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Tim Neverett is joining the Dodgers’ broadcast team as Kevin Kennedy exits. Tim will fill in on TV for Joe Davis and on radio for Charley Steiner. Steiner will work a reduced schedule as part of a three year extension. Congratulations, Tim! (Courtesy OC Register)
• Long-time Charlotte Hornets broadcaster Stephanie Ready’s new job is a schedule of virtual reality telecasts of NBA games for Turner Sports. The Observer reported last week that Ready was leaving Fox Sports Southeast’s broadcast team. (Courtesy Charlotte Observer)
• The Monday Night Football TV team expects to return intact next season. (Courtesy The Athletic)
• Ever wonder what assistance STAA members are receiving besides job leads? Watch this short virtual tour video of the STAA Members Site now to find out!
Steven Spector has been promoted from APD to Program Director at 610 Sports in Kansas City. He follows John Hanson, who recently left for a similar position at WCCO in Minneapolis.
• Stadium is teaming up with The Montag Group to create Broadcast Stories. The series will tell the stories of how various sports broadcasters got to where they are today. (Sports Business Daily)
Stephanie Ready, a part of the Hornets’ television team since the NBA returned to Charlotte in 2004, is leaving for another broadcasting job. Her last game will be December 14th. (Courtesy Charlotte Observer)
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• Congrats to Greg Gaston. He has been named radio voice for the Alliance of American Football’s Memphis Express. The team has signed a contract with iHeartMedia. (Courtesy Memphis Business Journal)
Al Helfer, the Cincinnati Reds’ play-by-play broadcaster from 1935 to 1937, has won the 2019 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting. Helfer, who died in 1975, will be recognized next summer in Cooperstown. (Courtesy Cincinnati.com)
• ESPN Radio weekend hosts Steve Covino and Rich Davis will host one of two new late-night shows being added to the lineups of ESPN’s television networks in January. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Johnny Holliday, who took on the job of Nationals pre- and postgame host shortly after the team first came to town, says he is stepping away from his role on MASN as he cuts back his workload. Holliday is 81. He is the play-by-play voice at the U. of Maryland. (Courtesy Washington Post)
• Radio voice Tim Neverett will not return to Red Sox broadcasts next season. He has decided to let his contract with WEEI expire as the station considers changing the broadcast to a talk show format.
• One of the world’s best soccer commentators is moving to the U.S. to join ESPN. Jon Champion will be ESPN’s new play-by-play voice for Major League Soccer beginning in 2019. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Congratulations to STAA member Ben Wilson, the new sports talk host and play-by-play broadcaster at ESPN Columbia.
• Props to Elgin Rucker who is the new sports anchor/reporter at KCCN in Des Moines. He leaves WCJB 20 in Gainesville, FL.
• Sports anchor Mark Rosen has accelerated his plans to retire from WCCO-TV after roughly 50 years on the air. He’s moving the date up from after the Final Four in April to January 10th. (Courtesy Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
• The Orlando Magic will induct longtime play-by-play announcer David Steele into their Hall of Fame in February.
• Program Director John Hanson is leaving 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City for Entercom sister station News-Talk WCCO in Minneapolis. Good luck, John!
• Longtime KYWA Radio Philadelphia Sports Reporter Tom Maloney has passed away. He was 74. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Kevin Frandsen will be calling the 81 Phillies games that Larry Andersen is not doing next season. Last year the team used three former players to do those games. (Courtesy SportsTalkPhilly.com)
• ESPN has assigned Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit to the Alabama-Oklahoma College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl and Sean McDonough and Todd Blackledge to the Clemson-Notre Dame semifinal at the Cotton Bowl. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Adam King is the new voice of Western Nebraska Pioneers Expedition League baseball. He follows STAA member Miles Klotz.
• Longtime WPXI-TV sportscaster Sam Nover, a mainstay in Pittsburgh media for decades, has died at age 77. (Courtesy Triblive.com)
• The Alliance of American Football has its second play-by-play broadcaster. Ms. Jamie Seh will be the radio voice of the Orlando Apollos. Seh is Sports Director at WKMG-TV News 6. STAA member Jeff Munn was recently named voice for the Arizona franchise. (Courtesy Orlando Business Journal)
• Cal Berkeley student Ryan Zimmerman is the new voice of Sanford Mainers baseball. Congratulations Ryan!
• NBC Sports Radio is ending much of its regular sports talk programming effective January 1st and pivoting to a strategy of feeding two weekday shows and two weekend shows with sports updates around the clock, seven days a week. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• The ACC Network finally has a launch date — Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019,
• Learfield and some of its Iowa affiliates will not air a radio ad supporting suspended Iowa play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin. Loyal Hawkeye Fans, Inc. is sponsoring the pro-Dolphin ad that will run on several stations during his two-game suspension. (Courtesy Joplin Globe)
• New Hampshire Fisher Cats on-field emcee and road radio broadcaster Tyler Zickel has joined the front office in a full-time capacity as Director of Promotions & Entertainment. (Courtesy Ballpark Digest)

November 2018

• Extra excited for STAA member Brenna Greene. Brenna has been promoted to Sports Director after less than three months at KREM2 — the first ever female sports director in Spokane. An especially great gig for a Gonzaga grad and proud Zag. Way to go, Brenna!
• Former WQAD sports anchor Jim Albracht will handle play-by-play duties for the Iowa men’s basketball game Friday with Wisconsin. Gary Dolphin is on a two game suspension for criticizing the program in comments he thought were off-air.
• Congratulations to Syracuse student Jaron May, the new voice of the ABA’s Syracuse Stallions.
• Changes are coming to the Atlanta Braves broadcast team. Jeff Francoeur is becoming the lead TV analyst. Joe Simpson is moving mostly to radio. Simpson is “surprised” by the extent of the change. (Courtesy Atlanta Journal Constitution)
• Iowa Hawkeyes broadcaster Gary Dolphin has been suspended two games for criticisms he thought he was making off air. (Courtesy USA Today)
• We are fired up for STAA member Jeff Munn. Jeff has been named the radio voice of the Arizona Hotshots of the new Alliance of American Football. Games will air on 1060 AM. Munn will continue as voice of ASU women’s hoops.
• Props to Kaylee Heck, the new sports anchor/reporter at KFOX14 in El Paso, TX. Kaylee is a USC grad.
• South Alabama Jaguars voice JD Byars has been chosen to anchor the two-hour Sun Belt Conference championship pre-game show on ESPN3. He’ll also host a one hour post-game show.
• ABC will broadcast all three days of the 2019 NFL Draft. The first two days will be in prime time and have a distinct production, separate from the ESPN telecast. For the final day, ABC will simulcast the ESPN production, which will begin at noon. (Courtesy Albany Times Union)
• Congratulations to Trey Wilson, the new play-by-play broadcaster and Director of Communications for the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He leaves a similar position with the Altoona Curve.
• Milwaukee has a new sports station, 97.3 The Game. The station includes four local shows, play-by-play from Westwood One and Milwaukee Admirals hockey. Tim Scott is the PD. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Controversial Dino Costa might soon be returning to KFNS in St. Louis. (Courtesy St. Louis Post Dispatch)
• After 40 years of broadcasting, Penn State women’s basketball voice Jerry Fisher will retire at the end of this season. (Courtesy Altoona Mirror)
• Fabulous news — For the first time this season, Trail Blazers radio voice Brian Wheeler takes the microphone as the team hosts the Clippers on Sunday (Nov. 25). Wheeler had been on medical leave, and for now will be limited to broadcasting only home games. STAA member Travis Demers, who had been filling-in for Wheeler so far this season, will handle Trail Blazers road games. (Courtesy NBA.com)
• Amazon bids for Disney’s 22 regional sports networks, including YES Network. Apollo Global Management, KKR, Blackstone, Sinclair Broadcast and Tegna are also making first-round bids for the regional networks. (Courtesy CNBC)
• The eighth season of NFL Network’s A Football Life continues Friday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. ET with a profile of former NFL wide receiver and 16-time Emmy award-winning broadcaster for NBC Sports Cris Collinsworth. (Courtesy Bengals.com)
Kate Fagan, a writer and host at ESPN, is leaving the network at the end of the year. “To continue at ESPN I would have to be immersed in the day-to-day in sports,” Fagan said. “And I found myself more and more interested in other aspects of sports.” (Courtesy Washington Post).
• The Athletic has hired Armen Keteyian as part of its continued push into video. (Courtesy Awful Announcing)
• Ex-Detroit Tigers voice Mario Impemba is up for Michigan sportscaster of year, presented by the National Sports Media Association. (Courtesy Detroit Free Press)
Josh Lewin is leaving New York Mets radio to join 97.3 The Fan in San Diego as Padres pre and post game host and fill-in play-by-play broadcaster. He is the voice of UCLA and former voice of the Chargers when they were in San Diego.(Courtesy New York Post)
• Longtime WDAE Tampa host Steve Duemig continues treatment for a brain tumor. He’ll step aside as the station names Ron Diaz and Ian Beckles PM Drive hosts effective Monday, November 26. The duo who exited three years ago in a programming reshuffle. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Veteran Montreal sportscaster Randy Tieman has died at age 64. (Courtesy Montreal Gazette)
• Congratulations to Ohio University student Luke Steiner, the new Play-by-Play/Multi-Media Specialist for the West Virginia Miners. The Miners play in the summer collegiate Prospect League.
• ESPN is continuing with remote college basketball broadcasts this year for more than 200 games. Crews will be based at broadcast centers in Bristol, Charlotte and Orlando. (Courtesy Awful Announcing)
• Fox Sports and Major League Baseball have come to terms on a renewal that will secure the Fox broadcast network as the home of the World Series through 2028. (Courtesy AdAge.com)
Ernie Johnson will handle play-by-play for the Tiger WoodsPhil Mickelson match Nov. 23 in Las Vegas. (Courtesy Golf Week)
• NBC will use studio hosts Mike Tirico for play by play and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison for analysis on its Thanksgiving night telecast of the Falcons game at New Orleans. They will replace the usual duo of Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels. (Courtesy Seymour Tribune)
• STAA’s Kyle Rush is broadcasting the University of Maine’s men’s basketball game this weekend at NC State. Learfield Sports found Kyle through STAA. Congratulations Kyle!
Kirk Minihane is leaving the WEEI morning program for a show on Radio.com. WEEI’s morning show will now be called “Mut and Callahan,’’ after longtime host Gerry Callahan and Mike Mutnansky. (Courtesy Boston.com)
• Sports talk personality Orlando “Big O Alzugaray exits Entercom’s WQAM, Miami after a four-year stint hosting the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm program. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Former WIP Operations Manager Andy Bloom has left Entercom Minneapolis after seven months. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• This may be Marv Albert’s final season as one of the marquee voices on the NBA. Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson is the top candidate to replace him. (Courtesy New York Post)
• The Yankees are moving forward with plans to buy back the YES Network, the regional sports network that was sold to 21st Century Fox Inc. four years ago. (Courtesy Bloomberg)
• Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy has tweeted that he is cancer free “for now and hopefully forever.”
• The Pac 12 Network has added Barry Tompkins to its broadcast team for men’s basketball. The roster also include Aaron Goldsmith and Rich Burk. Cindy Brunson and Kate Scott are among the broadcasters for women’s games.
