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ostrowski-joeJoe Ostrowski is a Host/Executive Producer and Update Anchor at 670 The Score. Chicago’s original and still highest rated sports talk radio station. You can hear Ostrowski nights after White Sox baseball when he hosts the “Joe O. Show” often till midnight or 1 a.m. And then of course, it becomes “Grobber Time” after that. Ostrowski is definitely a guy you should talk Fantasy Football, over/unders and spreads with.

He’s also a fantastic follow on Twitter (@Joe0670) as he enjoys Jay Cutler in ’80s outfits pictures as much as I do. We’re fellow countrymen too. (Banks is an Anglicized name, I’m 1/2 Half-Polish…I know you DOOOOON’T CAAAAARE)

Let’s talk shop shall we?
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Nicholls_state-colonelsNicholls State University Athletics and KNSU-FM jointly announce an expansion of their partnership for the coming athletics year.

KNSU 91.5 FM, Nicholls’ student-run radio station, joined the Colonel Sports Radio Network, presented by your local Super Chevy Dealers, last year as the home for Colonel women’s basketball.

While returning in that role in 2013-14, KNSU is set to add greatly to its sports programming. The station will air a new hour-long football pre-game show, Colonel Pre-Game Pass, on the day of all Nicholls home football games. KNSU will also broadcast approximately 15 select Colonel baseball games during the 2014 season. Additionally, the station plans a twice-weekly program, The Colonel Report, to discuss Nicholls Athletics with the hour-long program airing Mondays and Fridays at 7 p.m.
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texas-southernThe Texas Southern Department of Athletics has announced that all TSU Tigers home football games will once again be broadcast live on KHOU’s Bounce Digital TV Network which can be accessed on digital channel 11.2 in the Houston area and will be broadcast tape delayed on channel 310 on Comcast.

Comcast SportsNet tape delayed broadcasts of Tigers football will be shown on Tuesday’s at noon following TSU home games. CSN subscribers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas will be able to tune into the CSN broadcast of TSU football. Games can be accessed on Comcast channel 39 and in high definition on Comcast channel 639.

This season will mark the third consecutive year KHOU’s Bounce Digital TV Network will deliver TSU Tiger home football games into homes of the Greater Houston area. Nick Strong serves as the play-by-play announcer for the broadcast while former Tigers defensive standout Dejuan Fulgham will provide color commentary.

Comcast Sports Group consists of local sports networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events, breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes annually.

TSU’s first home game at BBVA Compass Stadium will take place on Saturday, August 31st at 7:00 pm when the Tigers take the field against Prairie View A&M University in the 29th Annual Labor Day Classic. KHOU’s broadcast of match-up will start at 7:05 pm CST.

Read more at Texas Southern where this story was originally published.

Benton-MikeThe Stockton Thunder, a two-time recipient of the ECHL “Award of Excellence,” announced today that play-by-play announcer Mike Benton has accepted an offer to become the new television and radio play-by-play announcer and director of media relations for the Alaska Aces of the ECHL.

“It was truly a pleasure working with Mike,” said Thunder owner and chairman Brad Rowbotham. “His dream has always been to continue development of his skill set which includes numerous broadcast roles. I wish him well with this new opportunity.”

“While I’m sad to see Mike leave the Thunder organization, I am also excited about what this opportunity represents,” said Thunder president Brian Sandy. “The ECHL is a developmental league, both on and off the ice, and Mike is taking the next step in his career. In Anchorage, he’ll have the opportunity to expand his skill set to a comprehensive television role. We are proud of Mike for his accomplishments and wish him nothing but the best.”

Benton, 32, who had served the organization since its inception, called 648 regular season and playoff games for the Thunder, spanning its first ECHL game at Fresno in 2005 to its first run to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2013.

He was selected by the ECHL to call the league’s All-Star Game radio broadcasts in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and earned the ECHL Media Relations Award of Excellence in 2009 as determined in voting by members of the media, league media relations directors and broadcasters.

“I want to thank Brad Rowbotham, Brian Sandy, Dan Chapman, Michael Reinsdorf, and the entire Thunder community for eight terrific seasons,” said Benton. “Extremely mixed emotions are at the forefront of this new opportunistic season of life because this area and each game night at Stockton Arena will always have a special place in my heart. It was a pleasure to help start a wonderful experience called ‘Thunder hockey’ back in 2005. Calling team milestones, meeting my wife, getting married, and making so many valued friends are a few of many reasons why my experience here will always be looked back on with a fond memory.”

