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Lundquist-VerneBroadcasting legend Verne Lundquist is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Camp Football Foundation “Distinguished American” Award.

The Walter Camp “Distinguished American” award is presented each year to an individual who has utilized his or her talents to attain great success in business, private life or public service and who may have accomplished that which no other has done. He or she may have a record of dedication to mankind that should not pass unrecognized and a life that has been dedicated to the preservation of the American ideal. The recipient need not have participated in football but must be one who understands its lesson of self-denial, cooperation and teamwork, and one who is a person of honesty, integrity and dedication. He or she must be a leader, an innovator, even a pioneer, who has reached a degree of excellence that distinguishes him or her from contemporaries, as well as someone who lives within the principles of Walter Camp.
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Busy schedule for Blaha

November 25, 2014
Courtesy of the Detroit Free Press

Blaha-GeorgeFor George Blaha, this time of year is like preparing for exams in his two favorite subjects.

And that helps to make it enjoyable for him despite the preparation and hectic schedule involved in delivering all the details of the Michigan State football and Pistons’ NBA seasons with his legendary voice.

“If I didn’t love college football and pro basketball, it would be an even more difficult time of year,” said Blaha, who calls MSU football games on the radio for the Spartan Sports Network (WJR-AM 760 in Detroit) and Pistons’ games on TV for Fox Sports Detroit. “It has its challenges because you’ve got to look at the schedule, see what you can do and what you can’t do, then arrange for all the transportation and all of that.

“But it’s really an exciting time of the year.”

The busy stretch will end for Blaha when the Spartans close their regular season at Penn State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. There has been one instance this month where MSU’s schedule conflicted with the Pistons’, and in that case, Blaha called the Spartans.

But the past week hasn’t featured a conflict, and it still has been a hectic stretch for the 69-year old Hall of Fame broadcaster. The Pistons had home games Monday and Wednesday last week before traveling to Atlanta on Thursday for a Friday night game. Blaha called Friday’s contest against the Hawks, arrived in Michigan in the early hours Saturday, then drove to Lansing to get a couple hours of sleep before calling a noon game between MSU and Rutgers.

This week’s schedule will be just as busy with the Pistons playing at home Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and the Spartans at Penn State on Saturday.

“To get to Penn State in time and get back was going to require a lot of creativity,” said Blaha, who lives in Troy. “Fortunately, Bob Skandalaris, one of the Spartans’ great donors, has plans to fly his plane out to Penn State on that day, and he’s kind enough to take me along and bring me back. That changes that day completely.”

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

Dakich is just being himself

November 25, 2014
Courtesy of the Carmel Current

As Dan Dakich was packing up his office at Indiana University after his term as interim head basketball coach ended in 2008, he made a call that would change the course of his life.

“I didn’t want to get back into coaching,” said Dakich, who had previously been Bowling Green’s head coach for 10 seasons. “At that point I’d had enough. I didn’t want to move around the country.”

He made a call to Kent Sterling, who had suggested Dakich get into the media business when he was finished coaching. It proved perfect timing because Sterling, then WFNI-1070 AM programing director and now a sports talk show host on 1430 AM, was looking for a local radio show to replace Colin Cowherd’s nationally syndicated show on WFNI in Indianapolis. Dakich did some trial runs and soon got the show.
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When Pete Pranica arrives in town this week, he’ll probably go through a few of the rituals he has when he returns to Portland.

The TV play-by-play announcer for Memphis worked for the Trail Blazers for five seasons, and there are things he likes to do when the Grizzlies play in Portland, as they will Friday.

If time allows, he might grab a meal at Jake’s, or a slice at Pizzacato. He might indulge in something from Moonstruck Chocolate. And no matter what, he’ll carve out time to see George Wasch, his old producer in Portland.
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95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, today announced a new morning show, Flight 957 with Chad Doing, Joe Fortenbaugh and former All-Pro NFL Fullback Lorenzo Neal. The show debuts on Monday, December 8, 2014 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

“We are changing the sound of Bay Area sports radio with the launch of this exciting new morning show,” said Jason Barrett, Program Director for 95.7 The Game. “Expect Flight 957 with Chad, Joe & Lo to deliver a fresh, irreverent, and energetic spin to sports talk. The new show is the latest example of our commitment to bringing The GAME’s growing audience the best possible listening experience.”
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the game 87.7Game over.

Nine months after the bosses of WGN AM 720 launched Chicago’s first FM sports/talk station, they’re throwing in the towel on the ambitious but unprofitable venture. Tribune Media will cease programming on WGWG LP 87.7, known as The Game 87.7 FM, at the end of the year, insiders said Thursday.

Also out, effective immediately, are former WGN personalities Jonathon Brandmeier and Garry Meier, sources said. Brandmeier’s morning show aired on The Game 87.7 and the online streaming site Meier’s afternoon show aired only on (Update: Brandmeier’s departure is not effective immediately. Meier’s is.)

Read more at Robert Feder where this story was originally published.

University of Alabama student Marisa Martin, who is part of ESPN’s Campus Connection shared a series of tasteless tweets following news of a shooting at Florida State, joking about the safety of Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston.

Three students were shot in the Florida State University library Thursday before campus police killed the gunman, Tallahassee police said.

According to an ESPN spokesperson Martin is a student, not an ESPN employee and is not paid. She is part of the ESPN’s Campus Connection, which gives students the opportunity to participate in the network’s ESPNU coverage.

After the initial backlash Martin shared a non-apology, and reiterated that she stood by her opinion, however unacceptable it may be.

In the early morning hours, Martin deleted her Twitter account but not before using the ESPN Alabama Campus Connection account to claim that … she was hacked.

Read more at USA Today where this story was originally published.

NorthPointe Christian football coach Tim Swore is able to draw from past experiences to enhance what he is teaching the Mustangs during their wild and exciting ride to and through the high school state playoffs.

Swore, 52, spent 18 years in television, mostly as a sportscaster for stations in South Bend, Ind., Cincinnati, Detroit, and Grand Rapids, where he worked locally at WZZM-13 and FOX 17.

“The crazy hours required for working in television for all those years was just getting to be too much,” Swore said. “My kids were getting older and starting to get into sports, and I was thinking that I wanted to be around for that. So I made a career change, and started selling real estate and coaching all of their teams.”
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Ray Bentley out at WBBL Grand Rapids

November 20, 2014
Courtesy of MLive

Bentley-RayRay Bentley, who has been a local morning sports talk radio host since 2010, said he has been fired by WBBL-FM (107.3).

Bentley, co-host with Ryan Schuiling of the “Sports Brothers” show and also a longtime ESPN football analyst, said he was informed via email late last week that he would no longer work at the station.

“They fired me; they decided to change the rules of our agreement,” said Bentley, a Hudsonville native who plans to leave Grand Rapids.
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Bengals extend radio deal

November 20, 2014
Courtesy of

No big surprise here: Bengals broadcasts will remain on the same three Cincinnati radio stations through 2019.

WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and rock station WEBN-FM (102.7) will continue to simulcast games. WCKY-AM and WEBN-FM will carry all games; the “Big One” will air the Bengals games that don’t conflict with Reds broadcasts.

Except for a brief fling on country WUBE-FM, the Bengals have been heard on Clear Channel stations for more than two decades.
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