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Susie Wargin leaving 9News

April 24, 2014
Courtesy of the Denver Post

Susie-WarginSusie Wargin, 9News weekday morning sports anchor since 2004, will leave the station when her contract expires in August. She’s getting out of the TV business to devote herself to real estate fulltime but will continue to freelance for 9News on occasion.

“I’ve had my real estate license since June,” Wargin said. “My mom’s been in the business for 38 years (with RE/MAX). It’s a good family decision for me now. Mom wants to hand down the business–(in the unspecified distant future)– and I’d be an idiot to refuse.”

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

Mitch Roberts is joining KHBS/KHOG/Fayetteville-Fort Smith as sports director. Roberts is no stranger to viewers in northwest Arkansas as he most recently was news anchor/reporter for KFSM/Channel 5.

“Mitch brings a terrific combination of experience and Arkansas-Oklahoma sports knowledge to our newsroom,” said 40/29 News Director, Greg Shepperd. “I know Mitch will provide excellent leadership when it comes to covering the Razorbacks and our diverse sports market.”

Roberts’ first day at 40/29 will be May 5th.

Read more at Arkansas TV News where this story was originally published.

Cleveland-Browns-LogoBernie Kosar is out as the color analyst of Browns preseason games. He is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots.

The Browns announced their preseason dates and kickoffs on April 23 and simultaneously announced Wilcots will be play-by-play man Jim Donovan’s new partner in the broadcast booth for WKYC-TV 3.

The decision to replace Kosar comes as no surprise. Kosar embarrassed the Browns last summer with disparaging remarks regarding Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.
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Joe Buck gets hitched

April 24, 2014
Courtesy of People Magazine

BuckIt’s a match made in sports heaven.

Joe Buck – the play-by-play announcer for football, baseball and golf – married NFL host and reporter Michelle Beisner in a beachside wedding April 12, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

The couple, who got engaged in August, tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of sports and Hollywood stars (like actor Paul Rudd, a friend of Buck’s since they were teenagers) alike.

The Dallas Cowboys were well represented among guests, including current quarterback (and new dad) Tony Romo, former player Troy Aikman and owner Jerry Jones. Tim McCarver, Buck’s baseball announcing partner who recently retired, also attended.

Buck, 44, has two children from his previous marriage. Beisner, 37, was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos before turning to journalism.

Read more at People Magazine where this story was originally published.

collmus-larryFrom his perch with a panoramic view of the world’s most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.

Larry Collmus will try to tune out “My Old Kentucky Home” while the crowd of 160,000-plus sings along and the thoroughbreds take to the Churchill Downs track. The veteran announcer says it gives him chills, and he wants to avoid being overtaken by emotion.

“I don’t want that feeling that I used to get, because it’s a distraction,” he said. “The last thing I need is that leading up to the race.
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MLB-NetworkMLB Network today announced that veteran MLB pitcher Ryan Dempster has joined its roster of on-air talent as an analyst. A frequent guest on MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, Dempster will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut tomorrow, April 23 live from Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary celebration during High Heat with Christopher Russo at 1:00 p.m. ET and Intentional Talk at 5:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s coverage of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Wednesday will also include the national telecast of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs game at 2:00 p.m. ET (game subject to local blackouts).

A two-time National League All-Star, Dempster won 132 games and saved 87 games during 16 seasons as a starter and a reliever. He pitched 200 innings or more in seven seasons, including two seasons with over 200 strikeouts. Dempster began his career with the Florida Marlins (1998-2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2002-2003), and after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2003, Dempster spent nine seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2004-2012) before joining the Texas Rangers (2012). After starting 29 games in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox, Dempster closed out Game One of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, on the way to the Red Sox’s third championship in ten years. In 2000, Dempster received the James “Tip” O’Neill Award from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and he was the Chicago Cubs’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for community service in 2006 and 2008.

Read more at Major League Baseball where this story was originally published.

A Monmouth University alumnus and sportscaster has again captured the title of the New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year.

Matthew Harmon, the play-by-play announcer for Hawk’s football and color analyst for Hawk’s basketball, was honored for the fourth time by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).

“It’s something that is voted on by your peers in your own state so that you are getting the recognition from people in your own area,” he said on April 16. “I think that’s the nicest part about it.”
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Detroit_Pistons_logoDetroit Sports 105.1 is expected to announce today it has acquired rights to Pistons games.

A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m.

It would be the new sports station’s first foray into Detroit’s pro sports and break 97.1 The Ticket’s monopoly.

The Ticket also is the home of the Lions, Red Wings and Tigers, which frequently causes scheduling conflicts.

This past season, 79 regular-season Pistons games were broadcast on The Ticket and three were carried on WWJ-AM (950).

Isiah Thomas took a long pause while he considered Dan Patrick’s question.

“Yes or no — are you up for the Pistons’ GM job?” Patrick said Monday.

“Not that I’ve heard of,” Thomas finally said.

“How’s that?” he laughed. “OK, yes and no. How can I answer that? C’mon.”

So why was Isiah playing it coy?

Because he really is a candidate to replace Joe Dumars or because he doesn’t want to say he isn’t just yet?

Read more at the Detroit Free Press where this story was originally published.

Ex-LSU broadcaster dies

April 22, 2014
Courtesy of The Advocate

Under different circumstances, Walter Hill may have been synonymous with making fabled calls known by generations of LSU fans.

The radio man and broadcaster cut his teeth at WJBO-AM and led the broadcast for Southeastern Louisiana football games.

But later he worked alongside John Ferguson, partnering with that iconic voice on autumn nights covering the Tigers on WWL-AM’s 50,000-watt signal.
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KMBE moves Thomas to middays

April 22, 2014
Courtesy of Mike McGuff

kbmeSportstalk 790 KBME is shifting The Jay Mohr Show from mid-days to evenings, moving Matt Thomas to mid-days from early afternoons and giving Charlie Pallilo more time and an earlier start. Here is the full Clear Channel Houston press release:

790 KBME, Houston’s Home for Sports Talk, announced today that it will feature live and local programming from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. beginning Monday, The lineup will continue to feature the No. 1 morning sports show in Houston, The Proper Gentlemen with Lance Zierlein and Adam Clanton from 6-9:00 a.m. and the No. 1 midday sports show, In the Trenches with Greg Koch and N.D. Kalu from 9-11:00 a.m. Matt Thomas moves to 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., The Drive Home with Charlie Pallilo moves to 2-6:00 p.m. and Jay Mohr will be featured at night from 6-9:00 p.m.

“Sportstalk 790 is constantly getting feedback from local sports fans regarding who and what they want to hear on Houston sports talk radio,” said Bryan Erickson, Director of AM Programming, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Houston. “They told us they wanted more of their favorite Sportstalk 790 hosts and that is why we are pleased to announce our new
lineup featuring live local sports talk all day, the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and one of the funniest sports radio talents, Jay Mohr, at night.”

The KBME Sportstalk 790 programming line-up:
• The Proper Gentlemen with Lance Zierlein & Adam Clanton from 6-9:00 a.m.
• In the Trenches with Koch & Kalu from 9-11:00 a.m.
• The Matt Thomas Show from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
• The Drive Home with Charlie Pallilo 2-6:00 p.m.
• The Jay Mohr Show 6-9:00 p.m.

Read more at Mike McGuff where this story was originally published.

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