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BOB-IRZYKAfter three years as KOCO-5 sports director, Bob Irzyk said his last day with the television station will be Thursday.

“I’m exploring other opportunities right now,” Irzyk said in an email Tuesday evening.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Irzyk replaced Mark Rodgers as sports director in August 2010. Before joining KOCO, he served as an anchor, reporter and sports director at KDAF-TV in Dallas from November 1998 to January 2009. He also has served as a sports anchor and reporter at TV and radio stations in Tampa, Fla., Chicago, New York City and Carbondale, Ill.

Read more at The Oklahoman where this story was originally published.

Roche joins Patriots coverage

July 31, 2013
Courtesy of CBS Boston

dan rocheThe New England Patriots will have a new format for the three locally televised preseason games this season, and with that, announced a new broadcast team on Tuesday.

WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche will have the play-by-play call for the Patriots’ preseason games against the Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and New York Giants, and will be joined by former New England tight end Christian Fauria in the booth.

Roche and Fauria have been paired together before, providing postgame reaction and analysis on WBZ-TV’s Patriots 5th Quarter following each of the Patriots regular season and playoff games last year.
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georgia state u-gsuKen Gustafson has been named the new women’s basketball play-by-play announcer for the 2013-14 season. Gustafson has lived in Atlanta for more than 30 years and sat down for a couple of quick questions as he starts to get ready for the upcoming season.

Q – What is your working background?

I graduated from the Complete Game Broadcasting School in Atlanta after adding to my skills in broadcasting, producing, board operations and video editing. I’ve run my own film business (Time Capsule Sports Productions) as a videographer in Atlanta for years. I’ve produced high school tv shows, broadcast high school games and written for multiple sports web sites. I have worked at five radio stations in metro Atlanta as I’ve learned my skills. I have a passion for sports and enjoy the competitive arena.

Q – What is your personal background?

I’ve been in Atlanta now for more than 30 years, growing up in Stone Mountain and still living in the Lawrenceville area. I played sports at Killian Hill Christian School in Atlanta and at Bryan College in Tennessee. I’ve written and covered sports from my high school days to the present. I minored in communications in college and had a strong passion for history, which was my major.

Q – What was your impression of Georgia State women’s basketball at first glance?

I noticed that the roster is the best it’s ever been in Coach Baldwin-Tener’s time at Georgia State and it appears the move into the Sun Belt could be with good results. The team looks like it has gained valuable experience now and has maturity to make big plays at ends of games. I sense a fiery passion in Coach Baldwin-Tener and think this year’s team will reflect her enthusiasm and winning ways.

Read more at Inside GSU Sports where this story was originally published.

ACU voice Boone honored

July 31, 2013
Courtesy of KTXS

Grant BooneSportswriter Nick Gholson was honored for the third time and broadcaster Grant Boone picked up his first award as the annual Lone Star Conference media awards were announced Tuesday at the league’s annual media day at a downtown Fort Worth hotel.

Gholson won the Kirk Hill Award as the league’s top sportswriter, while Boone was recognized with the Jake Trussell Award as the outstanding broadcaster of the year.

The awards, which distinguish those who best promote the LSC and its members through their work in the media, are selected annually by sports information directors at the LSC’s member institutions. The Kirk Hill Award for Sportswriter of the Year is named in honor of the late Kirk Hill of the Houston Post who won the first award in 1963. The Jake Trussell Award for Sportscaster of the Year is in memory of the late Jake Trussell of Kingsville who broadcasted contests for Texas A&M-Kingsville.
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Here’s something we don’t see often enough. Two radio stations, owned by different companies in the same market, sharing content. In most cases you see radio lean more on TV for added content so it’s nice to see radio working together to provide more information to the community. Tuesday, Radio One Regional VP Doug Abernethy and Gow Media CEO David Gow (pictured) said they have agreed to exchange content. News 92 FM (KROI-FM/Houston) and Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 (KGOW-AM/Houston) will share news and sports content.

