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csn-houstonSeventy-five of the 115 employees of Comcast SportsNet Houston were informed Tuesday their jobs will be eliminated if a bankruptcy judge approves a plan backed by the Astros and Rockets to sell the financially troubled network to DirecTV and AT&T.

Employees were informed of the potential layoffs as mandated by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires companies with at least 100 workers to provide 60-day notice in advance of certain plant closings or mass layoffs.

As company officials delivered the news, one employee said a funereal atmosphere descended over the network’s studios in downtown Houston, midway between Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center.
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ThunderThe Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that Michael Cage is joining the Thunder broadcast team as its new analyst. Cage joins play-by-play announcer Brian Davis, who begins his seventh season as the TV voice of the Thunder on FOX Sports Oklahoma. Sideline reporter and host Lesley McCaslin returns for her third season with the Thunder.

Cage played 15 seasons from 1984-2000 as a power forward in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Nets. He led the NBA in rebounding in 1988, capturing the title by grabbing 30 rebounds in the final game of the regular season.

“We are very excited and proud to have Michael Cage become part of the Thunder broadcast team,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder vice president of Corporate Communications. “Michael brings experience, energy, knowledge and passion for the game. We think our fans will enjoy his perspective and knowledge gained by playing more than 1,000 games in the NBA.”

A native of West Memphis, Ark., Cage was a first-round draft pick of the Clippers in 1984 following a successful career at San Diego State University. At SDSU he was named a second-team All-American in 1984 and twice was selected as Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year. The Aztecs retired his jersey (No. 44) in 1984. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning 1983 United States team in the Pan American Games.

Following his playing career, Cage has worked as both a broadcaster and a high school and AAU basketball coach. His broadcasting experience includes serving as TV analyst for the Memphis Grizzlies, FOX Sports West, Prime Ticket and Westwood One radio. Cage coached Mater Dei High School in Los Angeles to back-to-back state titles in 2013-14. He also served as a guest coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 2013 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Cage has a long history of giving back to the community during and after his NBA playing career. The Michael Cage Foundation works with young athletes to mentor, teach and share life lessons.

“Thank you to the Oklahoma City Thunder for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to join the franchise. I’m looking forward to working with an already terrific broadcast team,” Cage said. “I’ve been involved in basketball, sports broadcasting and charity work for over 40 years and I look forward to getting to know the passionate Thunder fans in Oklahoma! My family and I are excited and feel very blessed.”

FOX Sports Oklahoma will broadcast 70 Thunder games during the 2014-15 regular season, beginning with the season opener on Oct. 29 at Portland. The Oct. 17 Thunder preseason game in Wichita against the Toronto Raptors will also be carried live on FSO. During the other preseason games and any national exclusive regular-season broadcasts, Cage will join Matt Pinto on the Thunder Radio Network, led by flagship station WWLS-The Sports Animal (98.1 FM).

The complete Thunder broadcast schedule is available at Thunder.NBA.com.

Read more at the OKC Thunder where this story was originally published.

The Fort Wayne Komets and MyTV Fort Wayne announced Wednesday that live telecasts of select Komet road games will continue for the second consecutive season. 18 games have been selected to be broadcast on the station’s Fort Wayne digital and cable channels, an increase of six games over last season.

21Alive’s Tommy Schoegler and Kent Hormann will again handle play-by-play duties. Schoegler will also host SoundOff with the Komets for the fourth consecutive season starting Oct. 6 on 21Alive. Sound Off with the Komets will be telecast live from SportONE/Parkview Icehouse, located on Fort Wayne’s north side at 3869 Ice Way, each Monday night at 7:30 throughout the year.
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Rose-JoeVeteran South Florida sports broadcaster Joe Rose will sign off from WTVJ-Ch. 6 at the end of the year.

Rose has worked for the Miramar-based NBC affiliate since 1992 and has covered the region’s major sports franchises.

“Joe has covered Super Bowls, the Heat’s NBA Championships, the Marlins’ World Series Championships, the Hurricanes’ National Championships and his beloved Miami Dolphins, all with his insightful and unique charm,” said Larry Olevitch, president and general manager at WTVJ, in a statement. “We are grateful to Joe’s commitment to NBC 6 and our viewers and we will be sure to celebrate his tenure at the station later this year with a special send-off.”

Besides delivering sports news and analysis for the station weekday nights, he also hosted his own morning sports talk show on “Sports Radio” WQAM, 560-AM for the past 14 years. That made him one of the few regional personalities to pull double duty on TV and radio.

“It’s time for me to slow down and get a decent night’s sleep!” Rose said in a statement. “It’s been a fun ride and I’ve been able to cover a lot of major sporting events that I never could have if it wasn’t for NBC 6.”

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

Brinson-JimJim Brinson, co-host of KXNO’s “Miller and Brinson” in the afternoons and play-by-play voice for the Iowa Barnstormers, is leaving Des Moines.

