Search for Bruins’ radio voice continues


Courtesy of The Boston Globe

It may not be the highest-profile sports broadcasting gig in the Boston market, but serving as the radio play-by-play voice of the Bruins is certainly prestigious.

The Sports Hub is still narrowing the field trying to find the right voice. So far, two in-house candidates have called preseason games. Ryan Johnston, a fill-in and weekend host on 98.5 who called games for the AHL franchise in Lowell for nine years, was the first up. Johnston acquitted himself like the pro he is alongside analyst Bob Beers during back-to-back broadcasts Monday and Tuesday. ..

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Greenwald hired to call Nevada women’s hoops


Courtesy of KOLO TV

A broadcast veteran, Doug Greenwald has been hired as the new play-by-play voice for Nevada Wolf Pack women’s basketball, the school announced today along with Learfield, its multimedia rightsholder.

“I want to thank the University of Nevada and Learfield for this opportunity,” said Greenwald. “I’m very excited to work with Coach Amanda Levens and her staff for what is going to be an exciting year for women’s basketball at the University of Nevada.”

Greenwald has more than 20 years of play-by-play broadcasting experience in college basketball and professional baseball. Since 2003 he has served as the play-by-play voice for the Fresno Grizzlies, a Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate formerly of the San Francisco Giants (2003-14) and now the Houston Astros. During his time with the Grizzlies he has had the opportunity to call the 2012 Triple-A All-Star game and the 2015 Triple-A Championship game. …

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‘Voice of the Tomcats’ keeps his passion


Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune

With the high school football season in full swing, Bob Burnell was reminded of the days of his youth living across the street from East Aurora High School and Roy E. Davis Field.

“It was just a natural to be drawn over there,” Burnell said. “I got in the way at football practices and got chased a couple of times. I was there for anything East Aurora.”

Things have come full circle for Burnell who, as a broadcaster, finished his 37th year in 2016 covering high school athletics in the Fox Valley, primarily East Aurora athletics for many of those years. …

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Mike Lange cutting back on Pens’ schedule


Courtesy of TribLive.com

Hockey fans will have fewer chances to buy Sam and his dog a drink this season.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Mike Lange will scale back his travel schedule, the Penguins announced Thursday.

Lange, 69, will call all 41 home games in the regular season and all playoff games for the team’s radio network, but he will skip about 26 of the team’s 41 regular-season road games. When Lange is off, Josh Getzoff will handle radio play-by-play duties with analyst Phil Bourque.

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Joey Wahler’s path to success


Courtesy of The Sentonian

When WFAN and CBS Sports talent Joey Wahler first came to Seton Hall as a freshman in 1986, the men’s basketball team experienced little success. Two seasons later, Seton Hall reached the NCAA championship game and Wahler reaped the benefits of the team’s success by covering it for The Setonian and WSOU.

An anchor, writer and play-by-play man, Wahler’s passion for journalism has always been rooted in storytelling. As a member of The Setonian, Wahler told stories across all disciplines, and his involvement in WSOU on campus allowed him to witness the growth of the men’s basketball team and its tournament run firsthand. …

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Meet the new voice of the Vancouver Giants


Courtesy of Surrey Now Leader

Dan O’Connor remembers it like it was yesterday.

He was in Dawson Creek, working at a radio station in the Peace Country and calling junior B hockey games for the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.

The first game he ever broadcast — for pay and not for pleasure or practice — was a 5-4 Junior Canucks victory over the Peace River Navigators.

“It was …

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Bob Wolff to be honored with Scully Award


Courtesy of The NY Times

The late Bob Wolff, one of the most prolific and recognizable voices in sports, will be honored with the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from Fordham University.

Wolff died in July at the age of 96.

He called the play-by-play in championship games in all four major team sports. He interviewed Babe Ruth, was the original voice of the Washington Senators in 1947 and was the broadcaster for the New York Knicks for both of their championship teams. …

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Andy Baskin leaving Channel 5 Cleveland


Courtesy of The Akron Beacon Journal

Popular sports anchor Andy Baskin is no longer at WEWS (Channel 5), his TV home for the past 10 years. The station and Baskin parted ways last week.

Baskin also co-hosts the Baskin & Phelps show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays on sports radio WKRK (92.3-FM), aka “92.3 The Fan,” with Jeff Phelps.

“Doing two jobs has really been challenging for my family. …

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STAA’s West is Carolina League Co-Broadcaster of the Year


Courtesy of Lynchburg Hillcats

STAA member Kyle West, play-by-play broadcaster for the Lynchburg Hillcats, has won a share of the sixth-annual Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year award. West and Myrtle Beach’s Scott Kornberg tied for the most votes in a poll among the league’s broadcasters.

West is concluding his fourth season with the Hillcats. The University of Kansas alumnus also serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for Radford University women’s basketball and has contributed to various Olympic sports broadcasts on the Liberty Flames Sports Network.

Prior to his time in Lynchburg, West worked as the play-by-play broadcaster for football and basketball at West Liberty University in West Virginia. While with the Hilltoppers, West had the privilege of calling the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championship Game. West has also done play-by-play for various nationally-ranked NCAA Division I teams, including West Virginia women’s soccer, women’s basketball, wrestling and gymnastics as well as Kansas volleyball. …

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Learfield, IMG close to merger


Courtesy of Sports Business Daily

Learfield and IMG College are close to a blockbuster merger that will combine the two marketing and media behemoths in college sports, sources say.

Learfield President & CEO Greg Brown will run the merged business, which will be a 50-50 split between the two companies, sources said.

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