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• Pittsburgh Penguins voice Mike Lange is scaling back his travel schedule. Lange, 69, will call all 41 home games in the regular season and all playoff games for the team’s radio network, but he will skip about 26 of the team’s 41 regular-season road games. When Lange is off, Josh Getzoff will fill-in. (Courtesy TribLive.com)
• Veteran Los Angeles sports and newscaster Barry Turnbull has passed away at age 60. (Courtesy LARadio.com)
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• Learfield and IMG College are close to a blockbuster merger that will combine the two marketing and media behemoths in college sport. (Courtesy Sports Business Daily)
• The late Bob Wolff, one of the most prolific and recognizable voices in sports, will be honored with the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting from Fordham University. (Courtesy New York Times)
• WEWS Channel 5 Cleveland sports anchor Andy Baskin has left the station. He will continue to host his daily sports talk show on 92.3 The Fan. Baskin tells Ohio.com that working two jobs has been challenging for his family. (Courtesy Ohio.com)
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• Congratulations to STAA member Kyle West, play-by-play broadcaster for the Lynchburg Hillcats. West has won a share of the sixth-annual Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year award. West and Myrtle Beach’s Scott Kornberg tied for the most votes in a poll among the league’s broadcasters.
Sarah Kustok is moving from New Jersey Nets 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. (Courtesy NetsDaily.com)
• New New Jersey Nets TV sideline reporter Michael Grady is keeping his sports talk show on The Fan in Indianapolis. Grady and radio station management anticipate few scheduling conflicts.
• The Kansas City Chiefs are naming their TV booth in honor of former player and broadcaster Len Dawson.
• The Charlotte Hornets have extended their radio deal with 102.5/610 The Fan.
• Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic has promoted producer Jason Myrtetus to co-host afternoons with Harry Mayes.
Danny Cunningham is joining The Zone in Madison, WI as a reporter/host. He relocates from 850 WKNR in Cleveland.
Brian Wheeler, the radio voice of Portland Trail Blazers broadcasts for two decades, has signed a multi-year extension.
Sean Adams, a sports talk host at 1300 The Zone in Austin, TX has died of a heart attack. He was 46.
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. (Courtesy NetsDaily)
Craig Carton has resigned from WFAN. The announcement comes a week after Carton was arrested on charges that he was behind a $5.6 million Ponzi scheme. (Courtesy New York Post)
• The Texans have revoked media credentials for KBME (790 AM) talk show host Josh Innes and his producer, Jim Mudd, for “repeated violations of our media policies.” (Courtesy 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. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
• Sports Radio 850 in Norfolk, VA is shuffling it’s lineup. Nick Bailey will move from 7-9 am to 3-5 pm. Jason Dick and SB Nation Radio morning co-host and STAA member Tim Murray will co-host with Bailey Wednesdays thru Fridays. FSR’s Clay Travis, Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd round out the daytime schedule. Doug Gottlieb’s show has been dropped. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Phillies broadcaster Larry Anderson has announced he will cut back his schedule in 2018. (Courtesy Philly.com)
• 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.
Kristen Rodgers is joining Fox-owned WTXF Philadelphia as a sports anchor and host. Most recently, Rodgers was at KEZI Eugene, OR. (Courtesy TV News Check)
• Congratulations to STAA’s John Herrick. After six years doing sports in Enid, OK, Herrick is joining WIBC radio in his hometown of Indianapolis. Herrick will be a multimedia content producer. He will anchor the morning news between the hours of 6 and 9 am., fulfilling digital requirements and posting on social media.
• Madison sports talk station The Big 1070 is adding the local 11:00 am show, “The Rundown with Jon Arias.” It will lead into the Drew Olson show that emanates from flagship WOKY, Milwaukee. Off the schedule is FOX Sports Radio’s Rich Eisen program. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
Don Ohlmeyer, the “Monday Night Football” producer who came up with the phrase “Must See TV” in leading NBC to the No. 1 prime-time spot, has died. He was 72. (Courtesy Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
• Veteran Denver personality Ryan Edwards is joining Orange and Blue Radio to host a mid-morning show. Edwards formerly worked at Mile High Sports.
• WTVD Charlotte sports reporter Ngozi Ekeledo has announced that she is moving to Chicago with her husband. (Courtesy Charlotte News and Observer)
Alyssa Charlston is joining KXLY4 in Spokane, WA as a sports anchor/reporter. Charleston is a former basketball player and a graduate of the University of Idaho.
• STAA member and Michigan Whitecaps voice Dan Hasty has been named 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year. Earlier this year, Dan earned a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for Whitecaps play-by-play. Congratulations, Dan! (Courtesy Mlive.com)
• MSG Networks has made official the hiring of Ed Cohen as the new radio voice of the Knicks.
