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Boyle-Mark Fans of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox who keep up with their team via its internet broadcast will notice a new voice calling games this summer. Mark Boyle, radio play-by-play announcer for the National Basketball Association’s Indiana Pacers for more than 25 seasons, will join returning intern Anthony Santaniello in the Red Sox’ booth.

“We’re very excited about it,” said President and General Manager Steve Faucher. “Especially to bring it to Y-D, it’s really special to us.”

Long a favorite destination for aspiring broadcasters still learning their craft in college, the Cape League will now have a professional with decades of experience. “For us, and for the league, it’s very important,” said Faucher. “It’s an all-volunteer organization.”
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Former Albany-Colonie Yankees and Albany Patroons broadcaster Dale McConachie was killed Wednesday in an auto accident in Portland. He was 55.

McConachie broadcast Yankees in 1989, when a Buck Showalter-managed team won the Double-A Eastern League championship. He also did Patroons games before accepting a job in 1990 to broadcast the Portland Beavers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League.

His sidekick for both of those of those jobs was Guilderland native Marc Kestecher, who called McConahcie “my dear friend and mentor.” Kestecher, who replaced McConachie as the Patroons’ voice, is now a prominent host and play-by-play man at ESPN Radio.

A 25-year-0ld man has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to the Oregonian.

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

Oakland-AsThe Oakland Athletics and flagship radio station 95.7 FM The Game have extended their partnership for four years, guaranteeing that A’s baseball will be heard on The Game through at least the 2018 season.

The A’s and 95.7 first partnered in 2011 and have enjoyed mutual success over the past four seasons. As part of the new agreement, The Game will again broadcast all 162 regular season A’s games, select spring training games, and all A’s postseason contests, including the World Series.

Lead play-by-play broadcaster Ken Korach (20 years with Oakland) and his partner Vince Cotroneo (10 years) will continue to serve as the A’s primary broadcast team, while longtime A’s broadcaster Ray Fosse-entering his 30th consecutive season on A’s radio-will again join them during select games.

“We are extremely excited about the partnership extension with The Game,” said Ken Pries, A’s vice president of broadcasting and communications. “It’s been an amazing partnership so far, and we look forward to many more seasons of A’s baseball on 95.7 FM and all of the affiliates across the A’s Radio Network.”

“All of us at Entercom Communications are excited to extend the partnership between 95.7 The Game and the Oakland Athletics,” said Steve DiNardo, Market Manager for Entercom San Francisco. “95.7 The Game has grown as a brand-experiencing consistent ratings and revenue growth during our partnership with The A’s-and we are delighted to continue serving as the destination for Oakland A’s radio broadcasts for the next four seasons.

The first spring training broadcast on 95.7 FM The Game will be on Saturday, March 7, at 12:05 p.m. PT vs. the Los Angeles Angels. All three games of the annual Bay Bridge Series-scheduled for April 2-4-also will be broadcast, with 2015 Opening Night set for Monday, April 6, at 7:05 p.m. PT against the Texas Rangers. Tickets are available online at athletics.com/tickets or by calling (877) 493-BALL.

Read more at the Oakland A’s where this story was originally published.

Dave-ShoreGreater Media announces Dave Shore has been named as the new program director at Detroit Sports 105.1/WMGC-FM in the Motor City. He will begin his new position on Monday, March 23, 2015.

“Dave’s experience in overseeing sports radio in major markets like LA, along with his relationship with the Lakers made him the perfect choice to lead the Detroit Sports 105.1 team,” said Steve Chessare, vice president and market manager of Greater Media Detroit. “We are absolutely thrilled to have him help us take the station to the next level.”

Shore most recently served as the operations manager of ESPN Radio’s KSPN-AM/ ESPN LA 710 in Los Angeles, California, where he was responsible for overseeing daily operations and special events, as well as managing team relationships for the past four years. In addition,Shore was heard on the air as the pre-game host of the Los Angeles Lakers broadcasts.

Prior to that, he worked for Capitol Broadcasting in North Carolina,where Shore launched 99.9 FM/The Fan in 2007, as well as managed AM Sports sister stations 620The Buzz and 1550 ESPN Desportes.

He also served as the sports director and talk show host/reporter for seven years at ESPN Radio’s 103.3FM in Dallas. Texas. While there, he hosted the pre-game show as well as did side-line reporting for both radio and television for the NBA Dallas Mavericks broadcast team.

In addition to continuing to work sidelines for ESPN Radio’s national college football radio coverage, he did TV play by play for Bob Knight’s last four years coaching at Texas Tech. The broadcasting veteran has also worked in Portland,Oregon, Lexington, Kentucky and Evansville,Indiana.

On a community level, Shore is a past board member of the ALS Foundation’s Golden West Chapter. He hosted the annual John Wooden Award kickoff luncheon at the Los Angeles Athletic Club as well as the College Baseball Awards and College Baseball Hall of Fame inductions for nine years.

Read more at Greater Media Inc. where this story was originally published.

Rob Stone will be the prime-time studio host for Fox Sports’ coverage of the Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Stone will anchor coverage of the six-city, monthlong tournament from the FOX studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, the network announced Wednesday.

