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chicago bullsThere were all those bus rides Neil took with Dr. J. Then there was the time Neil was enjoying that championship trophy and champagne with Moses Malone, and no, it wasn’t actually Neil who told him it would be done in “Fo, fo, fo.” Of course, Neil wasn’t that surprised when he was with Michael Jordan after it took the Bulls just a few more than that to get by the Suns, the Trail Blazers, the SuperSonics and the Jazz in the NBA Finals.

“It’s been an amazing ride,” says Neil Funk, the Bulls longtime TV and radio broadcaster. “Here I am just another kid from Indiana who’s this big basketball fan. Really no idea what I ever was going to do, and I’m traveling with Dr. J., Michael Jordan, seeing the greatest basketball players ever, the greatest teams, the Bulls as they strung together that incredible run. Just incredible.”
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VUE downloadsTim McCarver is 72, an age when most people are in retirement. But McCarver isn’t most people, as his record-setting run as a TV network baseball analyst attests.

Now he is eager to begin a new job, in the Cardinals’ television booth, and figures to bring some much-needed candor to Fox Sports Midwest when he begins next week.

He’s set to join play-by-play broadcaster Dan McLaughlin for FSM’s telecasts of the Redbirds’ games at home against Milwaukee on Monday and Tuesday nights, as well as their contest next Friday afternoon in Chicago.

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

It was 1962, Ron Jacober was just out of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and was in St. Louis working in public relations for the Auto Club of Missouri. It was a good job, one he hoped to use as a springboard to becoming a newspaper reporter.

He had climbed the ladder, to the position of assistant to the president in charge of public relations and in 1969 was working on a public service campaign with WIBV, a Belleville radio station. Suddenly, one of its managers posed what probably is the most important question he ever will be asked — had he ever worked in radio while in college?

“Well, I told him I had taken a one-hour course,’’ said Jacober, a journalism major who had concentrated on the written, not spoken, word. “He asked if I’d like a part-time job.’’

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

Susie Wargin leaving 9News

April 24, 2014
Courtesy of the Denver Post

Susie-WarginSusie Wargin, 9News weekday morning sports anchor since 2004, will leave the station when her contract expires in August. She’s getting out of the TV business to devote herself to real estate fulltime but will continue to freelance for 9News on occasion.

“I’ve had my real estate license since June,” Wargin said. “My mom’s been in the business for 38 years (with RE/MAX). It’s a good family decision for me now. Mom wants to hand down the business–(in the unspecified distant future)– and I’d be an idiot to refuse.”

Read more at the Denver Post where this story was originally published.

Mitch Roberts is joining KHBS/KHOG/Fayetteville-Fort Smith as sports director. Roberts is no stranger to viewers in northwest Arkansas as he most recently was news anchor/reporter for KFSM/Channel 5.

“Mitch brings a terrific combination of experience and Arkansas-Oklahoma sports knowledge to our newsroom,” said 40/29 News Director, Greg Shepperd. “I know Mitch will provide excellent leadership when it comes to covering the Razorbacks and our diverse sports market.”

Roberts’ first day at 40/29 will be May 5th.

Read more at Arkansas TV News where this story was originally published.

Cleveland-Browns-LogoBernie Kosar is out as the color analyst of Browns preseason games. He is being replaced by Solomon Wilcots.

The Browns announced their preseason dates and kickoffs on April 23 and simultaneously announced Wilcots will be play-by-play man Jim Donovan’s new partner in the broadcast booth for WKYC-TV 3.

The decision to replace Kosar comes as no surprise. Kosar embarrassed the Browns last summer with disparaging remarks regarding Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.
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Joe Buck gets hitched

April 24, 2014
Courtesy of People Magazine

BuckIt’s a match made in sports heaven.

Joe Buck – the play-by-play announcer for football, baseball and golf – married NFL host and reporter Michelle Beisner in a beachside wedding April 12, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

The couple, who got engaged in August, tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in front of sports and Hollywood stars (like actor Paul Rudd, a friend of Buck’s since they were teenagers) alike.

The Dallas Cowboys were well represented among guests, including current quarterback (and new dad) Tony Romo, former player Troy Aikman and owner Jerry Jones. Tim McCarver, Buck’s baseball announcing partner who recently retired, also attended.

Buck, 44, has two children from his previous marriage. Beisner, 37, was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos before turning to journalism.

Read more at People Magazine where this story was originally published.

collmus-larryFrom his perch with a panoramic view of the world’s most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.

Larry Collmus will try to tune out “My Old Kentucky Home” while the crowd of 160,000-plus sings along and the thoroughbreds take to the Churchill Downs track. The veteran announcer says it gives him chills, and he wants to avoid being overtaken by emotion.

“I don’t want that feeling that I used to get, because it’s a distraction,” he said. “The last thing I need is that leading up to the race.
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MLB-NetworkMLB Network today announced that veteran MLB pitcher Ryan Dempster has joined its roster of on-air talent as an analyst. A frequent guest on MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk with Chris Rose and Kevin Millar, Dempster will appear across MLB Network’s studio programming and make his debut tomorrow, April 23 live from Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary celebration during High Heat with Christopher Russo at 1:00 p.m. ET and Intentional Talk at 5:00 p.m. ET.

MLB Network’s coverage of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Wednesday will also include the national telecast of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chicago Cubs game at 2:00 p.m. ET (game subject to local blackouts).

A two-time National League All-Star, Dempster won 132 games and saved 87 games during 16 seasons as a starter and a reliever. He pitched 200 innings or more in seven seasons, including two seasons with over 200 strikeouts. Dempster began his career with the Florida Marlins (1998-2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2002-2003), and after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2003, Dempster spent nine seasons with the Chicago Cubs (2004-2012) before joining the Texas Rangers (2012). After starting 29 games in 2013 for the Boston Red Sox, Dempster closed out Game One of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, on the way to the Red Sox’s third championship in ten years. In 2000, Dempster received the James “Tip” O’Neill Award from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and he was the Chicago Cubs’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for community service in 2006 and 2008.

Read more at Major League Baseball where this story was originally published.

A Monmouth University alumnus and sportscaster has again captured the title of the New Jersey Sportscaster of the Year.

Matthew Harmon, the play-by-play announcer for Hawk’s football and color analyst for Hawk’s basketball, was honored for the fourth time by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).

“It’s something that is voted on by your peers in your own state so that you are getting the recognition from people in your own area,” he said on April 16. “I think that’s the nicest part about it.”
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