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New career finds Siddall

March 27, 2014
Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

When life delivers the nastiest curveball you can imagine, how do you respond?

Consider the story of Joe Siddall, who you’ll hear breaking down the action during Toronto Blue Jays games on 1310 News this summer, serving as colour analyst beside longtime radio play-by-play announcer Jerry Howarth.

If you jog your memory a bit, you’ll remember Siddall as the perfect poster child for the Ottawa Lynx during the boom times of Triple-A baseball here. Siddall, a catcher from Windsor, Ont., smacked a home run in the franchise’s first game against the Charlotte Knights, and regularly called the pitches in front of crowds of 10,000 at Ottawa Stadium. He later became one of the very few Canadians to play for the Montreal Expos, and teamed up with Larry Walker and Denis Boucher to give the Expos a trio of native sons in the starting lineup for the first time in major league history.
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Changes at ESPN Upstate

March 26, 2014
Courtesy of Radio Ink

Entercom announced new additions to the weekday lineup of Magic 98.9 and ESPN Upstate. Murphy, Sam, and Jodi will now anchor mornings on Magic, replacing Greg McKinney. McKinney, who’s been anchoring the College Football Today pregame show on 93.3 The Planet, and doing double duty hosting the live local In The Huddle with Greg McKinney on ESPN Upstate from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., will now devote all his time to ESPN. Murphy, Sam and Jodi have been together since 1997 and are now heard in 20 markets.

Market Manager Steve Sinicropi said, “This week we made two moves that strengthen Magic 98.9, ESPN Upstate, and our entire cluster. We’re excited to have Murphy, Sam and Jodi join Magic 98.9. This talented trio is a perfect fit for mornings on Magic 98.9. They’re fun, modern, and their show is one the whole family can listen to. We are confident it will be a difference maker for Magic.”

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

The latest addition to the growing Liberty Flames Sports Network (LFSN) hits the airwaves this week with the debut of “Game On,” a new 30-minute daily sports show.

The show launches today, Monday, Feb. 3, and airs weekdays (Monday-Friday) on various LFSN affiliates around the country.

The 30-minute show will feature coverage of the top national and regional daily sports stories, including college and professional sports, in addition to coverage of Liberty’s athletics teams. “Game On” will endeavor to look beyond results, statistics, and scores, giving viewers fresh commentary on sports and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the world of athletics.

“Game On,” as well as all other Liberty Flames Sports Network productions, is produced by an award-winning production team with decades of experience in live sports and major studio productions.

Read more at Liberty University where this story was originally published.

Billick out as Fox analyst

March 25, 2014
Courtesy of CSN Baltimore

Ravens coach Brian Billick, who became an NFL analyst with FOX after being fired by the Ravens, has been given a pink slip by the network.

FOX has decided not to renew Billick’s contract after six years calling games for the network. The news was first reported by The Big Lead.

“We appreciate Brian’s contributions over the years to the NFL on FOX and wish him the best,” FOX spokesman Dan Bell said.
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Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin has been added to the “Sunday Night Baseball” crew by ESPN.

Larkin, who has been a studio analyst for the network, replaces Curt Schilling, who has taken a leave to undergo treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer.

The new crew of Larkin, play-by-play man Dan Shulman and analyst John Kruk will debut at 8 p.m. Sunday for the telecast of the Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres.

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

Ex-Tide QB joins SEC Network

March 25, 2014
Courtesy of

sec networkAfter three years in the NFL, Greg McElroy faced a decision.

He’d spent three years as a reserve with the Jets and Bengals and another opportunity came up. So, on Friday, McElroy announced his retirement from the NFL.

By Monday, he’ll be announced as the newest addition to the SEC Network’s stable of analysts. The exact details are still being ironed out, but the former Alabama quarterback is signing a long-term deal with the network launching Aug. 14, 2014.
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Former ESPN anchor Michael Kim and local sports TV analyst Tim Doyle will be among the faces of 120 Sports, the new multileague-owned digital network that will be housed at Harpo Studios on the Near West Side.

120 Sports, a joint project of Chicago White Sox incubator Silver Chalice Ventures, New York-based Time Inc. and MLB, NBA, NHL and Nascar, today unveiled a team of 10 on-camera anchors, reporters and commentators. They will lead the 24-hour online network, which will offer daily live-streaming and on-demand programming.
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Nick Hamilton already knew he was going to be an extra player for the Indians on Monday against the Reds. The Minor League outfielder had no idea what awaited him when he arrived at Goodyear Ballpark.

Roughly 15 minutes before the game’s first pitch, Indians manager Terry Francona told Hamilton that he would serve as the starting designated hitter.

“I don’t mind surprises,” Hamilton said with a smile after the 8-3 Cactus League victory.
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Catalon-AndrewI conducted an email interview with CBS Sports broadcaster Andrew Catalon on Saturday following his first NCAA tournament assignment for CBS and Turner Sports. Here’s the Q&A. I’m emailing you this 24 hours after you used on-air what many would consider a derogatory term against Polish people while describing the defense Oklahoma State was using against Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski. How do you explain what happened?

Catalon: First and foremost, I’m deeply sorry. The honest truth is that I had no idea it’s considered a derogatory term. I’m ashamed and embarrassed to admit that, but in no way was I aware that I was making an insensitive or off-color remark. That’s not who I am.
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Jay-BilasBefore noon on Wednesday, February 12, Governor Pat McCrory pleaded with North Carolinians to stay off the roads during the crippling blizzard bearing down on the state: “Don’t put your stupid-hat on,” he said. Yet a little after 5 p.m., there we were, being chauffeured down a snow-covered highway toward the University of North Carolina’s “Dean Dome,” stupid-hats snugly in place. UNC had canceled classes hours ago, as had nearby Duke, but the night’s big matchup between their archrival men’s basketball teams was still on. Our SUV, operated by a local guy with a thick Piedmont accent, inched along at 15 miles per hour, at one point passing an abandoned postal-service truck. Ice fell from the sky. Jay Bilas, ESPN’s preeminent college basketball analyst, rode shotgun.

The game was finally postponed—only after Duke claimed its bus was unable to make it through the storm. Bilas now had the night off. He also had fresh fodder for his alternate role as the NCAA’s most dangerous critic. The NCAA bars member-schools from compensating athletes beyond scholarships, because they are “students first.” But those same players are required (at the risk of losing said scholarships) to participate in games even when school is closed for safety reasons. For all the talk of “student athletes,” NCAA players are actually cogs in a massive and lucrative industry, one that halts production only when it has no other choice
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