• Recent Seton Hall grad Timothy Best has joined Northeast Sports Network as a play-by-play broadcaster for Hamilton College field hockey.
• Props to Scott Braswell. He is leaving NTV in Nebraska to be the new Sports Anchor/Reporter at KAKE in Wichita.
• Big congratulations to Dodgers’ voice Joe Davis and his wife Libby. They are first-time parents to son Blake.
• Florida Gators’ voice Mick Hubert has been elected to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Congratulations Mick!
Ray Knight, a fixture on MASN’s pre- and postgame Washington Nationals coverage since 2007, will not return next season. The network did not pick up his 2019 contract option. (Courtesy Washington Post)
Bob Ramsey, who has been in the St. Louis sportscasting business for more than three decades, is shifting from KTRS (550 AM) to KFNS (590 AM). (Courtesy STLToday.com)
• Congratulations to Josh Maurer and Jay Burnham. Maurer is the new voice of men’s basketball at Boston College. Burnham replaces Maurer as men’s hoops voice at UMASS. Maurer will finish the current football season as voice of the Miinutemen.
• Hats off to Deuce Mason and Morgan Ragan, the new play-by-play voice and color commentator for the G-League’s Stockton Kings. The pair hosts the “All Things Kings” podcast. Mason is the Sacramento Kings Radio Broadcast Manager and a former local radio & TV personality.
• Four years after having hired her away from Golf Channel, Holly Sonders will not be part of Fox Sports’ future golf telecasts. She continues to work select studio shows as well as college football broadcasts. (Courtesy GolfWeek.com)
• Former ESPN Dallas host Will Chambers has launched The Lounge With Will Chambers podcast. It’s a sports & lifestyle podcast covering everything from sports news to food & beverage, entertainment, politics and the lives of his guests. It’s on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play.
• Congratulations to Josh Rowntree, the new voice of Pitt Panthers women’s basketball. Josh is an anchor/reporter at 93.7 The Fan.
• Excited for STAA member Kevin Gehl, the new voice of Northeastern U. women’s basketball.

October 2018

Patrick Sharp, who won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, will join NBC Sports Chicago as a Blackhawks studio analyst. (Courtesy Second City Hockey)
• For the first time in Morehead State history, a woman will be behind the microphone as a full-time play-by-play announcer for the 2018-19 basketball season. Congrats to Emma Tiedemann! (Courtesy MSUEagles.com)
Bert Blyleven’s steadily declining role as a Twins TV analyst will decrease again in 2019. Blyleven, who did 80 games in 2018, will do 50 games in 2019 and just 30 in 2020. (Courtesy Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
• The Ilitch family is considering forming a regional television network dedicated to coverage of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. The network would not be launched until early in the next decade, after current Tigers-Red Wings contracts with Fox Sports Detroit expire. (Courtesy Detroit News)
• Yankees play-by-play man John Sterling will call Nets-Hawks on YES on Dec. 16. He was the Nets’ voice from 1975-80. Sterling also called the Washington Bullets’ games from 1980-81, then the Atlanta Hawks from 1981-89. (Courtesy Newsday)
Marty Brennaman will return for another season calling Cincinnati Reds games. His wife made the announcement on Facebook.
• When Good Karma Brands takes ownership of country WKTI-FM and news/talk WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee on November 1, it will flip WKTI to sports talk as ESPN Milwaukee 94.5. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Congratulations to Brendan Reidy, the new ESPN3 voice for Western Illinois University men’s basketball.
• The Drake Bulldogs have chosen WHO-TV sports reporter Michael Admire to call men’s basketball and produce reports for the athletic department’s website. He is leaving the TV station. (Courtesy Des Moines Register)
• Legendary San Francisco Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald has died at age 83.
• Congratulations to STAA member Jill Gearin, the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Class-A Visalia Rawhide. Jill is just the third female broadcaster in minor league baseball.
• Props to STAA member Marco LaNave, the new lead broadcaster for the Akron RubberDucks. He’s spent the past 3 seasons doing media for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Veteran voice Jim Clark will join LaNave on home games; LaNave will handle road games.
• Congrats to Zach Harig, the new sports anchor/reporter at FOX17 in Grand Rapids, MI. He worked the past four years as a producer and editor at BCSN in Toledo.
• BTN has announced its college hoops broadcasters for this season. Dave O’Brien is new to the team. He joins Kevin Kugler, Brian Anderson, Brandon Gaudin, Cory Provus and Mike Monaco, the lead women’s voice..
• The eight finalists for the 2019 Frick Award are: Connie Desmond, Pat Flanagan, Jack Graney, Harry Heilmann, Al Helfer, Waite Hoyt, Rosey Rowswell and Ty Tyson. (Courtesy BaseballHall.org
• A veteran of the air waves returns to Albuquerque as Jim Villanucci takes to the microphone today (October 22nd) as the drive-home host for ESPN Radio 101.7 FM The Team. Villanucci takes over the spot vacated by Bob Brown, who retired after ten years. (Courtesy 1017 ESPN)
Andy Demetra and Kyle Draper have joined Adam Amin on the list of folks who fill fill-in for Neil Funk on Bulls TV this season. Demetra is the voice at Georgia Tech. Draper is a Celtics host and fill-in play-by-play guy.
• Veteran NBA insider Tom Haberstroh has joined NBC Sports Regional Networks as a National NBA Reporter. He will cover all the teams and storylines across the league, with a focus on the teams in the RSN markets. (Courtesy NBC Sports)
• Congratulations to Matt Krause, the new voice of North Carolina Tar Heels women’s basketball. He replaces Walter Storholt, who steps away after seven years to focus on his business career. Krause has been on the broadcast team at Elon U.
• Former U. of Mississippi hoops coach Andy Kennedy will serve as an analyst this season on ESPN and the SEC Network.
• Longtime Lehigh Valley IronPigs broadcaster Matt Provence is leaving minor league baseball. We wish him the best of luck in his new endeavors.
Andy Slater is the new afternoon sports talk host on 640 The Hurricane in West Palm Beach, FL. Slater most recently worked Miami’s WINZ.
Bob Robertson is retiring from calling WSU sports. He served as the lead broadcaster for Washington State football from 1964-2011 — except for three years between 1969 and 1971 — before moving into an analyst role the past seven seasons. (Courtesy Sun Herald)
Johnny Miller is expected to retire as NBC’s lead golf analyst. He will be replaced by fellow analyst Paul Azinger. (Courtesy Golf.com)
• The Oakland A’s have confirmed they are leaving their flagship station, 95.7 The Game. (Courtesy San Jose Mercury News)
Tim McCarver’s days in the St. Louis Cardinals TV booth may be over. His contract has expired and he isn’t sure if he would return if asked to do so. (Courtesy St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• NBA analyst Hubie Brown has signed a multi-year extension with ESPN. Brown is 85.
• Minnesota Wild radio voice Bob Kurtz will miss three games as he undergoes a procedure for an irregular heartbeat. Kevin Falness is filling in. (Courtesy Grand Forks Herald)
• ESPN’s Adam Amin will be the first fill-in for Bulls TV announcer Neil Funk. Amin will have the call when Chicago visits Dallas on Oct. 22. Funk is reducing his workload by 20 games, which will be handled by a rotation of substitutes. (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)
Joe D’Ambrosio will be calling college basketball this winter after all. The former UCON voice will be on the mike for University of Saint Joseph Connecticut games on WTIC-AM in Hartford.
• After a late-season falling out escalated to a physical altercation on Sept. 4, longtime Detroit Tigers TV broadcasters Rod Allen and Mario Impemba will not return next season. Matt Shepard is expected to be a top candidate to take over play-by-play. (Courtesy Detroit Free Press)
• The NBA G-League’s Capital City Go-Go have named Meghan McPeak their TV play-by-play voice. She is the former voice of Raptors 905.
• Former BYU voice Paul James has died at age 87. James broadcast Cougar’s athletics from 1965 to 2000. (Courtesy Deseret News)
• The longtime voice of Coshocton County (Ohio) sports on WTNS Radio has been silenced after a battle with cancer. Tom Thompson died Oct. 6 at his home at the age of 63. (Courtesy Coshocton Tribune)
• Hats off to Jordan Moore. The radio sideline analyst for USC men’s basketball for the past 4 seasons has been named the play-by-play announcer for Trojan men’s basketball. He replaces Chris Fisher, who left for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
• Congratulations to STAA member Brian Rothenberger, the new voice of Quad City Storm hockey! Brian leaves BEK Sports in North Dakota.
• Fox Sports Radio has re-set its weekend lineup for football season. Bucky Brooks teams with Mark Willard Saturdays from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET. Kelvin Washington partners with Steve Hartman Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET. Washington will also join Ephraim Salaam on Sundays to host “Red Zone Radio” from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm ET. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
Joe D’Ambrosio is joining Hartford’s FOX61 and CW20. D’Ambrosio will contribute to coverage of UConn athletics and other local teams. (Courtesy FOX 61)
• Congrats to STAA member Isaac Lowenkron, the new voice of Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball. Lowenkron has done radio play-by-play for the LA Clippers, UCLA football and men’s basketball, USC men’s basketball and NFL and college football games for Sports USA..
Anson Carter will join MSG Networks’ New York Rangers broadcast team this season as a studio analyst, joining Steve Valiquette. (Courtesy Newsday)
Matt Millen‘s battle with a rare condition will take keep him off the Big Ten Network for the foreseeable future. We hope for his speedy recovery. (Courtesy NBC Sports)
• Veteran Minnesota sportscaster Mark Rosen has announced he is retiring from WCCO, Channel 4 in 2019. (Courtesy Star Tribune)
• Pittsburgh Penguins TV voice Steve Mears has launched the “Future Voices of the Booth” program to encourage and mentor students working toward a career in sportscasting. (Courtesy NHL.com)
• A new broadcast partnership has been announced between the Washington Redskins and Entercom Washington, D.C. Entercom’s D.C. stations — which include 106.7 The Fan (WJFK-FM) — will provide coverage of the team across all platforms. (Courtesy TheFanDC.radio.com)
Bryan Mudryk is the new TV voice of Canadiens games on TSN. He replaces John Bartlett, who moved to Sportsnet to call Maple Leafs games. (Courtesy Montreal Gazette)
Ernie Johnson will not be part of TBS’s coverage of the American League playoffs after doctors discovered blood clots in both of his legs. He’s been advised not to fly. Don Orsillo replaces him. (Courtesy Washington Post)
Ray Knight was not on Nationals’ broadcasts for the final home stand of the season, nor for last weekend’s trip to Colorado. MASN did not announce a reason for his absence. (Courtesy Washington Post)
• The new morning show at Phill’s 97.5 The Fanatic features sports media personality Marc Farzetta and former Eagles star William “Tra” Thomas. The new midday show features Anthony Gargano and current host Jason Myrtetus. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
Anthony Fusco is the new voice of the ECHL’s Brampton Beast.
