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The Dodgers on Tuesday announced a multiyear renewal of AM 570′s broadcast rights that includes an equity position in the station for the team.

The agreement with the station’s parent company, iHeartMedia, covers regular-season games, select Spring Training games and potential postseason games, as well as “the opportunity for collaborative programming.”

“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” said Dodgers president & CEO Stan Kasten. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives to enhance our fans’ engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin [Scully], Rick [Monday] and Charley [Steiner]?”

“We take great pride in delivering Dodgers programming to millions of fans on AM 570 and throughout the country via iHeartRadio,” said Greg Ashlock, president of iHeartMedia Southern California. “The Dodgers are one of the strongest professional sports brands in the country, and this ownership team, through actions on and off the field, has proven its commitment to even further strengthening its bond with the Southern California community. We are excited to expand our partnership with continued focus on the game broadcast experience and jointly produced new local programming for the station.”

The agreement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and iHeartMedia is subject to Major League Baseball approval.

In addition to the team of Scully, Monday and Steiner, AM 570′s “DodgerTalk” show has also been a hit with fans as Kevin Kennedy, David Vassegh and Jorge Jarrin cover the team before and after each and every game.

Scully recently announced he will return for his record 66th season in the booth. Scully calls the first three innings on radio in the simulcasts. Former Dodgers outfielder Monday is in his 22nd season as a Dodgers broadcaster and is in his 30th season overall with the organization. Four-time Emmy Award winner Steiner is in his 10th season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. Monday and Steiner will return to the booth in 2015 as well.

The AM 570 signal covers all five counties in Los Angeles, and the station will continue to provide game broadcasts and pregame and postgame shows to the entire Dodgers Radio Network, which includes 22 stations across the state and country.

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

dave van HorneD.C. baseball fans have mixed feelings about their team’s Montreal legacy. Some say the Expos should be embraced, with former players honored, old records respected, and Montreal jerseys cherished. Some instead argue that the Expos have nothing to do with the Nats, that this city’s baseball heritage revolves around Walter Johnson and Frank Howard, that the throwback cap should be have a Senators logo, not an Expos.

Dave Van Horne isn’t a Nats fan, of course, but the legendary broadcaster has an opinion on this matter: he thinks the Nats franchise does and should remain connected to its Montreal past.
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It has been said that the best sportscaster is the one you grew up hearing. College sports fans know that following a team means being part of its culture. They know the history, the team colors dotting the arena seats and the scent wafting from tailgaters’ grills.

Equally important, however, are the sounds of the crowd and the voice calling the games. The announcer’s voice which leaves fans—wherever they might be—perched at the edge of their seats is inextricably linked with his team, like Notre Dame’s Tony Roberts or the legendary Harry Caray of the Chicago Cubs. They maintain a bond of trust with fans while propelling them into the throes of victory or softening the blows of defeat.
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The ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors also will have a new “voice” this season.

Alan Fuehring has joined the organization as play-by-play broadcaster and media relations manager. Fuehring replaces Andy Zilch, who was hired to do play-by-play for Springfield (Mass.) of the American Hockey League.

Fuehring. a graduate of Bradley (Ill.) University, spent the 2013-14 season with Peoria of the SPHL.

Road Warriors broadcasts can be heard on the team’s website.

Read more at Greenville News where this story was originally published.

Lundquist, Raftery to be honored

September 30, 2014
Courtesy of TV Technology

Lundquist-VerneTwo iconic college basketball broadcasters, CBS Sports play-by-play announcer Verne Lundquist and his longtime partner at CBS, NCAA analyst Bill Raftery, also the lead analyst for Fox Sports college basketball game coverage, will be the recipients of the second annual Fairfield University Basketball “Stags Lifetime Achievement Award: Leader of the Herd” for long and meritorious service on Wednesday night, Oct. 22, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, it was announced today by Fairfield Athletic Director Gene Doris.

Two notable Fairfield alumni, Mark Beckwith (’80) and Diane Oakley (’75), will be the inaugural “Stags Distinguished Service Award: Leader of the Herd” recipients in recognition of their unwavering support of Fairfield Athletics.

New York Daily News columnist Dick “Hoops” Weiss and Associated Press National College writer Jim “OC” O’Connell were last year’s inaugural “Stags Lifetime Achievement Award: Leader of the Herd” recipients.

Doris will be joined by head men’s basketball coach Sydney Johnson, women’s coach Joe Frager, and special guests in presenting the awards for “distinguished service and lifetime achievement with accuracy and journalistic integrity, while keeping the efforts of the student-athletes at the forefront.” Fairfield President Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J. will be in attendance for the presentation ceremonies.

Bill Raftery is in his 30th season as an analyst for CBS Sports’ college basketball coverage, while also serving as lead analyst for college basketball on Fox Sports, and an analyst for CBS Radio/Westwood One’s coverage of the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Verne Lundquist first joined CBS Sports in 1982, during his tenure he has broadcast over 20 different sports for the Network. Currently, Lundquist serves as the lead play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of college football, alongside analyst Gary Danielson. In addition he serves as a play-by-play announcer for the Network’s coverage of NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. He provides commentary for the Masters, the PGA Championship, among other PGA TOUR events.

