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Robertson-BobLegendary broadcaster Bob Robertson isn’t leaving Washington State’s radio booth, but there will be someone else calling play-by-play during football games this season.

WSU announced Friday that while Robertson will remain a part of the three-man broadcast team for football games, his broadcast partner, Bud Nameck, will take over play-by-play duties.

Robertson will still help host pregame, halftime and postgame shows, and provide analysis along with former WSU receiver Shawn McWashington.
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Socci-BobIn two weeks, the 2013 NFL season starts and the New England Patriots will be in Orchard Park to play the Buffalo Bills.

For Auburn native Bob Socci, that game will be the realization of a lifetime goal of doing play-by-play of a major professional sport.

Socci is the Patriots’ new play-by-play announcer, calling the team’s games on the radio. NFL play-by-play jobs don’t open often and the competition to obtain one can be fierce.
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New OKC station sets lineup

August 26, 2013
Courtesy of The Oklahoman

the-franchise-oklahomaTyler Media has announced the lineup for its news sports station, 107.7 The Franchise, which plans to launch at 2 p.m. Monday. It includes three former Sports Animal radio network personalities, Mike Steely, Lump (Jay Lynch) and Sam Mayes.

The lineup:

5:30-9 a.m.: “The Show” with Steely, Lump and John Rohde. Rohde, who worked as a sports reporter and columnist for The Oklahoman for 26 years, joins two former Morning Animal personalities.

9-11 a.m.: “The Mid-Day Mayes” with Sam Mayes, a former OSU offensive lineman.
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ESPN Memphis adds Calkins

August 26, 2013
Courtesy of ESPN Memphis

The Geoff Calkins Show is the newest addition to 92.9 FM ESPN’s local lineup, airing 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each weekday.

Geoff Calkins is the lead sports columnist for The Commercial Appeal and — after 17 years of entertaining and challenging Memphians in print, on the radio and on TV — a fixture in the Memphis community. He’s been named best sports columnist in the country three times. He’s won five Green Eyeshade awards as the best sports columnist in the South.
He’s a perennial winner in The Memphis Flyer’s best columnist category and was named best sports television personality by Memphis Sport Magazine for his work on WKNO-TV. Not bad for a guy who graduated from Harvard and Harvard Law School and then decided the legal business was not for him. Calkins is not a newcomer to 92.9, having been a part of an afternoon show with Gary Parrish for four years. He’s continuing to contribute to that show, including the world-famous Harvard-Horn Lake Trivia segment. Calkins has three boys (ages 16, 13 and 11) and two large, shaggy Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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A tweet Thursday morning from Clippers voice Ralph Lawler — also known as @ohmeohmy — packed a wallop into 140 characters.

In what read as a casual comment, the 75-year-old broadcaster said the plan was for this season to be his last. Lawler, who has called Clippers games since 1978 and slides over to radio when the team’s games are televised nationally, said he hadn’t made a final decision but is contemplating retirement.

Fans’ reaction was instantaneous: OMG.
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Female baseball voice finishes season

August 26, 2013
Courtesy of ABC 7

Kirsten KarbachEach year from February to early fall, the sounds of pro baseball can be heard here in Southwest Florida.

On a night back in July at Hammond Stadium, it’s the voice of a 22-year-old from Englewood describing the game that might sound different.

She controls the audio board and keeps the score-book; all while keeping her eyes on every pitch of Friday night’s nine innings.

“I have to prove myself as a broadcaster. It could be a good thing or a bad thing that I am a woman. Gives me something different that sets me apart,” said Kirsten Karbach, first-year broadcaster with the Clearwater Threshers.
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Are ads ruining baseball on radio?

August 26, 2013
Courtesy of CNN

Baseball. The radio. Summer.

There is something about the connection between the three of them that nothing can tear apart.

If baseball on the radio sounds a little different lately, there is a reason. Richard Sandomir of The New York Times reported recently on the proliferation of “drop-in” advertisements on radio broadcasts of ballgames around the nation.

Drop-in ads are paid commercials that air not as traditional advertisements, but as part of the play-by-play. The first walk during a New York Yankees game is accompanied by “Just walk into CityMD’s six convenient locations”; the first run scored in a Texas Rangers game is described by the play-by-play man as “the First Financial First Run.”
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ScullyIn 1888, Ernest Thayer wrote the most famous poem in baseball history. Mighty Casey had struck out, and Thayer contrasted the despair in Mudville with the joy and spirit elsewhere.

“Oh, somewhere in this favored land, the sun is shining bright,” Thayer wrote. “The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light.”

Strike up the band, Los Angeles. Vin Scully is coming back.
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ESPNDisney-owned ESPN has held preliminary talks to make its programming available on internet television services like the ones said to be under development by Apple, Google, Intel, and Sony. In an interview with Bloomberg, ESPN president John Skipper said the sports network is interested in selling its entire package of channels to a web-based television service, including its main channel, ESPN2, and ESPN News.

Winning ESPN would be a coup for any of the internet TV services now under development. Live sporting events are a major reason many cable subscribers have resisted cutting the cord, and ESPN commands the highest subscriber fees of any cable channel. More than 98 million people subscribe to the channel, according to Disney’s latest annual report.

“ESPN has made aggressive moves to put its content online “

The news comes as tech giants are racing to sign up programmers to deliver their shows over the internet. Last week, Sony reportedly signed a deal for internet TV with Viacom, the first deal of its kind to be publicly revealed. Apple recently made ESPN available on Apple TV, though the offer only applies to current cable subscribers. And ESPN has made aggressive moves to put its content online, to the point of offering to subsidize the data plans of anyone streaming its content on a mobile device.

ESPN is still early in its talks, and it’s unclear how many other programmers would want to follow its lead. But if the deal comes to fruition, the future of television could be on its way to arriving.

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

jody-OehlerKGME-AM Fox Sports 910 AM Phoenix has hired Jody Oehler for afternoon drive. Oehler joins Cardinals Insider Mike Jurecki and Michael “Jack” Bauer from 2:00-6:00 p.m for the afternoon show beginning September 3. Oehler is currently the Afternoon Drive host at Journal’s ESPN Tucson on 1490 AM and 104.9 FM, and Sports Anchor at KGUN-TV.

PD Neil Larrimore says, “Jody is a talented rising star. He’s an incredible communicator and a true sports fan. We look forward to Jody helping to move our brand forward on-air as well as online. We are lucky to have him.”

“I’m very excited to join the most dynamic talk lineup in the Valley. I look forward to teaming up with Mike Jurecki and Mike Bauer to bring engaging and entertaining sports talk to our listeners every day,” said Oehler. “I’m excited to get to know our Phoenix listeners and talk sports.”

Fox Sports 910 Phoenix is home to Dan Patrick and Jay Mohr Sports, as well as live and local programs The Freaks with Kenny & Crash, and local NFL expert and Arizona Cardinals insider Mike Jurecki.

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

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