News 92 FM reporters will provide hourly, short form news updates to Yahoo Sports Radio 1560, initially for use on nights and weekends, and ramping up to a full broadcast schedule shortly thereafter. Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 reporters will provide sports updates and actualities twice per hour for integration into the News 92 FM broadcast clock between 7:00 PM and midnight daily, and from 6:00 AM to noon on weekends.

Abernathy says, “Research suggests that news and sports stations have shared listener bases, so this makes sense for both stations. We have the best newsgathering and reporting resources in the city, and Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 enjoys an equivalent reputation in the world of sports. We’re leveraging our respective strengths so that the News 92 FM listener can get a quick sports update from Yahoo Radio 1560, and their listeners can get top flight news from News 92 FM.”

Gow added, “News 92 FM has an excellent team of news reporters. We think this is a chance to offer a high quality, dependable news product to our listener base and keep them at our station longer. We are also excited to offer our sports updates to listeners at News 92 FM. Our plan is to make Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 their destination when they want to hear more about what is going on in the world of sports.”

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

missouri-state-bearsOne of the longest running radio partnerships in the Midwest will continue for at least two more years as Meyer Communications will continue to broadcast Missouri State University football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball through 2014-15.

Nelligan Sports Marketing, Missouri State University’s sports marketing and multi-media rights partner, made the announcement today (July 29) after leading contract negotiations. The agreement includes a two-year option that could potentially extend the agreement through 2016-17.

KTXR (101.3 FM), will continue to serve as the flagship station of the Bears Radio Network, giving MSU fans the 100,000-watt signal and quality stereo sound they have become accustomed to for more than 35 years. As part of the agreement, KTXR will carry all football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball games, KBFL (1060 AM) will carry Missouri State’s baseball games, and KWTO (98.7) will air the weekly “Bears Hotline” in-season coaches shows for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.
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brian-urlacherBrian Urlacher, the longtime Chicago Bears linebacker who retired in May, is in advanced negotiations with Fox Sports and is expected to join the network in the coming days, multiple sources tell The Big Lead.

[UPDATE: The deal is done, according to a source, and Fox could announce Urlacher's signing as early as tomorrow.]

A source said Urlacher, an 8-time Pro Bowler, was heavily courted by the NFL Network, but choose Fox instead. Urlacher will be part of the Fox Football Daily on Fox Sports 1, joining Curt Menefee, Jay Glazer, Ronde Barber and others. The show will go head-to-head against ESPN’s Sportscenter at 6 pm EST beginning August 19th.
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Pac-12Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott made it clear Friday that the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV are not close to an agreement and one is not expected before football season.

In Southern California alone, DirecTV has an estimated 1.4 million customers who are unable to access the Pac-12 Network.

“With a month to go,” Scott said at Pac-12 football media day in Culver City, “I want to be up front with our fans still unable to watch the [Pac-12] network.
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espn new york_98-7Michael Kay, meet Hampton Bays.

The ESPN New York afternoon radio host and his colleagues are East End bound, effective next week in a deal the station plans to announce today for a noon-to-midnight simulcast on Hampton Bays-based WLIR (107.1 FM).

That is good news for a part of Long Island that always has had a complex relationship with radio signals, what with all those miles separating it from New York City and all that water separating it from everything else.

“This will ensure that we cover all of the Island, particularly Suffolk County,” Dave Roberts, the station’s vice president and general manager, told Newsday.
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Shulman-DanAs his teammates take warm-up about an hour before their game against Russia on Wednesday evening, Dan Shulman sits on the sidelines in support, proudly sporting his Maccabi Canada T-shirt and hat.

A teammate walks over and rubs the top of Shulman’s head before proceeding onto the court to join in the warmup.

“I’m a good luck charm for him,” Shulman quipped.

Shulman, the play-by-play voice of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and NCAA men’s college basketball coverage, is a well-known name in the North American sports world, even winning the US National Sportscaster of the Year in 2011. But during his stay in Israel for just under two weeks as a member of Canada’s masters(+35) male Maccabiah basketball team, he insists he is just another member of the squad.
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