Chicago sportscaster suspended for Trump tweet

Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune

ABC-7 sportscaster Mark Giangreco, who in a tweet Sunday referred to President Donald Trump as a “cartoon lunatic” and America as “a country full of simpletons,” has been suspended.

“Sports anchor Mark Giangreco’s Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards,” the Disney-owned station’s management said Thursday in a statement. “We’ve reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action.” …

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Fox Sports shakeup puts Katie Nolan front and center

Courtesy of The NY Post

The Katie Nolan takeover at Fox Sports begins now, and her first casualties saw it coming.

The network that said it was making a “big bet on opinion-based sports programming” is doubling down in the hope its viewers really like the “Garbage Time” host — a lot.

After news broke Thursday that late-night sports highlight show “Fox Sports Live” would be canceled and “Garbage Time” would be retooled, Sporting News reported the network will amp up Nolan’s presence across its programming slate.

The site quoted one anonymous executive as saying, “You’re going to see zero Jay and Dan, but you’re going to see five times as much Katie Nolan.” …

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TNT adds ‘Players Only’ wrinkle to NBA telecasts

Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

At age 45, Brent Barry is a rookie once more.

Barry, who won two NBA titles in San Antonio and ended his career in Houston before moving into broadcasting, will handle play-by-play duties on Monday’s Pacers-Rockets game on TNT as part of Turner Sports’ “Players Only” initiative.

He will be joined by Grant Hill and by Derek Fisher, who will be working his first game in the analyst’s chair. Greg Anthony, former Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Richard Hamilton will be the other telecast team for the Bucks-Cavaliers game that opens the doubleheader.

Turner plans a five-week run with the former players, including …

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Bosh to appear on TNT’s new series as studio analyst

Courtesy of NBA

TNT’s ‘Players Only’ franchise will include appearances by 11-time NBA All-Star Chris Bosh as part of its studio coverage when the series debuts Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. Bosh, an 11-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Champion with the Miami Heat, will contribute to ‘Players Only’ during its five consecutive weeks of Monday night doubleheader action on TNT. Bosh will appear alongside Chris Webber, Isiah Thomas and Baron Davis to provide studio commentary for ‘Players Only’ from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Segments from Area 21 with TNT analyst Kevin Garnett will also be …

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Hockey Night in Canada, with Mr. Chapared Shot

Courtesy of The Players' Tribune

Nearly a decade before I became known worldwide as the broadcaster who called out, “BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! BONINO! NICK BONINOOOOOOOO!” on the air after Penguins center Nick Bonino scored one of the biggest goals of the 2016 Stanley Cup finals, I was just a 21-year-old hockey fanatic living in Calgary, Alberta. I was contemplating whether to …

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Christie among candidates for sports radio job

Courtesy of

After spending the better part of the past three years competing for a future life in politics – president, vice president or a senior role in the White House – Governor Christie could soon be in contention for a job that would give him a megaphone in the country’s largest media market: sports talk radio host.

WFAN 660-AM, the region’s dominant sports-talk radio station, will …

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KHTK host off-air after calling Kings GM a ‘moron’

Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee

Searing commentary on the Kings’ trade of talented if tempestuous All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans left ripple effects at the franchise’s flagship radio station.

Damien Barling, one of three co-hosts on KHTK 1140’s afternoon talk show “The Lo-Down,” was kept off the air by station management Wednesday for critical comments about Kings general manager Vlade Divac on Monday.

In an apparent sign of solidarity, Barling’s radio partners, Jason Ross and Ken Rudulph, briefly went on the air at noon Wednesday …

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MLS regional broadcast deals announced

Courtesy of Soccer America

MLS teams are starting to announce regional television plans for the 2017 season. Houston and Sporting KC both have new broadcast partners, while expansion Atlanta United has announced a multi-year agreement.

Atlanta United. Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast will air 19 Atlanta United games as part of a multi-year agreement with the expansion tram. Three games will be broadcast on Channel 69 because of scheduling conflicts.
Broadcasters: TBA.

Chicago Fire. TBA

Colorado Rapids. Altitude will broadcast 29 matches.
Broadcasters: Returning on-air talent includes Richard Fleming on play-by-play duties, teaming up with Rapids legend Marcelo Balboa. Ally Sturm will join the crew as the sideline reporter for all home broadcasts.
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ESPN sports talk host may have been ahead of his time

Courtesy of Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

(STAA note: Mark Gray was replaced on ESPN Radio Network’s Weekend AllNight by none other than STAA’s Jon Chelesnik)

ESPN Radio last month celebrated its 25th year anniversary. It was launched on January 1, 1992 with 16 hours per week of sports programming.

“The real founders were Chuck Wilson, Tony Bruno, Chris Berman, Keith Olbermann and Mike Tirico,” noted Mark Gray, who joined the network after it began broadcasting ‘round-the-clock in October 1998. Wikipedia unfortunately lists the network’s all-time hosts alphabetically, but overlooks Gray, a former weekend late-night host. …

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Smith is fourth STAA member to call Freedom baseball

“SpenserSpenser Smith is entering his fifth summer of broadcasting baseball. However, 2017 will be his first as the lead voice of a professional team. An STAA member, Smith is the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Florence Freedom.

“The Freedom are a first-rate organization committed to fun, and I’m looking forward to this exciting opportunity to call the action on a nightly basis,” Smith said.

Smith moves to the Greater Cincinnati area after serving in a similar role for the Portland (Ore.) Pickles of the collegiate wood-bat Great West League in 2016. In 2015, he broadcasted games for the Frontier League-affiliated California Winter League, as well as for the single-A Lancaster (Calif.) JetHawks.

Smith becomes the fourth STAA member to be the Voice of the Freedom in the team’s 15 years of existence. John Leahy held the position in 2010. Aaron Morse was behind the mike in 2014 and 2015, followed by Luke Tanaka last season.

“Spenser has a true love for the game of baseball and it shows through in the quality of his broadcast,” Freedom VP & General Manager Josh Anderson said. “Fans will enjoy the action brought to life this season by Spenser.”

(Visit Spenser’s STAA Talent Page).