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Steve Lyons joins NESN

April 4, 2014
Courtesy of Boston.com

Former Red Sox infielder Steve Lyons is joining NESN as a Red Sox studio analyst, the network announced Thursday. Lyons’ first appearance will be during NESN’s two-and-a-half hour pregame show prior to Fenway Park’s Opening Day on Friday.

“We are thrilled to have Steve join our team of veteran studio analysts,” NESN’s vice president of programming and production Joseph Maar said. “He brings incredible passion, experience, candor and depth of knowledge about Major League Baseball along with a familiarity with Boston as both a player and a broadcaster.”
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It isn’t spring without rumors that this will be Tony Kornheiser’s last season on WTEM, ESPN 980. And this spring is no different. However, one sources gives this year’s rumbling a 60% possibility that it will actually happen. But Chuck Sapienza, who programs the Dan Snyder-owner sports talker, reassures Kornheiser’s fans that he’ll be back come fall after his usual summer breaks. “Tony will be off at certain points during the summer, like normal, but the plan is for him to return during the first few days of September,” he tells DCRTV

Read more at DCRTV where this story was originally published.

I think you’d agree that Wednesday was a decently busy sports day in Washington. The Caps were reeling from their worst loss of the season. The Nats — with an oddball lineup — improved to 2-0. The Redskins signed Ryan Clark, and also this other guy named Jackson or something. The Wizards clinched their first playoff spot since 2008. Lots going on.

(Sit down for a minute.)

And the D.C. Sports Bog’s most-read item — by a million miles — was the thing about Chris Russell having promised to quit his job at ESPN 980 if DeSean Jackson signed in D.C. In fact, that was one of the five most-read sports items on the entire Washington Post site. This is the complete truth. Just goes to show you, no one ever lost his job by overestimating the demand for sports-talk radio transcripts.

(That I know of.)
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rockcats_logoThe New Britain Rock Cats Baseball Club, the Double-A Eastern League Affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, has announced that for the third consecutive season Fox Sports Radio 1410 will serve as its flagship radio station. The Hartford radio outlet, which carried the New York Yankees for several seasons, will broadcast all 71 home games live both afternoon and evening broadcasts. All 142 games will be streamed on-line on www.foxsportsradio1410.com and aired in high definition on ESPN 97.9 HD-2. In addition, road games will be aired on WMRD AM 1150 (Middletown) and WLIS AM 1420 (Old Saybrook).

Radio voice Jeff Dooley returns for his 17th season calling Rock Cats Baseball. Dooley is the longest tenured broadcaster in the Eastern League. His play-by-play highlights and interviews are often heard on the Minnesota Twins Radio Network and were featured nationally on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show. Dooley will also provide daily reports on the Rock Cats each morning on Fox Sports Radio 1410 and WMRD/WLIS. Fans will get to listen to the Rock Cats starting tonight, Opening Day 2014 at 6:35 PM vs Richmond.

The radio partnership with Clear Channel Communications will also give the Rock Cats a promotional platform on the entire family of stations including ESPN Radio 97.9 FM WUCS. The ESPN and Fox Sports format will brand the Rock Cats with national shows such as Mike & Mike In the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Scott Van Pelt & Ryen Russill, The Dan Patrick Show, Jay Mohr and local shows with Paul Nanos (mornings) AM 1410 and interview segments on ESPN FM 97.9.

Read more at Our Sports Central where this story was originally published.

Sunrise Broadcasting, LLC the owner of WMFD 630AM Radio, announced today that effective immediately the station will also be heard on 95.9FM.

The AM station, Wilmington’s first radio station in 1935, has been an ESPN Radio network affiliate for more than 14 years. “Expanding to FM will introduce the station to hundreds of thousands of new potential listeners” according to Sunrise Broadcasting Market Manager Brian Schimmel.

“Ninety-Two percent of the market listens to FM radio weekly” Schimmel said, “while roughly one third of radio listeners visit the AM band”.

