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After 44 years, “T.C.” is signing off.

Thom Cornelis, longtime sports director at KWQC-TV, announced that he will retire Sept. 16, capping a career that has seen him become a fixture on the Quad-Cities sports scene.

“The night train is pulling out,” he said “I just felt I’ve done all the damage I can do basically. It was just time. It’s been a good ride.”

Read more at the Quad City Times where this story was originally published.

Sean Houston is, by trade, a Minor League Baseball broadcaster. This week, he’ll be moonlighting as a stand-up.

Houston, currently in his third season as the Charleston RiverDogs play-by-play man, will be vacating the booth on Thursday in order to broadcast that evening’s game while walking on a treadmill situated behind home plate. From the moment the he hits the airwaves at 7 p.m. all the way until the conclusion of the postgame show, he’ll perform his job duties while getting some much-needed exercise.
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Nickson-NickWhen the Los Angeles Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, radio play-by-play man Nick Nickson Jr. quipped that he had been thinking about his signature call “for 31 years.”

He only had to wait two years to add another.

“Royalty reigns again in the NHL” has now joined “After 45 years, the Kings can wear their crown” in Los Angeles sports lore.
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Longtime Capital Region radio executive and host John Cooper have been selected for induction into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame along Mike Francesa, the late Marty Glickman and three others.

Cooper, a 1973 graduate of Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, is regional programming manager for Clearchannel stations in Albany, Poughkeepsie and Sussex, N.J. He began in 1984 working weekends at WQBK-FM, eventually moving up as music and program director. In 1987 he moved to WPYX. He still can be heard weekdays on WPYX and weekends on sister Clearchannel station WTRY.

Francesa is in his third decade as host of the afternoon show on WFAN (660 AM) in New York. Glickman, who died in 2001 at age 83, was a Bronx-born Syracuse graduate. He was an All-America football player and broadcast professional baseball, football and basketball games.

Also inducted were Nancy Duffy, a TV reporter from Syracuse; Chris Musial, a TV station executive from Buffalo, and Marvin Scott, an Emmy award-winning anchor in New York City.

Previous inductees into the Hall, which was created in 2005, include Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters and Mike Wallace.

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

There are very few absolutes in sports broadcasting but one of them is the changing cast of ESPN’s NBA Countdown program. The roll call of hosts over the last decade includes Mike Tirico, Dan Patrick, John Saunders, Stuart Scott, Hannah Storm, Michael Wilbon, Sage Steele and Doris Burke. Michelle Beadle also took a spin this year as a fill-in. The roster of analysts is even longer.

Trying to find the right talent mix for a high-profile sports studio show is understandable for a network heavily invested in the NBA, and some of the changes to Countdown have improved the show over the years. But the lack of on-air continuity makes a sharp contrast to its more popular pre-and post-game counterpart: TNT’s Inside The NBA. (Even a young Bill Simmons celebrated TNT’s chemistry when he spent the day with the crew in 2002 as a Page 2 writer for ESPN.com).
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Sports radio 610 WFNZ The Fan announces Chris Kroeger will host “Prime Time with Chris Kroeger” afternoons (weekdays 3:00pm to 7:00pm) that can be heard on Sports Radio 610AM WFNZ the Fan, online at http://www.wfnz.com and through the radio.com app on a variety of mobile devices.

“Like the Charlotte Hornets we too are bringing our legendary brand “Prime Time” back”, said Operations Manager/Program Director DJ Stout. “We’re excited for Chris to take on this opportunity. He is a top notch talent and we look forward to him bringing his fresh approach to “Prime Time.”

Kroeger brings a unique local perspective to WFNZ. Growing up and graduating in the Charlotte area, he studied broadcasting at Appalachian State where he covered the Mountaineers’ National Championship three-peat, the upset over Michigan and appeared weekly on WFNZ to talk App football. Kroeger has spent the last three years anchoring coverage of the Pac-12, SEC, ACC, AAC & Big East for IMG College, the nation’s premier collegiate media and marketing firm. A proud first-generation fan of the Hornets, Panthers and Hurricanes, Kroeger replaces Marc James who joined CBS Radio Atlanta sports station WZGC (Sports Radio 92.9 the Game) earlier this month as afternoon “Game Time” co-host.

Kroeger will rotate two different cohosts each day on “Prime Time with Chris Kroeger” including local and national writers, former athletes and team owners alongside the show’s other members The Q.C.B., Hitman, and Jayweezie.

Also new to the lineup today is “The Call Up with Colin and Nate” (weekdays 10:00am to 12n) featuring on air/producer for the WFNZ Mac Attack Morning Show Colin Hoggard and Nate Conley Executive Producer of the WFNZ midday show “Bustin’ Loose” with Frank Garcia and Mark Yarbro. Fan favorites Colin and Nate are joining forces on this caller intensive show bringing a fresh perspective to sports radio.

“We’ve taken our time in putting the right shows and the right people in place,” said Operations Manager/Program Director DJ Stout. “All three of these guys know the city and know the station and bring a passion for sports as well as different perspectives for WFNZ and Sports Radio in the Carolinas.”

Read more at CBS Charlotte where this story was originally published.

KOA’s cancellation of Dave Logan’s sports talk show proved, ironically, his immense popularity as a broadcasting personality.

But it also served as a reminder that traditional AM radio, in Denver and nationally, continues to lose listeners to FM programming.

The 3-7 p.m. weekday series is being replaced, beginning Monday, by the “Colorado Afternoon News,” a program similar in format to the station’s weekday morning series.
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There are good days.

Then there are days you won’t forget.

Saturday was one of those for Brad Galli, the WXYZ (Channel 7) sports reporter who during the day got married — and then at night, during his wedding reception, was awarded his first career Michigan Emmy after multiple previous nominations.
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Sports fans in the Quad-Cities can get their ESPN fix on the FM dial, beginning Monday.

Townsquare Media announced Friday that KQCS (93.5 FM) will flip its format to ESPN Radio. For the past 10 years, the frequency has been the home of “Star 93.5,” with an adult-contemporary format.

The company also owns KJOC (1170 AM), which itself changed from an oldies format to ESPN on May 1.
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EmrickSports broadcasters call it “laying out.” It’s a term used to describe intentional silence from a play-by-play announcer. The best practitioners — usually ones who are ego free on-air — understand instinctively the importance and value of natural sound following an iconic moment. Mike Emrick, the voice of hockey for NBC and NBCSN, is one of those announcers.

Emrick stopped talking for 1 minute and 50 seconds on Friday night following his call of Alec Martinez’s Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Los Angeles Kings. Viewers heard crowd horns blaring, Kings players’ whooping it up on the ice, and the winning goal announcement from the public address announcer. What they did not hear was Emrick, which was perfect.
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