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In 1994, he became the inaugural voice of the Salt Lake Buzz (renamed the Bees during the 2005-2006 season). This past season, on June 24, he called his 3,000th game for Salt Lake. Today, Ballpark Digest honors Steve Klauke as the 2014 Broadcaster of the Year to kick off the annual BPD Awards.

“Over the years, fans identify with a team through its broadcaster, and since 1994 Bees fans have been lucky to have a broadcaster like Steve Klauke behind the booth,” said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. “This award is recognition for Steve’s daily accomplishments, as well as his career with the Salt Lake Bees.”
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Voda to become host for NASCAR on NBC

October 30, 2014
Courtesy of NASCAR

NBC Sports Group has added another veteran journalist to its ever-growing contingent of NASCAR experts in preparation for the 2015 season.

The company announced Wednesday that Krista Voda has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as a host for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series pre-race and post-race coverage. She will regularly appear on “NASCAR America” on NBC Sports Network and have assignments across NBC Sports, Executive Producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN Sam Flood said.
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When it became clear Kayla Anderson had her eyes on other markets, that allowed KGUN TV 9 to pinpoint her potential replacement with relative ease. Ashley Brewer, who had been handling spot duty in Anderson’s absence, officially stepped in as the ABC affiliate’s weekend sports anchor/reporter Oct. 25.

In addition to growing up in Arizona, Brewer brings a pretty impressive athletic pedigree to the position.

“I graduated this May from (the) University of Southern California, where I was on the women’s swim team and an Olympic Trials swimmer,” said Brewer via email.
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680_fan_atlantaDickey Broadcasting Company’s Sports Radio 680 The Fan on 93.7 FM has signed a multi-year contract with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.

The multi-year contract creates an exclusive content and play-by-play based partnership making Sports Radio 680 The Fan “The Exclusive Radio Station of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games.” The deal includes play-by-play on 680 The Fan by 680 The Fan personalities, a sales, marketing and revenue partnership, breaking bowl news and insights on 680 The Fan’s multiple live shows and coverage of college football.

“We are proud to announce this content, marketing and sales-based partnership,” 680 The Fan’s Owner/President David Dickey said in a press release. “These games are an integral part of the sports landscape in Atlanta, so it is natural that The Fan’s college football experts assume the responsibility of executing world-class play-by-play for both games. Furthermore, we look forward to building an innovative partnership, with Gary Stokan and his team, for many years to come.”

Gary Stokan, President of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, said, “With our move into the College Football Playoff it was critical that we form partnerships with leaders, and 680 The Fan is undoubtedly the best in this market when it comes to connecting with the sports fan. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game look forward to many years on air, as we continue to grow both games, and host a national semifinal in 2016.”

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

richmond flying SquirrelsThe Richmond Flying Squirrels, Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, are pleased to announce a three-year extension to their partnership with IHeartMedia, Inc. The extension will keep fox Sports 910 Richmond as the radio home of the Flying Squirrels through the 2017 season.

fox Sports 910 Richmond will broadcast each of the Flying Squirrels’ 142 Eastern League games during the 2015-2017 seasons, as well as any potential postseason games the team participates in. The Flying Squirrels’ radio home remains consistent, as fox Sports 910 Richmond has been the flagship station of the Flying Squirrels since their inception in 2010. All Flying Squirrels’ broadcasts will also be heard worldwide on www.foxsportsrichmond.com and IHeartRadio.
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Daughtery staying with ESPN

October 29, 2014
Courtesy of ESPN Media Zone

Brad Daugherty, a former five-time NBA All-Star and college basketball standout, will serve as an NBA and college basketball analyst beginning in November. Daugherty will appear regularly on NBA Tonight, NBA Coast to Coast, SportsCenter and on additional news and information programming. He will also serve as an analyst for most games in ESPNU’s ACC Sunday night package, in addition to other select games, beginning Dec. 1.

“I’m ecstatic about having the opportunity to remain a part of the ESPN family,” said Daugherty. “I thoroughly look forward to working with the talented individuals and crews that bring basketball into millions of homes on ESPN throughout the season.”

Daugherty most recently served as an ESPN NASCAR analyst on NASCAR Countdown, NASCAR Now and across ESPN platforms. He previously covered college basketball as a reporter for ESPN and ABC on ACC telecasts from 1999-2001. Before joining ESPN, Daugherty served as a game analyst for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs local telecasts.

Daugherty played eight seasons in the NBA for the Cavaliers after being selected as the first overall pick in the 1986 Draft. Throughout his career, Daugherty averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. His No. 43 jersey, a number he wore in honor of Richard Petty, was retired by the Cavaliers in 1997.

A 1986 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Daugherty joined the Tar Heels as a 16-year-old freshman. He was a two-time All-ACC player and a first-team All-America in his senior year, when he averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Read more at ESPN Media Zone where this story was originally published.

Suns extend radio deal

October 29, 2014
Courtesy of the Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM have signed a new multi-year agreement that will continue Arizona Sports’ position as the Suns flagship English radio station. The 2014-15 season will mark the start of the 39th consecutive season that Arizona Sports will broadcast Suns basketball.

“There’s no better example of a true partnership than our ongoing relationship with Arizona Sports and the Bonneville family,” said Suns president, Jason Rowley. “For 39 years, our fans have known where to tune in to the ‘Voice of the Suns’ Al McCoy on game night, and we are thrilled to be continuing that for the foreseeable future.”

