Paying dues pays off for Ramey, new Nevada Wolf Pack voice

“John(July 27, 2017) John Ramey is a talented broadcaster. He’s been part of the broadcast team at UCLA since 2010. He’s called basketball on ESPN3. He’s filled-on on Virginia Tech and Boston College broadcasts. Still, Ramey was not invited to interview for several DI football/basketball jobs for which he applied.

Until now.

An STAA member, Ramey is the new football and men’s basketball voice of the University of Nevada Wolf Pack.

“I get to be the lead voice of a D1 program. This is a goal I’ve worked towards for my entire career,” Ramey says excitedly.

In recent years, Ramey had repeatedly been told about regionality and fit when trying to understand why he was coming up short in his pursuits. Now, he understands that those things do, indeed, matter.

“Not getting a job, not getting an interview, is NOT an indictment of one’s professional merit,” says Ramey. “It’s merely a by-product of so few jobs, and so many qualified candidates.”

Ramey’s play-by-play career started with high school games in 1994. Since then, he’s broadcast basketball and baseball for UC Riverside, and baseball, softball, soccer, volleyball and water polo for UCLA. He’s also filled-in on Bruins men’s basketball, and has been hosting UCLA pre and post game shows and the Bruins Insider Show.

Broadcasting rights at the University of Nevada are managed by Learfield Sports. Ramey believes his relationships with Learfield, and with people currently or formerly associated with UCLA broadcasts, aided his pursuit of the Nevada position.

“I think the relationship I cultivated with [Learfield Sports VP-Broadcast Operations] Tom Boman (doing fill-in work for St. Cloud State, for example), the very strong working relationships I enjoyed with UCLA broadcasters Chris Roberts, Bill Roth, and Josh Lewin, and my friendships and good working relationships with administration folks both at UCLA and UC Riverside were the biggest weapons in my arsenal.”

Ramey has been an STAA member since 2016.

“STAA was great in making my professional brand complete,” he says. “The one-stop shopping for a web presence, advice on details, presentation, insight into the fluctuations of the marketplace…all of the smaller details I personally found challenging to constantly track, STAA was a great solution.

“Its important folks know STAA does make the difference,” says Ramey.

(Visit John’s STAA Talent Page).

Pallilo returning to Houston sports radio

Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

Charlie Pallilo, a fixture on Houston sports talk radio since 1989 but absent from the airwaves since last October, will return Monday, Aug. 21, with Gow Media’s KGOW (1560 AM), the station announced Wednesday.

Pallilo, 51, will work from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on KGOW with weekly guest appearances on Gow Media’s KFNC (97.5 FM), said David Gow, the company’s president. He also will contribute to Gow Media’s CultureMap website and its SportsMap site scheduled to launch this year and will at some point contribute in some fashion to the company’s SB Nation Radio Network. …

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Ray Lewis joins Showtime’s ‘Inside the NFL’

A month after heading to Fox as an NFL contributor, ex-Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis has joined Showtime’s weekly “Inside the NFL” series. He will join analysts Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason and host James Brown for the the new season of the studio show, which debuts Sept. 5 at 9 p.m.

Lewis replaces New York Giants wide receiver Brandon Marshall, whose practice schedule reportedly does not accommodate the show’s taping dates.

Crozier finds new challenges in Durant, OK

(July 26, 2017) Brian Crozier gambled by leaving a job without having another to go to. The gamble has paid off. An STAA member, Crozier is joining Keystone Media’s four-station cluster in Durant, OK.

“I will have an on-air shift Monday-Friday afternoons. I will also be doing play-by-play for high school football and be a sideline reporter for Southeastern Oklahoma State University football. Finally, I will be part of the coverage team for Southeastern women’s basketball, men’s basketball, baseball and softball.”

Its possible Crozier will handle play-by-play for SEOSU women’s basketball and do color on the men’s broadcasts, though those roles haven’t been finalized. He will also likely have a role on SEOSU baseball and softball broadcasts.

Most recently, Crozier worked at WMMC Radio in Marshall, IL where he handled play-by-play and a variety of office duties. He resigned in May after nearly two years at the station.

“I decided that I really needed a new challenge, and I was hoping to find something with college sports included as part of the position,” he says.

Though Crozier’s experience handling a daily air shift is limited, he is eager for that part of the job in Durant.

