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ron CoomerTuesday would’ve been Ron Santo’s 74th birthday. His latest replacement on WGN Radio, Ron Coomer, was at the Cubs’ Spring Training complex to prep for his first season in the broadcast booth.

Coomer, 47, is replacing analyst and former Cubs player Keith Moreland, and will join play-by-play man Pat Hughes. Coomer has nothing but respect for Santo, who was doing the Cubs broadcasts when Coomer played for the Cubs in 2001.

“You don’t replace Ronnie,” Coomer said. “I’m not looking to be the next ‘Pat and Ron’ show. Hopefully, I can just do my job.”

Coomer has a No. 10, which the Cubs retired in Santo’s honor, hanging up in his pool room at home. He attended Lockport (Ill.) Township High School, and still has links on the south side of Chicago. Coomer expects his favorite sandwich place, Parisi’s, to deliver to Wrigley Field. He also has some Santo stories to share with listeners. They talked about playing third several times.

“We were headed to Cincinnati, and he came walking to the back to the plane and says, ‘Hey, big boy, what are you doing tonight?’” said Coomer, who knew he’d be talking baseball with Santo that evening.

“He was a legend,” Coomer said.

Read more at the Chicago Cubs where this story was originally published.

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Maurer joining PawSox radio

February 25, 2014
Courtesy of Pawtucket Red Sox

The Pawtucket Red Sox have named Josh Maurer as a new radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Josh will join Jeff Levering, who returns for his second season as lead play-by-play voice, as the duo will broadcast all 144 PawSox games on 920 WHJJ and the 12-station PawSox Radio Network. Maurer was chosen among more than 100 nationwide applicants to, in essence, replace Bob Socci who left the PawSox last July to become the radio play-by-play broadcaster of the New England Patriots.

Maurer, who just turned 33 on February 20, has spent the past two seasons as the radio broadcaster for the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees in Trenton, NJ. He is also currently the radio voice for the football and men’s basketball teams at the University of Massachusetts – a position he has held since 2008.

Josh is in the midst of his sixth season with the Minutemen basketball team after completing his sixth season with the football team last fall. He worked full time for UMass as their Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcasting from August 2008 until March of 2012 before he joined Trenton for the 2012 baseball season. He has maintained his role as radio play-by-play man and sometimes television voice of UMass football and basketball during the baseball off-season and will continue to do so once the 2014 PawSox season ends in September.

Maurer broke into Minor League Baseball in 2005 as the radio play-by-play broadcaster of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Single-A affiliate of the Yankees in the South Atlantic League. He was with the RiverDogs for four seasons (2005-2008) and during the baseball off-season he also did radio work for the Charleston Southern University football and men’s basketball teams (2006-2008).

Josh received his degree in Broadcast Journalism with a Minor in Sports Marketing from the University of Maryland in 2003. A native of Lower Merion, PA (just outside of Philadelphia), he has spent the past six fall and winters living in Amherst, MA while calling UMass games.

He has production experience working for ESPN (Washington, D.C. branch) as a Production Assistant for “Pardon the Interruption” from 2001-2003 and as a Production Assistant on the Philadelphia Phillies Television Network in 2004. Maurer has been honored by the AP each of the past four years for “Best College Sports Play-by-Play” in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island region.

While he will be on the air for all 144 PawSox games this season, Josh will also continue the strong legacy of the PawSox blog, social media presence and provide new content to

“It is an immense honor and extremely humbling to be chosen as the newest broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox and to work with such a talented play-by-play man as Jeff Levering,” said Maurer. “This is one of the finest minor league broadcasting jobs in the country and with that comes great responsibility and expectations. I look forward to contributing to the PawSox both on and off the air.”

As mentioned, Maurer, in effect, replaces Bob Socci who, after just three months with the PawSox last season, became the latest in a long line of PawSox broadcasters to receive the call to the big leagues this past July when he joined the New England Patriots. The PawSox used several local broadcasters to team with Levering over the final two and a half months of the 2013 season after Socci left.

The illustrious group of former PawSox broadcasters in the “big leagues” – all of whom have gone directly from Pawtucket to the major leagues – include: Gary Cohen (PawSox radio in 1987 & ’88) who has been with the New York Mets ever since leaving the PawSox, Don Orsillo (1997-2000) who will begin his 14th season with the Boston Red Sox on NESN this spring, Dave Flemming (2001-2003) who has been a radio voice of the San Francisco Giants for the past ten years, Andy Freed (2001-2004) who has called Tampa Bay Rays games since leaving Pawtucket, Dave Jageler (2005) who was with the PawSox for just one season before he took over as the Washington Nationals radio voice where he has remained since, Dan Hoard (2006-2011) who earned the call to the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals in the fall of 2011, Aaron Goldsmith (2012) who was one year and done with the PawSox before heading to Seattle where he has been a radio play-by-play man for the Mariners, and Bob Socci (2013) who departed from the PawSox in July of 2013 to become the play-by-play voice of the Patriots.

