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Mike TiricoI don’t know ESPN announcer Mike Tirico, but if I ever spoke with him I believe he would tell me he is one of the most fortunate guys around.

He’s surely one of the most talented.

I don’t need to do research to discuss great announcers or pertinent voices of major sporting events from the last 75 years. We are talking legendary guys such baseball’s Vin Scully, Harry Caray, Red Barber, Jack Brickhouse, Mel Allen and Jack Buck. In college football, there were people such as Lindsey Nelson, who also announced for the New York Mets, the great Keith Jackson or the terrific Green Bay Packer announcer Ray Scott.
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Thunder TV analyst Long resigns

July 21, 2014
Courtesy of News 9

The Thunder announced on Monday that TV color analyst Grant Long has resigned from his position.

Here’s the official statement from the Thunder:

“Thunder TV analyst Grant Long has informed the Thunder that he has resigned his position and will not return to FOX Sports Oklahoma for the 2014-15 season. The Thunder wishes Grant well and will immediately begin the process of finding his replacement.”

Long played 16 seasons in the NBA with five different teams.

Read more at News 9 where this story was originally published.

Morning host Jason Bailey is out and former 790/The Zone afternoon host Mike Bell is in at 92.9/The Game.

Bell came on air at 3 p.m. today to announce his arrival. Starting Monday, Bell officially joins Carl Dukes and the show time will add an extra hour, ending at 7 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The show will air from 2 to 7 p.m.

Up to this point, 92.9/The Game has failed to – or resisted – hiring any talent from 790/The Zone. (The 2 Live Stews anybody?)

Bell – who was on the Zone for 15 years until it dumped local programming in May – has been under contract with the station until December, 2015.

His agent Norm Schrutt was able to convince Zone owner Lincoln Financial to let Bell out of his non-compete clause in exchange for not having to pay him fully for another 17-plus months. “Lincoln was very fair,” Schrutt said. “It took awhile but it works out well.” (Schrutt also represents Carl Dukes.)

On air, Bell today discussed with Dukes about how the Braves’ Dan Uggla was finally released. “We both got paid to do nothing!” Bell cracked. The show took calls from very excited, very happy callers, asking him to do signature voices such as the late Cubs announcer Harry Carey and wrestler Dusty Rhodes.

Bailey, who was there for just a year, will be replaced by Marc James, the new afternoon guy with Dukes the past two months since the Game hired James and Mark Zinno for nights at about the same time. (Zinno’s show will run from 7 to 10 p.m. instead of 6 to 10 p.m.)

Read more at Atlanta Journal Constitution where this story was originally published.

Clear Channel Sports “Xtra Sports 1360” KLSD San Diego will relaunch with a new schedule and modified name.

“Xtra 1360 Fox Sports San Diego” will add Fox Sports Radio weekend hosts Dave Palet and Jeff Dotseth for mornings replacing “The World of Sports According to Chris Ello and Ben Higgins”. Palet and Dotseth have previously worked at “XX 1090” XEPRS and “ESPN 800” XESPN in the market. Fox Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Sports and Dan Patrick (on tape delay) will remain in their 9am-12pm and 12pm-2pm slots.
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Denver sportscasters like to entertain with stories about their relationships with Peyton Manning.

But none can equal the stories of Lionel Bienvenu, who departed from the sports scene last week after 13 years as sports director and main anchor on KMGH-Channel 7.

He’s now host of “The Now,” a 4 p.m. weekday news show on Channel 7.

Bienvenu’s stories — and memories — go back to the late 1980s, when he met teenagers Peyton and Eli, who were tossing around footballs in the backyard of their New Orleans home.

Read more at the Denver Post where this story was originally published.

670_The_Score_WSCRWSCR-AM/670 The Score has announced that the Chicago Bears’ recently retired long snapper Patrick Mannelly has joined the station. Mannelly will have a few roles with the station during the upcoming football season.

The Chicago Bears drafted Mannelly out of Duke University in the 1998 NFL Draft. He was a starter his rookie season and played every game that year. In fact, he has played in just about every Chicago Bears game since 1998, missing very few due to injuries. Mannelly holds the record for the most games played as a Chicago Bear and is the longest tenured player in team history.

Less than one month ago, on June 20th, Mannelly, announced his retirement from professional football.

He may be retired from playing football, but Mannelly, 39, is far from retired from working. The longtime local gridiron star now joins WSCR-AM as a Bears and football expert.

Each Sunday before a Chicago Bears game, WSCR-AM has a pre-game show with Hub Arkush and Dan Pompei. Patrick Mannelly will now be the third co-host of that show. (The Bears games themselves are heard on WSCR-AM’s sister-station WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780.)

In addition, Mannelly will appear on WSCR-AM talk shows during the week to discuss the current football season, as well as contributing a weekly Bears blog to the station’s website.

Mitch Rosen, WSCR-AM Program Director, said today: “I love this move for our station, here is a Chicago Bears player who retired less than 30 days ago, played 16 years in the NFL and now is on The Score team. This season could be an epic season for the Bears and to have a former player like Pat analyzing the team is a huge win for our listeners and the Chicago Bear fans.”

Mannelly previously had had a taste of radio work in the last few years, contributing a regular weekly morning appearance on “The Eric & Kathy Show” on WTMX-FM/101.9 The Mix. The segment during the football season was called “Mannelly Mondays.”

Read more at Chicagoland Radio and Media where this story was originally published.

It may be last in local news, but Channel 7 beat Channel 4 at something.

While Channel 4 keeps looking for a third member of its sports team, Channel 7 has found its replacement for Allen Leight, who now works for the Buffalo Sabres.

Nick Filipowski arrives at the E. W. Scripps station from KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa, where he has been a weekend sports anchor and reporter. He moves from the 147th TV market to the No. 52 market.
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LA Kings moving to KABC

July 21, 2014
Courtesy of the LA Times

Los-Angeles-KingsNow comes the financial byproduct of winning another Stanley Cup.

The business side of the Los Angeles Kings franchise has successfully capitalized on the team’s stirring run to its second Stanley Cup championship in the last three seasons. First off, the team will announce on Monday that its new flagship radio home will be KABC (790).

It is a five-year agreement and the Kings will be the only sports property on KABC, and longtime team broadcasters Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will continue in their positions, play-by-play and analyst, respectively.
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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has a new radio home for its football and basketball programs.

UTC and Learfield Sports’ Mocs Sport Properties made the announcement Tuesday that a five-year radio agreement, which begins this football season, has been reached to carry the games from all three programs and all three coaches’ shows on 96.1 FM The Beat. They have been broadcast on ESPN The Zone (105.1) in recent years.

“We anticipate this will be a seamless transition as we introduce the Mocs over the airwaves on our new Clear Channel affiliate,” UTC athletic director David Blackburn said. “Learfield Sports does a tremendous job identifying the best way to align radio affiliates with our objectives and our fan base. We anticipate a great run with Clear Channel and only expect the utmost quality broadcasts and programming for Mocs fans.”

The partnership will run through the 2018-19 season. In the event of a conflicting broadcast, Clear Chanel Radio’s 98.1 The Lake will carry the UTC athletics programming.

Read more at the Chattanooga Times Free Press where this story was originally published.

Behind the microphones are thousands of miles worth of stories.

Traveling across North Iowa calling prep sporting events isn’t a glamorous gig.

At times, your best friend is Interstate 35. Well, that or Highway 18.
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