The “Leader of the Herd” plaques will be permanently displayed both in the Fairfield Athletics office, and at the Fairfield Stags Club in the Webster Bank Arena, “Home of the Stags,” in Bridgeport, Conn.

WFAN Radio update reporter Bob Heussler, the “Voice of the Stags on WICC Radio,” will serve as Master of Ceremonies at Fairfield’s Basketball Tip-Off Dinner.

Read more at TV Technology where this story was originally published.

WACThe Western Athletic Conference today announced that it has entered into a multi-year sports rights and content development agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. The addition of the WAC brings to six the total number of NCAA Division I conferences for which Sinclair’s American Sports Network will produce games.

“Our relationship with Sinclair is a great opportunity for increased exposure for the WAC and its member institutions,” Commissioner Jeff Hurd said. “The WAC looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the American Sports Network.”

Sinclair Networks division has syndication agreements with 67 non-Sinclair television markets for its ASN initiative. In combination with Sinclair broadcast stations airing ASN, the combined footprint for ASN in Sinclair and non-Sinclair markets is now projected to reach approximately 83 million households for select games.

“We are excited to add the WAC to ASN’s lineup of games and expect them to have great appeal to viewers, especially in markets in our western footprint,” Doron Gorshein, COO of Sinclair Networks said.

Read more at the Western Athletic Conference where this story was originally published.

Hornets return to WFNZ

September 30, 2014
Courtesy of the Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that the team has reached a multi-year agreement with CBS Radio’s WFNZ 610 AM to serve as the flagship station for Hornets basketball and the Hornets Radio Network. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

As the radio home of the Hornets, WFNZ will broadcast all of the team’s preseason (except the Oct. 15 11:00 a.m. game), regular season and any potential postseason games. In addition to game action, each broadcast will now feature both a 15-minute pregame and postgame show. As part of the partnership, additional Hornets content will be developed on WFNZ and marketing opportunities for the team will include all of the CBS Radio stations within the Charlotte market.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to WFNZ, the premier sports talk station in the Carolinas,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “We’ve had a great relationship with WFNZ and the entire family of CBS Radio stations in Charlotte. This partnership gives us the unique opportunity to reach Hornets fans across the radio dial.”

“WFNZ couldn’t be happier to be the home of the Charlotte Hornets,” said Operations Manager/Program Director of WFNZ, WSOC and WBCN D.J. Stout. “I don’t think our city has ever been this fired up about NBA basketball and we’re thrilled to be the station that will be carrying all the action.”

Along with tuning in to the games on the radio, Hornets fans are also able to listen to the WFNZ broadcasts on the Hornets Mobile App. The Hornets App is available for all mobile devices and can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.

Scott Lauer will return for his eighth season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Hornets. He started broadcasting Charlotte games during the 2007-08 season after serving three seasons as the studio host for radio broadcasts. Matt Carroll, a former NBA player who played eight of his 10 seasons with Charlotte, will partner with Lauer and serve as the analyst for all Hornets home games.

The Hornets Radio Network affiliates will be announced at a later date.

Read more at the Charlotte Hornets where this story was originally published.

Last week in a column on the Cubs’ final days on WGN Radio, I mentioned that long-time play-by-play man Vince Lloyd always was “underrated.”

Unfortunately, I was limited by space, because Lloyd, who teamed with Lou Boudreau for two decades on Cubs radio, merited more than just a mention. I wanted to share this note I received from a reader, Patrick Allen, who recalled a slice of Chicago broadcast history.
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ESPN Radio NY makes lineup changes

September 29, 2014
Courtesy of Talkers

espn new york_98-7The ESPN O&O in New York tweaks its programming schedule in several ways, effective Monday September 29. The moves come about a month after the company shifted the role of Stephen A. Smith, taking him off the WEPN midday show.

The changes include an expanded two-hour show hosted by Mike Lupica airing from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Ryan Ruocco – who co-hosted with Smith – partners up with Dave Rothenberg for a one-hour show airing at 12:00 noon. Ruocco also will join the PM drive Michael Kay show where he becomes a contributor.

In the evenings, Alan Hahn and former Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro are the permanent hosts of the 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm program. Additionally, Bill Daughtry’s role with ESPN grows as his Saturday morning show on WEPN is now heard from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. He’ll continue to host New York Knicks broadcasts as well as provide daily “SportsCenter” updates from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daily.

“ESPN Radio NY 98.7FM” program director Justin Craig comments, “These changes strengthen an already powerful personality driven lineup on 98.7FM. Two hours of Mike Lupica’s passion and opinions, additional opportunities for Bill Daughtry, Ryan Ruocco and Dave Rothenberg, and the new team of Alan Hahn and Rick DiPietro, whose chemistry was evident from day one, reinforce our commitment to serve sport fans.”

Read more at Talkers where this story was originally published.

Terry Shurn grew up in small-town Arkansas dreaming of becoming a major league baseball player. Instead, he became Max Morgan.

Young Terry worked so meticulously on honing his baseball skills in Dardanelle, Ark. that he even practiced arguing with umpires, he would later tell friends. He loved kicking dirt at his “baseball tree” pretending it was an umpire who had done him wrong.

But baseball wasn’t to be. His moneymaking tool, he discovered, wasn’t his arm or his bat but his voice.
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