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ESPNESPN is bringing some young, fresh faces to join its “SportsCenter” team.

Will Reeve, son of late “Superman” star Christopher Reeve, comedian Reese Waters and social media correspondent Sarina Morales are joining the network’s team in Bristol, Connecticut, and intend to tap into the digital landscape to reach the millennial generation.

The trio will be doing special reports for the franchise show — such as going on the road with a college football team or reporting from the 16th hole at this weekend’s Phoenix Open — and it will be easy to spot their segments amid the sea of veteran talent.
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Roberts-ChrisChris Roberts, the longtime radio voice of UCLA football and basketball, earned the Chick Hearn Award for best ‘play-by-play’ at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association’s (SCSBA) awards lunch on Monday at Lakeside Golf Club.

Roberts was the recipient of the SCSBA’s best ‘play-by-play’ award for the second time in his career, having also been honored with the award in January 2013.

Serving as the Bruins’ radio voice for his 23rd and final season this year, Roberts is a four-time Golden Mike Award Winner and a member of the SCSBA’s Hall of Fame. He has broadcast more NCAA Division I games on Los Angeles Radio dating back to 1982 than anyone. With this being his final season as UCLA’s voice, Roberts will equal Fred Hessler’s mark for the longest tenured play-by-play man in UCLA history.

Roberts, who announced his impending retirement in May 2014, first signed on for the Bruins in the fall of 1992. He has served as the voice of UCLA football at the program’s last 16 bowl games, including Rose Bowl appearances on January 1, 1994 and January 1, 1999. He has also broadcast UCLA men’s basketball games in 18 trips to the NCAA Tournament during his tenure, most notably calling the Bruins’ memorable run to the 1995 NCAA Tournament Championship that culminated in an 89-78 title-game victory over Arkansas at the Kingdome in Seattle.

The author of two books, Stadium Stories: UCLA Bruins and UCLA Football Vault, which he co-wrote with Bill Bennett, Roberts is now a two-time winner and nine-time nominee for the SCSBA’s ‘Play-by-Play Broadcaster of the Year Award.’ He is also a voter for both the Heisman Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award.

Fans can hear Roberts, along with analyst and former UCLA basketball standout Tracy Murray, on AM 570 (KLAC) at each of the Bruins’ remaining men’s basketball games this season. Fans nationwide can also follow select UCLA games on SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio.

Read more at the UCLA Bruins where this story was originally published.

Dewayne Staats definitely didn’t enjoy this outcome.

What was supposed to be a fun weekend getaway to the Bahamas turned into a painful experience for the Rays TV broadcaster, who sustained four broken ribs in a boating accident.

“If management would trust me to do a game on painkillers, I think I could do fine,” Staats said Tuesday. “I’m doing pretty good, all things considered.”

Read more at the Tampa Bay Times where this story was originally published.

The Rome Braves and Rome Radio Partners announce that a multiyear radio broadcasting agreement has been reached. Fans will be able to hear all regular season games on 99.5 FM the Jock. The station’s Sports Director Kevin Karel will handle play-by-play duties for all 140 games and will be joined by Clarke Johnson as color analyst during the home broadcasts.

“We’re excited about our partnership with Rome Radio Partners to broadcast Rome Braves baseball to our fans on radio and online,” says Rome Braves General Manager Michael Dunn, “We are very excited to begin the 2015 season on April 9.”

In addition to Rome Braves baseball, 99.5 FM carries ESPN programming along with Shorter University Athletics, college football and basketball, Rome High School football, and the NFL.

Rome opens at home on April 9th versus the Asheville Tourists at State Mutual Stadium. Ticket information is available by calling (706) 378-5144.

Read more at the Rome News-Tribune where this story was originally published.

Socci-BobPassing the time on the long flight from Boston to Phoenix – especially now that the plane’s satellite TVs aren’t working – I’m thinking of all the places I’ve been and people I’ve met on the way to where I’m headed. As the second-year radio play-by-play announcer for the New England Patriots, I’m going to call Super Bowl XLIX.

It’s my first trip to the Southwest since my last broadcast for the Albuquerque Isotopes in 2005, and part of my past is literally along for the ride as well. Some of my most valuable possessions are in my briefcase, packed inside the same pouch I was given by Isotopes general manager John Traub during the organization’s infancy as a Florida Marlins affiliate.
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Atlanta-HawksWhether you know it or not, there has been a streak tied to the Atlanta Hawks that goes back much further than the last 16 games.

In fact, it goes back decades.

Long before the Hawks’ winning streak, before the sold out games, before most of this season’s roster was even born, there has been one consistent – the voice of the Hawks play-by-play man, Steve Holman.
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A former Taconic High School student is spending Super Bowl week working what is known as “Radio Row” in Arizona.

Kyle Belanger, 37, is a faculty instructor in communications and sports journalism at Springfield College and the co-host of the Average Joes Show on Springfield sports radio station WHLL (1450 The Hall). Belanger will be spending this week at Super Bowl XLIX working with Antero Sports head Chris Visser, teaching his class and being part of the Average Joes broadcasts.
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When there was a National Basketball Association team born in San Diego, Jerry Gross was its first voice, and it was nearly perfect. At one with the game.

Gross, who succumbed to cancer last Wednesday at the age of 81, provided play-by-play for broadcasts of games of just about every major sport and team in San Diego. Padres. Chargers. San Diego State. University of San Diego. Local high-school football.

He was also a sports anchor at Channel 8, a pioneer in both the sports-talk genre and the hiring of women in sports broadcasting.

Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune where this story was originally published.a

jorge-jarrinJorge Jarrin will join his father, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, in calling Dodgers games in Spanish this season on KTNQ-AM (1020).

Jorge Jarrin will be switching roles with Pepe Yniguez, who has shared the radio booth with Jaime Jarrin since 1999. The Dodgers will double the number of games it will offer on SportsNet LA-Spanish this season, broadcasting 150 games on TV, with Yniguez handling the play-by-play and former Dodgers greats Fernando Valenzuela and Manny Mota sharing the job as analyst.

Valenzuela is expected to do 120 games and Mota the rest. Last year, Jorge Jarrin and Mota were the lead broadcasters on SportsNet LA-Spanish.

On Monday, both Jarrins were honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters, with Jaime winning for best foreign-language radio play-by-play broadcaster and his son taking home the same prize for TV play-by-play.

Jaime Jarrin, 79, was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Read more at the LA Times where this story was originally published.a

Chicago Fire gets TV deal

January 27, 2015
Courtesy of the Chicago Fire

Chicago-FireThe Chicago Fire Soccer Club and Comcast SportsNet Chicago announced today a three-year, regional rights broadcasting agreement for all of the Fire’s Major League Soccer matches beginning this season. CSN Chicago will carry 21 Fire games in 2015, beginning with the home opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. CT.

Comcast SportsNet’s match day coverage for all Fire games will include a live, 30-minute pre-game show, along with enhanced coverage on the network’s nightly sports news desk, SportsNet Central, which will include post-game reaction from Fire players and head coach Frank Yallop. NOTE: Channel assignments for all Fire telecasts will be determined at a later date.
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