“Broadcasting, for me, is all about connecting with the audience,” he says. “An on-air shift will allow me more chances to do that, just in a different way than a sports broadcast does. Another positive is the fact that Durant is a growing community of about 15,000 people with Dallas-Fort Worth about 90 miles away. So I get to still live in a nice ‘small’ town while the big city life is less than a two-hour drive away.”

Crozier is in his 17th year as a play-by-play broadcaster. His resume includes six cities in Illinois and stops in Sturgeon Bay, WI, Lebanon, MO and Burlington, IA. Besides play-by-play, he’s done news and sports reporting, sports talk show hosting, copy writing, commercial production and administration.

Crozier cites two things about the sports broadcasting industry that he wishes he knew 10 years ago. One is that radio jobs are now more than just broadcasting. Being skilled in audio, video and social media are critically important. The second thing Crozier wishes he knew a decade ago is how tough the competition is for sports broadcasting jobs.

“The good news is with streaming becoming more and more of a realistic option for sports broadcasts, I think young broadcasters, or out of work broadcasters, may be able to ‘hire themselves’ by selling ads for games that are streamed on the Internet. That option wasn’t really available 10 years ago,” he says.

Crozier is a charter member of STAA.

“One of the biggest [benefits of STAA] is the understanding Jon Chelesnik has for his members,” says Crozier. “Jon knows what it is like to be looking for a job and what it feels like to be frustrated by the process. He works with STAA members to build a resume and demos that get results. Jon is also honest about the member’s work. If members listen and take the advice to heart, they will get better and eventually have a chance to get the job they want.”

(Visit Brian’s STAA Talent Page).

Denver station to cover Broncos 24/7

Courtesy of The Denver Post

The Voice of Broncos Country will be a little louder this year.

According to multiple network sources, Denver Sports 760 AM, an iHeartMedia station, is transforming into Orange and Blue Radio and will cover the Broncos and only the Broncos 24/7. The new station is a 50-50 partnership with the Broncos and will soon be housed in a new studio being built at the team’s Dove Valley headquarters.

Orange and Blue will launch Thursday morning, when the Broncos begin training camp. …

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ESPN sets new college football studio lineups

College football fans will be entertained and informed by new personalities across ESPN’s studio coverage on Saturdays this fall as the company revamps the ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 pregame, halftime and postgame commentator lineup to include former first-team All-American Booger McFarland, SEC Champion quarterback Jesse Palmer and AP College Football Coach of the Year Chip Kelly as analysts.

McFarland adds ABC studio work to an already extensive list of experiences during his three-year tenure at ESPN as the former LSU First Team All-American teams up with national championship-winning head coach Mack Brown to be the network’s analysts. SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi, who has hosted numerous marquee events over his ESPN career, will host the three-man network studio coverage.
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Negandhi gets a big promotion at ESPN

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Kevin Negandhi is getting a big promotion at ESPN, and he has the perfect tie for the occasion.

Negandhi, a Temple graduate who hosts the 7 a.m. edition of SportsCenter, will anchor ESPN College Football on ABC on Saturdays as part of a revamped lineup that debuts Sept. 2.

Negandhi will replace last year’s host, fellow SportsCenter anchor Stan Verrett. He’ll also be filling a role held for years by broadcasting legend John Saunders, who died last year. …

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Pingalore could be leaving Orlando for LA

Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel

First Shaq, then Dwight, now perhaps Ping, too.

Popular former WKMG-Channel 6 sports anchor David “Ping” Pingalore has apparently torn a page from the itinerary of Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard and could be on the verge of making a professional jump to Los Angeles.

Ping was doing the sports report on multiple newscasts Monday at KTLA-Channel 5 in Los Angeles. No word yet on whether he will sign a contract at the station. …

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Massoud lands FSU women’s hoops gig

Courtesy of Florida State Seminoles

The Florida State Women’s Basketball program in partnership with Seminole IMG Sports has announced Ariya Massoudi as the newest radio play-by-play announcer for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Massoudi enters his first year as the primary person calling game-by-game action for the Seminoles, which have reached the NCAA Elite Eight in two of the past three seasons. He will join Director of Operations Melissa Bruner, who begins her 12th year with the program and her 11th assisting in color analysis duties. …

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