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Robert Flores will replace Matt Vasgersian as host of MLB Central on MLB Network. Vasgersian, who was named ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball play-by-play announcer in January, will continue to appear on MLB Network. (Courtesy The Big Lead)
Peyton Manning will likely decide this week whether he’ll call “Thursday Night Football” on Fox Sports this season. (Courtesy Sporting News)
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Dan Le Batard has had discussions about the possibility of moving his ESPN radio show exclusively to SiriusXM, The Big Lead has learned from two people with knowledge of the news. (Courtesy The Big Lead)
Greg Olsen is auditioning to be the ‘MNF’ analyst; The Panthers TE could retire if he gets gig. (Courtesy Pro Football Weekly)
• A new sports radio station is on the air in Lafayette, IN. Former WLFI sports anchor Clayton Duffy ‏and Jared Jesulaitis will host a local daily afternoon talk show. The rest of the lineup is ESPN Radio programming. (Courtesy Journal and Courier)
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Allie Clifton served as the color analyst last night (Tuesday March 14) on Fox Sports Ohio’s Cavalier broadcast, alongside Fred McLeod. A woman served as analyst for the Cavs one other time, in the 1990s. (Courtesy Cleveland.com)
• WWL New Orleans has parted ways with longtime host Deke Bellavia, who for nearly a decade has served as Bobby Hebert‘s on-air wingman. His last show was Friday, March 9th. (Courtesy Nola.com)
• Former Auburn football player Cole Cubelic will be the new mid-day host on Birmingham’s WJOX-FM 94.5. The show will begin March 26 and air middays. Cubelic, Landrum Roberts and Tuscaloosa News sports writer Aaron Suttles will co-host (Courtesy al.com)
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• After 22 years, Kelly Tilghman is signing off from The Golf Channel this Sunday, March 18th.
• Former ESPN President George Bodenheimer will stay with the company through the end of the year in an advisory role to new President Jimmy Pitaro. (Courtesy Sports Business Journal)
Justin Connolly and Burke Magnus, two of ESPN’s top executives who were under consideration to run the company, are working without contracts and already have been contacted by several companies interested in prying them away. (Courtesy Sports Business Journal)
• Look for Dan McNeil to return to afternoons on WSCR AM 670 as part of a major realignment to be announced this week. Jason Goff, who has been co-hosting afternoons with Dan Bernstein, has been sidelined for now. (Courtesy Robert Feder)
• Longtime YES Network voice Ken Singleton is leaving the Yankees booth after 2018. He made the announcement Monday on Twitter. (Courtesy NJ.com)
•Rockies voice Jerry Schemmel has devoted much of his life to helping our nation’s veterans. This documentary follows Jerry’s bike ride last year across Colorado.
Sean McDonough is leaving Monday Night Football for a return to college broadcasts. Joe Tessitore likely to take over MNF. (Courtesy Yahoo!)
Peyton Manning has turned down a broadcasting offer from ESPN. FOX is still in play. (Courtesy New York Post)
• Super cool! Legends make history in hiring Emma Tiedemann, only the second female play-by-play voice in baseball. (Courtesy Kentucky.com)
• Sportscaster Gary Cruz, who worked in Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles, dies at age 68. (Courtesy AZCentral.com)
Michael Smith is leaving his job as host of the 6 p.m. edition of ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” His final show is scheduled for today (March 9). (Courtesy SI.com)
Louis Riddick is interested in ESPN Monday Night Football job (Courtesy SI.com)
• Longtime Michigan Tech hockey broadcaster Bob Olson has passed away at 87. (Courtesy The Mining Journal)
• Citing data from Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” study, ESPN Audio is promoting the result stating ESPN Audio’s content – that includes the ESPN Radio Network’s national talk shows and live events, affiliated local broadcast radio stations, and podcasting – accounts for nearly half (46%) of all sports radio listenership in the U.S. (Courtesy Talkers)
Woody Durham, the beloved and iconic Hall of Fame voice of Carolina basketball and football for 40 years, has died peacefully at home from complications from Primary Progressive Aphasia. He was 76 years. Our prayers are with Wes and the Durham family. (Courtesy goheels.com)
• Congrats to Connor Cape, the new radio voice of the Colorado Rapids.
• The Washington Nationals have extended their radio deal with 106.7 The Fan.
Matt Neverett, who joined STAA last year, is the new play-by-play broadcaster for the Bradenon Marauders (Class-A Pirates). Nate March, who has served as the voice of the Marauders for the last six seasons, has been promoted to Manager, Communications and In-Game Entertainment. Nate has been an STAA member since 2010. Congratulations to both!