“We are pleased to welcome Josh Maurer to the PawSox and the PawSox Radio Network led by our flagship station 920 WHJJ,” said PawSox President Mike Tamburro. “Josh is a talented young broadcaster who impressed us with his style and knowledge. We believe fans will quickly come to enjoy his call of the game. He and Jeff Levering will form another terrific tandem in what continues to be an outstanding PawSox radio tradition.”

Read more at Pawtucket Red Sox where this story was originally published.

Waldman-Suzyn One of the first things Suzyn Waldman thought when she learned the Yankees’ radio home would move to WFAN was that it was “very cool,” given that on July 1, 1987, she became the first voice ever heard on the station.

“I smiled, I really did, because it’s really coming full circle,” she said before traveling to Florida for the team’s first spring training broadcast Thursday against the Pirates.

One of the other things that occurred to her was this:
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PhilliesJamie Moyer’s baseball career spanned more than four decades. Matt Stairs’s crossed through three.

But they will be rookies making their debuts again Wednesday, preparing for The Show — as color analysts for the Phillies’ television broadcasts in 2014. That’s when they will join play-by-play man Tom McCarthy in the Bright House Field booth to work the Phillies-Blue Jays Grapefruit League opener.
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The Dave Ross Mystery has been solved at last.

Three months after Ross announced he was leaving the Fox-owned station in Washington, D.C., to start a new job in Chicago, sources confirmed the veteran sports reporter and producer is joining 120 Sports, a new 24/7 all-digital sports network.
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New shows on Denver’s Fan

February 25, 2014
Courtesy of NTS Media Online

Lincoln Financial Media-owned Sports/Talker 104.3 The Fan (KKFN/Denver) tweaks its spring season lineup, adding Dan Patrick (pictured) to its roster, effective March 3rd. Moving over from sister station 1600 The Zone (KEPN-AM), the DirecTV Entertainment-produced/Premiere Networks-syndicated Dan Patrick Show will slide into the Fan’s 9am-noon slot.

Concurrently, 17-year KKFN veteran Sandy Clough moves to early afternoons, joining Drew Goodman and Scott Hastings from noon-3pm. Additionally, KKFN and KEPN Program Director Nate Lundy notes that a new 9pm-midnight show, The Fan Late Night with Ryan Edwards and Shawn Drotar, will also make it’s debut as part of KKFN’s adjusted lineup. “Like many in Denver, I’m a big fan of Dan Patrick,” said Lundy. “As we take the next step in our evolution, it only makes sense to bring the number one national personality to the Fan.”

Read more at NTS Media Online where this story was originally published.

Tirico honored at Syracuse

February 25, 2014
Courtesy of Syracuse University

Mike TiricoAward-winning journalist Ted Koppel ’60 and award-winning sports broadcaster Mike Tirico ’88 share many things in common. Both are SU alumni, and both have risen to the top of the broadcast profession. Both Koppel and Tirico also shared a common training ground in WAER-FM, and now both will share a place on the station’s Wall of Fame.

Koppel was inducted in 2012, and now Tirico will join him on the wall during a ceremony Feb. 28. WAER General Manager Joe Lee described the Wall of Fame as a “Mount Rushmore” of broadcasting greats. Already, Hank Greenwald ’57 and Andy Musser ’59 are on the wall, as is Ian Eagle ’90. Soon, Bill Roth ’87 and Sean McDonough will join them too.

As part of Tirico’s induction, Pete Gianesini ’94 (a fellow colleague at ESPN) offered the following thoughts as part of a piece that’s being distributed internally at ESPN.
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Introducing 120 Sports

February 25, 2014
Courtesy of 120 Sports

A first-of-its-kind network partnership involving multiple leagues and media properties was announced as 120 Sports, a live-streaming network created for the digital generation and the devices it uses most. In 120 Sports, today’s fans will have access to unauthenticated video programming through a new platform built to intuitively integrate video and data in ways they haven’t experienced before. At launch, content partners will include 120 Sports equity investor Time Inc. (owner of Sports Illustrated) as well as the NHL, NBA,, NASCAR and leading collegiate conferences via Campus Insiders (a joint venture between IMG College and Chicago-based digital sports media company Silver Chalice).

The groundbreaking enterprise, named 120 Sports for its concept of offering original sports programming in two-minute segments, will produce and distribute a 24-hour live linear network driven by a videocentric, 360-degree look across all sports. Set to debut later this spring, 120 Sports will feature original and hosted programming that will deliver timely, interactive narratives of the stories around sports, including game footage, analysis, conversation and social commentary from the players, newsmakers as well as voices of the fans.
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Bart Scott joining NFL Today

February 24, 2014
Courtesy of CBS Sports

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker Bart Scott will join The NFL Today in 2014, CBS Sports announced Monday. Scott spent Sundays last season on CBS Sports Network’s The Other Pregame Show (TOPS).

“Bart joining The NFL Today is a natural progression from his outstanding work during his first season on TOPS,” said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus. “Bart brings a dynamic personality and unique perspective as a recently retired player providing strong opinions on all the hot-button issues on a weekly basis. We are confident he will continue to bring that perspective and those opinions to The NFL Today.”

Scott and former Falcons tight end and future first ballot Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez will be the two new faces on set. They will join James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and insider Jason La Canfora, while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe are departing the Sunday pregame show.

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

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