• Congratulations to Pat Hughes, Ballpark Digest’s 2018 MLB Broadcaster of the Year. (Courtesy Ballpark Digest)
• Former ESPN host and columnist Jemele Hill is joining The Atlantic as a staff writer covering “the intersection of sports, race, politics, gender, and culture.” Courtesy USA Today)
• Sports Director Brendan McCaffrey is leaving The Score in Chicago for a producer position at SiriusXM NFL Radio. (Courtesy RobertFeder.com)

September 2018

• Hockey fans will be hearing a familiar voice on “Hockey Night in Canada” for one last season. Legendary play-by-play man Bob Cole will return to the broadcast booth to call 10 games in his 50th and final season on HNIC. (Courtesy Carley Observer)
• After 45 years, more than 1,000 fights and some of the most lucrative and disputed matches of all time, HBO is throwing in the towel on professional boxing.(Courtesy New York Times)
• Veteran Cal Bears voice Joe Starkey will broadcast his 500th Bears football game in 44 years this weekend. (Courtesy Daily Cal)
Jerry Remy says he won’t retire from calling Red Sox games on NESN. However, he acknowledges he will have to cut down on his schedule as he again fights lung cancer. (Courtesy Boston Globe)
• Congratulations to STAA member Collin Schuck, the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. Schuck spent last winter with the Lincoln Stars after three seasons with the Corpus Christi IceRays.
John Kilgo, the voice of the Davidson Wildcats’ basketball team and a long-time fixture on the Charlotte sports media landscape, is calling it a career.
Mike “Chico” Bormann is the new night time host at 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. He replaces Nick Wilson, who left in July for WFNZ Charlotte.
• Huge congratulations to Tim Heiman, the 2018 Minor League Baseball Broadcaster of the Year. Tim is the voice of the Class-AA Binghamton Rumble Ponies. (Courtesy Ballpark Digest)
Chris Ballard is the new voice of the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers. Ballard is from St. John’s. He spent the past three seasons with the Brampton Beast. Longtime IceCaps and St. John’s Maple Leafs broadcaster Brian Rogers will be involved with the broadcast after recovering from minor health issues.
• Props to longtime Indy Fuel public address announcer Andrew Smith, the team’s new play-by-play voice.
John Wagoner is the new sports anchor at WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in Bangor. Wagoner graduated from the University of South Carolina last May. (Courtesy Bangor Daily News)
• Former ESPN anchor Sara Walsh is back on the air with the NFL on Fox. She worked sidelines last weekend for Saints-Falcons. Walsh was among ESPN’s layoffs in May 2017. (Courtesy The Tennessean)
• Veteran Western Kentucky U. voice Randy Lee is taking a temporary leave of absence from Hilltopper football and men’s basketball. A timetable for Lee’s return has not been set, but all of WKU Athletics is hopeful for Lee’s speedy return. STAA member Jevin Redman is filling-in. Our prayers are with you, Randy! (Courtesy LEX18)
• Congratulations to Kristen Karbach of the Clearwater Threshers. Kristen is the Florida State League’s 2018 Broadcaster of the Year.
Erika Wachter is the new host for New Jersey Devils telecasts on MSG. (Courtesy Albany Times Union)
• College football analyst Todd Blackledge has signed an extension with ESPN.
Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will provide commentary and analysis for Amazon Prime Video’s live streaming coverage of 11 Thursday Night Football games, beginning this week with Rams-Vikings. They are the first all-female NFL broadcasting team.
• Longtime Chicago Bulls TV voice Neil Funk is cutting back his schedule. He will skip 20 road games this season.
• WTAM Cleveland has added former Cleveland Indians pitcher and current Indians TV broadcaster Jensen Lewis to the afternoon daypart as co-host of the 6:00 pm sports show “Sports Feed 2.0” with Mike Trivisonno and Nick Camino. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Veteran sportscaster Allen Bestwick is calling Brown University football home games on TV this season.
• Portland Trail Blazers radio play-by-play announcer Brian Wheeler will begin the 2018-19 season on medical leave. STAA member Travis Demers will take Wheeler’s spot until the medical issues are resolved. (Courtesy Blazers Edge)
Chris Fisher is the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the OKC Thunder. Fisher moves from Los Angeles where he has been the radio voice for USC basketball for eight years and host for Trojan football broadcasts. He’s done TV PBP for FOX Sports, the PAC 12 Network and Time Warner Cable.
• The Miami Heat has hired Ruth Riley Hunter, who once played for the WNBA’s Miami Sol, as its radio analyst and TV studio analyst. She replaces John Crotty, who moved to TV. (Courtesy Miami Herald)
• Washington University broadcaster and STAA member Jay Murry will attempt to complete an unusual doubleheader October 13-14. First, he will call the WashU home football game at 1:00 p.m. October 13. Then, he will embark on a solo 24-hour run/walk at 6:00 that night to raise awareness and research funds for the fight against Rett syndrome. To donate, please visit https://www.rettsyndrome.org/RettGetsRocked
• 97.5 The Fanatic is replacing morning show host Anthony Gargano with NBC Sports Philadelphia host and former 94.1 WIP talker Marc Farzetta. (Courtesy Philly.com)
Ralph Lawler will call Clippers broadcasts during his 40th and final NBA season alongside an alternating cast of seven analysts. Corey Maggette, Don MacLean, Hubie Brown, Mike Fratello, Ryan Hollins, Cheryl Miller and Bill Walton all will take turns. (Courtesy LA Times)
• Congratulations to Julian Mininsohn, the new sports anchor/reporter at KEZI 9 News in Eugene, OR. He leaves KKCO in Grand Junction, CO.
• Hats off to Tim Donnelly, who is joining the sports talk lineup at ESPN Blacksburg (VA). He leaves the operations manager position at ESPN Ithaca.
• Longtime Wilmington Blue Rocks voice Matt Janus is dropping broadcasting to concentrate on media relations. No. 2 Cory Nidoh has been promoted to the top spot.
• Veteran Peoria Chiefs broadcaster Nathan Baliva is adding community relations duties to the broadcasting and media relations he was already doing.
• Browns sideline reporter Nathan Zegura has been banned from the team’s radio broadcasts for eight games for yelling at an NFL official over a call in last week’s loss to the Saints. (Courtesy Cleveland.com)
• Congratulations to Michael Wisienski, the new Director of Broadcasting and Media/Sales for the NAHL’s Jamestown Rebels. Michael is a recent grad of MIllersville U.
• Listening to LA Kings games on the AM dial is no longer an option.The team says that audio from all games will be streamed on iHeartRadio, on the LA Kings Audio Network. It marks the end of traditional AM radio broadcasts and a sign of a changing modern media. (Courtesy LA Times)
• Congratulations to Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp voice Roger Hoover, the 2018 Southern League Radio Broadcaster of the Year.
Dan Petry will work as a pre- and postgame analyst during Saturday’s and Sunday’s Tigers FSD telecasts from Comerica Park. Petry will fill in for Craig Monroe, who has a weekend engagement. (Courtesy Detroit News)
• The Mets’ radio booth could face a shakeup as they move to WCBS. Howie Rose is the No.1. The No. 2 position will likely come down to the incumbent, Josh Lewin, and the current host, Wayne Randazzo. Reporter Ed Coleman might retire. (Courtesy New York Post)
• On Tuesday afternoon September 18th, the Red Sox and Yankees will swap radio announcers during the fourth inning of their three-game series opener at Yankee Stadium. (Courtesy USA Today)
• Before he begins his fourth season with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Everett Fitzhugh will make his National Hockey League debut in the broadcasting booth for the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals Tuesday night September 18th. (Courtesy Cincinnati.com)
• Congratulations to Desmond Nugent, the new sports anchor/reporter at KAKE in Wichita. He leaves KOTV in Tulsa.
• Rockies voice Jerry Schemmel and his cycling partner Julie Lyons recently completed all four directions of the Colorado Crossing. They did South To North, North To South (both 308 miles), East To West and West To East (both 468 miles). They broke the two person relay record in each of the races. In the West To East route, they also broke the four person relay record! And there was purpose to the pain. These races were a fundraiser for a fantastic elementary reading program in the Denver area called Race To Read. Jerry and Julie are still a little over $5,000 short of their fundraising goal. Anyone wanting to donate can do so here.
• Starting in 2019, NY Mets baseball has a new home on AM radio. All regular season, spring training, post-season and Spanish-language broadcasts will be featured on Entercom’s 880 WCBS-AM. (Courtesy NorthJersey.com)
• Two weekend shows are moving to weeknights on Fox Sports Radio — “Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell” and “The Odd Couple With Chris Broussard and Rob Parker.” (Courtesy AllAccess)
Chris Therien won’t return as the rinkside analyst on NBC Sports Philadelphia this season. It’s unclear if the network will fill the role with another analyst, though it would be unusual to have an NHL broadcast without an inside-the-glass reporter. (Courtesy Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Richmond Flying Squirrels voice Sam Ravech is leaving for ESPN. He will be a play-by-play announcer for basketball, baseball and volleyball, among other college sports. Ravech shared radio duties with Jay Burnham for home games. (Courtesy Richmond.com)
• Buffalo’s WGRZ Channel 2 has promoted J.T. Messinger to sports anchor/reporter. Messinger has worked off-camera in the news and sports departments. (Courtesy Buffalo News)
• To celebrate Brad Sham reaching 40 years as voice of the Dalals Cowboys, the team has designated The Brad Sham Home Radio Booth at AT&T Stadium. Congratulations Brad! (Courtesy Dallas Morning News)
• Congratulations to STAA member Mark Citron, the new voice of Chicago Steel hockey. He replaces fellow STAA member Rob Sanderson, who is now with the Corpus Christi IceRays.
• Hats off to Isaac Berky, the new voice of Kalamazoo Kings hockey. He replaces Joe Roberts who left for the Utica Comets.
• Veteran Bangor-area broadcaster Jon Shields is the new radio voice of University of Maine hockey. Jeff Mannix will call the games on TV and Jim Churchill will work all three UMaine football TV broadcasts. (Courtesy Bangor Daily News
• NBA broadcasting free agency is in overdrive. Mike Fratello is out. Bruce Bowen is back. Chauncey Billups will call more games. Hubie Brown, who turns 85 this month, is about to sign a multi-year extension with ESPN. (Courtesy New York Post)
Ralph Lawler is retiring as voice of the Clippers after the coming season.
• Congratulations to Jeff Mannix, the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for U. of Maine Black Bears hockey.
• Veteran host Henry Lake has announced on Twitter he is returning to KFAN 100.3 in Minneapolis. Lake hosted at the station for 10 years before working in Kansas City from 2013 until this past July. Lake hasn’t yet said what his role at KFAN will be.
JT The Brick and Steve Gorman have left Fox Sports Radio. JT has been there 17 years. Dan Beyer and Ephraim Salaam hosted in Gorman’s slot. Jonas Knox and Brady Quinn filled in for JT on Monday. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• ESPN 100.9 in Midland, MI has promoted Brad Tunney to the station’s lead play-by-play broadcaster and hired Blake Froling as a new play-by-play broadcaster and content coordinator. Both are STAA members. (Courtesy Midland Daily News)
• Big props to Tanner Hoops, the new sports director at ESPN UP in Marquette, MI. Tanner will be hosting a daily sports talk show and doing a ton of play-by-play. He’s the fifth straight STAA member to hold the position.
• Congratulations to STAA member Justin Rocke, the 2018 Appalachian League Radio Broadcaster of the Year. Justin is the voice of the Greeneville Reds.
