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Patrick-Dan“Jeopardy!” is starting a sports version of the popular game show, with Dan Patrick taking the Alex Trebek role as host.

Sony Pictures said Tuesday that “Sports Jeopardy!” will begin this fall on Crackle, a Sony-owned digital service available on mobile devices and services such as PlayStation, Xbox, Apple TV and Roku.

Crackle general manager Eric Berger says the sports-themed game show will diversify programming on the service, best known for the Jerry Seinfeld comedy shorts series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Crackle also will offer an app through which people can play along with the game on a second screen.

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Francesa to be honored

April 30, 2014
Courtesy of CBS New York

mike FrancesaCBS RADIO’s Sports Radio WFAN-AM/FM, is proud to announce that afternoon host Mike Francesa has been selected for induction into New York State Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at a special luncheon during the Association’s summer conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Friday, June 13 and will also celebrate five other deserving broadcasting legends who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside Francesa.

Francesa, whose name is synonymous with New York sports, can be heard on his program, Mike’s On, weekdays on WFAN (660 AM and 101.9 FM) from 1:00 – 6:30 p.m. on-air, streaming online at, through the app for mobile devices, as well as simulcast on Fox Sports 1/2. In addition, Francesa hosts the nationally syndicated Mike Francesa’s Football Sunday radio program, which will enter its 28th season next fall.

“I’m humbled and excited to be recognized by the New York State Broadcasters Association,” said Francesa. “It is a great honor, and anything with New York attached to it means all the more to me.”

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, New York State Broadcasters Association created a Hall of Fame to honor the elite radio and television hosts of New York. Other local broadcasting icons who are in the Hall of Fame include television host Regis Philbin, newscaster Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes, sportscaster Len Berman, journalist and television personality Barbara Walters and radio hosts Scott Shannon, Scott Muni, Don Imus, Funk Flex and Curtis Sliwa, among others.

Francesa has for more than 25 years been the on-air cornerstone of WFAN, the nation’s first all-sports talk radio station launched in July 1987. Since 2008, Francesa has hosted his own afternoon show, Mike’s On, on WFAN. From 1989 to 2008, he had a critically acclaimed on-air partnership with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, who together co-hosted the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. In 2000, the Francesa/Russo duo became the first sports-talk hosts ever to win the Marconi Award for Major Market Personality of the Year, an award Francesa received again in 2012. He was the first sportscaster to ever earn radio’s biggest honor more than once. Both Talkers Magazine and Radio Ink have named Francesa as the No. 1 sports talk host in the country the past two years.

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When the Wilbon family convened for dinner at home on the South Side of Chicago, you could be certain that it was always served with a side of debate with Raymond Wilbon, the man of the house, often playing the role of contrarian. Words were flung, arguments raged. For an outsider, witnessing the Wilbons in action seemed both titanic and epic, but for the oldest son Michael, it was neither.

It was typical.

And it was often about the Cubs.
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Veteran NHL radio voice retiring

April 29, 2014
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Peter Maher has called his last game for the Calgary Flames.

Maher, the radio voice of the Flames since they moved to Alberta from Atlanta in 1980, announced his retirement from broadcasting at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

He called over 3,100 NHL games in his career without missing an assignment. He most recently did play-by-play announcing for radio station The Fan 960.

“Since arriving in Calgary in September of 1980, I have thousands, maybe millions of people to thank for this wonderful ride that I’ve had living the dream,” Maher said.

Flames president and CEO Ken King said a tribute to Maher is being planned for next season.

Maher was well known in Calgary for his catchphrases “Yeah, baby!” and “You can put it in the win column!” He called the Flames’ lone Stanley Cup win in 1989 and Canada’s gold-medal win over the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

The charismatic broadcaster had some words of advice to his replacement.

“Whoever is selected to take that broadcast seat, I offer nothing but the very best with this message: This is the National Hockey League,” Maher said. “Treat every game, every broadcast with respect and reverence.

“Remember, it’s an honour to be a broadcaster in the greatest league in the world.”

Prior to working for the Flames, he called Toronto Maple Leafs games from 1977 to 1980.

Maher said he became interested in broadcasting when he realized he was better at talking than playing hockey.

“My boyhood dream of being a goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs turned into my young adult reality of being the play-by-play reality of being the broadcast voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs,” Maher said to laughs.

The native of Campbellton, N.B., was recognized for his contributions to hockey broadcasting in 2006, when he received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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davis-tedA little under 17 months ago, a new sports talk radio station debuted in Milwaukee – WOKY 920 – “The Big 920 Sports” – when Clear Channel Communications flipped the frequency’s format from country music.

It was the newest addition to the sports talk scene in Milwaukee, which already featured WSSP 1250 and ESPN 540, but it came with a connection to Madison and its sister station “The Big 1070.”

Wisconsin Badgers play-by-play men Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas began the day, followed by syndicated programming, Brian Posick’s dedicated Badgers talk from 2 until 3, and then Phil Dawson and Mike Heller.
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Abbott is Jackals new hockey voice

April 29, 2014
Courtesy of WETM 18

Elmira_JackalsThe Elmira Jackals and First Arena have announced that they have named Jared Abbott their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. Additionally, the club announced today that it has named Jordan Myers the Director of Creative Marketing and Graphics.

As Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, Abbott will be instrumental with public and community relations, daily hockey operations and will bring an energetic personality to the broadcasting booth.