• Veteran analyst Kent Tekulve is retiring at the end of the season from the Pittsburgh Pirates broadcast booth. (Courtesy triblive.com)
Frank O. Pinion is joining the sports talk lineup at KFNS in St. Louis. (Courtesy stltoday.com)
• Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas has been presented a Marconi Award as the sports radio station of the year.
• The Patriots and 98.5 The Sports Hub have signed a multi-year extension. Bob Socci and Scott Zolak will continue broadcasting the games.
• Multi-Media Journalist Patrick Chalvire has been promoted to weekend sports anchor at KGBT TV in Harlingen, TX.
• San Francisco sports talk host Tom Tolbert underwent emergency heart surgery last week to repair a thoracic aortic aneurysm. He is recovering well and hopes to return to the airwaves in two weeks. (Courtesy San Jose Mercury News)
• The Phoenix Coyotes have made official their hiring of Paul Bissonnette as their new radio analyst.
• After losing broadcasting rights to San Diego State football and basketball, The Mighty 1090 in San Diego has picked up the same sports for the University of San Diego. STAA member Jack Cronin is handling play-by-play.
David Solano has been named weekend evening news and sports anchor at KIRO in Seattle. Previously, he was the weekend sports anchor at KOIN in Portland, Oregon. (Courtesy TVSpy)
Josh Helmuth joins KSDK in St. Louis as a sports reporter/anchor, from news reporter at KSHB in Kansas City. (Courtesy TVSpy)
• The Sporting News is reporting that is ESPN is considering a potentially powerhouse morning TV duo: Michelle Beadle and Mike Greenberg. The debut of Greenberg’s morning show less than four months away. (Courtesy Sporting News)
Cameron Close, the ECHL’s Broadcaster of the Year last season with the Adirondack Thunder, is joining Ontario of the AHL. Current Reign broadcaster Joseph Zakrzewski is moving into an on-camera social media role.
• Veteran NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is joining Fox Sports Radio. Ryan will pair with Mark Willard Sunday afternoons from 1 to 5 pm EDT.
• Congrats to STAA’s Patrick Creighton. Creighton will be hosting a Sunday night NFL show on SB Nation Radio.
• VP/Sports Programming Mike Thomas has signed a contract extension with CBS Radio.
• DCRTV hears that Chad Dukes, who does afternoon drive, and Grant Paulsen, who does late mornings, have been re-signed to “multi-year” deals by CBS Radio sports talker WJFK, 106.7 The Fan. (Courtesy DCRTV)
Craig Hoffman has been hired as WJFK’s Redskins beat reporter. He’s been working part time with WJFK and
• other CBS Radio stations in its DC cluster. (Courtesy DCRTV)
• ESPN Syracuse has added Seth Goldberg and Steve Infanti afternoons from Noon to 2pm. They replace Dan D’Uva, who left to assume radio play-by-play duties with the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
• ESPN Radio host Ryen Russillo has been suspended until September 5th following his recent arrest in Wyoming.
• Veteran sports talker Mike North has announced his retirement from sports talk radio. (Courtesy Robert Feder)
• WDAE Tampa has moved Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqui from middays to mornings. They replace ESPN’s Mike and Mike. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Former Rip City Radio Portland, OR host Andy Bunker is the new night host at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta.
• Host Greg Larnerd is joining ESPN1420 in Lafayette, LA. His show will air evenings from 6 to 7 pm. He’s an alum of SUNY Plattsburgh.
Meredith Gorman has jointed the New England Patriots as a team reporter. Gorman has been a reporter/host of Golf Destination on NESN and FoxSports and a sports MMJ for the Boston Herald,
Joey McMurry is taking over as the voice of Oregon Ducks basketball. Longtime voice Jerry Allen will be used as an analyst for all Oregon home games.
• Longtime Houston sports radio talk show host Charlie Pallilo returned to the air on Monday (August 21st) on KGOW 1560 AM. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Nathan McCreary will be a sideline reporter this Fall on Kennesaw State football broadcasts on 1230 The Fan 2 in Atlanta. McCreary is a voice of Owls athletics on ESPN3.
Jerry Remy, who is being treated for lung cancer, was honored before Sunday’s game for his 30 years as a Red Sox TV analyst. (Courtesy Milford Daily News)
Eric Dickerson has joined Fox Sports as an NFL analyst.
• Sports Anchor/Reporter MG Montemayor is joining KITV in Honolulu. Montemayor earned her undergrad at the University of Texas; Her Masters at USC.