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mike FrancesaWho knew there were so many different ways to dress up as Mike Francesa?

Men wore gray wigs and circular sunglasses. They carried Diet Coke. Many had stethoscopes around their necks to mimic a headset. Some dressed in sweaters; others wore button-down shirts. The most dedicated of the bunch even dyed their hair gray for the day.

When 23-year-old friends Michael Leboff and Ron Haraka came up with the idea of “FrancesaCon” — a gathering of Francesa fans bar-hopping in Manhattan — they wondered if anyone would come.
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nevada-wolfpackThe Nevada athletics department, and its multimedia rights holder, Wolf Pack Sports Properties, announced today a two-year extension with Lotus Radio Corp. to carry Wolf Pack sports and related programming through the 2015-16 season.

This renewal includes Wolf Pack coverage on six Lotus stations and marks the continuation of a broadcast relationship that has spanned more than a decade. It calls for ESPN Radio 94.5 FM (KUUB) to remain the flagship station for Nevada football, men’s basketball and the Wolf Pack Coaches Show.

The deal also signifies the start of a new radio home for Wolf Pack women’s basketball and baseball games, which will now be carried on NBC Sports Radio 1060 AM (KFOY). That switch begins Saturday with the Wolf Pack’s game at Air Force as Don Marchand will have the call beginning with the Bud Light Tip-Off Show at 11:45 a.m.
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Hamilton-LeeSan Diego’s Mighty 1090 is making another change to its morning lineup.

Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton, a staple of the station, is being replaced in the 6-9 a.m. weekday slot on Monday by Dan Sileo.

Representatives from the station say Hacksaw will remain with the station in some capacity, although they are not sure exactly what at this time. They hope to have an announcement within the next couple weeks.

Sileo, a 20-year radio veteran, comes to San Diego after stints in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Tampa, Los Angeles and Miami.

Read more at U-T San Diego where this story was originally published.

Uecker-Bob2Bob Uecker said Thursday that he plans to curtail his travel schedule in 2014, a first for the Brewers’ beloved radio broadcaster.

And as usual, he had a really good explanation.

“I saw [Brewers manager Ron] Roenicke at the ‘On Deck’ deal Sunday,” Uecker said, “and I told him I’d like to take one more shot at becoming active during those games I’m not going to broadcast.”

He delivered the line with his trademark deadpan before a chuckle escaped.
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JennyDellNESNNESN has confirmed that uber-popular Red Sox sideline reporter Jenny Dell has been reassigned and the station is actively looking for her replacement for the 2014 baseball season. The move comes just weeks after Dell and Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks went public with their romantic relationship.

“NESN has an active search for a Red Sox sideline reporter,” station spokesman Gary Roy said in response to an inquiry from the Track. “Jenny Dell, a multi-talented on-air personality, is anchoring ‘NESN Sports Today’ and handling other assignments for NESN.”

The move comes just days after NESN announced that Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, whose son is charged with the murder of his girlfriend and the mother of his child, would return to the booth for the upcoming season.

Dell and Middlebrooks, who have been dating for nearly a year, began appearing together in public last fall after the Sox won the World Series. On New Year’s Eve Middlebrooks texted his 143,000 followers a pic of him with his arm around Dell and the message: “Happy New Year from us to you! Here’s to a great 2014!”

We’re told that the decision to reassign Jenny was mutual and that she will be staying at the station, at least for now. More in tomorrow’s Inside Track.

Read more at the Boston Herald where this story was originally published.

ScullyLegendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully doesn’t typically make road trips east of the Mississippi. But apparently Australia doesn’t qualify, so the 86-year-old play-by-play man will open the season in Sydney for the Dodgers’ opening series against the Diamondbacks.

The Los Angeles Times has more. The games will mark the regular-season debut of the Dodgers’ new television partnership:

“They asked me to go because they’re the first games to be broadcast by Time Warner,” Scully told the Times. “So I said, `Sure, I’ll go.’”

The 2014 season will mark Scully’s 65th year behind the microphone. He’ll start it with a whirlwind trip to another hemisphere and back to L.A. in time to call the Dodgers’ exhibition Freeway Series games against the Angels on March 27 and 28.

“I do love it,” he said, “so I’ll give it a shot.”

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

Slaten“Never” apparently lasts 5½ months, at least by one definition.

Kevin Slaten, the longtime rabble-rousing St. Louis radio sports-talk show host who vowed that he would not work in St. Louis radio again after being dumped in mid-August for the second time in nine months, is heading back to the local airwaves.

Slaten is to be in the 3-6 p.m. slot at KFNS (590 AM) beginning Monday. It will be his fourth stint at the station, from which he most recently was dropped in Nov. 2012 by previous management. He later landed at WGNU (920) but again was booted — this time last August after just seven shows — in fallout from colleague Jack Clark’s allegations that former Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols used steroids.

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

Chuck MrazChuck Mraz, the play-by-play announcer for Morehead State football and men’s basketball, is celebrating his 25th year as the “Voice of the Eagles.”

The MSU athletic department will recognize Mraz’s accomplishments publicly with a pre-game recognition before the men’s game versus Jacksonville State Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

“I really enjoy interacting with our athletic administrators, coaches, student-athletes and fans,” Mraz said. “I get a real kick out of when a young kid comes up and wants to talk about a game because that is the future of our fandom here at MSU.”
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Ottawa_SenatorsThe Ottawa Senators and Bell Media announced today they have reached a comprehensive new 12-year regional broadcast rights and corporate sponsorship agreement that will make TSN and RDS the official broadcasters of the Ottawa Senators through the 2025-2026 season.

Bell Media’s 12-year partnership with the Ottawa Senators includes five major components:
- English-language regional television broadcast rights for TSN – a minimum of 52 regular season and pre-season games
- French-language regional television broadcast rights for RDS – a minimum of 40 regular season and pre-season games
- English-language broadcast rights for TSN Radio 1200 – all games
- French-language radio broadcast rights – all games
- Telecommunications

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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750-game-portlandArena Football League’s Portland Thunder signs multi-year partnership deal with 750 The Game (KXTG)!

750 The Game (KXTG-AM) and Alpha Broadcasting announced today that they have entered into a multi-year partnership agreement with the new Arena Football League Team; Portland Thunder. The Portland Thunder will play 18 games total with 9 home games at the Moda Center.

“Sports fans in Oregon know that 750 The Game is the premiere sports radio station in the state. We are thrilled to have partnered with 750 The Game and Alpha Broadcasting in airing the inaugural season of Portland Thunder Arena Football,” said Portland Thunder Owner Terry Emmert.
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