasts at 6 and 10 p.m., in addition to contributing to the “Sports Sunday” show.

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ken HarrelsonThe Ford Frick Award is the highest level of recognition that the Hall of Fame can bestow on baseball’s broadcast legends.

After 30 years of iconic White Sox television play-by-play work, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson somehow continues to be ignored. The election process is done by a committee of 15 broadcasters previously chosen for the award and five historians and veteran media members on a rotating basis of eras. They alone decide on who should make it voting on a rotating basis of eras every three years.
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chris-fowlerA big “Whoa Nellie” for Chris Fowler.

Fowler walks into some big shoes this year as the new lead play-by-play man for college football on ESPN. And since the network will air the new playoff format, including the title game, that makes him ostensibly the new voice of college football.

Fowler now will occupy the role once filled by the legendary Keith Jackson and more recently, Brent Musburger. He will work with Kirk Herbstreit on the network’s primetime games that air on ABC.
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As he’s finishing up his first season behind the mike for the Inland Empire 66ers, broadcaster Steve Wendt said he’s really enjoying life in Southern California.

But he’s really just enjoying working for a baseball team.

“I love it,” the Northern California native said last Tuesday night before the Sixers took on the rival Rancho Cucamonga Quakes at LoanMart Field. “It’s been my whole life. I’ve been very fortunate. I got a job out of college at UC Santa Barbara, then I got a job in independent baseball and I’ve been working ever since. This has been my 15th season.”
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