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Dowling-MikeWhen WCVB Channel 5 announced that Mike Dowling was leaving the station after more than 28 years as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor, some viewers probably thought he was forced out.

No one would choose to stop getting paid to attend games, right? Dowling, however, insists the decision was his.

“It was time,” he said. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while.”
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Frank Erard, a lifelong resident and local business owner from the Farmington area, died on Feb. 21.

Erard, 76, worked for many years as a local radio sports broadcaster and morning show host.

Jack Sadler, music director for KREI/KTJJ, said Erard was the Sports Director at KREI/KTJJ and hosted the morning show on KREI from 1981 to 1992.

Erard hosted the morning show solo for years, only to be joined with Jeff Fisher in 1985. At that time, the morning show was titled “Frank and Fish.”

Read more at the Farmington Press where this story was originally published.

New Orleans VooDoo back on WRNO

February 28, 2014
Courtesy of WRNO

NewOrleansVooDooThe New Orleans VooDoo and Clear Channel Radio announced their 2014 partnership on Thursday morning with 99.5 FM WRNO serving as the flagship station for VooDoo football for the fourth consecutive season. Well known NOLA Sports figure Ken Trahan will give fans game play-by-play of VooDoo games for his 4th season. Back in the radio booth with Trahan after a year away is color analyst and longtime arena football player, coach, and general manager Jon Norris, who now serves on the coaching staff at Brother Martin High School.

99.5 FM WRNO “Rush Radio” is a 100,000 watt station, which has a coverage area as far west as Baton Rouge and eastward into Biloxi. The broadcasts will also originate on the internet at www.wrno.com.

“Our fans are accustomed to Ken Trahan calling our games on WRNO. Ken speaks from the heart of NOLA sports and we’re honored to have him in our broadcast booth again,’ said VooDoo Managing Partner Dan Newman. “Jon Norris brings a different perspective to the broadcast having been in the Arena Football League since its inception – as a player, coach, and team General Manager. He makes every listener feel like they’re sitting in the stands.”

“We’re very proud to continue our relationship with the VooDoo. Not only are the games great entertainment, but I’m so excited that our listeners will be able to experience the passion that the VooDoo and its players bring to Arena Football,” said Jim Fisher, program director for “Rush Radio” 99.5 FM.

Read more at WRNO where this story was originally published.

Emrick Hockey isn’t my game.

I grew up a fan of the L.A. Kings. My son-in-law played in college, so we’ll take the family to an Anaheim Ducks game, and we make an annual trek to Ontario to see the Reign on the ECHL.

But that’s the extent of my interest.

I don’t watch games on TV, don’t listen on the radio.

The Olympics, however, were different.

With both the USA men and women in the medal hunt, I was a regular viewer. No, not live at 2 a.m., but on the replays later in the day.

The more I watched, the more Mike “Doc” Emrick drew me in.

Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune where this story was originally published.

680_fan_atlantaFormer 790/The Zone morning host Chris Dimino will be joining the morning show on sports talk 680/The Fan when he’s eligible to return to Atlanta airwaves March 17. He will be working with Perry Laurentino and Christopher Rude on the Rude Awakening, the Fan president David Dickey confirmed today.

Dimino has been with the Fan for five months but hasn’t been able to go on the air because of a non-compete clause in his previous contract with the Zone.

“We’re excited to have him on,” said Dickey, who simulcasts the Fan on 93.7 on the FM dial. “He spent a lot of time away. He misses it and is looking forward to being back in the saddle.”
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Sirius XM Satellite Radio announced Wednesday it has re-signed Casey Stern, who grew up in Massapequa and now lives in Seaford, as a host on its MLB Network Radio channel.

Mr. Stern also will see his roles expand on other Sirius XM channels, including NFL Radio and Mad Dog Sports Radio.

WOR earlier this offseason had pursued Stern to serve as the reporter for its new Mets radio broadcasts, a job that remains unfilled for now.

Stern has been at Sirius XM since 2008. He hosts “Inside Pitch” weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m. with former Reds and Nationals GM Jim Bowden.