• On Oct. 1, Waco’s 94.1 FM (KWBT) will become CBS Sports Radio Central Texas, Rich Richardson and Lark Smith will host daily local morning shows. (Courtesy Wacotrib.com)
• Longtime Erie Seawolves voice Greg Gania handled broadcast duties for the Detroit Tigers radio network on Saturday (September 8th). He filled-in for Dan Dickerson who did TV that night. The move is part of the fallout from the Impemba-Allen suspensions. (Courtesy MLive.com)
• Congratulations to STAA member Blake Froling. He is joining ESPN 100.9 in Midland, MI. Among many things, he will be the No. 2 voice of Great Lakes Loons baseball and will call H.S. football and basketball.
Matt Krause is the new radio voice of UNC Tar Heels women’s basketball. The Elon graduate has been the basketball video voice and football analyst/host at his alma mater. Congratulations, Matt!
• Pitt has parted ways with women’s basketball radio play-by-play broadcaster George Von Benko, their voice since 2012. Von Benko is a former voice of Duquesne men’s basketball.
Joe Beningo was back on WFAN this morning (September 10th). He had been suspended since July following harassment allegations.
• Veteran sports talker Craig Shemon has been filling-in as needed on ESPN Radio. He’s also working on College Football Final on Saturday nights. Craig’s full-time gig is at 99.3 FM ESPN in Fort Myers.
• Little Rock 103.7 The Buzz PD Just Acri has been promoted to GM. Acri has been at the station since 2003.
• Saginaw Spirit hockey has renewed it’s deal with Sports WSGW 100.5. Joey Battaino continues as voice of the team.
• WEEI’s Kirk Minihane announces ‘indefinite leave’ from show, says he’s ‘still battling mental health issues.’ (Courtesy Boston Globe)
• Props to Taylor Rooks. She will be hosting am interview and talk show for Bleacher Report/Turner Sports. Premier date has yet to be announced.
• Hats off to STAA member Nick Lewis who is joining Regional Radio in Farmington, MO as a news and sports guy.
• Congrats to Jordan Kuhns, the new voice of the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Jordan spent the past several seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Dubuque has already hired his replacement.
• Longtime Williamson, West Virginia broadcaster Joe Kinzer is calling it a career after twenty years of calling games in the Tug Valley area. (Courtesy Williamson Daily News)
Mike Hogewood, a familiar face to ACC fans for years, passed away on Wednesday. He was 65. Hogewood called ACC football and basketball on several networks, including Raycom Sports and Fox Sports Network South. (Courtesy News Observer)
• KWOF 92.5 The Wolf in Denver is dropping its country format on September 17th to become the radio home for the Avalanche and Nuggets. They will also air Altitude Sports Radio local programming currently heard on KKSE-AM. KKSE will then air Fox Sports Radio. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Pensacola Blue Wahoos voice Tommy Thrall will fill-in for Marty Brennaman when the Reds host San Diego this weekend.
• News Director Brady Bauman is leaving KMAN in Manhattan, KS to be news director and morning host at KSOK in Ark City, KS. He’ll also call play-by-play for ACHS sports.
Braylon Edwards has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for criticizing Michigan players on Twitter during Saturday’s loss at Notre Dame. (Courtesy USA Today)
• Actress and social media personality Bonnie-Jill Laflin is joining the Murph & Mac morning show on KNBR San Francisco. Laflin is a San Francisco native and former cheerleader for Warriors and 49ers.
• Veteran PD Jay Taylor is leaving 97.1 The Fan in Columbus after 12 years at the station. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Congratulations to STAA member Donny Baarns. Donny made his Big League debut on Friday when he filled-in on an Oakland A’s broadcast.
• Veteran Saint John’s University of Minnesota voice and STAA member Mark Lewandowski has earned the 2018 Mike Augustin Award. It recognizes outstanding contributions to Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athletic programs and their student-athletes. Congrats, Mark!
• Hats off to Nate White. The 2018 Syracuse grad is the new sports anchor/reporter at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, OH.
• Congratulations to STAA’s 2018 Jim Nantz Award winner Katie Emmer. Katie is joining Fox Sports North.
• The 2018 Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame class will include Jim Nantz, Bob Costas and Dick Vitale. They will be honored at a ceremony in Manhattan, NY on Dec. 11.

August 2018

• Pac-12 Networks announces additions to team of expert on-air talent, including former football standouts Ryan Leaf and Toby Gerhart.
• Football analyst Chris Doering has signed a contract extension with SEC Network.
• Veteran programmer Paul Ihander has been named PD at Sports Radio 1140 AM in Las Vegas. Previous stops include Phoenix and San Antonio.
• FS1’s Nick Wright is joining SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio. “What’s Wright” will debut Tuesday September 4th and will air weekdays from 6 to 8 pm EDT. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Congratulations to STAA member Nick Marek, the new Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations for the Portland Winterhawks.
• Props to STAA member Alex von Keudell, the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Macon Mayhem hockey.
• Hats off to STAA member Evan Giddings. Evan is the new Sports Director at AM 1100 The Flag in Fargo, ND.
• After a yearlong absence, ESPN Radio programming has returned to Pensacola. The new home is 94.5 FM. The station will be home to University of West Florida football. (Courtesy pnj.com)
• Maryland News Network and SFMSports.Net, Maryland’s only statewide radio networks with 31 radio station affiliates, have added Salisbury University Sea Gulls Football to its collegiate properties. The networks will produce and broadcast all regular and post-season games online and on-air. (Courtesy DCRTV.com)
Bob Costas and NBC are in discussions to end the relationship. Costas wants to pursue a journalism show that would feature interviews and commentaries. (Courtesy New York Post)
Tom Nichols received a one-day call-up to the big leagues. The longtime Dayton Dragons announcer joined the Cincinnati Reds radio broadcast last night (August 28) against Milwaukee. (Courtesy Dayton Daily News)
• Executive Producer Eric Camille has been promoted to Assistant PD at 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.
• Props to STAA’s Nick Marek, the new Broadcaster/Media Relations Manager for Portland Winterhawks hockey.
• Congrats to Eric Onyechefule, the new sports anchor/reporter at Fox 45/ABC 22 in Dayton, OH.
• 2018 Syracuse grad Jake Marsh is the new men’s basketball voice at Vermont U. Congratulations Jake!
• The Mets are closing in on a deal to air their games on 880 WCBS AM starting next season. If the deal goes through, CBS will have outbid 710-WOR, which has tried to retain the Mets. (Courtesy New York Post)
• The Cubs will pull away from their partnership with NBC Sports Chicago — as well as the White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks — and start their own television venture in October 2019. (Courtesy 670 The Score)
• WSCR Chicago Operations Director Mitch Rosen will be inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in October. Rosen has been with The Score for 25 years.
Wesley Outland will be doing play-by-play for college football and basketball this year for Fox Sports TV and radio.
Trey Bender, Glenn Davis, Tyler Dennings, Drew Fellios, Jenn Hildreth, Mike Watts and Jonathan Yardley will call college soccer this year on ESPN.
• NCAA volleyball play-by-play on ESPN will be led by Dawn Davenport, Tyler Denning, Sam Gore, Tiffany Greene, Melissa Lee, Courtney Lyle, Paul Sunderland and Sam Ravech.
Sid Rosenberg will host a Sunday morning sports show on New York’s WABC starting September 9th. (Courtesy RadioInk)
• Ex-Crimson Tide QB Jay Barker is hosting a new, regionally syndicated midday show on stations in the Southeast. The show is based at Tide 102.9-100.9 in Tuscaloosa. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• 101.3 WCPV in Burlington, VT is dropping ESPN Radio in favor of Fox Sports Radio. The station is rebranding as 101.3 The Game. Rich Haskell, Arnie Spanier and Brady Farkas are hosting a local PM Drive show.
• Props to Timmy Ice, the new play-by-play broadcaster for Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
Jemele Hill is out at ESPN. A buyout of her reported $2.5 million per year contract has been completed. (Courtesy New York Post)
• ESPN has reshuffled its morning show “Get Up!” removing Michelle Beadle and rewarding her with a contract extension and an expanded role on the network’s NBA coverage. (Courtesy Fox News)
• Milwaukee sports talker WOKY “The Big 920” is going local in the midday, replacing FOX Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd with Milwaukee Bucks play-by-play man Ted Davis, WISN-TV sports director Dan Needles, and former WAUK “540 ESPN” personality Mitch “Thunder” Nelles. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Sportscaster Wayne Fuller was honored before Saturday night’s Batavia Muckdogs game. Last week, Fuller was inducted into the NYPL Hall of Fame. A plaque will be placed in the press box at Dwyer Stadium. (Courtesy The Batavian)
• Props to New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball voice and STAA member Tyler Murray. Tyler is adding to his resume play-by-play for Dartmouth football and hockey on ESPN +.
• Congratulations to STAA’s Kevin Kues. Kevin is joining as a producer and co-host on a two shows — daily news and sports talk shows.
Ryen Russillo is joining Bill Simmons’ The Ringer Podcast Network to host new weekly series “Dual Threat,” which will focus on both NFL and college football. Launching on Aug. 29, it will air throughout the football season. (Courtesy The Wrap)
Alex Brink is replacing Jason Gesser as radio analyst on Washington State football broadcasts. Gesser held the position the past four seasons. (Courtesy Spokesman.com)
• Notre Dame has announced it’s new radio team for football. Paul Burmeister will call play-by-play. Ryan Harris is the analyst and Jack Nolan the field reporter. Earlier this year, Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett were let go after Notre Dame partnered with JMI Sports. (Courtesy Indianapolis Star)
• It’s on to DI for STAA’s Mike Hammett. Mike is joining the University of Louisiana Monroe as play-by-play voice of women’s basketball and baseball. He will also host the football pregame and halftime shows and work in media relations. Fellow STAA member Nick White is ULM’s football/men’s hoops voice.
• Big pros to STAA’s Tanner Barth, the new sports anchor at WWAY in Wilmington, NC. He leaves KKCO 11 News in Grand Junction, CO. Way to go, Tanner!
• Former Indianapolis Colts voice Bob Lamey didn’t retire. He resigned and has admitted to using an ‘inappropriate word’. (Courtesy Indianapolis Start)
• Changes at ESPN LA 710. Jorge Sedano moves from mornings to PM Drive starting September 4th. He replaces Marcellus Wiley who left in June to join Fox Sports. Wiley’s co-host Travis Rogers moves to mornings alongside Keyshawn Johnson and LZ Grandson. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• The Pittsburgh radio duo “Quinn & Rose” – Jim Quinn and Rose Somma-Tennant – is returning to the air on ESPN Pittsburgh. They’ll host mornings 8 to 10 am starting September 24. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Former Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis will call select games for FOX Sports. He’s already part of the broadcast team at the Big Ten Network, which is owned by Fox. (Courtesy 247sports.com)
Bruce Cech has stepped down as radio voice of University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey. Last Frontier Media Active decided not to carry Nanooks hockey games this coming season on its ESPN Radio Fairbanks station. (Courtesy Newsminer.com)
• High school football has signed off from the Casper, WY airwaves. KKTL-AM 1400, which has broadcast either Natrona County or Kelly Walsh football every week the past few seasons, will no longer be doing so. Station ownership cites a lack of broad support. (Courtesy Star-Tribune)
• Former SB Nation Radio hosts Scott Linn, Tim Murray, and Steve Solomon have reunited to begin a new show, “Linn, Murray, & Solly.” Their new podcast is heard at Patreon.com/LinnMurraySolly. (Courtesy DCRTV)
• FOX Sports and the Professional Bowlers Association have announced the lead broadcasting team for the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Tour, including the return of Rob Stone as play-by-play announcer. (Courtesy BowlingDigital.com)
Mike Tirico is adding to his many duties at NBC by taking over as studio host for “Football Night In America.” Tirico, who also does play by play on Notre Dame games and a slew of other hosting assignments, replaces Dan Patrick. (Courtesy Tampa Bay Times)
• Women continue to earn play-by-play opportunities. The latest is Julia Allsbrook, the new Broadcast Assistant at Queens University of Charlotte. She is an ex-softball captain at Meredith College. Julia replaces STAA’s Brett Williams, the new women’s basketball voice at Western Kentucky.