• ESPN has named Disney executive James Pitaro its next president effective immediately. (Courtesy SI.com)
Bruce Connal, one of the first producers at ESPN in 1979 and the producer of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-views for more than two decades, died on March 1 at the age of 61 following a brief illness. (Courtesy sportsvideo.org)
Travis Rogers has replaced Sean Farnham as Marcellus Wiley’s co-host in afternoons on ESPN Los Angeles.
• Congratulations to Ben Heisler. Ben is joining Fantasy Sports Markets as Director of Media Operations. He leaves 610 Sports in Kansas City where he was the producer and co-host of an afternoon show.
Verne Lundquist is stepping away from CBS’ college hoops booth. He is not part of this year’s NCAA Tournament coverage. (Courtesy New York Post)
• The San Francisco Giants have signed a three-year extension with KNBR.
Dave Denholm is the voice of the LAFC soccer expansion team. Games will air on ESPNLA 70.
• The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN have extended their broadcasting agreement for eight years.
Kayce Smith is leaving NBC Sports Boston for Barstool Sports. Her final day is Friday. Smith joined NBC Sports Boston in March 2017 as a co-host, along with Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles, of the Boston Sports Tonight talk show. (Courtesy Boston.com)
Michael Holley leaves WEEI for full-time work at NBC Sports Boston. (Courtesy Boston.com)
Joe Siddall to replace Gregg Zaun on Sportsnet’s Blue Jays Central broadcast. (Courtesy Toronto Star)
• WJOX in Birmingham, AL is moving Jim Dunaway, Lance Taylor and Ryan Brown from middays to morning drive. They replace Jay Barker, Al Del Greco and Tony Kurre. (Courtesy AllAcccess)
Lesley Visser has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Sportscasters Association. She replaces the late Dick Enberg.
• Charlotte Hornets radio voice Steve Martin will retire following this season. Martin has called every season of NBA basketball in Charlotte, either on television or radio. (Courtesy Charlotte Observer)
• Former ESPN personalities Britt McHenry and Bram Weinstein will team with WPGC News Director Guy Lambert to host
• a weekly news roundup show on Fox 5 in Washington DC. (Courtesy Washington Post)
• Today (February 28th) is the last day on the air for legendary Tulsa sportscaster Al Jerkens. Good luck in retirement, Al! (Courtesy Tulsa World)
• For the first time, Lexington Legends baseball will not be broadcast on radio this season. Instead, they will be streaming for free online. It is part of a trend in minor league baseball, with several other teams having already gone to streaming-only broadcasts. (Courtesy Kentucky.com)
• Congratulations to STAA member Spenser Smith the new No. 2 with the Trenton Thunder. Spenser was the No. 1 with the Florence Freedom last year.
• Portland Trail Blazers voice Brian Wheeler will call only home games for the rest of the season as he battles heath issues. Our thoughts are with Brian and our best wishes for his full recovery.
• San Diego’s Mighty 1090 is dropping the Jim Rome Show in favor of Dan Le Batard 9 am to Noon. The change starts Thursday.
• Congratulations to STAA’s Derek Kopp, the new Sports Anchor/Reporter at WBTW News13 in Myrtle Beach, SC. He previously worked at KNOP-TV in North Platte, NE.
• Ex-women’s player AJ Mleczko to do color analysis for NBC on March 6 when the Detroit Red Wings visit the Boston Bruins. (Courtesy Austin American Statesman)
• Former Astros closer Brad Lidge is working for SiriusXM Radio as a Cactus League spring training reporter and host. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Kirk Herbstreit’s role at ESPN just expanded to the NFL. Herbstreit will be replacing Jon Gruden on the network’s opening night covering of the 2018 NFL Draft. (Courtesy statesman.com)
• Very happy for STAA’s Andy Masur, the Chicago White Sox new pregame radio host. Sox games have moved to AGN AM 720 this season. Way to go, Andy! (Courtesy RobertFeder.com)
• 790 The Ticket Miami PD Len Weiner is adding the same responsibilities at WQAM. He replaces Ryan Maguire who has left for KIRO-FM in Seattle. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Kevin Rolston has been added to the afternoon lineup at 640 The Hurricane in West Palm Beach. Rolston already hosts mornings on a Hot AC sister station in the market. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Mark Schlemmer is the new PM Drive host at ESPN 1410 in Dayton, OH.
Paul Jones, the dean of Nashville TV sports anchors, is leaving Fox 17. Jones says he turned down a 3 yr deal with a raise in order to explore career options. (Courtesy The Tennessean)
• Sports Reporter Sara Hodges is leaving WAAY31 in Huntsville, AL for CBS13 in Sacramento, CA. Hodges is a California native. (Courtesy sacbee.com)