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Steve Bunin, the former ESPN and Comcast SportsNet Houston anchor who now hosts a midday show on KFNC (97.5 FM), will move to Gow Media’s KGOW (1560 AM) as part of a schedule shift announced Monday that will include shows featuring veteran Barry Warner and former KGOW host Raheel Ramzanali.

Bunin, who has been hosting a KFNC show with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury, will now work with Salisbury from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on KGOW and Gow Media’s Yahoo! Sports Radio network, company president David Gow said. The afternoon show is heard in about 65 markets nationwide.

KFNC, meanwhile, will rearrange its late morning schedule to add local programming in the time slot formerly devoted to ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show.
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virginia tech hokiesAccording to a tweet from USA Today’s college football writer Dan Wolken, Virginia Tech will be banning the media from posting any play-by-play via social media during football games.

While there doesn’t seem to be a clear explanation of why the posting of play-by-play will be banned this season, one thought is that it will keep the media from using Periscope during the Hokies games.

Periscope is an app where users can share a live stream from their smartphone to other users via Periscope or Twitter. There are still a lot of uncertainties pertaining to this issue, but it could be the start of a trend where play-by-play will no longer be available by the media.

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

Days off are rare, if at all. From early April to early September, Adam Giardino and Jon Mozes are in the broadcast booth doing Trenton Thunder baseball games.

Some baseball fans probably feel they are off every day in a job like that.

Of course, there have been bus rides that would challenge such opinions; like when Giardino worked for the Lakewood BlueClaws and had a 12.5-hour trip to Kannapolis, N.C. Or for Mozes, when a trip from Winnipeg that began at 2 a.m. turned into a 16-hour ride when the bus broke down. An independent baseball team was heading to Gary, Ind., and wound up getting caught in Chicago’s evening rush hour.
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ScullyVin Scully claimed to be “the most ordinary man you’ve ever met” and insisted he knows little about poetry, but anyone who has heard him during his 66 seasons as a Dodgers broadcaster knows he’s an extraordinary person and a poet, a storyteller, at heart.

It was while discussing his decision to return next season — likely his finale, which he has said before but not with as much apparent certainty as he did Saturday — that Scully cited Welsh poet Dylan Thomas to explain his approach to the end of his remarkable professional journey.

“He wrote, ‘Do not go gentle into that good night, rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ And I guess in a way that’s what I’m doing. I’m raging against the dying of my career, which has to be around the corner now,” said Scully, who will be 88 on Nov. 29. “But at least for the God-given time that I have left I’ll be raging. Because I’ve never minded getting older. In fact, when you get to where I am, you’re very grateful that you’ve gotten to be that old. But I never wanted to be old. Ever.”
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Ordway returns to WEEI

August 31, 2015
Courtesy of WEEI

OrdwayAfter months of speculation and trial pairings with sundry partners, Glenn Ordway is back full-time at WEEI. The former titan of Boston sports talk radio, who most recently hosted his own Internet-based sports program, will soon return to the microphone he commanded for close to two decades. In his new role, Ordway will join former Boston Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni and ex-New England Patriot Christian Fauria weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program will air locally on WEEI 93.7 FM as well as across New England on the WEEI Sports Radio Network and via live digital stream at WEEI.com.

For 18 years, Ordway hosted the ground-breaking and highly rated “Big Show With The Big O” on WEEI and was also radio voice for the Boston Celtics during the Larry Bird era. He is a three-time Marconi Award nominee and is regularly heard nationwide on Sirius XM Radio. Ordway has also handled radio broadcast duties for the Boston Bruins, NBA Radio and ESPN Radio and is a familiar presence on Comcast Sports Network New England.

For Ordway, it’s a homecoming of sorts. “Who says you can never go back home,” he remarked. “I’m elated to return to WEEI and look forward to reconnecting with the most passionate fans in the greatest sports city in America.”

According to the Spring 2015 ratings from Nielsen Research, 23 percent of all Bostonians age 12 and older tune to sports talk radio every week, the highest per capita percentage of the top-50 media markets.

Entercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary says the time is right for Ordway’s return to WEEI. “There is no one in Boston media who better understands the passion, pride and peculiarities of New England sports fans than Glenn Ordway,” he said. “In an era where copycats are far too often the norm, Glenn is a true and timeless original with legions of followers eager to hear his views every day.”

Ordway begins his new duties on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Read more at WEEI where this story was originally published.

Norm Hitzges, who has gone almost his entire 40 years in Dallas-Fort Worth radio as a solo act, is getting a partner.

Donovan Lewis, who has been a major player on BaD Radio, will join Hitzges from 10 a.m. to noon on a yet-to-be-titled show starting Monday on Sportsradio 1310 and 96.7 FM The Ticket.

“We are giving Donnie a bigger voice on the station,” said operations manager Jeff Catlin.

Catlin added that the move was not triggered by sports talk ratings in the market. With the Cowboys season ready to kick off, this seemed like the right time.