• Milwaukee sports talk radio personality Bill Michaels was recently struck by lightning. Fortunately, he was back on the job later in the day. (Courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
• Congratulations to Jason Dumas, the new sports anchor/reporter at KRON4 in San Francisco. He leaves the Sports Director position at WDVM in Hagerstown, MD.
• Indianapolis Colts play-by-play man Bob Lamey is retiring after 31 seasons. Matt Taylor, the Colts’ radio host and preseason sideline reporter, will fill the role in an interim basis. (Courtesy Indianapolis Star)
• After being dumped as radio voice of the Raiders, Greg Papa will host 49ers pre and post on NBC Sports Bay Area. (Courtesy San Jose Mercury News)
Gus Johnson will not fill-in on Milwaukee Bucks broadcasts this season. He’s been with the team part-time since 2015. Also, the team has hired Katie George as their TV sideline reporter and digital reporter. (Courtesy Bleacher Report)
• The OKC Thunder has renewed its radio deal with Cumulus. Matt Pinto remains as play-by-play voice.
• Congratulations to STAA’s Matt Infield, the new Sports and News MMJ at WSAW in Wausau, WI.
• 2017 STAA All-American Ben Murphy is leaving WCBD TV in Charleston for a sports anchor/reporter position at ABC/NBC in Jacksonville, FL. Ben is a 2017 grad of the U. of Florida. Way to go, Ben!
David DeGuzman recently joined the sports staff at WFXR in Roanoke. He most recently worked at WHSV in Harrisonburg, VA. (Courtesy Roakone.com)
Adrian Denny is the new voice of the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners. Denny moves to the desert after a long career with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Congratulations, Adrian!
John Bartlett is the new TV voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He replaces Paul Romanuk on Sportsnet. Bartlett moves back from TSN in Montreal where he called English language games on radio and TV for the Habs since 2011. (Courtesy Toronto Sun)
• ESPN is in talks with Chris Berman about an expanded role for this NFL season. The possibility of Berman even hosting some Sunday night “SportsCenter”s has been broached. (Courtesy New York Post)
• 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh has tweaked its lineup. The only change involving someone coming or going is Chris Mack and Colin Dunlap replacing the departing Jim Colony in mornings. All the other changes involve folks already on staff. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Congratulations to STAA’s Mark Shelley, the new Sports Reporter/Play-by-Play Broadcaster at ESPN Ithaca.
Geoff Mosher, who had been co-hosting the 6 to 9 p.m. time slot on 97.5 The Fanatic alongside Devon Givens, has left the station. The Fanatic isn’t expected to immediately replace him. For now, Givens is hosting the 6 to 9 p.m. shift solo. (Courtesy Philly.com)
• Congrats to Jerraud Powers, the new morning drive host at 730 The Ump in Huntsville, AL.
• Former Florida State quarterback and ESPN and Fox Sports 1 analyst Danny Kanell will call games this fall for CBS Sports Network alongside play-by-play man Jason Horowitz. (Courtesy AL.com)
• The St. Louis Blues have hired St. Louis native and former NHL player Joey Vitale as their radio analyst. (Courtesy STL Today)
Bob Ley has requested and been granted a six month leave from ESPN. Ley says the “idea of stepping back to recharge” is totally his. (Courtesy New York Post)
• Congratulations to Andy Zilch, the new play-by-play and TV announcer for the San Diego Gulls. Zilch spent the past two seasons with the Utica Comets.
Sam Hyman has left University of Vermont men’s basketball after two seasons to take over play-by-play at Wingate University. Vermont has already hired Sam’s replacement.
• There’s a new weekday program schedule for sports talker WTEM, Washington “The Team 980” as Radio One assumes control of the station it is acquiring from Dan Snyder’s Red Zebra. The morning team of Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan is out. Al Galdi takes over 6 to 10 am.. (Courtesy Washington Post)
• Adidas and Twitter are partnering to live stream high school football games this fall.
• In the aftermath of critical comments about 2019 free-agent target Kawhi Leonard, Bruce Bowen won’t be renewed as the LA Clippers television game analyst next season. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Congrats to Samantha Rivera, the new sports anchor/reporter at WTVO/WQRF in Rockford, IL. She leaves WLUC in Marquette, MI.
• Former Florida Marlins voice Rich Waltz will fill-in on radio and TV for the San Francisco Giants for this weekend’s series against the Reds and for one game next week against the Mets.
• STAA’s Adam Young will have the radio call for the El Paso Chiahauhas (Class-AAA) Friday August 17 vs the Las Vegas 51s in El Paso. Adam is filling in for veteran Chiahauhas voice Tim Hagerty.
• KSTP radio is pulling the plug on longtime talk-show hosts Joe Soucheray and Patrick Reusse. Both are leaving the air in four weeks. The morning show “Mackey & Judd” and anchor John Heidt will be gone as well. (Courtesy Star-Tribune)
Brent Johnson, the longtime U. of South Carolina Gamecock commentator on WNKT 107.5 The Game and morning show host on WTCB 106.7, is no longer with the stations. A company official said Johnson chose to leave after changes were set to be made at the stations, which are owned by Cumulus Media. (Courtesy The State)
Dave Tepper is the new PD at Altitude AM 950 in Denver. He leaves a similar position at NRG Media in Omaha, NE. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• Former University of South Florida and NFL player Sam Barrington is the new radio analyst on his alma mater’s football broadcasts. He replaces Mark Robinson, who stepped down. Jim Louk remains on play-by-play.
• Sports Anchor/Reporter Josh Kurelac is leaving KRCG 13 in Columbia, MO for WJAC TV in Johnstown, PA.
Darren Zaslau is the new sports anchor/reporter at WDTV 5 in Clarksburg, WV. Darren is a 2018 grad of Northwestern.
• Congratulations to Evan Hughes (St. Cloud) and Jared Cohen (Wisconsin), the 2018 Northwood League Broadcasters of the Year.
• STAA’s Dan Hasty is the new men’s basketball voice at NCAA DI Detroit Mercy and former Indiana Hoosiers head coach Mike Davis. Way to go, Dan!
• Congratulations also go out to STAA member Jim Noble, the new football/basketball voice at Wofford.
Ken Singleton postpones retirement, returning to Yankees’ TV booth in 2019. (Courtesy NJ.com)
• STAA’s Jim Noble is stepping down after more than seven years as a host on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. He will be announcing the next step in his career soon.
Scott Reister has been promoted to sports director at KCCI Des Moines following the recent departure of Andy Garman. (Courtesy Des Moines Register)
• Fox16 Little Rock Sports Director Wess Moore is joining 103.7 The Buzz, starting Monday, Aug. 13. Wess will co-host The Zone morning show with Justin Acri weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Courtesy Fox16)
Scott Graham, studio host for Westwood One’s coverage of the NFL, will call Philadelphia Eagles preseason games on TV. (Courtesy 247Sports.com)
Dave Wayman is replacing Warren Moon as the analyst on Seattle Seahawks radio.
• Ex-49ers player Dennis Brown is joining the team’s pre and post-game coverage on KNBR.
• Sports Anchor/Reporter Jamie Hale is leaving NewsChannel 7/Local 8 in Panama Beach, FL. She has accepted a similar position at ABC33/40 in Birmingham, AL. Congratulations, Jamie!
• Props to Dayton Dragons broadcaster Tom Nichols who called his 4,000th career professional baseball game on August 9th. (Courtesy Dayton Daily News)
• Kudos to STAA’s Rob Sanderson, the new voice of Corpus Christi IceRays hockey. Rob spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Steel.
• Condolences to the family of Greg Walker. The voice of Austin Peay State University basketball for the past 38 years died Tuesday. (Courtesy The Leaf Chronicle)
• Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy has been diagnosed with cancer again, according to a statement released by NESN Tuesday. Remy, 65, has battled cancer on five different occasions. We’re pulling for you, Jerry! (Courtesy WHDH)
• Kudos to STAA’s Rob Sanderson, the new voice of Corpus Christi IceRays hockey. Rob spent the past three seasons with the Chicago Steel.
• Congratulations to STAA’s Brett Williams, the new women’s basketball voice at Western Kentucky University. He follows fellow STAA member Jevin Redman, who left after last season for a similar position with University of Evansville men’s basketball. (Courtesy BG Daily News)
• Big props to STAA’s Maura Sheridan, the new women’s basketball play-by-play voice at the University of Vermont.
• Congratulations to Patrick Johnson, the new sports director at 94.3 The Game in Greenville, NC. He replaces STAA member Josh Graham, who left for a sports talk job in Winston-Salem. Johnson is an ECU grad who previously worked for the company.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars will stream preseason games this year to reach a wider audience. The move shows the growing importance of digital platforms outside of traditional broadcast and cable companies. Brian Sexton will call the play-by-play. (Courtesy WJCT)
Mike Giardi, a staple on NBC Sports Boston for nearly a decade as an anchor and reporter, is leaving the network. He has another job lined up, one believed to be in a similar role but of greater prominence. (Courtesy Boston Globe)
Kurt Warner has been chosen to replace Boomer Esiason as analyst on Westwood One’s coverage of Monday Night Football. (Courtesy The Athletic)
• UC Davis football has long aired on Sports 1140 KHTK. Now basketball will too, thanks to an extension the school has signed with its multimedia rights holder Learfield. STAA’s Scott Marsh is the voice of the Aggies. (Courtesy Sacramento Bee)
• We are excited for STAA’s Luke Mauro, the new football and men’s basketball play-by-play voice at The Citadel. He leaves the Daytona Tortugas after two and-a-half seasons.
• Congrats to STAA’s Matt Pauley. He is making his national sports-talk debut tonight (August 6th) on SB Nation Radio, filling-in from 8 to 10 pm Eastern.
• KILT Houston afternoon drive co-host Ted Johnson is leaving for Boston to be near his children. The show will continue with Sean Pendergast and Rich Lord joined by a rotation of former players and analysts (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
• Vegas Stats and Information Network is providing sports gambling reporters to KNBR 68- in San Francisco. The VSIN Action Update will air weekdays in the 9 am and 5 pm hours. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• KTSM Sports Director and STAA member Andy Morgan will call play-by-play on five UTEP home football games that will be streamed on ESPN3 and ESPN+. (Courtesy KTSM)
• Providence Friars basketball is leaving 103.7 WEEI i for NewsTalk 99.7 and 630 WPRO. John Rooke and Joe Hassett remain as broadcasters.
