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Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic has announced that Keli Fulton (KEE-lee) has joined the network as an anchor and reporter. She begins this week.

A television veteran with more than 12 years of experience, Fulton is another addition to the team of expert anchors, reporters, analysts and writers that provide comprehensive multiplatform regional sports coverage for Comcast SportsNet. In addition to serving as an anchor and reporter for Geico SportsNet Central, she will also contribute to the network’s other news, analysis and entertainment programming.

Fulton joins Comcast SportsNet after three years with WPTV-TV (NBC) and WFLX-TV (FOX) in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she served as a news and traffic anchor. Prior to that, she was a sports anchor and reporter for WDSU-TV (NBC) in New Orleans from 2007 to 2011. There she covered the Hornets’ trip to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals, Louisiana State University’s football and baseball national championship teams and the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV.

Before her tenure in New Orleans, Fulton was a sports reporter and anchor in Little Rock, Ark., at KARK-TV (NBC) and Jackson, Tenn., at WBBJ-TV (ABC), for more than three combined years. She began her television career as a reporter covering high school sports for Cal-Hi Sports in Northern California.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Fulton is a graduate of Whittier College, where she studied theatre arts and communications.

Read more at CSN Washington where this story was originally published.

Kirk Minihane, whose acerbic but self-effacing style has given a jolt to WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan morning drive program, has signed a multi-year contract to remain with the program.

The new deal, considered a formality over the past couple of weeks, was announced on Friday morning’s Dennis and Callahan program.

The show, with longtime co-hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, is expected to remain intact, provided both come to terms on a new contract.

Minihane, who also writes a column for the WEEI.com website and is expected to have a greater presence online, joined D&C in February in an undefined third-man-in role.

The show’s ratings have seen steady improvement over the last several months, finishing second to 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich program in the fall ratings period with a 9.0 share.

Read more at Boston.com where this story was originally published.

George Hale missed just one University of Maine football game this season, even though he didn’t man his usual spot in the broadcast booth.

“The one I missed was because my granddaughter got married. She refused to move the wedding [date],” joked Hale, who began his relationship with the University of Maine in the 1950s.

Hale was the radio play-by-play man for the Black Bear football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball teams at different times throughout his career and he also handled television play-by-play chores from time to time.

Hale has also broadcast countless high school games while affecting thousands of lives.
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WROCWROC-TV (Channel 8) has brought its long-time weeknight news team to Sunday night to take advantage of CBS’ popular prime-time lineup.

News anchors Kevin Doran and Maureen McGuire, chief meteorologist Scott Hesko and sports director John Kucko will add Sunday nights to an evening-news schedule that runs Mondays through Thursdays.

Reporter Ashley Zilka will anchor the Friday night newscast. Meteorologist Stacey Pensgen will do the weather, Thad Brown will be the sports anchor and Prescott Rossi will be the sports reporter.

The schedule shift took effect Sunday.

The changes were made, station officials said, to capture viewers who tune in Sunday night for 60 Minutes, The Good Wife and The Mentalist.

“More people watch TV on Sunday evening than any other night of the week,” Doran said in a news release. “It is our responsibility to present the news when viewers want to see it.”

Read more at the Democrat and Chronicle where this story was originally published.

steve-buckhantz“ITCHING for a Dagger!” Comcast SportsNet’s Steve Buckhantz wrote in early December, when the Wizards lost by a point to the Nuggets. “Not to be, at least not for tonight!”

Tuesday night in Charlotte, the longtime play-by-play man got his chance. Sort of.

This wasn’t a typical dagger, though. There was still about a minute and 20 seconds left, for one thing. And the game wasn’t particularly close, although Charlotte had mounted a late run to pull within single digits.

Then Martell Webster hit a three-pointer, and Buckhantz pondered life on the brink, and self-control, and when to let go.
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Czaban extends with Red Zebra

January 7, 2014
Courtesy of Radio Ink

steveczaban2013Red Zebra Broadcasting says it has agreed to a contract extension with afternoon drive host Steve Czaban that will keep him with ESPN980 through 2016. Czaban has co-hosted the afternoon drive timeslot for WTEM for the last 13 years. VP of Programming Chuck Sapienza said, “Czabe is integral to the success of our station. We look forward to three additional years of Czabe, Cooley, and Galdi.” Czaban co-hosts The Drive with Chris Cooley and Al Galdi weekdays from 4-7 p.m. He also hosts a Sunday morning show.

Read more at Radio Ink where this story was originally published.

In elementary school, Grant Paulsen was making regular appearances as a sports reporter on WUSA. In middle school, he was covering the Super Bowl for David Letterman. And in high school, he was wondering whether his sports-media career was already on the decline.

TV producers weren’t calling as often. PR staffers stopped pulling Paulsen aside for exclusive interviews. The fast track toward broadcasting superstardom took a brief detour to George Mason journalism classes.

“I never for a minute said to myself that I wasn’t going to be able to latch on somewhere, but I definitely doubted for a few years whether I would be able to get back to where I was as a child,” the 25-year old Paulsen recently told me. “There was definitely a time where I worried, what if the best has already happened? What if I’ve already peaked in this business?”
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PhilliesThe Phillies were never interested in a bidding war for the rights to televise their games. They negotiated for the last year with Comcast SportsNet, a network with which they once partnered before it even broadcasted. The way Phillies president David Montgomery saw things, two powerful Philadelphia corporations could find a common ground that benefitted both.

“We’re pleased,” Montgomery said Friday. “And I think Comcast is pleased.”

The two sides, according to two sources, agreed to a massive 25-year contract Thursday worth more than $2.5 billion that will provide Comcast SportsNet with invaluable live summer programming and the Phillies with another substantial revenue source.
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PrintMonday marks a first for the state of Arizona. Sports fans are now able to hear sports talk on FM — specifically 98.7 FM.

In a significant move to expand its audience reach and community impact, Arizona Sports 620 (KTAR-AM) began simulcasting on 98.7 FM at 10 a.m., strengthening its multi-platform distribution.

Now the lineup of Doug and Wolf (6-10 a.m.), Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-noon), Dan Bickley with Vince Marotta (noon-2 p.m.) and Burns and Gambo (2-6 p.m.) can be heard on 98.7 FM, as well as on 620 AM.
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