Beyond the broadcast booth and his media relations duties, Benton served in numerous capacities including online video content, corporate sales, website management, social media and ticket sales during his time with the Thunder, who as an organization earned the ECHL “Award of Excellence” in 2007 and 2009.

His work also included color commentary and rinkside reporting roles at the Vancouver Canucks YoungStars Tournaments in 2010 and 2011 and contributing roles with the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks websites.

Benton was additionally active in the Central Valley sports broadcasting community as the primary radio play-by-play announcer for the Stockton Lightning of the arenafootball2 league and an anchor/host on AM 970 ESPN Radio from 2006-09. He previously provided play-by-play call in minor league baseball for the Dayton Dragons and High Desert Mavericks and in women’s college basketball for the University of California-Riverside from 2004-05.

The Thunder will begin a search for Benton’s replacement immediately. Further broadcast details are expected to be announced in September.

The proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders of the NHL, the Thunder led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the eighth consecutive season in 2012-13.

Read more at Stockton Thunder where this story was originally published.

Mayne StreetKenny Mayne, who has worked the past two decades in various ESPN capacities, will return to the desk where he made his mark at the network.

Mayne, who turns 54 on Sept. 1, was named today as a Los Angeles anchor for ESPN’s SportsCenter.

Mayne joined the company in 1994 as an ESPN2 “SportSmash” anchor, but he did some of his best work as a “SportsCenter” anchor, working for two years with Dan Patrick after Keith Olbermann left ”The Late Show.”

He will work as a replacement when one of the regular L.A. “SportsCenter” anchors, Stan Verrett and Neil Everett, is off, the network said today during its Media Day on the Bristol campus.

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

ESPNDuring its Media Day at its campus headquarters, ESPN today announced that recently retired NFL veterans Jerome Bettis and Mark Brunell have been hired as NFL analysts.

Bettis, who previously worked as an analyst for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” studio show, was a six-time Pro Bowl running back, playing with the Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brunell was a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, playing with the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets in an 18-year career.

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

NFL-on-CBSThe CBS Television Network begins its 54th year of broadcasting the NFL on Sunday, Sept. 8 (12:00 Noon-4:00 PM, ET) as Jim Nantz and Phil Simms lead THE NFL ON CBS into the Network’s 2013 NFL season. CBS Sports’ complete roster of announce teams for its 54th year of NFL coverage was announced today by Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS.

James Brown anchors the CBS Television Network’s pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Jason La Canfora begins his second year as the “NFL Insider,” while Lesley Visser serves as a contributor for the show. This season marks the 46th year of THE NFL TODAY on the CBS Television Network.

THE NFL ON CBS announce team is solidified as the deepest in sports television as Greg Gumbel once again calls games alongside Dan Dierdorf; Ian Eagle teams with Dan Fouts; Marv Albert pairs with Rich Gannon to call games; Kevin Harlan once again teams with Solomon Wilcots; Bill Macatee with Steve Tasker; and Spero Dedes pairs with Steve Beuerlein.

Following are the Network’s NFL announcer pairings for the 2013 season (play-by-play/analyst):

Jim Nantz//Phil Simms
Greg Gumbel//Dan Dierdorf
Ian Eagle//Dan Fouts
Marv Albert//Rich Gannon
Kevin Harlan//Solomon Wilcots
Bill Macatee//Steve Tasker
Spero Dedes//Steve Beuerlein

Lance Barrow is the coordinating producer and lead game producer for THE NFL ON CBS, and Michael Arnold is the lead game director. Drew Kaliski is producer for THE NFL TODAY, while Bob Matina directs. David Berson is President, CBS Sports. Harold Bryant is Executive Producer & Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.

McManus also serves as Executive Producer for THE NFL ON CBS.

Entercom Boston announced today that it has hired Kevin Graham to lead WEEI as their new Brand Manager. Graham comes to WEEI from 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City, where he served as Program Director and afternoon drive co-host. Graham will begin work at WEEI in early September.

