• WUSA-9 sports anchor Kristen Berset will be taking a leave of absence to face a second bout with breast cancer. (Courtesy Washington Post)
Alex Reimer is joining WEEI Boston full time as a brand personality. Calling it a “move designed to augment both the on-air and online components of its media ecosystem,” Reimer will join the WEEI.com staff “creating columns, blogs, and podcasts” while continuing his rotating co-host position on the morning show. (Courtesy Talkers Magazine)
John Cassio is taking over as PD at SiriusXM College Sports Nation. He leaves his PD position with Sun Broadcasting in Fort Myers, FL.
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Robin Carlin has announced on Twitter that she is moving to Houston to join Sean Salisbury at SB Nation Radio. The new show begins January 30th. Carlin is a veteran of the Denver sports media.
Jim Church, who became the voice of high school sports in the Bux-Mont region of Pennsylvania for 40 years, died on Friday after a lengthy illness. (Courtesy Bucks County Courier Times)
• Minnesota United is set to hire Callum Williams to be the club’s TV play-by-play voice in its debut Major League Soccer season. Williams worked for Kansas City’s MLS club for about four seasons. (Courtesy St. Paul Pioneer Press)
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• ESPN is looking at Fox Sports 1 host Charissa Thompson to possibly succeed Chris Berman on “Sunday NFL Countdown,” sources tell Sporting News. (Courtesy Sporting News)
• The Texas Rangers have added ex-Big League pitcher C.J. Nitkowski to their TV team.
• FOX Sports has hired Kate Abdo as studio presenter for its soccer coverage, a source has revealed to World Soccer Talk. (Courtesy World Soccer Talk)
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• Sportscaster Mike Raita has been let go at ABC 33/40, in Birmingham, AL. (Courtesy AL.com)
• Former Anaheim Ducks broadcaster Chris Madsen and his long-time friend and “Broadcasting Booth Buddy” Joshua Souder, will recount their miraculous story of how a call from Madsen is credited with saving the boy’s life, in this week’s edition of “50PLUSPRIME,” airing this Sunday morning, January 15 th , on KNBC, Channel 4, Los Angeles at 5:00 PST.
• The Score in Chicago is shifting Jason Goff from middays to afternoons alongside Dan Bernstein. Replacing Goff alongside Matt Spiegel in middays will be newcomer Danny Parkins, a Chicago native who joins The Score from KCSP in Kansas City. (Courtesy RobertFeder.com)
Max Baker is joining New Channel Nebraska to do news, sports and play-by-play. Baker is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and has broadcast baseball in the Northwoods League. (Courtesy News Channel Nebraska)
Kelly O’Donnell, who assumed the role of sports director at WRGB Albany after Doug Sherman left the station Oct. 31, as accepted a job as associate director of marketing and communications at Siena College. (Courtesy Albany Times Union)
• Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper and television analyst Jim Deshaies have each received three-year contract extensions.
Tim Shickles has been promoted to program director for sports talk WTRX Sports Xtra 1330 in Flint, MI. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Sports reporter and anchor John Holt has said goodbye to Hartford’s WFSB. The station is cutting back its coverage of local sports. (Courtesy NewEnglandOne)
• MSG Networks announced that longtime NHL play-by-play voice Jiggs McDonald will return to the broadcast booth Wednesday nigh (January 11th) t to celebrate his 50th year calling NHL action.
• Veteran sports talk host Danny Parkins has announced he is leaving 610 Sports in Kansas City. He has yet to announce where he is heading. (Courtesy Kansas City Star)
CJ Nitkowski is joining the Texas Rangers TV team.
Joe Colella is now hosting evenings on ESPN West Palm Beach.
• Longtime Milwaukee sportscaster Tom Pipines is retiring next month from WITI-TV Channel 6. (Courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Nicole Zaloumis has announced via Twitter that she is part of a new show on Mad Dog Radio. She will co-host weeknights 7 to 9 pm EDT with Ric Bucher.
Vinnie Longo is the new voice of Minor League Baseball’s Visalia Rawhide. Longo leaves the Broadcaster/Assistant GM position with the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club of the independent Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs,
• Minnesota United has hired Kyndra de St. Aubin to do color commentary in its debut Major League Soccer season beginning in March. She would be one of the few female color commentators in MLS. (Courtesy Sports Illustrated)
• Sports Radio 93-7 The Fan personality Chris Mack will begin hosting the pre and post-game shows for Pittsburgh Pirates baseball beginning in the spring. (Courtesy Talkers Magazine)
Kate Scott has announced via Twitter that she is leaving KNBR after six years with the station. She’ll continue her work with the Pac 12 Network, CSN Bay Area and CSN California.
• Ex-Tennessee Vols QB Erik Ainge has joined Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville to host The Erik Ainge Show with Brian Rice Monday – Friday from 9am to noon. (Courtesy WNML)
Jim Leahey will assume the radio play-by-play reins of University of Hawaii baseball for the 2017 season. He replaces a fellow legend, Don Robbs, who retired at the close of the 2016 UH baseball season after 40 years as the program’s radio voice. (Courtesy KITV)
Chris Berman is stepping down from his post of hosting ESPN’s NFL studio programming after 31 seasons but will remain with the network in a number of different roles after signing a new contract. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Veteran broadcaster Ron Burke, who was part of the first CSN crew in 1997, is no longer with the network. (Courtesy Crossing Broad)
• Congratulations to STAA’s Joey Jenkins. Joey has been promoted to PD at ESPN Boise. He will continue as afternoon co-host. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Also congratulations to STAA’s Ben Gellman-Chomsky, the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Salem Red Sox.
• WVSP Norfolk, VA sports talk host Nick Cattles is leaving to co-host evenings with Adam Jones at 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.
• ESPN and WWE veteran Todd Grisham is joining the UFC TV team.
Stephen A. Smith is leaving Mad Dog Radio on Sirius XM and bringing his weekday afternoon show back to ESPN, The Big Lead has learned. (Courtesy The Big Lead)
Terry Foster, co-host of the popular “Valenti and Foster” afternoon drive sports program on WXYT-FM (97.1), is set to return to the airwaves today (January 3). He had been off the air since August as he recovered from a mild stroke. (Courtesy Detroit Free Press)
• Evening sports anchor Drew Soicher is leaving Denver’s 9News. The announcement by the station came via a rewrite of his “About Us” biography page on the station’s website. (Courtesy Denver Post)
George Balekji has announced on Twitter that he is the new sports anchor for Action 12 News KODE in Joplin, MO and Pittsburg, KS.
• Veteran Padukah, KY sportscaster Ed Taylor has died after being hit by a car. He was 76. (Courtesy Western Kentucky Star.
• Per Ivy League, their basketball games have been pulled back from One World Sports. New distribution for those games will be announced soon. (Courtesy Matt Sarzyniak via Twitter)
• UFC President Dana White has announced that UFC 207 will be Mike Goldberg’s final broadcast with the company. Rumored potential replacements include Jim Rome and Max Kellerman. (Courtesy Forbes)
Bryan May, a veteran reporter and sports anchor for Sacramento TV station Channel 10 (KXTV), has announced on Twitter that he is moving on after 17 years. (Courtesy Sacramento Bee)
• Weekend sports anchor reporter Karen Loftus is leaving WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, VA for WGNO in New Orleans. (Courtesy roanoke.com)
Jeff Archer has stepped down as the sports director and weeknight sports anchor for WFXR. He had been at Roanoke’s Fox affiliate since October 2015. (Courtesy roanoke.com)