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• A new broadcasting entity called STADIUM will televise at least 15 Conference USA football games this season. STADIUM was formed through a merger of the American Sports Network, 120 Sports and Silver Chalice. (courtesy PilotOnline)
Marc James is joining NESN as an anchor and reporter. He leaves nationally syndicated CBS Sports Radio, where he served as a weekend and fill-in sports talk host. (Courtesy NESN)
• WQAM-560 dropped Curtis Stevenson, Joe Rose’s sidekick on his morning show, and replaced him with Zach Krantz, who was shifted from the afternoon show. 790 The Ticket will be giving Stevenson a trial run this weekend. (Courtesy Miami Herald)
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• Ex-Arkansas Razorback Geno Bell is joining the team’s radio network as a sideline reporter. (Courtesy ArkansasRazorbacks.com)
Mike Crispino, the Knicks’ radio play-by-play man and a fill-in for television coverage, did not have his contract renewed after this past season. (Courtesy Newsday)
• The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame have announced that University of Texas at El Paso play-by-play announcer Jon Teicher is the 2017 recipient of the NFF Chris Schenkel Award.
• The Detroit Pistons announced a multi-year broadcast agreement with WXYT 97.1 FM The Ticket, making the station the team’s radio flagship beginning next season. The team has spent the past three seasons with WMGC-FM (105.1). (Courtesy Detroit Free Press)
• Afternoon Drive host Chris Kroeger has signed an extension with The Fan in Charlotte, NC. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg has signed an extension.
• Veteran Tampa sports talk host Steve Duemig is back on the air after three months away. He has been battling cancer. Glad you are feeling stronger, Steve!
Sherry Ross, a pioneer among women broadcasters, has been let go as the New Jersey Devils radio color commentator after 10 seasons. (Courtesy NorthJersey.com)
Tony Romo will make his CBS broadcast debut this weekend at the PGA’s Colonial Tournament. (Courtesy Golf.com)
• ESPN 99.3 in Estero, FL has added industry vet Pete Sheppard to it’s afternoon show. Sheppard joins Craig Shemon daily from 2 to 6 pm.
Dick Vitale has signed a contract extension with ESPN through the 2019-20 season.
Ryan Radtke is leaving his job as play-by-play voice at the University of Nevada to join Westwood One. He will continue his broadcasting role with minor league baseball’s Reno Aces.
David Solano has oined KIRO-TV (CBS) as a sports and news anchor. Before arriving in Seattle, David worked at KOIN-TV (CBS) in Portland, OR. (Courtesy pugetsoundradio.com)
• ProducerAnchor Matt Abbatacola has left after 16 years at 670 The Score in Chicago. (Courtesy RobertFeder.com)
Mark “Munch” Bishop is joining Fox Sports 1350 in Akron, OH for PM Drive. Bishop formerly hosted at ESPN 850 in Cleveland. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Steve Mears has been hired by ROOT SPORTS as play-by-play broadcaster for the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Courtesy NHL.com)
• ESPN has announced that Mike Greenberg’s new morning show will premiere on January 1, 2018.
• 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.”
Maria Taylor, current ESPN and SEC Network host, reporter and analyst, will join the crews of College GameDay and ABC Saturday Night Football.
• SEC Network’s Laura Rutledge has been tabbed as the new host of the network’s traveling pre-game show SEC Nation, featuring Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum. Rutledge was a reporter on SEC Nation last season and hosted the network’s studio show SEC Now year-round. She replaces the show’s previous host Maria Taylor.
• The last woman to call play by play for an NFL regular season game was Gayle Sierens in 1987. Beth Mowins will be given the play by play assignment for the Sept. 11 game between Chargers and Broncos on ESPN. (Courtesy SI.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 Charlie Slowes during the first two games of the team’s series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday. (Courtesy Syracuse.com)
Cris Carter is pairing up with former radio host Nick Wright to launch FS1’s first-ever morning show. “First Things First With Cris Carter and Nick Wright” Debuts September 5th. (Courtesy Philly.com)
• Ex-Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur will join the Braves TV team for select games this season. (Courtesy Fox Sports)
• SI.com reports that James Lofton will replace the outgoing Solomon Wilcots as a CBS NFL analyst and sideline reporter. The website also reports that Tony Gonzalez, who also recently left CBS, is heading to Fox. (Courtesy SI.com)
• Mighty 1090 San Diego night time host Chris Cantore has announced he has left the station after barely one month of employment.
• The late Craig Sager has been awarded the “outstanding sports personality – sports reporter” Emmy Award.
Mike Emrick has won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-By-Play. It is Emrick’s fifth time winning the award, fourth in a row. (Courtesy NHL.com)
• CBS NFL sideline reporter and color commentator Solomon Wilcots has announced on Twitter that he is finished calling games for the network.
• After 33 years on Peoria television, WHOI sports anchor Lee Hall is leaving his on-air role for an account executive position. (Courtesy Peoria Journal Star)
• Sportscaster Dan Cimmino died over the weekend in Los Angeles after a courageous battle against cancer. Cimino was a TV anchor/reporter in Billings and Missoula, MT.
Jerome Bettis has confirmed Sporting News’ exclusive story that he’s out at ESPN. (Courtesy Sporting News)
Nate Burleson is replacing Bart Scott on CBS’ NFL Today. (Courtesy NFL.com)
Tim Tebow has signed an extension with ESPN. The deal allows him to continue playing baseball.
• Veteran sports anchor-reporter Roger Emrich is among cuts at CBS Radio KRLD in Dallas. (Courtesy Star-Telegram)
Adam Amin, Will Cain, Matt Barrie and Eduardo Perez have all signed contract extensions with ESPN.
Kyle Bailey and Frank Garcia are the new midday show on WFNZ in Charlotte, NC.
Dean Perretta has joined Fox Sports Radio in Washington D.C. as a reporter.
• San Diego State is moving its flagship radio station from The Mighty 1090-AM to XTRA 1360-AM. Ted Leitner remains as voice of the Aztecs.
• The Phoenix Suns have hired local veteran broadcaster Kevin Ray to serve as the television play-by-play announcer for Suns broadcasts on FOX Sports Arizona starting with the 2017-18 season. (Courtesy Phoenix Suns)
Jay Cutler will become the second veteran NFL quarterback to leave the field and head to the broadcast booth this offseason. Cutler will join Fox Sports as a game analyst, working alongside Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis. (Courtesy USA Today)