One of the original architects of 1320 KFAN, Kevin Graham went on to a successful programming career assembling and building sports stations in Columbus, Pittsburgh, ESPN Radio New York City, Detroit and Salt Lake City. He returned to KFAN again in 2012 to re-launch the station serving as Program Director and host of the Gunther and Graham afternoon show. Graham also has extensive experience in the digital sports arena assisting in building ArizonaSports.com in Phoenix and as the Founder/Editor of SportsMashup.com.

“WEEI is more than a radio station; it is an entire sports ecosystem. From our on-air talent to Red Sox play-by-play to WEEI.com, where we had 1.4 million unique visitors just last month, WEEI is a more complete sports brand than ever before,” said Entercom General Manager Jeff Brown. “We are thrilled to announce today that Kevin Graham will lead WEEI as our new Brand Manager. His background both in front of and behind the mic, along with his years of digital sports experience made him the best choice to lead WEEI. Kevin will bring a fresh perspective to the entire WEEI team and our complete package of digital sports assets.”

“I am honored and excited to join the WEEI team. WEEI is one of the most recognizable and powerful sports radio brands in the country,” said WEEI Brand Manager Kevin Graham. “With great resources, amazing talent, and one of the best digital brands in sports, the sky is the limit. I can’t wait to get started, especially with the Red Sox in the midst of such a great season.”

St. Louis Cardinals voice Mike Shannon is recovering from heart surgery. The 74-year-old Shannon had surgery to replace his aortic valve. The surgery, which had been planned for some time, took place on Monday. The Cardinals said it was successful and that Shannon is expected to make a full recovery and be back in the broadcast booth before the regular season ends.

An expert in aortic valve replacement surgeries, St. Louis University Hospital Cardiologist, Dr. Richard Lee, says the surgery is common. About 50,000 patients undergo the operation each year in the U.S. Dr. Lee, who did not treat Mike Shannon, says many patients receive a cow valve as a replacement. 95 percent of patients make it through the surgeries with no problems.

“I operated on a 90 year old just recently with the same surgery and she did unbelievably well. But, I’d say I would actually expect him to be better than he was before the operation. He’s probably had some symptoms that were bothering him; that impaired his quality of life. Now that will be all gone.”

Mike Shannon released a statement saying: “I would like to thank everyone for their prayers, heartfelt well-wishes and kind words. It means a lot to me. I’m looking forward to getting back in the booth and back to the game I love.”

Shannon says he hopes to be back in the broadcast booth September 23rd. The Cardinals say they will rotate broadcasters to work with Cardinals announcer John Rooney as Shannon recovers.

Read more at Fox2 Now where this story was originally published.

Stanford University alum and veteran broadcaster Scott Reiss has been named the new voice of Cardinal football and men’s basketball as announced today by Learfield Sports’ Cardinal Sports LLC, Stanford Athletics’ multimedia rights holder.

This appointment marks a return to Stanford for Reiss, who was the play-by-play broadcaster for Cardinal football, men’s basketball and baseball games on KZSU-FM from 1992-94 while finishing his undergraduate and graduate degrees. For more than two decades, Reiss has been a well-known collegiate sports broadcaster both statewide and nationally.

Reiss has served the last five years as anchor/reporter at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, hosting Giants, A’s and Sharks pregame and postgame shows, as well as covering Stanford sports on a regular basis and handling play-by-play duties for Pac-12 and West Coast Conference games. He has also hosted sports talk radio at 95.7-FM “The Game,” including “Bay Area Gameday,” a weekly college football and basketball show.

Reiss’ experience nationally includes an eight-year stint with ESPN, where he anchored several shows including SportsCenter, College Football Live and College Gamenight and handled play-by-play for ESPN Radio college football and ESPN-TV college basketball. He also hosted College Gameday on ESPN Radio.

“We are delighted to welcome Scott Reiss as the voice of Stanford football and men’s basketball,” said Bernard Muir, Stanford’s Jacquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics. “Scott’s familiarity with and knowledge of Stanford adds another dimension to his overall ability as a terrific broadcaster. Scott will capture the attention of our fan base as he has done these past five years at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.”

“I am thrilled and humbled to be returning to Stanford in a broadcast capacity,” said Reiss. “It’s been a dream since my undergraduate days to call Cardinal football and basketball games professionally, and I am so proud to once again be associated with the finest athletic program in the nation.”

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