Benetti rises from Salem to White Sox, ESPN


Courtesy of The Roanoke Times

Nine years ago, Jason Benetti was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Salem Avalanche.

He is still in a broadcast booth these days, but now he works for the Chicago White Sox and ESPN.

“I’ve been doing a lot of different sports and I’ve seen a lot of the country. It’s been great,” he said this week in a phone interview. “I knew that if I made myself proud of the work and other people … proud of the work, that would be enough for me. … But then when it happens in conjunction with getting … two jobs like this, I honestly could not ask for anything more.”

Benetti, 34, will be back in the commonwealth Saturday to do …

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Craig Carton resigns from WFAN


Courtesy of The NY Post

The show will not go on — officially.

A day after breaking his silence and saying that he would come back stronger than ever, Craig Carton has resigned from WFAN.

In a statement released through a publicist Wednesday night, the morning radio co-host of “Boomer and Carton” explained his decision a week after being arrested on charges that he was behind a $5.6 million Ponzi scheme to repay his own gambling debts. …

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Esiason talks Craig Carton resignation


Courtesy of NY Daily News

Welcome to “The Morning Show with Boomer.”

The ex-Jets quarterback opened his re-branded WFAN radio show – in a studio completely scrubbed clean of any presence of Craig Carton – by dealing with the news that his long-time partner had resigned amid Ponzi scheme charges.

“I think it’s a good move for Craig,” Esiason said of the announcement that came Wednesday night, “and I think …

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Houston sports talk station moving to FM


Courtesy of The Houston Chronicle

Gow Media has leased an FM frequency at 94.1 FM and will move its current 1560 AM sports talk lineup to the FM location beginning Oct. 1, company owner David Gow said Wednesday.

The move will give Gow two sports talk stations on the FM band, joining its ESPN Radio affiliate KFNC (97.5 FM). The 97.5 FM lineup will remain unchanged, and the KGOW (1560 AM) lineup, which includes Charlie Pallilo, Sean Salisbury, Barry Warner, Nate Griffin and STAA member Patrick Creighton, will move to 94.1 FM. …

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Andersen to reduce Phillies radio broadcast duties


Courtesy of Philly.com

Larry Andersen has worked every summer in baseball since 1971, when he was drafted from high school. His career spanned the mound for 17 big-league seasons, to the dugout as a coach, and then to the broadcast booth for decades.

“I figured next year,” he said, “would the first time I had time off in the summer in 48 years.”

Andersen, after this season, will no longer work full time alongside Scott Franzke. …

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STAA’s Harris named Southern League’s best


Courtesy of The Gulfport Sun Herald

Biloxi Shuckers play-by-play broadcaster and STAA member Chris Harris has been named the Southern League’s Radio Broadcaster of the Year for the 2017 season, the league announced Wednesday.

It marks the second such honor in Harris’ nine-year Minor League broadcasting career. The award is voted on by the league’s broadcasters and general managers.

Harris, 33, completed his third season with the Shuckers in 2017. Before his time in Biloxi, he …

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BTN’s Byington ready for historic broadcast


Courtesy of The Chicago Tribune

On the way to her first job in Alpena, Mich., a remote small town in the northern part of the state, Lisa Byington could hit the seek button on her car radio without finding a clear FM signal.

It was fair to wonder as a young sports broadcaster making $14,000 a year in America’s second-smallest television market if anybody ever watched or felt the impact of her work. Those memories came flooding back to Byington this week as she prepared to become the Big Ten Network’s first female play-by-play announcer to call a football game — Northwestern vs. Bowling Green on Saturday night at Ryan Field —culminating a journey from working in the hinterlands to making history. …

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Hasty’s great year continues with SVSU hoops gig


“Dan(September 13, 2017) Dan Hasty might be having the best year of his career. First, he earned a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award. Then it was the Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year Award for his work with minor league baseball’s West Michigan Whitecaps. Now Hasty has been hired as play-by-play voice for men’s and women’s basketball at Saginaw Valley State University.

The SVSU opportunity arose when Hasty began planning his baseball offseason. “I had been talking to a few other teams about joining their broadcasts when I decided to reach out to SVSU,” he says. “I had filled in for them at different points during the last two seasons, and really enjoyed working with their staff. They then told me they had an opening as the lead voice for men’s and women’s basketball.

“I assume my two years of fill-in responsibilities served as my official interview,” Hasty smiles.

SVSU offers the opportunity for Hasty to continuing building his resume and developing his craft. “I had done high school basketball last year. To get the bump up to NCAA hoops so quickly is encouraging.”

SVSU basketball fits neatly into Hasty’s baseball schedule as he prepares for his fourth season with Western Michigan. “A few of my mentors suggested that college hoops was the ideal fit with a baseball schedule, and it makes a world of sense,” Hasty says.

Hasty is in his 10th season of sportscasting since graduating from Central Michigan University. In that time, he’s developed a reputation for treating people kindly. “90% of life’s hardships can be avoided by simply treating people well, and it will open doors for you along the way,” he advises. “Some of the best opportunities I ever received were because I was willing to fill-in — sometimes for nothing more than the experience itself.”

In addition to the SVSU gig, Hasty will continue broadcasting high school football and basketball in Grand Rapids. He’s also assisting Pro Football Focus as an analyst and occasionally filling-in on local sports talk shows.

“I’m very grateful to SVSU for allowing me the opportunity and can’t wait to get things rolling.”

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Francesa leaves door open to staying at WFAN


Courtesy of Long Island Newsday

Mike Francesa still plans to leave WFAN in December, but on Tuesday he left the door wide open to rethinking that plan in the wake of last week’s arrest of morning co-host Craig Carton.

“I will not turn my back on the station,” Francesa told Newsday. “Let’s see what the fall brings. I haven’t talked to anybody, but I know there are conversations ahead.”

Carton’s indefinite suspension immediately prompted …

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