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mike PopovecHe’s known as Mike Bradley on the Eastern Shore and Mike Popovec in Baltimore. His real full name is Michael Bradley Popovec, and he lives and breathes Baltimore and Maryland sports on radio stations from Baltimore to Ocean City.

Born in 1980, the 33-year-old Popovec is a native of Woodlawn and a graduate of Calvert Hall College High School and Loyola College (now Loyola University). He also has a degree in finance.

“I’ve always loved radio growing up as a kid, even back to 7 years old,” he said, “and I’ve always loved sports. I got my start in music radio, but always wanted to do sports talk radio.”
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Steve-CangialosiRight from the get-go in setting his sights on a broadcasting career, Queen’s Steve Cangialosi challenged himself.

Once getting his first break as an on-air sportscaster hosting The Sports Connection on WNEW-AM radio in New York City, unbeknownst to him at the time, Cangialosi’s career was about to progress at a rapid pace. As in any profession, never knowing who is watching or listening to one’s work, in radio, Cangialosi caught a break, thanks in part to his work hour. While hosting his 5pm, or drivetime hour as it is referred to in the broadcast business, program on a station known for music formats of jazz and big band, management from 1010WINS News was listening. 1010WINS, the longest running all news radio station in the America, hired Cagialosi, six months after was first herd on WNEW. “I was 23 and suddenly on the most listened to station in the country,”Cangialosi tells.
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Smith-StephenESPN sports analyst and talk show host Stephen A. Smith’s visit to the University of South Carolina on Friday included very little talk of Gamecock sports.

“They did not invite me here to talk about your football team,” Smith told a near-capacity audience in a ballroom in the Russell House as he took the microphone. “I did not come her to criticize Jadeveon (Clowney). I love him.”

Instead, the outspoken journalist spent an hour schooling the multicultural, mostly young, mostly male crowd about life and how to succeed at it.
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101 ESPN renews Duncan

November 15, 2013

Duncan-Chris101ESPN in St. Louis has completed on-air host Chris Duncan’s contract renewal, solidifying their new daily show schedule set to begin on Monday, November 25, 2013.

Duncan – the former baseball star and a member of the 2006 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals – has served in a variety of integral roles on the St. Louis sports/talk radio station since 2011.

With Duncan’s contract renewal, the new daily show schedule for 101ESPN is as follows:

* 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – “The Kevin Wheeler Show” with Kevin Wheeler
* 12:00 to 2:00 pm – “The Turn” with Chris Duncan and Anthony Stalter
* 2:00 to 6:00 pm – “The Fastlane” with Randy Karraker and D’Marco Farr (with Brad Thompson joining the show on Monday, January 6th, 2013)

Commenting on Duncan’s contract renewal, Program Director Chris “Hoss” Neupert notes, “We are excited to have Chris continue with 101ESPN, he is a tremendously talented guy and a hard worker who prepares in great depth every day to entertain and inform the 101ESPN audience.”

tj_ZuppeT.J. Zuppe has been elevated to full-time status and will be WKRK-FM 92.3’s Indians beat writer.

“I’m happy and relieved,” he said.

He will be doing some travel, as well. The station is sending him to Orlando for the winter meetings and two weeks in Goodyear, Ariz., for spring training.

His bosses informed him of the promotion on Monday.

He had previously covered the Indians for WKNR-AM 850. However, he was let go by the station a few months ago.

Read more at the Willoughby News-Herald where this story was originally published.

stlouis_rams-logoRams radio broadcasts are in their fifth season on WXOS (101.1 FM), which has geared much of its programming around the team. But the deals have led to financial hardship for the station in many of those years, and with the contract set to expire after this season there is at least one known other suitor.

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where this story was originally published.

101-ESPNSt. Louis sports-talk radio’s never-ending merry-go-round of tumult continued late last week at WXOS (101.1 FM). And while the most prominent moves were the firing of hosts Bob Ramsey and Zach McCrite in favor of Kevin Wheeler and Brad Thompson, two lower-profile dismissals were key developments.

Also dropped were the men who provided WXOS’ most on-hands coverage of the Cardinals, Brian Stull (who had his own show and contributed to others) and Derrick Goold, the Post-Dispach/ Cardinals beat writer who was on call.

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where this story was originally published.

To borrow a phrase from Mark Twain, the death of radio has been greatly exaggerated. Or, maybe better put, has been premature.

While it may be true in terms of music programming, the sports talk genre is alive and well, according to a panel at the Covington & Burling Sports Media & Technology Conference Wednesday. The panel consisted of Steve Cohen of Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Chris Corcoran of WestwoodOne Sports, Traug Keller of ESPN and Chris Oliviero of CBS Radio.

“More people listen to radio during the day which is our prime time than watch sports on cable (TV). We need to do a better job of educating people about that,” Oliviero said.
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Portland Trail Blazers radio play-by-play announcer Brian Wheeler will miss the team’s upcoming four-game trip to Boston, Toronto, Brooklyn and Milwaukee because of illness, the Blazers said Thursday.

It will mark Wheeler’s first absence in his 16-year career with the Blazers and end his streak of consecutive games broadcasted at 1,359.

During Wheeler’s absence, the Blazers said they will simulcast the audio from its TV broadcast team of Mike Barrett and Mike Rice, with radio analyst Antonio Harvey added to the broadcast. Games will still air on the radio on KPOJ (620) and on TV on CSN (Comcast 37).

Read more at Oregon Live where this story was originally published.

Syracuse-ChiefsThe sounds of summer in Syracuse will once again include Triple-A baseball on the radio in 2014.

The Syracuse Chiefs announced this morning a partnership with Cumulus Media as its radio broadcast partner for the upcoming season. The Chiefs’ 144 regular season games will be broadcast on The Score 1260 AM, reuniting the team with its radio home from the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

The Chiefs aired their games only on the Internet in 2013, in large part to save the approximately $25,000 it paid The Score to buy airtime.
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