Joe Buck has signed a three-year, multimillion-dollar extension that will not only keep him as Fox’s lead voice on the NFL and golf, but also on baseball for at least as long as the network’s current deal runs. (Courtesy New York Post)
Nick Wilson and Josh Parcell are the new midday show at The Fan in Charlotte, NC. Wilson leaves The Fan in Cleveland; Parcell is a former ESPN producer. They fill the slot previously occupied by Chris Kroeger, the new radio voice of the Charlotte Hornets. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• After being accused of sexual harassment, Marshall Faulk and Heath Evans are expected to part ways with NFL Network. Ike Taylor is already gone for the same reason. (Courtesy New York Post)
• Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher is set to return to the NFL — as a part-time broadcaster for Fox. (Courtesy St. Louis Post Dispatch)
• Ex-NFL lineman Orlando Franklin is joining Sprots Radio 104.3 The Fan in Denver. He will be offering insight and perspective Sunday mornings at 8 a.m.
Jon Kliment has been chosen as the radio voice for the expansion Elmira franchise of the Federal Hockey League. Jon has spent the past four years as a broadcaster for SUNY Broome and Binghamton University hockey.
• Veteran sportscaster Roger Twibell will broadcast Arkansas State football home games this season on ESPN3/ESPN+. (Courtesy Fox16.com)
• Congratulations to STAA’s Mike Glennon, the new Sports Director for Media Logic Radio in Wray, CO.
• Veteran Westwood One Radio voice Kevin Kugler is adding NFL TV to his resume. He’ll broadcast games this fall for FOX Sports.
• Portland State has hired a new football/men’s basketball play-by-play voice. Congratulations to Matt Richerts, a veteran local broadcaster. At least two out-of-state candidates interviewed for the position.
Molly Sullivan, who until last month was the Sixers sideline reporter for NBC Sports Philadelphia, has landed with the Eagles. She will serve as a reporter and host for the Eagles’ own training camp coverage. Sullivan will cover the team on social media and PhiladelphiaEagles.com through the first two home preseason games. (Courtesy Philly.com)
• Respected Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) radio & TV broadcaster Adrian Denny is leaving the organization after 14 seasons. He has yet to announce his next move.
Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph have agreed to five-year extensions to call Toronto Maple Leafs games on radio. (Courtesy Toronto Sun)
• Western Kentucky University has hired a new women’s basketball voice. The formal announcement is pending. The position opened when STAA member Jevin Redman left after one season for the men’s job at the U. of Evansville.
• Beginning Monday, August 13,, ESPN Radio’s Stephen A. Smith Show will join Golic and Wingo, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz and The Will Cain Show on ESPNEWS..
• Sacramento’s ESPN 1320 (Entercom) has signed a three-year deal to broadcast Sac State football and basketball.

July 2018

• Big congratulations to Josh Bogorad, the new radio/TV simulcast play-by-play voice for the Dallas Stars. Daryl ‘Razor’ Reaugh slides back into the analyst role. Bogorad joined the Stars organization five seasons ago as host of the Fox Sports Southwest Stars Live show. (Courtesy Fox Sports)
• Persistence earns STAA’s Lauren Rew a sports talk/Assistant PD gig at 1010XL in Jacksonville. Congratulations Lauren!
• Props to sports talk host Nick Wilson. After 7 years at 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland, he is leaving for WFNZ in Charlotte.
• After 26 years with The Score in Chicago, Brian Hanley did his last regular morning show with Mike Mulligan on July 27th. Chicago Tribune sports columnist David Haugh has debuted on the new “Mully and Haugh” show. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
Ken Cail is no longer the voice of the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs. He has been let go by the team and had no intention of stepping away. Public Relations Coordinator Parker Wheeler will broadcast Monarchs games. (Courtesy Union Leader)
Clark Booth, a legendary sportscaster for Channel 5 in Boston, has died at age 79. He began in newspapers before moving to television news and occasionally radio until retirement from full-time work in 2000. (Courtesy Boston Herald)
Tiffany Greene will be calling the shots as college football’s first black woman play-by-play announcer. This fall, Greene will share her talents with a roster of historically black colleges and universities. (Courtesy Blavity.com)
• Former Alabama QB John Parker Wilson will be color analyst on the Alabama football radio broadcast team this fall, with fellow former Crimson Tide player Rashad Johnson reporting from the sideline. (Courtesy Tuscaloosa News)
• Ex-ESPNer Britt McHenry is joining Fox News to provide commentary on the network’s new 24-hour digital streaming service, Fox Nation. (Courtesy The Wrap)
• KXII in Sherman, TX has promoted sports anchor-reporter Jeremy Thomas to morning anchor. (Courtesy TV Spy)
• Stadium, the first 24/7 multi-platform sports network, will televise 22 high school football games. This marks Stadium’s first season of televising high school football. (Courtesy Stadium)
• In addition to hiring Brent Musburger as their new radio voice, the Oakland Raiders will have a new flagship station. The games are moving from 95.7 The Game to Entercom news sister KCBS 740 (Courtesy Inside Radio)
• Hats off to recent Oklahoma State grad Sean Bennett. Sean has joined Cook Brothers Broadcasting in Evanston, WY as a play-by-play broadcaster and sports talk host.
• We are excited for STAA’s Carly Nevis, the new sports anchor/reporter at WDTV in Bridgeport, WV. Carly recently spent two years as a multimedia reporter/specialist for Columbia University in athletics.
• The reason Chuck Kaiton declined the Carolina Hurricanes contract offer is because he was asked to take an 80% pay cut. (Courtesy USA Today)
• ESPN’s Jalen Rose and Molly Qerim have announced they were recently married. (Courtesy New York Post)
• Former ESPNers Bram Weinstein and Britt McHenry are part of a new 30-minute show in Washington D.C. The program promises to “go beyond the headlines with candid opinions on a wide range of topics.” (Courtesy Ad Week)
Kristine Leahy will try to rediscover the “lost art” of conversation in her new show on FS1 network this fall. Inspired by folks like Roy Firestone, Leahy’s show will feature in-depth “conversations” with athletes, celebrities and news-makers. (Courtesy Sporting News)
• Texas Tech has signed a 9 year contract extension with Ramar Communications in Lubbock. STAA’s Geoff Haxton is the voice of Red Raider men’s basketball and baseball.
• Former NBC-2 sportscaster Joe Girvan will call play-by-play of Fort Myers High School football on FOX Sports Radio in Southwest Florida. (Courtesy News-Press)
• Ex- New Orleans Saint Zach Strief has officially been named the team’s new radio play-by-play announcer. (Courtesy Nola.com)
• Former San Antonio Rampage voice Dan Weiss is joining the San Antonio Spurts as a TV pre and post game host. He replaces Andrew Monaco who left for the radio job at Texas A&M.
Dan Hannigan, the play-by-play radio voice of University of Maine hockey for the past 23 years, is leaving to work at a French language immersion school. (Courtesy Bangor Daily News)
• Former UCLA coach Jim Mora is joining ESPN as a college football analyst, filling the role Chip Kelly held last season at the network before replacing Mora as coach of the Bruins. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Congrats to STAA’s Tyler Feldman, the new sports anchor/reporter at WITN in Greenville, NC.
• Former Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia broadcaster Ron Burke has taken a job as a weekend morning news anchor and reporter at WPBF, an ABC affiliate in West Palm Beach, FL. (Courtesy Philly.com)
• Congratulations to Charlie Chitwood. The voice at Texas A&M University-Commerce has been named the Lone Star Conference Sportscaster of the Year. (Courtesy tylerpaper.com)
• It’s official: After 39 years, Chuck Kaiton is officially out as the Carolina Hurricanes’ radio voice. The Hurricanes plan to use a simulcast of the FS Carolinas television broadcast on their radio network this season. (Courtesy Charlotte News Observer)
• The Raiders have added Rich Gannon as an analyst on their preseason telecasts. He joins Beth Mowins and Matt Millen in the booth. (Courtesy sfgate.com)
Bill Simmons has signed a contract extension with HBO. (Courtesy Hollywood Reporter)
• Veteran sportscaster Ron Gerrard has written a book, “A Game of Moments: Baseball Greats Remember Highlights of their Careers.” In it, Gerrard revisits interviews he conducted over the course of his 30 year career. (Courtesy news3lv.com)
• The Orlando Magic are moving their flagship to 96.9 The Game after 27 years at ESPN 580. Dennis Neumann is the play-by-play voice. Brandon Kravitz will host pre and post.
• At 610 Sports in Kansas City, Jay Binkley has taken over as Royals Insider for Josh Verner, who is moving to a midday slot with Ron Hughley. “Show and Vern” debuts at 10 a.m. Monday. (Courtesy Kansas City Star)
• WFAN sports radio host Joe Benigno is taking a leave of absence from the station, two days after he was named in a salacious sexual harassment lawsuit. (Courtesy New York Post)
• Ex-Missouri Tigers broadcaster Rod Kelly has passed away at 67. (Courtesy Columbia Missourian)
Zach Strief has reportedly been offered the New Orleans Saints radio play-by-play job. He says he has called over 100 practice games in an effort to get himself into radio shape. (Courtesy Nola.com)
Lincoln Kennedy says he’ll join Brent Musburger in the Raiders’ radio booth. (Courtesy Las Vegas Review Journal)
• New England Patriots radio voices Bob Socci and Scott Zolak will call the team’s preseason games on TV. Dan Roche and Matt Chatham, who were part of Ch. 4’s broadcast team the last few preseasons, will handle the radio call on The Sports Hub during the preseason. (Courtesy Boston Globe)
• ESPN’s Monday Night Football team is set. Joe Tessitore will handle play-by-play, Jason Witten color, Booger McFarland is the field analyst and Lisa Salters the sideline reporter.
Linda Cohn has signed an extension with ESPN. The new deal increases her role on the network’s hockey coverage.
• ESPN Bears Reporter/ESPN Radio host Jeff Dickerson is stepping away to care for his ailing wife and 7-year-old son. (Courtesy Awful Announcing)
• It appears Carolina Hurricanes radio voice Chuck Kation will be replaced next season by a TV simulcast. (Courtesy NewsObserver.com)
• When Jacob Tobey starts work at Tulsa’s KJRH-2 on Aug. 1, he’ll have the distinction of being the youngest person ever to hold a full-time sports position with a Tulsa television station. Tobey graduated from Suffolk University in May. (Courtesy Tulsa World)
• ESPN play-by-play voice Beth Mowins, analyst Brian Griese and sideline reporter Laura Rutledge will call the Jets-Lions game from Ford Field to kick off ESPN’s season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader on Sept. 10. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Analyst Tom Flores is also out in the Raiders radio booth shakeup. It had already been announced that Brent Musburger is replacing Greg Papa. (Courtesy Chicoer.com)
• Beginning August 13 at WEEI Boston, the “OMF” Show featuring Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni, and Christian Fauria takes over PM Drive with Dale Arnold and Rich Keefe moving to middays. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• The Arizona Coyotes have signed their broadcast teams to multi-year contracts. That includes Bob Heethuis and Paul Bissonnette on radio and Matt McConnell and Tyson Nash on TV. (Courtesy ArizonaSports.com)
• The Sports Hub and NBC Sports Boston will team up to launch a simulcast of The Sports Hub’s Zolak and Bertrand Midday Show beginning Monday, July 23rd. (Courtesy The Sports Hub)
Mike Crispino will become the new voice of UConn football and men’s basketball. (Courtesy Hartford Courant)
• ESPN has chosen Sean McDonough to call Saturday night games with Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe. He replaces Joe Tessitore, who takes over McDonough’s former role on MNF. It’s part of the new college football broadcast teams announced by ESPN. (Courtesy ESPN)
Andy Kemper has retired as the Portland Winterhawks’ color commentator after 15 years behind the microphone. (Courtesy PamplinMedia.com)
• ESPN has reached multiyear contract extensions with SEC Nation host Laura Rutledge and Thinking Out Loud’s Marcus Spears. (Courtesy ESPN)
Brent Musburger agrees to 3-year deal to be Raiders’ radio voice, starting this season. Greg Papa has been the team’s longtime voice. (Courtesy Las Vegas Review Journal)
• Congratulations to former University of Hawaii running back Kainoa Carlson, the new sports anchor/reporter at Hawaii News Now.
