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Veteran sports talk host Nick Cellini is officially out of purgatory after 28 months.

The entire Mayhem in the AM team from the now defunct sports talk station 790/The Zone station is at its former rival 680/The Fan (also heard on the FM dial at 93.7).

After doing fill-in roles for 680/The Fan the past five months, Cellini has been rewarded his first full-time radio gig since that ill-fated June morning on the Zone when he decided to mock a football player with ALS, a two-minute bit that went viral and caused him to lose his job that same day.

He officially started today with Chris Dimino and Chris Rude as part of the Rude Awakening, said David Dickey, who runs the station. Brandon “HomeTeam” Leak remains as a producer and contributor.

Cellini is “talented,” Dickey said in an interview today. “He’s been in the market a long time. He and Chris have great chemistry together. He strengthens the show and adds another dimension to it.”

In a Facebook posting just after noon today, Cellini wrote:

What a journey it’s been. I’m finally back to doing what I love. It’s been a challenging two-plus years but there have been so many positives as well. First off, I learned how to be a better father, husband and man. I’ve also embraced a cause that I will forever be part of and that is to find a cure for ALS. Thank you to family and friends, both old and new, for all the encouragement, love and support. You are the ones who kept me going each and every day. Last but certainly not least, thank you to David Dickey and to the entire 680 The Fan family for giving me a chance when few did. I’ll be forever grateful to you all. Now on with the show!!!

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

Darling not leaving SNY

October 2, 2015
Courtesy of Long Island Newsday

ron DarlingAmong many reasons Ron Darling will not be leaving SNY for NESN in 2016 is this one:

“I think my mother would disown me if I ever replaced Jerry Remy,” Darling said Thursday. “That alone would stop me.”

So, that’s that. But for much of Wednesday, speculation about the possibility of Darling leaving the Mets’ home TV station for the Red Sox’s became a social media sensation.

This was after WEEI radio reported NESN’s interest in Darling as an analyst partner for Dave O’Brien, who is to replace the long-time play-by-play man Don Orsillo next season.
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The Milwaukee Bucks new owners reviewed their options for radio broadcasts and decided to remain with the team’s longtime home WTMJ-AM (620).

The Bucks and WTMJ radio announced Friday they have extended their partnership for “several years.” The station will remain the radio home for Bucks basketball and the flagship station of the Bucks Radio Network.

WTMJ, which is owned by E.W. Scripps Co. of Cincinnati, will carry Bucks regular-season games for the 2015-2016 season and will broadcast all six of the Bucks’ preseason games beginning with a game against the Chicago Bulls Oct. 6.

Ted Davis continues as play-by-play announcer. Davis, who enters his 19th season as the “Voice of the Bucks,” will again be joined by color analyst Dennis Krause for home games. Davis is a Bucks employee.

Entercom Communications Corp., which owns sports-talk station “The Fan” (105.7 FM and 1250 AM), made what radio industry insiders said was a strong pitch for the Bucks broadcasts. Chuck Sullivan, the Milwaukee market manager for Bala Cynwyd, Pa.-based Entercom, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In recent years, the Bucks have paid to buy the air time for the broadcasts on WTMJ radio. Tom Langmyer, vice president and general manager of WTMJ radio, declined to say whether that arrangement will continue under the contract extension.

“I can’t release details, but it’s structured a bit differently in some ways,” Langmyer said.

The Bucks announced Sept. 14 changes to their television broadcasts on Fox Sports Wisconsin including adding former Bucks forward Marques Johnson and veteran Fox Sports announcer Gus Johnson as announcers.

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

BaribeauIt’s five minutes before 10 a.m. and Rachel Baribeau is making her way through the Hyatt Regency ‘s bustling upstairs lobby to make sure she ‘s back in time to go live.

The crowd is buzzing following a press conference with Alabama head coach Nick Saban that opened Day 3 of SEC Media Days, the annual, ever-expanding event that draws hundreds of sports journalists to Hoover each year. Baribeau was assigned to cover Media Days as a correspondent for the SiriusXM College Sports Nation crew but found out the day before it started that one of the co-hosts couldn’t make it. She’d have to hold down the fort with college football analyst and Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage to anchor the network’s coverage.

She was thrilled. Grateful, even. And 100 percent ready for the job. As College Sports Nation’s first female sportscaster, the Pell City native and Auburn alum has built her career on practice, preparation, and pure, unwavering effort. In this business, a rock-solid work ethic and eager-to-learn mentality are essential, particularly when the game plan changes and you’re the one picked to go one-on-one with all 14 head coaches and more than 40 SEC athletes.
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PadresThe San Diego Padres today announced a new broadcasting lineup for the 2016 season. Ford C. Frick Award winner Dick Enberg will return to the FOX Sports San Diego booth in 2016 as the primary play-by-play voice of the Padres. He will once again be joined by former Major Leaguer Mark Grant, who will mark his 21st season in the role of color analyst for Padres television broadcasts.

New in 2016, Don Orsillo will join the Padres broadcast team and will do select games for both television and radio broadcasts. Orsillo spent the past 15 seasons with NESN as the primary play-by-play announcer for the Boston Red Sox. A graduate of Northeastern University, Orsillo won an Emmy Award for outstanding play-by-play in 2003.

