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Detroit-TigersDetroit — In his first-ever baseball broadcast, he had two goals.

“I don’t want to call the grass the ice,” Ken Kal said, “and I don’t want to call the ball the puck.”

Thursday night was the baseball broadcast debut for Kal, the radio voice of the Red Wings since 1995, and before that for the University of Michigan hockey team since 1984.

Dan Dickerson was given the day off to take his daughter to college, and Kal was the choice to replace him for the radio play-by-play.
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As Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins CEO Jeff Barrett searched for a person to replace the team’s play-by-play announcer, Tom Grace, he settled on someone who he said is a natural fit.

Many people applied to replace Grace, who will be taking a front office job with the NHL’s Florida Panthers later this month, but Barrett found the answer inside the team’s headquarters at Coal Street.

On Thursday, the Penguins named STAA client Mike O’Brien as the team’s director of broadcasting and media relations. O’Brien, 35, has served as the team’s director of communications and provided color commentary for radio and television broadcasts over the last two seasons.
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Slaten-KevinKevin Slaten and Jack Clark still are off the air after their midnight firing last weekend that drew national attention, but Slaten said he is about to return to broadcasting via an internet operation and hopes Clark comes along.

Slaten will be in the 3-6 p.m. slot that he and Clark occupied for their seven shows at WGNU (920 AM) before they were dumped in wake of Clark’s on-air comments that baseball standout Albert Pujols used steroids. They were dumped just after midnight Saturday, a couple hours after Pujols threatened legal action.

Slaten said he’ll resurface, beginning Monday at He said the plan is for him and Clark to be together for a couple weeks, then for each to have individual programs.

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

Longtime Cardinals radio announcer Mike Shannon will be out of the booth for at least seven games because of illness, Cards senior vice president Dan Farrell said Thursday.

Shannon missed the Cards’ game Thursday, against Pittsburgh, and Farrell said he will be out for six more contests he originally had been scheduled to work — a three-game series that starts Friday in Chicago, plus three contests that follow in Milwaukee.

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

EMU-eastern-michiganThe radio broadcast team for the 122nd season of Eastern Michigan University football will be comprised of longtime play-by-play voice Matt Shepard with former Detroit Lion standout Rob Rubick returning as the color analyst after a two-year hiatus.

WEMU will continue to serve as the FM flagship and originating station for EMU football and basketball broadcasts. In 2012-13, WEMU broadcast more than 50 live games, as well as interviews and stories during WEMU’s news programs.

Listeners in eight counties can catch Eagles’ games on 89.1 FM. As a public radio station with a large broad-based audience, WEMU’s signal extends from Washtenaw County to the Detroit metropolitan and Toledo, Ohio markets. The broadcasts are also streamed live on, and WEMU’s free Android and iPhone applications (available through iTunes).
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Charlotte_49ersKenny Moore, a former Butler High star receiver who returned to his hometown to play for the Carolina Panthers, will be the color commentator on the Charlotte 49ers’ six home games on WCCB this season.

Moore will join play-by-play announcer Ryan Rose in the booth at Richardson Stadium, with WCCB’s Brandon Davidow, the sideline reporter, and Kelli Bartik and Jon Wilson providing features.

After graduating from Butler, Moore played at Wake Forest, where he was an All-ACC wide receiver in 2007. He played in a limited role for the Panthers in 2009 and was the first Charlottean to play for the team.

Rose has done play-by-play for ACC and Big East football and basketball games for seven years on ESPN3. He has also called arena football games, U.S. Olympic diving trials, the Shrine Bowl and various other high school and college sports. Rose is also an assistant sports information director for the 49ers.

Davidow and Bartik are sports anchors at WCCB, while Wilson has had several on-air roles at the station since 2004.

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

For Chris Andrade, the choice is clear: “It’s Little League, everyone has a hometown and a team they’re cheering for.”

For Chris McKendry, transparency is the answer: “I’ll have to give full disclosure rather than have viewers find out after.”

Problem is, Chris A. and Chris M. are one in the same.

“I only use McKendry for TV,” she said. “So the moms from Westport [where McKendry and her family have lived the past 16 years] who don’t usually watch sports, but will tune into these games, will probably see me and go ‘Holy smoke, I didn’t know that’s what you did.’ They’ll be surprised.”
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aaron-Goldsmith It was something of a coincidence the other day when, not long after I’d heard for the first time in years a refrain from Terry Cashman’s sentimental “(Play-by-Play) I Saw It on the Radio,” a friend asked me what I think of Aaron Goldsmith so far.

Goldsmith, as many Seattle Mariners followers know, is this season’s key add-on to the team’s broadcast corps. The new guy is putting in his initial time as a Major League behind-the-mike man having, in the vernacular, been brought up from Triple-A after calling the action for fans of the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Much has been said since the Goldsmith hire about his being a mere 29 when the announcement was made in January. Lost in the discussion was that his partner in the radio booth, Rick Rizzs, was precisely the same age when he started in Seattle in 1983.
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marty-GlickmanTo excel in one field is admirable.

Marty Glickman excelled in two.

As HBO’s wonderful documentary “Glickman” recounts the life of the Olympian-turned broadcaster, the viewer is left with a theme: Overcoming disappointment.

Glickman was legendary – a term not used lightly, but rather defended in the more than two dozen interviews producers conducted. A descriptive voice describes the pioneer quality of him as “the first jock turned broadcaster.”

But he was more: A man whose identity was rooted in his being Jewish, and in keeping his name. A star athlete. A broadcasting visionary.
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Jason Wolfe exits WEEI

August 15, 2013
Courtesy of RBR-TVBR

weei-fmEntercom Boston announced that long-time exec with the company, Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming and Operations at WEEI & WRKO, is leaving the company. They will make an announcement about Wolfe’s replacement shortly.

Here’s what Wolfe Tweeted: “22 years ago this month I joined WEEI when it launched as a sports radio station. Today is my last day. What a ride..”

No word on why at this point.

“Jason Wolfe has defined sports talk radio, not only in Boston, but around the country as well. There are very few people who have influenced an industry like Jason has,” said Jeff Brown, VP/Market Manager at Entercom Boston. “From his work with the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox’s historic championship run to WRKO’s engagement with politics, Jason’s behindw-the-scenes work has made an impact few people will ever understand. We thank Jason for all his hard work, dedication to Entercom, and his commitment to the Boston community.”
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