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Brown-JamesWith the football season underway, fans will be seeing a lot of James Brown. A native of Washington, he is the host of “The NFL Today” on CBS and “Inside the NFL” on Showtime. I talked to him recently about his jobs and about his childhood.

KidsPost: Where were you born?

James Brown: I was born in Southeast Washington, D.C., in the shadow of what is now the Nationals stadium. Later, my family moved to Northeast Washington near Catholic University. I attended Bunker Hill E.S. and Backus Middle School, although we called it “junior high” in those days.
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KLOG radio listeners got a surprise early Tuesday morning when the airwaves were filled with ESPN sports talk instead of a syndicated news magazine. The Kelso-based station at 1490-AM now is part of the ESPN Sports Radio Network.

“It’s something we’ve been looking at for awhile,” said Joel Hanson, president of Washington Interstate Broadcasting. “There just isn’t a bigger name in sports.”

ESPN programming will air 21 hours a day Monday through Friday and 24 hours a day Saturday and Sunday, Hanson said Tuesday. KLOG still will carry the popular “Morning Show” from 6 to 9 a.m. with John Mitchell and Kirc Roland, as well as local news updates at the top of the hour, Hanson said. It also will cover all the local sports as before, plus the Seattle Mariners, University of Washington Huskies and Portland Trail Blazers, Hanson said. In addition, the station will be able to add coverage of other pro baseball, football and basketball teams, as well as other sports ESPN carries, he said.

There are no personnel changes.

What’s out is the 5 a.m. “America In the Morning” news magazine and the classic hit songs, which will be absorbed by KLOG’s sister station, 101.5-FM “The Wave,” known for playing classic rock, Hanson said.

“It’s the music format closest to KLOG,” Hanson said. “It seemed a good place to do that.”

The broadcasting company also owns KUKN “Cookin’ Country” at 105.5-FM.

Advertisers are happy with the change, Hanson said.

“We’ve been getting great response already,” he said. “We’ve already seen an increase in advertising from listeners eager to be part of ESPN brand. It’s exciting.”

Read more at The Daily News where this story was originally published.

Erdahl new Bruins reporter for NESN

September 11, 2013
Courtesy of Boston.com

jamie erdahlNESN has named Jamie Erdahl as its new rink-side reporter for Bruins telecasts in the 2013-14 season.

She replaces Naoko Funayama, whose contract at NESN recently expired. The network announced in June that the respected Funayama, who had held the position since 2008, would not return.

Erdahl, a Minnesota native who joined NESN last November, is a fine choice as Funayama’s successor. She has excelled as a fill-in sideline reporter on Red Sox telecasts this season, often showing a quick sense of humor during live in-game segments.
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Fired Atlanta host gets job at rival

September 11, 2013
Courtesy of WXIA-TV

Three months after being fired for a tasteless on air prank, former Atlanta sports radio personality Chris Dimino has another radio job, at a competing station.

Dimino, co-hosts Steak Shapiro and Nick Cellini were all fired by sports radio station 790 The Zone in June after they aired a fake, mocking interview with former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who suffers from the degenerative nerve disease ALS.

All three apologized shortly afterwards, including Dimino, who wrote on Facebook , “The weight of what he and they are going through did not need to be made heavier or worse by the pure and straight insensitivity of my actions.”
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Baseball HOF reforms Frick award

September 11, 2013
Courtesy of Radio World

The Baseball Hall of Fame has announced that the selection process for its Ford C. Frick Award is being changed. The award is given annually to a sports broadcaster.

Staring with the next selection, 2014, a chronological “era” filter will be applied to candidates. This year’s nominees will be selected from the “High Tide Era,” which is the current era and begins in the mid-1980s.

The 2015 award will be for the “Living Room Era,” the mid-1950s through the early 1980s; the beginnings of modern TV broadcast. The 2016 award will be for the “Broadcasting Dawn Era,” early radio through to the beginning of television. In 2017 the cycle will repeat.

By dividing the awards into eras, broadcasters from the past, less well-known, or even forgotten, will have a chance at the award.

The nominating process for the 2014 award began Sept. 9 when the Baseball Hall of Fame released a list of candidates. Baseball fans can vote on three of the 10 finalists. An HOF committee selects the remainder.

A 20-member voting board consisting of 16 previous Frick award winners and four baseball journalist and historians will make the final decision at the Baseball Winter Meetings, Dec. 10–11.

Read more at Radio World where this story was originally published.

Loubardias joins Flames broadcasts

September 11, 2013
Courtesy of Sports Net

peter LoubardiasSportsnet 960 The FAN today announced long-time hockey sportscaster, Peter “Loubo” Loubardias, will join its broadcast team as analyst for Calgary Flames broadcasts for the upcoming 2013-14 NHL season, alongside play-by-play announcer Peter Maher.

Loubardias called play-by-play for Sportsnet’s Calgary Flames television broadcasts between 2008-11, and most recently served as a commentator on broadcasts of Western Hockey League games. He takes over for the recently retired Mike Rogers, analyst for Flames broadcasts on Sportsnet 960 The FAN for the last 12 years.

