Mike Francesa’s next gig: Podcasts?

Courtesy of NJ.com

As the countdown to the WFAN talk show host’s final show on the station–slated for Dec. 2017–continues, many wonder what Francesa will do next.

While rumors of a reunion with former co-host Chris Russo are always on the minds of Mike and the Mad Dog fanatics, a reunion in the traditional sense likely doesn’t make sense for any party or radio station. …

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It’s official: Wingo joining Golic

ESPN Radio will debut its new morning drive show hosted by Mike Golic and Trey Wingo later this fall, from 6 – 10 a.m. ET. The daily ESPN Radio program will initially be simulcast on ESPN2 before moving to its permanent simulcast home on ESPNU.

ESPN has signed both Golic and Wingo to new multiyear extensions. In addition to ESPN Radio, Wingo will continue to host the NFL Draft and appear on ESPN’s NFL television programming.

Mike Golic, Jr., who also signed a new multiyear agreement, will join the show every day from 6 – 7 a.m. He will continue to host ESPN Radio’s First & Last from 4 – 6 a.m. every weekday before transitioning to the new morning show at 6 a.m.

Taylor named ABC Saturday night football reporter

ESPN has filled a key position for the upcoming college football season. Maria Taylor, current ESPN and SEC Network host, reporter and analyst, will join the crews of College GameDay and ABC Saturday Night Football.

Taylor will take on the reporter role vacated by Samantha Ponder who was recently named the new host of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown. She will begin her new duties in August as part of her existing multiyear contract.

Big names in new roles on SportsCenter

Courtesy of Sporting News

ESPN is shaking up its faltering “SportsCenter” franchise, naming anchors Kenny Mayne, John Buccigross, Sage Steele and Hannah Storm to new roles and adding a new TV/digital element called “SportsCenter Right Now.”

Monday’s shakeup is meant to stabilize and set a new direction for “SportsCenter” in the wake of …

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Steve Mears to handle Pens TV play-by-play

Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Penguins

Steve Mears has been hired by ROOT SPORTS as play-by-play broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Mears, a native of nearby Murrysville and a graduate of Franklin Regional High School, has spent the past five seasons as co-host of “NHL Live and NHL Now” on the NHL Network. He was the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders from 2006-2009 and worked for the Penguins radio network from 2009-13. …

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Mowins to call Sep. 11 MNF game

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

The last woman to call play by play for an NFL regular season game was Gayle Sierens in 1987.

That is about to change, according to multiple sources. ESPN broadcaster Beth Mowins will be given the play by play assignment for the Sept. 11 game between Chargers and Broncos in Denver, the late game of the Monday Night Football opening week doubleheader. Former Bills and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is likely to be her game analyst.

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Chiefs broadcaster Brown gets call to the majors

Courtesy of Syracuse.com

Syracuse Chiefs broadcaster Kevin Brown will make his major-league debut on the Washington Nationals’ Radio Network this week.

Brown will fill in for Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes during the Nationals’ first two games of the team’s series at the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Third-year Chiefs broadcaster and former Jim Nantz Award winner Eric Gallanty will have the call when the Chiefs visit Buffalo this week …

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Francoeur joining Braves TV team

Courtesy of Fox Sports

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur will join the FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast broadcast team for select games during the 2017 MLB regular season.

Francoeur will make his debut as an analyst on Braves LIVE! on Monday, June 5, …

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ESPN Cleveland personality fired over drugs comment

Courtesy of Deadspin

Wednesday, ESPN 850 Cleveland contributor Sabrina Parr went on a daily radio program The Really Big Show and delivered a blistering take about how the Browns’ newly drafted safety Jabrill Peppers was going to fail because he was “on the lean and the molly.” Parr was challenged on her claims by her co-hosts, but didn’t back down …

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