“We’re very proud to extend our longest-standing sports partnership with Arizona’s first professional league franchise and an outstanding organization,” said Bonneville Phoenix vice president/market manager Scott Sutherland. “And of course we’re also excited that Suns fans will continue to catch the electrifying play-by-play action from Hall of Famer Al McCoy for many more years.”

As part of the new agreement, the Suns and Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will expand their collaborative programming efforts to include a postgame show that will also air on the Suns’ new digital streaming network, RISE, viewable on both Suns.com and the team’s mobile app. The show will air one hour after the conclusion of each Suns game.

In addition, Arizona Sports’ sister station, KTAR News 92.3 FM, will now air a “Suns Spotlight” segment each week, featuring the latest updates from the team’s business operations. Arizona Sports 98.7 FM will continue to air weekly shows featuring Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek, President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and General Manager Ryan McDonough.

Read more at the Phoenix Suns where this story was originally published.

Sunflower Broadcasting, Inc. announces Jenn Bates as the the new anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning on KWCH 12 and KSCW. Bates is an award winning member of the Eyewitness Sports team; who is currently heading Eyewitness News’ Kansas City Royals World Series coverage. Bates will join Scott Evans on Eyewitness News This Morning, following the World Series. Her first morning newscast will be November 3.

“Most news directors would be envious to be in my position,” said Brian Gregory, SBI News Director. “You rarely have someone as talented and loved as Jenn in your newsroom. Since my first day at the station I’ve looked for ways to do more with her and it is great having the opportunity to promote her to the news desk.”

Since joining the Eyewitness Sports team in 2008, Bates has covered a number of high profile sporting events: two Final Fours, a Bowl Championship Series bowl game, a Major League Baseball All-Star game, and most recently the World Series. Earlier this year Bates began filling in on Eyewitness News This Morning and added additional news content to Eyewitness News on air and on kwch.com.

In Bates’ free time she enjoys power lifting and reading whatever she gets her hands on. She is also a strong supporter of breast cancer patients and survivors in Kansas, volunteering weekly at Victory in the Valley and as emcee of Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure in Wichita.

Bates will replace Kara Sewell. Sewell has accepted a morning anchor position in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Read more at KWCH where this story was originally published.

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team has renewed its broadcast partnership with 97.5 The Fanatic, which will return as the flagship station of the Sixers Radio Network as part of a multi-year agreement.

Individual tickets for Opening Night, as well as all single game tickets and ticket packages, are on sale now by phone at 215-339-7676, online at SIXERS.COM and in person at the box office.

The partnership will include a number of unique elements designed to provide Sixers fans with news, updates and information that expands beyond the game broadcasts, pre-game show and 30-minute post-game show. The Sixers and 97.5 The Fanatic will create multi-platform shoulder programming that will include ten one hour long Sixers shows throughout the season, a “Player Diary” feature, and a “Call of the Game” segment. Additionally, there will be an online “Get to know the Sixers” component produced exclusively for www.975thefanatic.com.

“We are excited to continue to grow our partnership with Greater Media and 97.5FM The Fanatic,” said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O’Neil. “We continually strive to align ourselves with properties that are not only leaders in their field, but also share our vision of innovation, fan engagement and pride in our community, all of which are qualities of Greater Media.”

“We are proud to be the radio home of the Sixers for years to come,” said John Fullam Vice-President Market Manager for Greater Media. “We are looking to increase the level of fan engagement for this storied franchise and believe that Scott O’Neil, Sam Hinkie and his team will continue building the next big thing in Philadelphia.”

Popular veteran Sixers play-by-play announcer Tom McGinnis returns for his 20th season and will continue his duties as the radio voice of the team. Brian Seltzer will be back for his second year of pre- and post-game coverage.

Read more at the Philadelphia 76ers where this story was originally published.

WOFX_980WOFX (980 AM), the local Fox Sports Radio affiliate, has decided to keep “Jay Mohr Sports” in its weekday lineup at the new time at 3 p.m. and move the taped Dan Patrick Show from 3 p.m. to noon.

The adjusted lineup, which takes effect next Monday, means that the station is bypassing the new Rich Eisen Show, which national network airs at noon ET. A non-scientific poll of Times Union sportsmedia blog readers indicated that 49 percent preferred Eisen at noon and Patrick at 3 p.m., and 33 percent thought that eliminating Eisen’s show was the way to go.

WOFX doesn’t air Patrick live because Rodger Wyland’s local sports-talk show occupies the 9 a.m.-noon slot.

Fox Sports Radio also added “Steve Gorman Sports” from 6 to 8 p.m. weekdays. “J.T. The Brick with Tomm Looney” moves into the 8-10 p.m. slot.

The revised weekday lineup:

6-9 a.m.: Fox Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman and Mike North
9 a.m.-noon: Big Board Sports with Rodger Wyland
Noon-3 p.m.: The Dan Patrick Show (tape delay)
3-6 p.m.: Jay Mohr Sports
6-8 p.m.: Steve Gorman Sports
8-10 p.m.: J.T. The Brick with Tomm Looney
10 p.m.-1 a.m.: Going Deep with Amani and Dan

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

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