In addition to the new Flames broadcast team, Sportsnet 960 The FAN also announced today it will launch a special version of HOCKEY CENTRAL @ Noon – with a Calgary twist. The one-hour, weekday show debuts Monday, Sept. 23 at Noon MT, and will be hosted by Ryan Leslie with guest appearances each week by Sportsnet’s Calgary Flames television broadcast crew including Rob Kerr, Roger Millions and Charlie Simmer. HOCKEY CENTRAL @ Noon will deliver engaging and insightful hockey talk, breaking news, analysis and opinions, all with a focus on the Flames.

The home for Flames fans everywhere, Sportsnet 960 The FAN is the exclusive broadcast rights holder for the Calgary Flames, delivering every regular and playoff game in the 2013-14 season. It is also the exclusive broadcast rights holder for all regular season and playoff Calgary Hitmen games, which will be delivered on radio or online at www.sportsnet.ca/960.

In addition to being the official radio and TV rights holder for the Calgary Flames, Sportsnet is the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks , Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

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

Ex-Red Sox pitcher makes TV debut

September 11, 2013
Courtesy of Boston RedSox

derekloweDressed in a suit and tie, Derek Lowe reappeared in the Red Sox’s clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, eager to make his debut as a broadcaster.

One of the postseason heroes from Boston’s historic 2004 team, Lowe will serve as a color analyst on NESN for the next three nights, working with play-by-play man Don Orsillo.

Lowe’s solid Major League career ended in June when he was released by the Texas Rangers.

He made the two-hour drive from his home in Fort Myers, Fla., to work this series.
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sam-huffAfter 33 years of the Sonny and Sam show on the radio in D.C., the Washington Redskins Radio Network is moving on without Sam Huff, who retired after last season. Huff’s absence was noticed considerably during last night’s Redskins-Eagles game.

The broadcast duo, which consisted of retired Hall of Fame Redskin quarterback Sonny Jurgensen and retired Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff as color analysts, began in 1979. They were joiined by Frank Herzog in the booth as the play-by-play announcer.

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

Yankess bumping Mets from WFAN

September 10, 2013
Courtesy of New York Times

The Yankees are close to completing an agreement that will take them from WCBS-AM to WFAN next season, knocking the Mets off WFAN, their longtime radio home, for a destination to be determined.

Lonn Trost, the Yankees’ chief operating officer, declined to give any details of the change, but said, “We’re getting close.”

The Yankees would provide a stronger, higher-rated, more expensive team for WFAN, which, like WCBS, is part of CBS Radio. The Yankees deal, if completed, would be for about 10 years and $15 million to $20 million annually, according to a person briefed on the negotiations. Newsday was first to report the move.

The Yankees moved to WCBS from WABC after the 2001 season.

Whether John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman continue as the Yankees’ announcers on WFAN will ultimately be up to the team. The Yankees will consult with the station but have final approval on their broadcast team.

The Mets have been on WFAN since the station’s inception in 1987. They could go to ESPN New York, at 98.7 FM, or WOR-AM, which both showed interest in the Yankees. The rights for the Mets’ games would be less expensive.

Jeff Wilpon, the Mets’ chief operating officer, said it was “fairly accurate” that the team would be leaving WFAN.

“Right now, we’re still negotiating with numerous parties about what we’re going to do with our radio,” Wilpon said during a firehouse visit in Manhattan with Matt Harvey, David Wright and Zack Wheeler. Wilpon said the situation could be resolved in about six weeks.

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

Gow Broadcasting, operator of Yahoo! Sports Radio in partnership with Yahoo! Sports, announced the addition of “The Big E Sports Show,” with Elissa Walker Campbell, beginning 9/20. The fast-paced, upbeat sports talk show features sports superstar guests who share real-life stories with Walker Campbell and her audience every Friday evening from 8-10 PM ET.

“Elissa’s show is a great addition to our lineup. Her dynamic personality has garnered strong reviews for her show, and we are delighted to make it available to our Yahoo! Sports Radio network affiliates,” said David Gow, CEO of Yahoo! Sports Radio. “Elissa conducts some of the best interviews in the industry and offers a great perspective on sports,” he added.

“I’m honored to join the Yahoo! Sports Radio team,” said Walker Campbell. “This is an exciting new growth opportunity for our show, and I am thrilled to partner with one of the most recognizable brands in sports radio. I look forward to continuing to offer compelling stories and informative interviews for our ever-expanding audience with some of the biggest and best names in sports.”

“The Big E Sports show” features top-flights guests, including Jason Peter — the former NFL and Nebraska football standout — who joins Walker Campbell each week for a segment on the NFL and college football. Previous guests have included Dallas Mavericks’ Head Coach Rick Carlisle, Dallas Cowboys’ great, Cliff Harris, TCU’s Gary Patterson, and even former NFL/NBA owner Red McCombs.

A seasoned broadcaster, she has been a TV analyst and sideline reporter for CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and NBA TV.

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

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