Last week, Enberg announced his plans to retire following the 2016 season. Orsillo will assume the role of primary television play-by-play broadcaster, commencing in 2017.

“We are excited to add Don to our broadcast lineup,” said Padres President and CEO Mike Dee. “Over his 15 years broadcasting Major League Baseball, Don has established himself as one of the premier play-by-play men in the game. We look forward to both his fun-loving personality and outstanding play-calling ability resonating with Padres fans during what we expect will be a very long career in San Diego.”

Ted Leitner will return to the radio booth in 2016 for his 37th season behind the microphone for the Padres. He will be joined by Jesse Agler, who, in his third season as a member of the Padres broadcast team, will move from his role as the lead host of Padres Social Hour into a full-time broadcasting role.

Eduardo Ortega, celebrating his 30th season as the Spanish-language voice of the Padres in 2016, will return to the booth for an expanded schedule of Spanish-language telecasts on FOX Deportes San Diego. He will be joined once again by former Padres catcher Carlos Hernandez in the role of color analyst.

Read more at Fox Sports where this story was originally published.

Jerry Remy disputed, emphatically, reports that emerged today that NESN is considering bringing in current Mets announcer and former pitcher Ron Darling to its broadcast booth next season.

“It’s 100 percent not true – it ain’t happening, that’s what I’ve been told,” said Remy this afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Remy declined to comment any further on what he knows about what his own role will be next season, and if it will be changing at all. Since news broke last month that NESN was replacing longtime play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo with radio voice Dave O’Brien, there has been considerable speculation that NESN might want to change the role of color commentator Remy.

Last month, NESN president/CEO Sean McGrail told Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald that “Jerry’s in our plans for next season. He will be on the telecasts. We haven’t finalized that, but he will be involved.”

Asked if that meant Remy would be in a reduced role, McGrail said, “We don’t know yet. We’re working through that. We weren’t going to talk about that until October, but he will be with us for sure.”

As for Orsillo, the San Diego Padres are expected to make an announcement as soon as later today that they have inked Orsillo to a multi-year contract to be their TV play-by-play announcer, with a 2016 role that will include radio duties.

Read more at the Boston Herald where this story was originally published.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the richest teams in the NHL, but it looks like the organization isn’t willing to foot the bill to allow radio broadcasters to call road games in person. The Leafs previously allowed play-by-play broadcasters Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph to travel on the team charter to away games, but changes to the front office this year created changes to their travel traditions, and the team reportedly decided to keep the charter flights this season to team personnel.

TSN 1050 and Sportsnet 590 pay Bowen and Ralph to call the games, and as of Friday, the stations were not going to pay for Bowen and Ralph’s new travel expenses, Bowen confirmed on Twitter. The new plan was to have Bowen and Ralph call the game by watching a live feed in a Toronto studio.

By Monday, however, that plan changed and while the pair still won’t be traveling on the team charter, it seems an alternate arrangement was worked out. While it is not clear why TSN and Sportsnet changed their minds about sending Bowen and Ralph to away games, the broadcasters are certainly happy about the many flights ahead of them this season.

Read more at Fox Sports where this story was originally published.

Palmer new Muskegon Lumberjacks voice

October 1, 2015
Courtesy of MLive

There is a new voice for the Muskegon Lumberjacks.

Sam Palmer has the role as the radio play-by-play broadcaster and media specialist this season after the change in ownership for the USHL team.

Palmer, 22, is a Michigan native and played youth hockey with Brock Krygier, the son of Lumberjacks coach Todd Krygier. Palmer is a recent graduate of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania where he played on the golf team for three seasons.
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UNC to honor Stuart Scott

October 1, 2015
Courtesy of Fox Sports

North Carolina will honor late ESPN broadcaster and alumnus Stuart Scott as it kicks off the basketball season.

The school says it will induct Scott on Oct. 23 into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame, which is based in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Jones Angell, the radio play-by-play voice for Tar Heels sports, will emcee an induction ceremony that will include women’s soccer player Mia Hamm.

Afterward, the men’s basketball program will hold a tribute to Scott during its annual ”Late Night With Roy” event, which marks the ceremonial start to the season. Scott first hosted the event in 2001 and did so 10 times.

Scott died in January after a lengthy fight with cancer.

Read more at Fox Sports where this story was originally published.

fs1Jamie Horowitz’ first tangible move at FS1 is coming this week, as the network canceled its daily studio show “America’s Pregame,” which will produce its final episode tomorrow. Fox will replace the show in the 5:00-6:00pm ET time slot with “The Best Thing I Herd,” a best-of show from Colin Cowherd that will be hosted by Kristine Leahy. Fox Sports execs stressed that the change was not a cost-cutting move. Rather, they said it was the first step of a plan to remake the afternoon programming slate into a more opinion-focused programming block.

The hour-long “APG” launched nearly 18 months ago with Mike Hill and Molly McGrath as hosts and struggled to find a big audience. The FS1 show has averaged around 40,000 viewers since the start of August. Fox Sports created the show to act as a nightly pregame show, one that provided a look ahead to the games coming that night. FS1 and FS2 Exec VP/Content Charlie Dixon said Fox is looking for a show in that timeslot to be more conversational with hosts that are more opinionated.

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

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