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LeBatard-DanLike how The Ticket’s Dan Le Batard and Jon Weiner have maintained their irreverent, self-deprecating approach while breaking in a new audience on ESPN Radio.

The show hasn’t changed much since going national this week, beyond an additional four minutes of commercials per hour, which could leave the program vulnerable to dial surfing.

“We’re looking to keep the local audience happy while not alienating a national audience,” Le Batard told listeners. “This is going to take some [audience] training.”
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What happens when almost all of New York’s play-by-play men get together for the first time?

“Everyone told stories about people that we worked with,” Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay said. “So, obviously those can’t be made public, but there were an awful lot of laughs.”

Kay was one of the 13 broadcasters who convened at restaurant B.L.T. on Park Avenue on Monday night, an idea sparked by Knicks’ MSG play-by-play man Mike Breen.
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IowaWildThe Iowa Wild, Des Moines’ newest hockey team, announced Thursday it has reached a two-year broadcast agreement with KXNO radio (1460 AM).

The deal begins on Saturday, Oct. 12, when the Wild host the Oklahoma City Barons at 7:05 p.m. A minimum of 60 regular season games will air on KXNO, plus games will be streamed on AHL Live Radio.

“The KXNO partnership with the Iowa Wild allows us to use the many platforms of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment,” Clear Channel regional market manager Joel McCrea said in a statement. “In addition to 1460 KXNO, the Wild will partner with all of our radio stations, including our iHeartRadio brand.

“Hockey is a growing interest, and we want to be part of building the Wild franchise in Des Moines.”

Joe O’Donnell will call the Wild’s games and serve as director of broadcasting and corporate partnerships. He spent the last five years in Houston as the voice of the Aeros.

Read more at the Des Moines Register where this story was originally published.

ESPNLA_710AMESPNLA and the Los Angeles Lakers have reached an agreement to extend their radio play-by-play relationship for seven more seasons, keeping the iconic NBA team on ESPNLA through the 2019-2020 season. ESPNLA (710 AM) will carry all 82 regular-season games as well as the entire preseason and every playoff game. ESPNLA has served as the official radio broadcast home of the Lakers for the last four seasons.

“We have enjoyed a terrific association with the Los Angeles Lakers over the past four years and we could not be happier about extending our relationship until 2020,” said Scott McCarthy, ESPNLA General Manager. “The Lakers are clearly one of the premier organizations in all of sports, and we at ESPNLA are very proud to be their radio home for many years to come.”

The eight-game preseason slate on ESPNLA will tip off Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. PT with the Lakers hosting the Golden State Warriors. The regular season then commences Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. as the Lakers host the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPNLA will also carry both of the Lakers preseason games from China, broadcasting each during morning drive in Los Angeles.
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WFANThe New York City Football Club announced today that beginning in 2015, games will be broadcast on WFAN 660 AM/ 101.9 FM, the first and most listened to sportsradio station in the nation. This multi-year partnership furthers the team’s mission to bring the love of football to as many residents of New York as possible.

WFAN is owned by CBS RADIO, and will be the first radio provider to broadcast Major League Soccer (MLS) in English in New York City.

“We’re thrilled to partner with a station as prestigious as WFAN,” said Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City Football Club. “This is a huge opportunity for the team to bring football to all New Yorkers, right from the onset of our playing debut.”
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csnneWith Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in Brooklyn, Doc Rivers coaching the Clippers, and Rajon Rondo rehabbing a knee injury, the Celtics will have a new look this season.

Turns out so will the network that broadcasts their games.

Greg Dickerson, Donny Marshall, and Gary Tanguay won’t be part of the network’s Celtics coverage this season, while president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and Chris Herren are slated to fill in as color analysts on a couple of occasions.
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Allison Williams will no longer be on Florida Panthers telecasts after five seasons. It was mentioned in the 2014 NHL Official Guide & Record Book that she would share studio host and rinkside report duties with Frank Forte on Fox Sports Florida for the upcoming hockey season. Drew Goldfarb has left WTPA-TV in Tupelo, Mississippi and will take over her position.

She joined Fox Sports Net Florida in 2008 as a sideline reporter for the Florida Marlins and rinkside reporter for the Florida Panthers. She increased her duties entering the 2011-12 NHL season as she got studio host work for Florida Panthers home telecasts while Craig Minervini appeared on less than ten games during the Cats Southeast Division championship run. He had held that position since September 2003. She was the studio host for most Florida Panthers home games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season when she was not on assignment as a college basketball sideline reporter for ESPN.

Williams, a 2006 University of Miami grad, was employed as a college football sideline reporter for Comcast Sports Southeast. She joined Fox Sports Net Florida and was part of Miccosukee Sports Rap as a sports reporter. Williams would later work as an ACC college football sideline reporter for them before joining ESPNU as a college football sideline reporter.

Read more at South Florida Sport where this story was originally published.

rod BabersRod Babers, the former University of Texas and Lamar High School player, says he has resigned as sideline reporter for Texas Longhorns football broadcasts, citing a “simple conflict of interest” between his duties on the university-licensed radio broadcasts and his job as an Austin radio talk show host.

Babers made his announcement via his Twitter account Tuesday, two days before the Longhorns play a rare Thursday night game against Iowa State. The text of his tweet read, “I’ve officially resigned my job as sideline reporter 4 UT radio broadcasts. I wanna thank IMG & UT for the opportunity. #hookem #Longhorns”

In response to one query about the reason for his departure, Babers replied, “simple conflict of interest. It is what it is”.
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Frick Award finalists announced

October 3, 2013
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baseball-hall-of-fame-frick-awardKen Harrelson and Mike Shannon are among the 10 finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s broadcasting award.

Harrelson has broadcast for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox, spending 27 years in Chicago. Shannon has called St. Louis Cardinals games for 42 years following a nine-year playing career with the Redbirds.

Other finalists for the Ford C. Frick Award are: Joe Castiglione, Jacques Doucet, Bill King, Duane Kuiper, Eric Nadel, Eduardo Ortega, Dewayne Staats and Pete van Wieren. Doucet, King and Kuiper were the top three picks in online voting by fans.

Final voting for the award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting, will be conducted by a 20-member panel. The winner will be announced on Dec. 11 at the baseball winter meetings.

Read more at where this story was originally published.

csn-houstonAstros owner Jim Crane said today that the Astros will fight efforts by creditors to drive Comcast SportsNet Houston into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and the team’s chief legal counsel said elements of Comcast/NBC Universal have acted improperly by throwing partnership disputes into federal bankruptcy court.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur on Monday afternoon set Oct. 28 to hear arguments by the Astros that the case should be dismissed and arguments by Comcast/NBC Universal affiliates that an interim trustee should be appointed to oversee the network, which is owned by the Astros, Rockets, and Comcast/NBC Universal.

The delay will give attorneys times to gather evidence and depositions, but it also means the next court date will come just two days before the Rockets’ regular-season opener Oct. 28 against Charlotte.
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