Radtke leaving Nevada for Westwood One

Courtesy of Nevada Wolf Pack

Ryan Radtke, the talented broadcaster who called countless Wolf Pack memories over the past nine seasons, has accepted a national broadcasting position with Westwood One, it was announced today.

Radtke will call college football, college basketball and other major sporting events for Westwood One, one of the leading national radio networks in the country. Headquartered in New York City, Westwood One delivers programming to thousands of radio stations and digital outlets throughout the country. The company holds radio broadcast rights top leagues and events like the NFL, NCAA, the Olympics, the Masters, NHL and the Premier League. …

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David Solano joins Seattle’s KIRO-TV

Courtesy of Puget Sound Radio

David Solano has just joined KIRO-TV (CBS) as a sports and news anchor.

Before arriving in Seattle, David worked at KOIN-TV (CBS) in Portland, Ore., as its sports anchor/reporter for two years. That’s where he covered the Trail Blazers, Timbers, Thorns, Super Bowl 50 and the 2017 men’s Final Four in Phoenix. …

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Mike & Mike relationship deteriorating

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Off-camera tension between media personalities who work together is hardly a new phenomenon.

ESPN Radio is now experiencing some off-camera issues of its own. Multiple ESPN staffers, including current and former employees who have had roles with the show, told SI.com last week that the once-warm relationship between partners Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic has turned icy over the last year, prompting …

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Why Comcast hasn’t brought its ‘A’ game to Bay Area

Courtesy of The Mercury News

NBC Sports Bay Area could be so much more than ESPN Light.

While I can see some logic in the decisions made by NBC Sports Bay Area, watching our region’s only cable sports channel do the bare minimum is still disappointing.

The network deserves credit for excellence in live event coverage. But in other ways NBC Sports Bay Area is simply following in the footsteps of ESPN, which goes contrary to what was promised years ago. …

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OSU grad Gross staying in Sooner state

After falling for the charms of the Sooner State as a student at Oklahoma State University, Max Gross is excited to start his career in his new home. Gross, an STAA member, is the new Assistant Sports/News Director for the Bartlesville Radio Group.

“It gives me a chance to stay in Oklahoma, which is a place I’ve grown to love. And, it has made relocation much easier. I will also have the opportunity to broadcast college games for Oklahoma Wesleyan, which isn’t something I expected to do right away.

“Another perk is getting to work with three other graduates of the OSU sports media program so I already have some common ground with my new co-workers.”

News of the opening was emailed to STAA members, but Gross learned about it through grapevine connections.

“The owners of the Bartlesville station reached to one of my sports media professors at OSU. I then learned that OSU play-by-play voice Dave Hunziker, who has served as my mentor over the last year, was old friends with the station owner.”

Gross has built a resume that includes radio and TV experience. He spent last summer calling collegiate baseball as the voice of the Newark Pilots.

When it came time to set himself apart in the sportscasting job market, Gross made an impression by going several extra miles.

“Something I did that I think that really helped myself was making the two hour drive to Bartlesville to give the station my demo and cover letter in person. I only spoke to the receptionist when I was there, but I got a phone call later that day just thanking me for making the effort. I think this made a very strong first impression.”

Gross is now looking forward to using his STAA membership for a new purpose.

“My STAA membership was a great resource during my job search. I was able to learn what employers were looking for. Now that I can devote myself to broadcasting full-time I plan to continue to use the site to strengthen my play-by-play. The insight provided in the members section has and will continue to be helpful.

“This is such an incredible opportunity for me to get my start. [STAA] has been a major asset to me in my job search.”

(Visit Max’s website).

Vet SF sportscaster Wayne Walker dies

Courtesy of Pro Football Talk

Wayne Walker, who spent 15 years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Detroit Lions and then two decades in the Bay Area as the sports director for KPIX (Channel 5), died Friday from complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Walker, who had lived in his hometown of Boise, Idaho, since the mid-1990s, was 80.

Soon after Mr. Walker joined KPIX in 1974 until he left the station in 1994, he became as well-respected and popular as perhaps any sportscaster in Bay Area history. …

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Utah State Aggies voice into Utah Hall

Courtesy of Cache Valley Daily

Jennie Christensen and Al Lewis, two well-known local radio personalities, have been selected for induction into the Utah Broadcasters Association (UBA) Hall of Fame.

Both have been with KNVU and other Cache Valley Media Group stations for 45 years, and are familiar voices to Northern Utah listeners. Christensen is known for her early morning reports on local government and community events. Lewis is the “Voice of the Aggies,” and also is an early morning radio host, providing news, weather and sports reports. …

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Gayle Sierens was an NFL trailblazer

Courtesy of Tampa Bay Times

It’s in a picture frame on a wall in Gayle Sierens’ South Tampa home, a home she and her husband have mostly filled with photographs of their three children. But there are photos of Sierens with Pope John Paul II, with Laura Bush, with Oprah, with Bobby Bowden, with Arnold Palmer, part of her long broadcasting career at WFLA-Ch. 8, including 29 years as a news co-anchor. Sierens, a two-time Emmy winner, retired in 2015 as one of the best-known names and faces in Tampa Bay.

Now, back to the memento. …

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