The 95.9 frequency is owned by Sea-Comm Media of Boca Raton, Florida. WMFD-AM is now heard on 95.9FM through a re-transmission consent agreement between Sunrise Broadcasting and Sea-Comm Media. WMFD 630AM and now 95.9FM is home to the nationally syndicated ESPN radio shows which include Mike and Mike 6-10am, Colin Cowherd 10am-12noon, Dan Lebatard 4-7pm, plus the David Glenn show syndicated in North Carolina from Raleigh and heard 12noon-3p.m., and the locally popular Port City Sports show weekdays from 3-4pm hosted by Ben Darnell, the stations program director. Sunrise Broadcasting also owns and operates WAZO-FM, WKXB-FM, WILT-FM and WRMR-FM in Wilmington and Southeast North Carolina.

Read more at WWAY TV where this story was originally published.

Charles-BarkleyTurner Sports NCAA host Ernie Johnson Jr. concedes that when he first started on the “Inside the NBA” show with Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, it could get scary.

“Back in the early days there was a little more trepidation, just because you didn’t know exactly where Charles was going to go sometimes,” Johnson said this week during a telephone interview. “Back then he was just trying out the line. I can go this far, but I can’t go that far. Now the line is pretty much ingrained. So he can kind of stop himself.

“Almost every time he goes off the beaten path, it’s usually pretty darn funny,” Johnson said. “So it’s not trepidation so much as anticipation of where this is going.”
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PadresThe Padres do a lot of things right.

Sunday’s tribute to Jerry Coleman was off-the-charts good.

The team’s search for a new public address announcer, however, isn’t the organization’s shining moment.

It has turned into a circus, an embarrassment to the good men – John DeMott, Bruce Binkowski, Bob Chandler, Frank Anthony – who held the job in the teams first 40-plus years.

Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune where this story was originally published.

If you think there has been a deluge of baseball on television in the past, get ready for even more this year.

Enter Fox Sports 1, a cable/satellite spinoff of over-the-air Fox Sports, to the ever-expanding business of televising athletic events.

A new approach by Fox has 7½-month-old FS1 taking over the bulk of the company’s national TV coverage in the regular season.

That will lead to fewer games on over-the-air television, a true sign of the times, and no Saturday afternoon contests appearing on the main network until Sept. 6.

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

Legendary TV sports director Sandy Grossman has died after a long bout with cancer. He was 78.

The eight-time Emmy winner directed 21 seasons of NFL coverage fronted by analyst John Madden and play-by-play man Pat Summerall for CBS and Fox. He came to Fox from CBS with Madden and Summerall for the 1994 season, when Fox first got NFC rights — a major boon for the network.

Grossman directed a record 10 Super Bowls — seven for CBS and three for Fox — five Stanley Cup Finals for Fox and 18 NBA Finals for CBS during his career.
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bruce FeldmanBruce Feldman, whose controversial exit from ESPN three years ago made major waves in the sports media world, is on the move again. Feldman, who left ESPN to write about college football for CBSSports.com in the summer of 2011, is now leaving CBS for Fox Sports, multiple sources tell The Big Lead.

Feldman’s new deal at Fox Sports will have him writing for the website and appearing on Fox Sports 1. He’ll be a fixture on FS1’s Saturday morning College Football show and also appear on FS1’s nightly shows, “America’s Pregame” and “Fox Sports Live.”

Feldman didn’t return a text message seeking comment.

It’s unclear what CBS Sports will do to replace Feldman, but it’s the third major loss in the college ranks for the website in the last two years. Brett McMurphy and Jeff Goodman were poached by ESPN, and the latter still hasn’t been replaced. CBSSports.com had layoffs in 2013.

After a lengthy career at ESPN, Feldman was abruptly suspended in 2011 for co-authoring a book with former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. ESPN had given Feldman permission to write the book, but later changed its mind.

Leach was fired in 2009 for alleged mistreatment of a player – Adam James – who had a concussion. James claimed he was placed in a dark shed while the team practiced. James is the son of a former ESPN announcer, Craig James. Mud-slinging from Craig James followed, ugly stories about the announcer’s behavior leaked out and Leach and ESPN went at it. He ended up suing the network (a judge dismissed the lawsuit in 2013). As excerpts of Feldman’s book began emerging in 2011, ESPN decided to disassociate themselves from him due to the pending litigation.

The ESPN Ombudsman wrote about the network’s poor handling of the situation.

Read more at USA Today where this story was originally published.

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