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steve-buckhantz“ITCHING for a Dagger!” Comcast SportsNet’s Steve Buckhantz wrote in early December, when the Wizards lost by a point to the Nuggets. “Not to be, at least not for tonight!”

Tuesday night in Charlotte, the longtime play-by-play man got his chance. Sort of.

This wasn’t a typical dagger, though. There was still about a minute and 20 seconds left, for one thing. And the game wasn’t particularly close, although Charlotte had mounted a late run to pull within single digits.

Then Martell Webster hit a three-pointer, and Buckhantz pondered life on the brink, and self-control, and when to let go.
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Czaban extends with Red Zebra

January 7, 2014
Courtesy of Radio Ink

steveczaban2013Red Zebra Broadcasting says it has agreed to a contract extension with afternoon drive host Steve Czaban that will keep him with ESPN980 through 2016. Czaban has co-hosted the afternoon drive timeslot for WTEM for the last 13 years. VP of Programming Chuck Sapienza said, “Czabe is integral to the success of our station. We look forward to three additional years of Czabe, Cooley, and Galdi.” Czaban co-hosts The Drive with Chris Cooley and Al Galdi weekdays from 4-7 p.m. He also hosts a Sunday morning show.

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

In elementary school, Grant Paulsen was making regular appearances as a sports reporter on WUSA. In middle school, he was covering the Super Bowl for David Letterman. And in high school, he was wondering whether his sports-media career was already on the decline.

TV producers weren’t calling as often. PR staffers stopped pulling Paulsen aside for exclusive interviews. The fast track toward broadcasting superstardom took a brief detour to George Mason journalism classes.

“I never for a minute said to myself that I wasn’t going to be able to latch on somewhere, but I definitely doubted for a few years whether I would be able to get back to where I was as a child,” the 25-year old Paulsen recently told me. “There was definitely a time where I worried, what if the best has already happened? What if I’ve already peaked in this business?”
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PhilliesThe Phillies were never interested in a bidding war for the rights to televise their games. They negotiated for the last year with Comcast SportsNet, a network with which they once partnered before it even broadcasted. The way Phillies president David Montgomery saw things, two powerful Philadelphia corporations could find a common ground that benefitted both.

“We’re pleased,” Montgomery said Friday. “And I think Comcast is pleased.”

The two sides, according to two sources, agreed to a massive 25-year contract Thursday worth more than $2.5 billion that will provide Comcast SportsNet with invaluable live summer programming and the Phillies with another substantial revenue source.
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PrintMonday marks a first for the state of Arizona. Sports fans are now able to hear sports talk on FM — specifically 98.7 FM.

In a significant move to expand its audience reach and community impact, Arizona Sports 620 (KTAR-AM) began simulcasting on 98.7 FM at 10 a.m., strengthening its multi-platform distribution.

Now the lineup of Doug and Wolf (6-10 a.m.), Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-noon), Dan Bickley with Vince Marotta (noon-2 p.m.) and Burns and Gambo (2-6 p.m.) can be heard on 98.7 FM, as well as on 620 AM.
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CBSSportsNet-cbssnAndrew Catalon will be the play-by-play announcer Wednesday for the Big East basketball matchup between eighth-ranked Villanova and Seton Hall in Newark, N.J., but his production team may want him to be quieter than usual.

The CBS Sports Network will have coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET, billing the telecast as an “all-access audio” event.

Catalon, the former WNYT (NBC-13) sports anchor who has called three NFL games and a major college basketball game for CBS in the past month, will be miked, of course, as will analyst Steve Lappas and reporter Susannah Collins, but the network will offer an additional 30 microphones at court level to provide viewers with sound from coaches, players and referees.

The game will be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

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

tim-tebowWhen he was introduced to the news media by ESPN as its newest analyst on Tuesday, Tim Tebow suggested through his remarks that he might be the nicest, politest, humblest person ever to hold a microphone.

His responses on a conference call were packed with unyielding positivity. Newly hired analysts are usually happy and upbeat. But Tebow was in a different stratosphere. He used “thank” or “thankful” 14 times. “Opportunity” was mentioned 15 times. In using “relationship” 14 times, he reflected only on good ones, past and present. He said “great” 27 times.

Responding to a question about whether he could be a critical analyst despite his relentlessly rosy outlook, he said: “Well, thank you for saying that I’m someone who’s positive. I would love to continue to be someone who’s positive but also be someone that is objective.” He referred to all ESPN executives, men or women, as Mr. or Ms.
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yahoosportsradioGow Broadcasting, L.L.C., operator of Yahoo! Sports Radio (YSR) in partnership with Yahoo! Sports, has announced a new weekday lineup, effective today, that includes a new time for “Hit ‘Em Up with Geoff Ketchum” and the launch of a new afternoon drive program, “Prime Cut featuring Sean Salisbury and John Granato.”

The YSR lineup continues to feature Steve Czaban as the anchor in morning drive, followed by Anthony Pepe and Travis Rodgers.

“Hit ‘Em Up with Geoff Ketchum” moves to 2-4pm EST, and “Prime Cut featuring Sean Salisbury and John Granato” debuts today in the 4-8pm EST slot.

“Top to bottom, this is a really strong weekday lineup,” said David Gow, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo! Sports Radio. We are originating shows from all over the country, with a wealth of experiences, insights, and perspectives. “This team will resonate with affiliates and audiences.”
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Coleman-JIconic broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who spent 71 years in the game as a player and later in the broadcast booth, passed away on Sunday. He was 89.

Coleman, who won the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting in 2005, was an infielder for the Yankees from 1949-57 and was the only active Major League player to see combat in two military conflicts — World War II and the Korean conflict.

According to UT-San Diego, Coleman died at Scripps Hospital after complications of head injuries he suffered in a fall recently and that he had been in and out of the hospital.

Coleman called games on radio for the Padres from 1972 through last season. The only exception was when he managed the team in 1980.
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