He’s heading south next week to become operations manager for an Arkansas-based sports network.

“I absolutely fell in love with Des Moines,” Brinson said, “but this is an opportunity… I can’t turn this one down.”
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brian-urlacherBrian Urlacher is leaving Fox Sports 1, telling the network he is quitting in order to “dedicate my time to my family.”

The former Chicago Bears linebacker, who retired last year, worked his last “America’s Pregame” and “Fox NFL Kickoff” shows Sunday.

“I have enjoyed the work, so this is a tough decision, but right now it’s best for me to dedicate my time to my family,” he said in a statement released by Fox. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Fox Sports and want to thank all of the people who helped create the opportunity for me, especially Eric Shanks, John Entz, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Curt Menefee, Randy Moss, and the dedicated production and support personnel I worked with over the last year.”

Although there had been whispers about a return (especially after the Dallas Cowboys lost Sean Lee), that never materialized.

“We want to thank Brian for his effort and contributions since helping us launch the network last August,” Fox Sports Executive Vice President, Production/Executive Producer John Entz said. “While we looked forward to having him as a member of the team this season and beyond, we understand his decision and wish him the best.”

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

Tim Lewis named PD, Host in Illinois

September 17, 2014
Courtesy of Talkers

Thirty-year radio pro Tim Lewis is the new program director and afternoon personality at Cumulus Media’s news/talk WJBC, Bloomington “The Voice of Central Illinois.”

Lewis was most recently with KBLY, Idaho Falls hosting AM drive and serving as program director. He’s also worked at such heritage signals as KSL, Salt Lake City; KOA, Denver; and WLW, Cincinnati and has received numerous industry awards.

During the 1990s, he hosted a nationally syndicated sports talk show on the One on One Sports Radio Network, eventually clearing more than 250 stations.

Cumulus EVP, programming and content John Dickey states, “Tim Lewis’ long and diverse experience in spoken-word radio make him the perfect choice to lead the remarkable WJBC programming team and guide the station to even greater success.”

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

Over the summer, Lanny and Josh Slevin would mute tapes of old Notre Dame football games and pretend to broadcast the game in their Peru home.

Lanny, the long-time WLPO broadcaster who retired in 2013, would handle the play-by-play duties while Josh took care of the color commentary.

The Slevins weren’t calling the games for fun.
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Tony CastriconeClemson Athletics and multimedia rights partner Learfield Sports announced today Tony Castricone, a veteran play-by-play and host talent across several outlets, will serve as men’s basketball play-by-play announcer for radio broadcasts.

Castricone has spent the past four years serving as play-by-play and game host talent for several affiliates of the IMG Sports Network, including pregame, halftime and postgame host for Notre Dame football since 2010; radio network manager, basketball studio host and fill-in basketball play-by-play voice at Michigan since 2011; and on-air talent for IMG’s national broadcasts of college basketball conference tournaments since 2011.

“I thank our partners at Learfield, along with our staff, for identifying and selecting Tony from a great pool of well-qualified candidates from across the country,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said.

Castricone joins color analyst Tim Bourret as Bourret enters his 35th year as part of the broadcast.

“We’re happy to welcome Tony to the Clemson basketball family,” head coach Brad Brownell said. “His experience on a national stage and knowledge of the sport will be a good addition to our gameday radio broadcast.”

Read more at Clemson Athletics where this story was originally published.

NESN Hires Guerin Austin as reporter/anchor

September 16, 2014
Courtesy of NESN

NESNNESN, New England’s most watched sports network, announced Monday that Guerin Austin (@GuerinAustin) will join the network as a reporter/anchor/host. She will begin her tenure at NESN serving as the network’s Bruins rinkside reporter and doing features on “NESN Sports Today” and “NESN Live.”

Austin’s portfolio of experience includes five years in Washington, D.C., where she served as host of “Caps Red Line,” a weekly behind-the-scenes look at the Capitals airing on the NHL Network, and as a morning host/reporter at the FOX affiliate in Richmond, Va. She also served as the in-arena host for Capitals home games at the Verizon Center. The 2004 Miss Nebraska USA got her start in television as an on-air host and associate producer at the ABC affiliate in Denver and at the CW station in Omaha, Nebraska.

Originally from the Seattle area, Austin grew up in skating rinks, from competing as a figure skater to watching her dad and brother play hockey. She lived in Connecticut for two years training at the International Skating Center in Simsbury.

“Guerin has a wide-range of experience as a television reporter/host, including several years working with an NHL team,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s Vice President of Programming and Production/Executive Producer. “She is a versatile on-air personality with a range of skills from speaking French to producing features. We are very excited to welcome a reporter/anchor of Guerin’s caliber to NESN and our Bruins broadcast team.”

Read more at NESN where this story was originally published.

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