“Rob is an exceptional studio host with a deep understanding of international soccer, so he is the perfect choice to anchor our Women’s World Cup coverage in prime time,” FOX Sports’ Executive Producer David Neal said in a released statement. “An event like this is similar to an Olympics, with many moving parts, and excellent hosts are smart, personable and have a little traffic cop inside them. Rob brings those attributes to the job every day.”

Stone has hosted Fox Sports’ coverage of the Premier League and other soccer leagues in Europe, as well as college football and basketball programming.

Fox Sports plans unprecedented coverage of the Women’s World Cup, which opens June 6 and ends in Vancouver with the final match July 5. Sixteen matches will air live on the Fox network, with the rest on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.

“Covering a massive global tournament in this role is what few in our industry get the opportunity to do, and I am honored that FOX Sports has entrusted this responsibility to me,” Stone said in a released statement. “I passionately care about this sport and am excited to get started, especially following the excitement we saw during last summer’s World Cup.”

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

If you needed to laugh, Earl Ellis Williams was the guy to see.

Williams, co-host of “The Earl and Don Show” on WDAY radio, kept listeners laughing from the late 1960s to 1981.

Whether your radio was tuned to WDAY, or you met Williams at a coffee shop, you’d know him as the man with the wit that wouldn’t quit.
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kyle kraskaIt was a joyous day for us here at CBS News 8, as our sports director Kyle Kraska paid us a visit.

It’s incredibly hard for us to comprehend that just 15 days ago, Kraska was shot multiple times outside his house. He awakened from a medically induced coma on Valentine’s Day, and on Wednesday he miraculously returned home to his KFMB family.

It was an emotional day for all of us as he walked in to a huge round of applause. Doctors rarely use the word “miracle” when describing patients, but Kraska’s trauma surgeon tells him he is a true miracle for surviving such significant trauma.
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George Dunham was in the early stages of his tenure as the voice of North Texas athletics in 1997 when he uttered a phrase that has been attached to him ever since.

The UNT football team was locked in a back-and-forth battle with Texas Tech in Lubbock before the Mean Green pulled out a 30-27 win.

Near the end of that game, Dunham asked, “Do you believe in the Mean Green?”
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OlbermannKeith Olbermann was suspended Tuesday from hosting his ESPN2 program for the rest of the week for churlish remarks he made about Penn State on Twitter.

In one exchange Monday, Olbermann responded “Pitiful” to a tweet from Lisa Aiello DeLeon, a Penn State graduate who wrote, “We are!” and provided a link to a campus newspaper’s article about students raising
$13 million to fight pediatric cancer. On her Facebook page, she subsequently wrote: “My tweet made the news! And check out what KO has to say! I sent to make sure he was aware of this Penn State legacy, started in 1970’s, which has raised over $114mil plus $13mil this yr. — the Penn State culture he can’t deny.”

At another point, Olbermann wrote on Twitter, “PSU students are pitiful because they’re PSU students — period.”

On Tuesday afternoon, he apologized, also on Twitter, for “being stupid and childish.”

ESPN said in a statement that Olbermann’s actions were “completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN.”

“We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong,” the statement said.

Last month, Olbermann excoriated the settlement of a lawsuit by Pennsylvania officials that restored the 111 victories that the N.C.A.A. had rescinded from Joe Paterno after the sexual abuse scandal involving his former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

The settlement, which Olbermann described as a “reprehensible bargain,” also called for spending the $60 million fine imposed by the N.C.A.A. on fighting child abuse in Pennsylvania.

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

Kaufman named WBZ AM sports anchor

February 25, 2015
Courtesy of CBS Boston

Veteran sports reporter Adam Kaufman has been promoted to Morning Sports Anchor for the top-rated, award-winning WBZ NewsRadio 1030 effective immediately (Monday-Friday 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.), it was announced by Peter Casey, WBZ NewsRadio News & Programming Director.

“We are thrilled to tell you that Adam Kaufman is now our full-time morning drive sports anchor. Adam has been a terrific addition since he started as a part-time sports anchor for WBZ and we are pleased he is joining our morning drive team,” said Casey. “Adam has his hands in many areas of sports media and he will continue to do that while making WBZ his primary professional home. We feel it is a key component of success in today’s environment to be on as many media platforms as possible.”

WBZ NewsRadio programming can be heard on-air, online at www.cbsboston.com, or by downloading the Radio.com app for mobile devices.

A multi-platform sports journalist for more than a decade, Kaufman will continue to be a show host at 98.5 The Sports Hub and CBS Sports Radio in addition to being a columnist for Boston.com sports and serve as a regional television anchor on Comcast SportsNet New England.

Before being named Sports Anchor for WBZ NewsRadio’s morning newscasts, Kaufman served as a radio talk show host, anchor, and sports reporter at three CBS-owned properties: WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM), and CBS Sports Radio. Previously, Kaufman worked for two seasons as the lead play-by-play voice of the Boston College men’s hockey team and five years with the Providence Bruins, the top affiliate of the Boston Bruins. He is a graduate of Syracuse University.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 117 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WZLX-FM, WODS-FM, WBMX-FM, and WBZ-FM in Boston.

Read more at CBS Boston where this story was originally published.

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