Kerney living a dream on ESPN and at home in Greenwich

Courtesy of Greenwich Time

Lisa Kerney’s first experience as a sports broadcaster came recording home videos with her four siblings growing up in Kansas City.

“We have family videos from back in the day where I would be interviewing my brothers and sisters doing made up sports activities,” said Kerney, who now lives in Greenwich. “When people would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I grew up literally from the beginning of ‘SportsCenter,’ and I would tell people early on, ‘I want to be on ESPN.’”

Since February of 2014, that is what Kerney has done, making the daily commute from Greenwich to …

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Mike Bacsik played the game; now, he talks a good game

Courtesy of The Dallas Morning Star

Mike Bacsik is the only daily local sports-talk host who actually played games at an advanced level.

The son of major league pitcher, also named Mike Bacsik, he played high school baseball at Duncanville before embarking on a professional career as a left-handed pitcher that began in 1996 and lasted through 2008.

He spent parts of five seasons in the major leagues, pitching for the Cleveland Indians, Rangers, New York Mets and Washington Nationals.

Married to a physician and a father of three, he got into sports talk as an intern at “The Ticket” KTCK-AM (1310) and KTCK-FM (96.7). He works the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift at “The Fan” KRLD-FM (105.3) as a member of G-Bag Nation. …

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Ex-USC, UCLA voice Mike Walden dies

Courtesy of USC Athletics

Mike Walden, a noted local radio and television sportscaster who was the play-by-play broadcast voice of USC football and men’s basketball from 1966 to 1972 and then called UCLA sports for parts of 18 years, died on Sunday (Feb. 12) in Tarzana, Calif., from complications of a stroke. He was 89.

There will be a celebration of life for Walden on March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

Walden, who was known for his distinctive broadcasting style and his even more distinctive wardrobe, handled the USC announcing duties when the Trojan footballers appeared in 5 Rose Bowls and won a pair of national championships (1967 and 1972) and the 1971 hoopsters posted a 24-2 record.

A member of the …

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Pollin is back on the air — for ESPN 980’s rival station

Courtesy of The Washington Post

The longest-tenured voice in D.C. sports radio is already back on air — and working for his former station’s rival.

Andy Pollin, whose contract at ESPN 980 was not renewed after nearly 25 years at that network, made his debut on 106.7 The Fan Friday morning, during an appearance with the Sports Junkies.

Pollin — the longtime co-host of WTEM’s “Sports Reporters,” among other shows — will now serve as a regular guest and fill-in host for 106.7. …

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Hogs’ Elson stays on the go

Courtesy of Whole Hog Sports

Phil Elson is about to embark on one of the busiest times of his year, and that’s saying something.

Elson’s passion keeps him busy. He serves as the radio play-by-play voice for the Arkansas baseball and women’s basketball teams, and is a producer for Game on with Wess Moore, a radio call-in show in Little Rock. During his off-season with the Razorbacks, Elson lends his voice to the football team at Henderson State, a prominent Division-II program in Arkadelphia. …

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Mark Grace joins D-Backs TV crew

Courtesy of Arizona Sports 98.7

FOX Sports Arizona on Wednesday announced that Mark Grace will join their staff as a pre and post-game show analyst for Arizona Diamondbacks broadcasts.

One of the most popular personalities in D-backs history, Grace will join hosts Todd Walsh and Jody Jackson as well as analyst Brandon Webb. Steve Berthiaume and Bob Brenly will once again handle play-by-play and color commentary duties, respectively. …

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WQAM and ‘The U’ extend radio deal

Courtesy of CBS Miami

South Florida Hurricanes’ fans can continue to find their favorite team on Miami’s Sports Radio 560 WQAM as the University of Miami Athletics and Miami’s Sports Radio 560 today announced a multi-year extension for the station to remain the flagship radio home of Miami Hurricanes games.

“The Voice of the Hurricanes”, Joe Zagacki, will return for his 29th season on football and Men’s basketball broadcasts.. …

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Harry Caray’s grandson is voice of Stony Brook

Courtesy of Long Island Newsday

As he does his purposeful multi-tasking at the left end of Stony Brook’s press table, calling the basketball game while serving as his own analyst and engineer, [STAA member] Josh Caray appears to be a typical, hardworking, anonymous mid-major college announcer. Gradually, though, the alert sports fan will notice the distinct spelling of the last name, hear that the guy is from Atlanta . . .

It might be . . . It could be . . . It is! Yes, he is one of those Carays. He is a member of broadcasting’s royal family. …

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Gehl new Hagerstown Suns voice

(February 15, 2017) Moving from Michigan to Maryland, STAA member Kevin Gehl is the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Hagerstown Suns.

The Suns are the Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

The Hagerstown move was set in motion when one of Gehl’s colleagues sent his demo and resume to the Suns General Manager.

“Tim Swartz, a fellow play-by-play broadcaster and former co-worker in the San Francisco Bay Area, reached out to me because he knew Hagerstown Suns GM Travis Painter had a lead broadcaster opening.”

The position was also emailed to STAA members on November 16th.

Gehl highlighted his most relevant experience to earn the Suns job.

“Having Tim as a reference for the position was key, but I also did my homework on the Suns organization and emphasized my strengths in public relations as well as broadcasting.”

After several years in broadcasting, Gehl understands how crucial it is to build good relationships. He appreciates how his STAA membership helps him connect with others.

“Last year, I attended the STAA One Day Ticket event in Salisbury, NC and made new friendships with fellow STAA members who became my colleagues across the Midwest League and now the South Atlantic League.”

Gehl has developed a range of broadcasting skills including sports TV reporting. More recently, he narrowed his focus to maximize for opportunities in the sportscasting industry’s growth areas.

“I spent eight years in local TV sports and I was fortunate to cover marquee events like the Final Four and Rose Bowl. But it’s no secret that local TV sports anchoring and reporting jobs are drying up and even the regional and national networks are turning away from traditional sports highlights and news shows,” Gehl observed.

“By contrast, live game coverage continues growing. With online streaming, there are now more live sports broadcasts than ever. Play-by-play has always been my true career goal and passion, so once I realized the brightest future lies in calling games, I left local TV and committed myself to pursuing play-by-play.”

(Visit Kevin’s website).

Strader returning to Stars’ booth for upcoming homestand

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports

In June 2016, Dave Strader announced he was temporarily stepping away from by broadcast booth for the Dallas Stars to concentrate on his fight against cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and aggressive cancer of the bile duct.

Strader is currently undergoing treatment in upstate New York. He has a gap in his treatment schedule that aligns with the team’s upcoming homestand. The Stars announced Strader will make his season debut on Saturday and call all five home games. …

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