• Congrats also go out to Alex Walker, who is joining WKYT in Lexington as a sports anchor/reporter. He moves from WITN-TV in Greenville, NC.
Boomer Esiason has decided not to return as an analyst for Westwood One radio’s national “Monday Night Football” package, ending an 18-year run. Kurt Warner is presumed to be the top candidate to replace him. (Courtesy Newsday)
Clay Travis has signed a contract extension with Fox Sports Radio.
Brian Noe is joining Rip City Radio in Portland, OR. The Fox Sports Radio weekend host will work Noon to 3 pm in Portland.
Michael Kay and Don La Greca have signed five year extensions with ESPN New York 98.7. They will continue to work alongside Peter Rosenberg, afternoons from 3 to 7 pm. (Courtesy ESPN)
Paul Finebaum has earned a multiyear extension. He’ll continue hosting his show on ESPN Radio and the SEC Network and serving as an analyst on SEC Nation. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Ex-Syracuse and NFL player Adam Terry is the new color analyst for Syracuse football radio broadcasts. Terry will work with “Voice of the Orange” Matt Park and longtime host and sideline reporter Brian Higgins. (Courtesy localsyr.com)
Marc Moser is moving from radio to TV for the Colorado Avalanche. The new radio voice is Conor McGahey. McGahey has called games for the Colorado Rapids, University of Denver Pioneers hockey and the Colorado Mammoth. He spent last season doing pre and post for Las Vegas. (Courtesy Denver Post)
• Fox Sports is talking to Jeff Fisher about serving as one of its NFL game analysts this season. (Courtesy Sporting News)
Jim Brandstatter’s run of 31 years as Detroit Lions radio analyst came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when WJR-AM notified him of his termination with three years remaining on his contract. Lomas Brown replaces him. (Courtesy Detroit News)
• Ex-NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky has agreed to be a football analyst with ESPN. (Courtesy NY Post)
• San Diego native Daniel Jeremiah is replacing Dan Fouts as a color analyst on LA Chargers pre-season telecasts this fall. (Courtesy San Diego Union-Tribune)
• Iconic play-by-play man Bill Hillgrove will return to the Pitt football radio booth for his 45th season where he will be reunited with color analyst and former Panthers quarterback Pat Bostick. (Courtesy Triblive)
• Congrats to Joe Roberts, the new voice of Utica Comets hockey of the AHL. Joe leaves a similar position with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.
• Sports Anchor Taylor Tennebaum is joining WTHR TV in Indianapolis. She leaves WHNT in Huntsville, AL. Her career path: Dothan – Huntsville – Indianapolis. (Courtesy Indy Star)
• Georgia State University athletics are moving to 92.9 The Game (Entercom) in Atlanta. Dave Cohen remains the play-by-play voice.
• Reported finalists for the New Orleans Saints radio job are ex-Saints player Zach Strief, ex-WWL-TV anchor Mike Hoss and Pelicans play-by-play men Sean Kelley and Joel Meyers. (Courtesy nola.com)
• 25 year oldMike Watts is the new TV voice of Cincinnati Bengals preseason football. Wayne “Box” Miller joins the radio team as the pregame and postgame host. He replaces Alan Cutler. All other Bengals broadcast roles remain the same. (Courtesy WHIO)
• Alabama Crimson Tide football radio analyst Phil Savage is leaving to be the GM for the Phoenix franchise in the Alliance of American Football. Savage has been on the ‘Bama crew since 2009.
• Longtime SB Nation Radio PD Craig Larson is adding Chief Operating Officer to his resume at the network.
• Congrats to Michael Gilbert, the new sports anchor/reporter at WEHT/WTVW in Henderson, KY. The Marquette U. grad leaves the Sports Director position at WBKB in Alpena, MI.
• The Milwaukee Admirals will broadcast their games on The Big 920 and the iHeartRadio app beginning with the 2018-’19 season. Aaron Sims remains the play-by-play voice. (Courtesy The Big 920)
Mel Olson, the legendary voice of the Moses Lake (WA) High School Chiefs, died Tuesday afternoon after he was struck on his bicycle by a pick-up truck in Moses Lake. He was 89-years-old. Olson had been the play-by-play announcer for Chiefs football, basketball, and wrestling teams for more than 50 years. (Courtesy KXLY)
• Negotiations between Paul Finebaum and ESPN have heated up, but a powerful new team is bidding for the possible free agent’s services: Fox Sports. and its affiliated Big Ten Network. (Courtesy Sporting News)
• Publicist Ron Berkowitz — whose clients include Alex Rodriguez — is stepping into the spotlight on Friday July 6th to fill in as guest co-host of CBS Sports Radio/CBS Sports Network TV show “Tiki and Tierney.” (Courtesy pagesix.com)
• The Rochester Honkers have a new play-by-play radio announcer. Brett Morton replaces Michael Keeley, who resigned to join the ECHL’s Broadcasting/Media position with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners. (Courtesy Post Bulletin)
Brian Hanley, a 26-year veteran of WSCR 670-AM, is not being renewed as morning co-host of the Entercom sports/talk station, He is expected to work through the end of the month, then shift to a new role as weekend and fill-in host. (Courtesy RobertFeder.com)
• Detroit sports talker Mike Valenti has signed a long-term deal with 97.1 The Ticket to continue as host of the 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm program. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• He does it all: Adam Amin will call the July 4th Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN2. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Congrats to Dorian Craft, the new Sports Anchor/Reporter at THV11 in Little Rock. Dorian most recently filled a similar position at WLEX in Lexington, KY.
• Kudos to Jacob Tobey who is joining KJRH2 in Tulsa as a sports anchor/reporter. Jacob graduated in May from Suffolk University in Boston. He has worked with CLNS Media as a Celtics reporter/video editor and produced packages and reported live on NECN.
Caleb Noe is on the move. Caleb is leaving WLFI in West Lafayette, IN for a sports anchor/reporter position at WVLT in Knoxville, TN.
• Des Moines sportscaster and Drake University basketball voice Larry Cotlar died Saturday after floodwaters swept him into a creek. Cotlar as the 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the Year. He is survived by his wife, Deb Brewer-Cotlar, and two sons. (Courtesy KCCI)
• The Dallas Stars have announced that Craid Ludwig, former Stars alternate captain, will not be returning to his position of color analyst for Stars broadcasts. (Courtesy NBCdfw.com)
• Fox’s Aly Wagner and Telemundo’s Viviana Vila made history by being the first female broadcasters to call a men’s World Cup game. (Courtesy Toronto Star)
Steve Covino and Rich Davis have left SiriusXM for ESPN Radio. Their show debuted on ESPN June 30th, It airs weekends from noon to 4 pm Eastern.

June 2018

Taryn Hatcher has joined NBC Sports Philadelphia as a multi-platform host and reporter covering the Eagles, Flyers, Sixers and Phillies. (Courtesy NBCSports.com)
• The Read Optional’s Trey Wallace is joining Fox Sports Knoxville as a midday host. (Courtesy SportsRadioKnoxville)
• PM Drive Host Jeff Aaron has left AM 1380 Fox Sports Radio KRKO in Everett, WA. He’s been at the station for 16 years.
• East Tennessee State U. has signed a multimedia rights agreement with Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment. The 10-year deal grants Van Wagner exclusive rights to represent ETSU as the rights holder for the program’s sponsorship and media sales, as well as on- and off-campus marketing promotions for the Buccaneers’ brand. In return, the agreement is anticipated to net ETSU approximately $15 million in revenue and cost-savings over the life of the contract.
• Walt Disney is closer to buying 21st Century Fox’s coveted entertainment and distribution businesses. The Department of Justice said that the $71.3 billion acquisition could go ahead if Disney, which owns ESPN, sold off all of 21st Century Fox’s regional sports networks. (Courtesy The Times)
Colin Cowherd is closing in on a new four-year deal with Fox Sports and iHeartRadio. His last deal was for $6 million per year. The total of the new deal is likely more. (Courtesy New York Post)
Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, hosts of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz have signed multiyear agreements to remain with ESPN.
• Congratulations to Matthew Schwartz, the new weekend sports anchor/reporter at KAIT in Jonesboro, AR. He relocates from WVVA in Bluefield, VA.
Don Fischer, who has been the radio voice for Indiana University athletics for more than 45 years, , received a prestigious honor this week. Fischer is the first recipient of the Woody Durham College Voice Award. It is presented by the NSMA, the University of North Carolina and Learfield Sports. (Courtesy IUHoosiers.com)
• Former color analyst for the Houston Astros, Bruce Gietzen, and Lady Bear Hall of Famer Maggie Davis-Stinnett are the new voices of Baylor women’s basketball. They follow Rick May and Lori Fogleman, who have retired. (Courtesy Baylor U.)
• Former Opelika (AL) H.S. football coach Spence McCracken is the new color analyst on the team’s radio broadcasts. His son Mac McCracken will be the sideline announcer. Van Riggs handles play-by-play. (Courtesy oanow.com)
• The late Woody Durham, the longtime voice of the North Carolina Tar Heels, was honored Monday night (June 25th) at the 59th National Sports Media Association’s banquet by being inducted into its hall of fame. (Courtesy Journalnow.com)
Kevin Harlan was honored last night (June 25th) by the National Sports Media Association as its “2017 National Sportscaster of the Year.” The award was presented at the 59th NSMA Awards Banquet in Winston-Salem, NC.
• Veteran sports radio executive Eric Spitz is leaving CBS Sports Radio and joining SiriusXM as VP of Sports Programming. (Courtesy RadioInk)
• After nearly a decade of sports reporting in Indianapolis, WTHR sports anchor Jason Spells is leaving for a job in Dallas. (Courtesy Indianapolis Star)
Taryn Hatcher is leaving Hawaii News Now after three years as a sports anchor and reporter. She will announce her plans when they are finalized later this week (Courtesy Star-Advertiser)
• Nashville Sounds voice Jeff Hem will be part of the radio broadcast crew for the Triple-A All-Star Game, July 11 in Columbus, Ohio. Hem will work alongside Ryan Mitchell and Scott Leo, the regular broadcast crew for the host franchise. (Courtesy Nashville Post)
• Former “SEC on CBS” sideline reporter Allie LaForce has agreed to a multi-year contract with Turner Sports, where she will cover both the NBA and college basketball. (Courtesy Al.com)
Nick Hardwick is dropping his radio gig with the Los Angeles Chargers so he can have more family time in San Diego with his wife and two sons. (Courtesy San Diego Union Tribune)
Jack Edwards and NESN have agreed to a new contract for Edwards to remain as voice of the Boston Bruins. (Courtesy Boston.com)
• Congrats to Damon Turbitt, the new Sports Anchor/Reporter at ABC27 in Harrisburg, PA.