Hitzges and Lewis have worked together for seven years on the station’s Cowboys’ postgame shows. Their chemistry has been solid.

“It was so obvious to pair the two,” Catlin said. “We just never thought of it.”

Read more at the Dallas Morning News where this story was originally published.

Fort Lauderdale shuffles hosts

August 31, 2015
Courtesy of Talkers

Midday sports talk host Joe Raineri moves to afternoon drive on WMEN, Fort Lauderdale “640AM Sports,” replacing Hank Goldberg.

Currently, the midday daypart consists of DirecTV/FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and Rich Eisen from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm but there is speculation that the station will opt for adding Colin Cowherd’s new FOX Sports Radio program – set to debut in September – to the slot currently held by Eisen.

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

Red Sox explain TV change

August 31, 2015
Courtesy of NESN

Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner explained in a Saturday night interview with The Boston Herald the decision to hire Dave O’Brien as the team’s play-by-play announcer on NESN broadcasts next season.

“I think when the opportunity to bring Dave aboard came to us, after a lot of thought we decided, you know what, he’s one of the premier broadcasters in the country and we thought he’d be a great addition to the team,” Werner told the Herald’s Steve Buckley.

Don Orsillo has been the Red Sox play-by-play voice on NESN for 15 seasons.

“I understand it has created some controversy,” Werner said. “And I also understand that Don is a great broadcaster, but we felt that starting next year it was worth going in a different direction reenergizing the broadcast. And when the opportunity presented itself to bring Dave O’Brien to NESN, we just felt after a great deal of thought and consideration that was the right decision to make.”

Werner added O’Brien is “well known for bringing out the nuances of baseball strategy, sharing insights about players. It was nothing against Don. It was the opportunity to bring on Dave.”

O’Brien has been the play-by-play voice of Red Sox baseball on WEEI 93.7 FM, the team’s flagship radio station, for nine years. His previous play-by-play experience includes the Atlanta Braves (1990-91), Florida Marlins (1993-2001) and New York Mets (2003-05). O’Brien also has called games on TV for ESPN (2002-present) and ESPN Radio during the last few years, and broadcast NFL, NBA, college basketball and soccer.

Orsillo joined NESN in 2001 and called the team’s three World Series championship seasons of 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Read more at NESN where this story was originally published.

Barnett_NathanNathan Barnett, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and STAA Member, has earned the Carolina League’s fourth-annual Broadcaster of the Year award. Barnett garnered the most votes among the circuit’s lead broadcasters and broadcast assistants.

Barnett, 26, is finishing up his second season as the Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster with the Pelicans. He joined Myrtle Beach after spending the 2013 season as the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant with the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, near his hometown of Dallas.

Before his time in Minor League Baseball, Barnett broadcast for the Palm Springs POWER and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters within summer collegiate baseball and the Ontario Reign, the current AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. He has also served as a fill-in play-by-play broadcaster with Learfield Sports, calling games for Southern Methodist University’s women’s basketball team. While an undergraduate at Pomona College in California, Barnett helped establish the Claremont Colleges’ broadcasting program.

“To join the list of broadcasters who have previously won this award is an incredible honor, especially one voted on by my peers whom I admire and respect greatly,” said Barnett. “To me, however, this is not simply an individual award. It is a testament to the environment that the Pelicans front office has created, under the leadership of Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich, which has allowed me to make mistakes, learn from them, and grow as a professional.”

“I’d like to thank everyone in our front office and ownership group for their support and hard work in what has been an incredibly successful and fun season,” added Barnett. “Thank you as well to our coaches, players, and the Chicago Cubs for such a magical year on the diamond and for their support.”

“Nathan has done an incredible job in all aspects,” Milovich said. “In addition to having an outstanding command of the broadcast, he’s reinvented our media relations approach by embracing the Chicago Cubs, Cubs affiliates, and both traditional and non-traditional media. The Pelicans media relations, public relations, and marketing efforts were synchronized in a greater fashion than I’ve seen in 25-plus years in the industry.”

Barnett becomes the fourth different broadcaster to earn the honor. Former Wilmington Blue Rocks voice John Sadak was the inaugural winner in 2012. Sadak is now the lead voice of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. He also contributes to Westwood One and CBS Sports as a play-by-play talent. Darren Headrick, who is now alongside Sadak in the RailRiders’ booth, won the award in 2013 while with the Carolina Mudcats. Brian Boesch, who is in the midst of his fourth season with the Winston-Salem Dash, was recognized last year.

Read more at MILB where this story was originally published.

Hudler-RexThe loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has.

The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button. Hudler’s feet hit the floor within seconds. He is like a red- headed 54-year-old windup toy, only you never know what’s about to come out of his mouth, and one pull of the string lasts all day.

He is in the middle of, like, the fourth of a hundred stories in a day that started at 6 and won’t end until around 11 that night, after he broadcasts the 126th of 162 games in what is shaping up to be a historic Royals season.

Read more at The Kansas City Star where this story was originally published.

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