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beast.logo.vert.tagBroadcast media executive and sports radio veteran Tom Lee, who for more than 20 years has guided some of America’s most well-known brands, has been named program director for Los Angeles all-sports station The Beast 980.

Lee will be returning to Los Angeles where he launched FOX Sports Radio in 2000, leading the programming team that created and developed the 24/7 national sports network. Lee has also programmed ESPN Radio in Dallas, as well as sports radio stations WIP in Philadelphia and KJR in Seattle.

“Tom has achieved some of the highest ratings of all sports stations across the country,” said Diane Sutter, Trustee for KFWB Asset Trust, in making the announcement. “Our listeners will benefit from Tom’s invaluable skills in producing relevant content, top-notch talent and his experience in working with sports teams.

Lee has been directly involved at all levels with several franchises, including the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers, and the Seattle Supersonics. The Beast 980 is the radio home of the Los Angeles Clippers and LA Galaxy.

“Los Angeles sports fans are the greatest and perhaps the most underrated in America and their passion, the distinct L.A. attitude and our great sports teams will all be represented by The Beast 980,” Lee said. “I’m very excited to get back to L.A. with the opportunity to program the only radio station uniquely built for home town fans.”

Lee, who will assume his new position on Monday, March 30, is married to Marci and they have two boys, Hayden, 11, and Brady, 5.

The Beast 980 is L.A.’s new home for sports featuring “The Home Team,” with basketball great Marques Johnson and sports insider Jeanne Zelasko, plus local icons Jim Rome, Fred Roggin, Ralph Lawler and others.

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

afl-arena-football-leagueThe Arena Football League today announced the on-air team for CBS Sports Network’s 2015 schedule of AFL games. Brent Stover and Ari Wolfe will handle play-by-play while Anthony Herron and Sherdrick Bonner serve as booth analysts and Randy Gatewood and Steve Papin will be on-field analysts.

Stover made his “Arena Football on CBS Sports Network” debut during the 2014 season, last calling the American Conference Championship Game on the network. He joined CBS Sports Network in 2010 as a studio host and play-by-play announcer, covering primarily college football and college basketball. Prior to CBS Sports Network, Stover served as studio host and play-by-play voice for the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports Net. He also spent extensive time as the pre- and post-game show host of the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, in addition to calling Chicago Rush games for Fox Sports Net in 2005 and 2006. Stover received a degree in journalism from Kansas State University, where he ran track and cross country.
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Sizemore signs off at KLEW-TV

March 27, 2015
Courtesy of KLEW TV

Ladies and gentlemen, for the past two plus years, I have been fortunate enough to be your Sports guy here at KLEW.

I’ve seen hundreds of wins and losses, celebrations and heartbreaks, smiles and frowns, and far too many things that I have had to edit out. Today (Wednesday) will be my last day as your local Sports guy, and if you didn’t mind, I invite you to revisit the past with me for just a moment.

Though there are far too many, I want to thank the station for the opportunity to be here, all the coaches and student-athletes who have made my job far too much fun. And most importantly, I want to thank the LC Valley and all the communities who have taken me in and made me feel at home. You are what’s kept me motivated at all times to go that extra mile in trying to represent your teams and athletes to the best of my abilities. I’ve had several people over the past few months ask me if I’m off to bigger and better things. Bigger? Yes…better, not a chance. Thank you so much everyone, you’ll be in my heart forever.

Read more at KLEW TV where this story was originally published.

Dan Bernstein, the co-host of 670 The Score’s “Boers and Bernstein Show” came under fire late Wednesday night for a series of sexist social media comments.

Bernstein fired off a series of tweets about Comcast SportsNet Chicago host Aiyana Cristal, reducing her work to nothing but her body.

A rash of angry responses soon followed on Twitter, and Bernstein apologized on-air at 1 p.m. Thursday.
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Matt Spiegel was mortified.

You could hear it in his voice, feel it in his words.

‘‘I hate being that guy,’’ the WSCR-AM (670) late-morning host said as he and co-host Jason Goff handed the baton to afternoon drive jocks Dan Bernstein and Terry Boers.

‘‘And I’m that guy today.’’
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Wichita sportscaster honored

March 27, 2015
Courtesy of KWCH

KWCH 12 Eyewitness News Anchor Jenn Bates is selected as the recipient of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters’ 2015 Hod Humiston Award for Sports Broadcasting. The award is given annually to a Kansas Broadcaster who has made significant contributions in sports broadcasting. Bates is first woman and the third television broadcaster to win the award, over the last 36 years.

Since joining Eyewitness News in 2008, Bates has proven to be a valuable member of the Eyewitness Sports team. She is an experienced sportscaster covering back-to-back Final Fours with two separate teams (KU in 2012 and WSU in 2013), the BCS Fiesta Bowl in 2013, and was the only Wichita sportscaster to cover the Royals from the wild card all the way to the World Series. Recently she led Eyewitness News’ second and third round NCAA Tournament coverage of Wichita State and Kansas from Omaha.
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Last year, Tim McCarver said he had a “tremendous experience” serving as analyst on 30 Cardinals games televised by Fox Sports Midwest. It was a nice landing spot for McCarver, whose record-smashing 34-year run as a network television baseball analyst, which included doing 24 World Series, had just ended.

With Cardinals radio broadcaster Mike Shannon turning 75 last season and starting to reduce his schedule by bypassing about 50 road games, there was room in the team’s broadcast mix for another voice, and the shuffling began.

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

ESPNRA new, nightly lineup is unveiled at ESPN Radio, effective Monday, March 30. The sports content giant says “the new shows will be hosted by three distinct ESPN voices with disparate takes on the sports world – Jorge Sedano, Bomani Jones and Freddie Coleman.

The new lineup will kick off at 7:00 pm ET with ‘The Sedano Show,’ followed by an evocative new program ‘The Right Time with Bomani Jones’ at 9:00 pm and continuing with the three-hour ‘Freddie Coleman Show’ at 11:00 pm.”

VP, ESPN Audio network content David Roberts comments, “The new weeknight lineup underscores our commitment to serve sports fans by offering the most compelling, interesting, informative and entertaining content from an on-air team that is dynamic, distinctive and diverse all week long.”

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

Pedro Martinez’s summer just got busier. And that’s great news for baseball fans, especially around here.

The iconic former Red Sox ace, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, has reached an agreement to join the MLB Network as an analyst.

Further details regarding his role will be revealed in a conference call Wednesday afternoon with Martinez and network president Rob McGlarry.
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Holley gets new deal at WEEI

March 26, 2015
Courtesy of Talkers

weei-fmBoston sports talkers WEEI announces that PM drive personality Michael Holley is “in it for the long haul with his veteran partner, Dale Arnold.”

Holley just signed a new, multi-year contract that will keep the duo together in the 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm shift. Holley comments, “I’m so grateful to be able to do a job that I love, in a region that I love, speaking and working with people that I love. There have been so many incredible stories in New England sports the past decade-plus, and I’m excited and humbled that I’ve been able to share in the journey on the radio. I look forward to many more great shows with Dale, Jerry and our producers Andy Massaua and Ben Kichen.”

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

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