Abbott spent this past year as a post-graduate communications intern with the Jackals and First Arena. He assisted former broadcaster Ray Schmitt with daily duties and helped shoulder the load of responsibilities. Prior to joining the Jackals and First Arena, Abbott was the play-by-play broadcaster for Penn State University’s NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey team. In his years at Penn State, Abbott broadcasted many levels of men’s and women’s ice hockey. The Flemington, New Jersey native played two season of club ice hockey at Penn State before he joined the broadcasting department. Prior to attending Penn State, Abbott played junior hockey for the New Jersey Renegades of the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

As Director of Creative Marketing and Graphics, Myers will execute all marketing including printed and web graphics, maintain the website, and bring a creative eye to the marketing department.

Myers spent this past year as a communications intern with the Jackals and First Arena. She produced graphics and artwork for the game day programs, website, trading cards, and other marketing material used by First Arena. Prior to joining the Jackals and First Arena, Myers was a Journalism and Public Communications student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. While at UAA, Myers was a camera operator for Seawolves Hockey and Cook’n AK. The Anchorage, Alaska native also hosted and co-hosted The Coach Shyiak Show, a 30-minute TV broadcast with the Seawolves Head Coach, along with Around UAA and Around the WCHA for two seasons.

Read more at WETM 18 where this story was originally published.

Billings_MustangsToday, the Billings Mustangs announced that Kyle Riley will join the club as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. In addition to media responsibilities, Riley will handle the radio play-by-play duties for the upcoming Pioneer League season, replacing Ryan Schuiling who served as the Broadcasting Director for the past three seasons (2011 – 2013).

“Probably more so than any other broadcaster we’ve had in recent years, we believe Kyle is a natural fit for the Billings Mustangs,” said Gary Roller, Mustangs General Manager. “Combined with his broadcasting and other media-related talents, Kyle’s ties to the Billings area and his fundamental knowledge of the Mustangs organization will provide the foundation for an insightful and informative broadcast. We’re fortunate to have Kyle as a member of our management team and look forward to working with him on a daily basis during the 2014 season.”

Riley brings a wealth of play-by-play experience to the Mustangs, including having broadcast over 700 sporting events in the past 17 years. Kyle has covered high school football, basketball, volleyball and wrestling, and has served as the voice of 22 State Championship events. His impressive resume also includes college football and basketball, American Legion baseball, and hockey.

“It’s an honor to be the first local radio broadcaster for the Mustangs since Glenn Hebert covered the team back in the ’80s and ’90s,” Riley said. “I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and interact with the many talented Mustangs broadcasters who have preceded me, including Scott Lauer, Chris Rushin, Aaron McCreight, Mark Boyle, Andy Price, Jerry Schemmel, Ed Cohen, Joe Block and Ryan Schuiling. While I trust I’ve learned something from listening to each of them, I look forward to putting my own spin on the broadcasts.”

A native of Glendive, Riley graduated from Billings West High School in 1991 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest College (Kirkland, WA) in 1996. Kyle is a certified flight instructor and a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

“I’m thankful to the Mustangs organization for the opportunity, for the flexibility given me by my “day” job, and I’m incredibly grateful to my wife, Jill, and my four children for allowing me to pursue this dream,” added Riley.

Each and every Mustangs game throughout the season is broadcast live in its entirety and can be heard on the official radio flagship of the Mustangs, ESPN 910 AM KBLG. The Mustangs open the ’14 season on Monday, June 16 when the Great Falls Voyagers visit Dehler Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm MST.

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Every spring sees new faces join the Winnipeg Goldeyes, but for the first time in nearly two decades a new voice will hum the dulcet sounds of the boys of summer.

Steve Schuster joins the baseball club as their new play-by-play man on a new radio wave, The Jewel 100.7 FM. The 29-year-old Long Island, NY-native succeeds Paul Edmonds, who took on a new opportunity with TSN 1290, after 19 seasons as the voice of the Goldeyes.

“Certainly coming to this organization was really an easy decision,” said Schuster. “The brief experiences that I’ve had here over the last three years… I’m excited about the fan base here. Not just with the Goldeyes, but it just seems like they’re very passionate fans with the Goldeyes and the Bombers and the Jets.”

Schuster comes to Winnipeg after six years in Kansas with the fellow American Association club Wichita Wingnuts, and hopes to plant roots in Winnipeg.

“That’s kind of the plan that I have. Like anybody, you have the dream of one day getting to the major leagues, but actually it was something Paul (Edmonds) told me a couple years ago… He’s had opportunities to go to affiliated ball. There was a point in his life where that was his dream too. He came to a realization at one point where he was like, ‘I don’t need to get to affiliated ball or get to the major leagues to validate myself as a quality broadcaster. Somebody that fans can enjoy listening to.

“I’m about at that point myself. I’m just grateful for the opportunity that (general manager Andrew Collier) has given me here, and I feel like I owe it to him and the organization and the fans to try and bring consistency here for the next number of years.”

Read more at Metro Canada where this story was originally published.

Sager-CraigCraig Sager says he doesn’t want Gregg Popovich to go soft. A snarling Pop makes for good television, Sager admits. But watching the Spurs’ coach give him a national shout-out Sunday during an in-game interview with his 25-year-old son, Craig Jr., Sager said it was a moment he won’t soon forget.

“It was just fabulous, an uplifting, tremendous thing for me,” Sager told Monday afternoon from his hospital room in Atlanta, where the longtime Turner Sports broadcaster is undergoing treatment for adult acute myeloid leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
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Elliott-JoshJosh Elliott’s highly anticipated NBC Sports debut will come this weekend at the Kentucky Derby, and the anchor could not be more excited to take the reins on his new job.

The position marks his return to covering sports after it was announced on March 30 that he was departing ABC’s Good Morning America to join NBC Sports.

“I was beyond happy to arrive at this place in my professional life, to have the opportunity to choose from two great paths. The offer to stay at ABC was terrific, but in the end, for me personally, I grew up a sports fan, it is in my DNA,” Elliott tells The Hollywood Reporter.
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