Read more at the Long Island Newsday where this story was originally published.

the game 87.7“Hit and Run” baseball show host Connor McKnight just became the latest prize in Chicago’s spirited sports/talk radio competition.

After more than four years as a host, anchor and reporter for CBS Radio sports/talk WSCR AM 670, McKnight has jumped to Tribune Broadcasting’s upstart competitor WGWG LP 87.7, where he’ll become part of the daily lineup.

Todd Manley, vice president of creative content for The Game 87.7 FM, confirmed the hire and said McKnight would make his first appearance Thursday on Mark Carman’s show, which airs from 7 to 10 p.m.

The move follows the defection of two other Score players — midday producer and weekend host Ben Finfer, who joined The Game as midday host, and Tribune Bulls beat writer K.C. Johnson, who signed on as NBA expert.

McKnight, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, was a Comcast SportsNet intern when he entered the Score’s first “American Idol”-inspired talent search in July 2009. From among nearly 1,000 contestants, he emerged the winner and signed on as a reporter.

Earlier this month, RedEye named him one of the “Hottest Geek Guys of 2014,” noting: “Before lucking out with the Score, Connor worked as a college football reporter (his Hunter S. Thompson phase), a high school English teacher (think ‘Dead Poets Society’), a bouncer (Swayze in ‘Roadhouse’) and a peon in minor league baseball (Jonah Hill in ‘Moneyball’).”

Read more at Robert Feder where this story was originally published.

masnThe Mid-Atlantic Sports Network has done away with the combined broadcast booth for Orioles-Nationals games this season, opting for separate telecasts when the teams play their interleague series in July.

Pete Kerzel, MASNsports.com’s managing editor, wrote about the change on their website this afternoon.

The teams play at Nationals Park on July 7-8 and at Camden Yards on July 9-10. For each game, the home team will have its telecast on MASN, with the visitors’ broadcasters on MASN2, Kerzel wrote.

The combined broadcasts — done since 2007 — would feature an Orioles play-by-play voice combined with a Nationals analyst, or vice versa.

It’s fair to say that many fans found those broadcasts to be awkward, especially on occasions when announcers tried to play up the rivalry in the booth.

The Orioles have won the interleague series against the Nationals in four of the past five seasons.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun where this story was originally published.

darren haynesDarren Haynes can’t help but wonder how his late mentor might have reacted to this latest milestone.

Would Bill Gonillo flash that big smile? Provide sage advice? Get a bit misty?

There’s no doubt Gonillo, ever jovial and warmhearted, would be ecstatic to hear his protégé is ESPN’s newest studio anchor.
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ncaa-basketballFresh off of calling curling at the Winter Olympics for NBC, former WNYT (Ch. 13) sportscaster Andrew Catalon gets another plum assignment.

Catalon will call second- and third-round games from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in March, Turner Sports and CBS Sports announced Tuesday. Catalon, who calls college basketball and football for CBS Sports Network, will be joined by analyst Mike Gminski and reporter Otis Livingston.

Here are the announcing teams for the tournament. They are listed in order of play-by-play, analyst and reporter. The first four teams listed will work the regional semifinals and finals.

Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson
Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager
Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Allie LaForce
Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller and Len Elmore/Rachel Nichols
Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Lewis Johnson
Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/Kristine Leahy
Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/Jaime Maggio
Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston

TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV will combine to televise 67 games. The tournament starts March 18 on truTV with the First Four. Anderson, Bonner and Leahy will call that night’s action. The First Four continues the next night, with Harlan, Miller, Elmore and Nichols on the call.

The Final Four semifinals will be April 5 and on TBS for the first time. Anthony moves from the studio to the booth to analyze the game along Kerr. Nantz will call the action, and Wolfson will be the reporter. The championship game April 7 is on CBS.

Ernie Johnson will host the Final Four coverage for the first time. He will be joined by analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Also joining them are Greg Gumbel, Miller, Seth Davis, Grant Hill and Gottlieb.

Read more at the Schenectady Daily Gazette where this story was originally published.

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