Sarah Kustok promoted to Nets TV analyst


Courtesy of Nets Daily

Sarah Kustok is moving from sideline reporter to being YES’ primary game analyst, joining long-time analyst Jim Spanarkel. Mike Fratello, who’s worked as a game analyst, now moves to the studio. Kustok will become the only woman to work as the primary solo NBA game analyst at a regional sports network.

As reported, Michael Grady will make his debut this season as YES’ Nets courtside reporter, replacing Kustok. Grady is the 2016 Indiana Sportscaster of the Year, as voted on by the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Ian Eagle along with Ryan Ruocco will continue to handle play-by-play duties. Analyst Donny Marshall will not return. …

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Tiki, Ronde Barber to call Giants-Bucs


Courtesy of Sporting News

This could get very interesting: Former Giants running back Tiki Barber, a longtime critic of Giants quarterback Eli Manning, will join his twin brother, Ronde Barber, in the broadcast booth for Fox Sports’ telecast of the Giants-Buccaneers game in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 1, John Entz, Fox Sports’ president of production, told Sporting News on Monday.

An official announcement is expected Tuesday. …

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Meet the Razorbacks’ newest voice


Courtesy of Whole Hog Sports

Spend a few minutes with Brett Dolan and one thing becomes obvious: he loves baseball.

Dolan loves the sport so much that during his early days as a broadcaster, he lived inside the umpire’s locker room at a stadium in Beloit, a small town on the Wisconsin-Illinois border.

“I was giving plasma twice a week, I was doing high school games, I was selling advertising,” Dolan said. “At one point I was acting GM and mowing the field in the off-season.”

Paying those kinds of dues …

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Disney overrules ESPN on Jaworski return


Courtesy of The Big Lead

Ron Jaworski was one of the 100 or so talents who were laid off by ESPN this past April. The Big Lead has learned from a person with knowledge of the situation that, as football season approached, ESPN’s NFL team sought to bring back Jaws for the film-study-heavy NFL Matchup show, but was told by their parent company Disney that they could not undo his layoff. …

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Wheeler, Trail Blazers sign extension


Courtesy of Blazers Edge

Brian Wheeler, the radio voice of Portland Trail Blazers broadcasts for two decades, has signed a multi-year extension that will keep him behind the microphone for the foreseeable future.

Blazers Broadcasting studio analyst Michael Holton will join Wheeler for color commentary during Trail Blazers home games.

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Redman new WKU women’s hoops voice


Four months after being honored as one of the top collegiate sports broadcasters in the country, Jevin Redman has a Di play-by-play gig. An STAA member, Redman is the new voice of women’s basketball at Western Kentucky.

Redman, who graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in April, served as play-by-play announcer for men’s and women’s basketball and baseball USI for all four years of his collegiate career. He has also served as the No. 2 broadcaster for the Louisville Bats, a AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, and as director of broadcasting and play-by-play announcer for minor league baseball’s Evansville Otters.

In November, Redman was named the top play-by-play broadcaster in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Broadcasters Association. He also ranked 16th among all college broadcasters across the United States as part of Sportscasters Talent Agency of America’s annual All-America program.

Outside of play-by-play, Redman served as the sports director for WSWI, the Southern Indiana student-run radio station. His duties included coordinating sportscasts and broadcasts schedules, managing students covering campus sports and acting as the travel coordinator for broadcasting events on the road.

(Visit Jevin’s SoundCloud page).

Austin sports talk host Sean Adams dies


Courtesy of The Austin Statesman

Sean Adams, a business-trained, California-born athlete who transformed himself into a motivational speaker and one of Austin’s most unique, unstoppable sports radio voices, died Thursday after an apparent heart attack. He was 46.

With an infectious smile and positive demeanor, Adams was widely admired for his dogged perseverance to stay on the air through the years with various Austin stations in the rough-and-tumble sports talk industry.

A spokeswoman said …

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Michael Grady joins YES as sideline reporter


Courtesy of Nets Daily

Michael Grady, who’s been the Indiana Pacers public address announcer … and a local sports reporter in his native Indiana, is moving to New York to be the Nets new sideline reporter. Grady announced the move in a series of tweets.

“I am joining the YES Network in New York as sideline reporter for the Brooklyn Nets,” Grady wrote in a farewell note to his fans. …

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Sharpe begins 10th season with Huskers


Courtesy of The Daily Nebraskan

Every gameday, Husker football fans across the state tune in to hear a crisp baritone voice paint a picture of the action on the field. That voice comes from play-by-play announcer Greg Sharpe.

Award-winning commentator and “Voice of the Huskers,” Sharpe, has rapidly approached his 10th season calling football and baseball games at the university after signing on to the program on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008.

Previously finding success in Kansas, the two-time Kansas Sportscaster of the Year and play-by-play voice of Kansas State football and basketball (1996-2002), was tempted to begin his career at Nebraska.

Sharpe said when the Nebraska job opened up, he was immediately interested. …

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