• The Sports Hub in Boston has promoted Christian Arcand from part-timer to co-host and Sports Hub Headlines anchor weeknights on the Adam Jones Show.
John Ward, the University of Tennessee’s beloved “Voice of the Vols” for 34 seasons in basketball and 31 seasons in football, died Wednesday after battling a lengthy illness. He was 88.
• Congratulations to Michael Keeley. The three-year radio and HockeyTV voice of the NAHL’s Austin Bruins has accepted the Broadcasting/Media position with the ECHL’s Maine Mariners. Michael earned Honorable Mention in STAA’s 2013 All-America rankings. He was talented then and has continued honing his craft. A great choice!
• Veteran San Francisco sportscaster Gary Radnich is retiring from KRON-TV. He will continue co-hosting his sports talk show with Larry Krueger on KNBR. (Courtesy San Francisco Chronicle)
Molly Sullivan, who has been the Sixers sideline reporter for NBC Sports Philadelphia since 2012, is out. She says the network told her they are “moving in a “new direction.” (Courtesy Philly.com)
Ed Olczyk has joined ESPN 1000 Chicago and the Kap & Co. weekday show. Olczyk will co-host twice a week, generally on Mondays and Fridays, alongside David Kaplan from 9 a.m. – noon CT.
Sean Salisbury, who has hosted local and national shows for Gow Media the last five years, will move next month to iHeart Media’s KBME (790 AM) as host of the station’s afternoon drive time show. Salisbury replaces Jayson Braddock and Sean Jones, whose show has been canceled. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Kelly Chase, who spent nearly two decades as the St. Louis Blues radio analyst, is leaving the broadcast booth to take over business and community development for the club. He’ll also be working in private real estate. (Courtesy KMOV)
Jermaine Ferrell is transferring inside Nexstar Media from WFXR Roanoke to WRIC in Richmond to become their Weekend Sports Anchor/Weekday Sports Reporter. (Courtesy Virginia First)
• Congratulations to Shawn Bednard, the new Director of Media Relations, and Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Fayetteville Marksmen hockey club of the SPHL. Bednard is a 2018 graduate of Central Michigan University.
Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett are out as Notre Dame football changes its radio voices. ND’s new multimedia partner, JMI Sports, apparently wants the team’s broadcasters to live locally. Criqui and Pinkett do not. (Courtesy ND Insider)
• Former Honolulu sportscaster John Noland has died from injuries he sustained when he was allegedly assaulted last weekend. A suspect is in custody. (Courtesy Star Advertiser)
• Thunder broadcaster Brian Davis, who used ‘cotton-picking’ in his call of a play by Russell Westbrook, will not have his contract renewed. A team statement does not give a reason for the decision. (Courtesy USA Today)
• Padres broadcaster Ted Leitner says he’s cancer-free, after having a kidney tumor removed. He is set to return to calling Padres games on June 19. Leitner’s tumor turned out to be benign.
• Longtime Astros voice Bill Brown, who retired in 2016 after 30 years with the club, will fill in for Astros radio color analyst Steve Sparks during the team’s three-game series against the Rays that begins tonight (Monday, June 18th). (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Erica Weston, who was a sports reporter and anchor at the ABC network affiliate in Tucson, Ariz., is joining Fox Sports Midwest. She will be in a limited role at first as an anchor and reporter for the Cardinals and Blues as she becomes acclimated. (Courtesy STLToday)
Mike Tirico will host NBC’s coverage of the 103rd Indianapolis 500. After finalizing an exclusive deal with IndyCar in March, NBC will be broadcasting the event after the 500’s 50-plus year relationship with ABC came to a close. (Courtesy Indianapolis Star)
• ESPN’s Steve Levy will call TV play-by-play of Denver Broncos preseason football on 9News. Ex-Broncos QB Brian Griese will do color. (Courtesy 9News)
• The Yankees are considering buying back the YES Network if Fox puts it up for sale. (Courtesy Bloomberg.com)
• Beloved Philly sportscaster “Big Al” Meltzer has passed away He was 89 years old. Meltzer was a fixture in Philly sports, remembered for his engaging presence, enthusiasm, sports knowledge and easily recognizable voice. (Courtesy NBC Philadelphia)
• Honolulu police have initiated an attempted murder investigation after longtime sports broadcaster John Noland was found unresponsive with a head injury on Saturday. He is on life support. Our prayers are with John and his family. (Courtesy StarAdvertiser.com)
• Fox Sports Wisconsin sideline reporter Sophia Minnaert has joined the Milwaukee Brewers organization and will continue her work on Fox Sports Brewers broadcasts. (Courtesy Milwaukee Business Journal)
• Following a 37-year career covering Opelika High School athletics, D. Mark Mitchell is no longer “The Voice of the Dawgs.” Mitchell says the abrupt end to his career was unwarranted and unjustified. (Courtesy Opelik aObserver)
Michael Kay and YES Network are putting the finishing touches on a three-year contract with a network option for two more. The deal calls for a salary of more than a million dollars per season. (Courtesy New York Post)
• ESPN is closing in on a new deal with its biggest pending free agent: Dan Le Batard. Le Batard’s current deal is slated to expire early this summer. (Courtesy Sporting News)
• Sports 1280 New Orleans midday hosts Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder are switching from broadcast to podcast on July 23rd. (Courtesy Nola.com)
Nick Hart has been named as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s new play-by-play broadcaster, stepping into the role vacated by STAA member Mike O’Brien, who left the organization last week to pursue other career opportunities in Boston. (Courtesy Times Leader)
• Sports broadcaster Roger Millions has launched a bid for Alberta UCP nomination. (Courtesy Global News)
Andrew Monaco has been named Texas A&M’s play-by-play announcer for football and men’s basketball.
• Portland Trail Blazers play-by-play man Kevin Calabro has won a Northwest Emmy for sports play-by-play. (Courtesy BlazersEdge.com)
Tommy Hutton, a longtime Marlins analyst at Fox Sports Florida, will return for select pre- and postgame analysis, beginning on Monday during the Giants-Marlins telecast. (Courtesy MLB.com)
• Former Peoria Rivermen broadcaster, the late Norm Ulrich, has earned induction into the team’s Hall of Fame. Ulrich broadcast more than 1,400 games for the team. He passed away in October at age 78. (Courtesy prstar.com)
• Sportsnet’s Roger Millions has announced his retirement following a 39-year career in sportscasting. Millions joined Sportsnet in 2002 and called and covered regional Calgary Flames games for over 15 years. (Courtesy Sportsnet.ca)
• University of Louisiana at Lafayette and new multimedia rights holder Learfield have decided to retain Townsquare Media as the school’s radio partner. Jay Walker will continue as voice of the Cajuns. (Courtesy The Advertiser)
• ESPN Boise has flipped to a rock format. STAA members Alex Gold and Joey Jenkins hosted a show on the station.
• Skip and Shannon: Undisputed moderator Joy Taylor is leaving to serve as news anchor for The Herd With Colin Cowherd. Jenny Taft will replace her as the moderator on Undisputed. (Courtesy The Intelligencer)
Barry Warner’s hour-long morning show on KFNC-HD 2 (97.5-2 FM)/K231CN (94.1 FM) has been canceled as part of a lineup shuffle at the two Gow Media stations that will include Charlie Pallilo’s move to KFNC. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Mike Watts will broadcast Cincinnati Bengals preseason games on TV. Watts has experience with ESPN, SEC Network, Major League Soccer, CONCACAF and various colleges and conferences. Wayne Box Miller joins the radio team as pregame and postgame host. (Courtesy CincyJungle.com)
• A well-known voice in Vancouver, John Ashbridge, has died at age 71. The longtime broadcaster became synonymous with hockey over the years, lending his voice to the Vancouver Giants as well as the Canucks. (Courtesy Global News)
Kristina Pink lands Thursday night gig at Fox Sports. Erin Andrews is expected to join Pink on the sidelines. (Courtesy New York Post)
• Former right tackle Zach Strief as emerged as a “strong and viable candidate” to succeed Jim Henderson as radio voice of the New Orleans Saints. (Courtesy Times Picayune)
• STAA’s Jay Sanderson has signed an extension to remain with the Montana State Bobcats through the 2020-21 athletic season. Jay is the reigning Montana Sportscaster of the Year, as named by the National Sports Media Association. Congratulations, Maverick!
• Philly’s 97.5 The Fanatic unveils its summer lineup featuring new programs in the early morning and evening. The 5:00 am to 6:00 am “The Fanatic At 5 with Eytan Shander and Jamie Lynch” leads into Anthony Gargano. At 6 pm, Devon Givens and Geoff Mosher will co-host until hockey and basketball returns. Joe Tordy hosts 9 pm to midnight. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Veteran hockey broadcaster Bob Cole is open to a return to the booth. Sportsnet president Scott Moore says he’d like to have Cole back to call a few games. Cole turns 85 this month. (Courtesy National Post)
• Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins broadcaster and STAA member Mike O’Brien is leaving the team to pursue other career opportunities in the Boston area. (Courtesy Times-Leader)
• Longtime local sportscaster Chick Hernandez will leave NBC Sports Washington at the end of the week after a 17-year run. His contract was not renewed. (Courtesy Washington Post)
Joy Taylor is poised to succeed Kristine Leahy on ‘The Herd with Colin Cowherd.’ (Courtesy Sporting News)
• After 2,016 straight games, Nationals broadcaster Dave Jageler ended his iron-man streak last Thursday to attend his son’s high school graduation. Harrisburg Senators voice Terry Byrom filled in. Congrats to both Dave and Terry! (Courtesy Washington Post)
• ESPN has reached a multi-year extension with NBA game analyst Doris Burke. (Courtesy ESPN)
Jim Leahey, Hawaii’s most recognizable radio and television sports broadcaster for the past 60 years, is retiring. His son is ESPN broadcaster Kanoa Leahey. (Courtesy Star Advertiser)
• A beloved voice of the Voice of the Foothills — Dan Songer of Auburn, CA’s KAHI radio station — has died at age of 83.
• Congrats to STAA’s Jonathan Deutsch, the new sports anchor/reporter at NBC25/FOX 66 in Flint, MI. He leaves WIBW Topeka.
Brendan Mackey the new sports anchor/reporter position at KOTA and KEVN in Rapid City, SD. Congratulations, Brendan.
• Charlotte native Chris Kroeger is the new radio play-by-play voice of the Hornets. Kroeger is a veteran of local sports talk radio in the Queen City. (Courtesy WCNC)
• For Capitals fans of a certain age, Monday’s radio broadcast of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals will feature a nostalgic blast from the past. Ron Weber, who called the first 1,936 games in franchise history, will participate during the pregame and through the first intermission. (Courtesy Washington Post)
Jamie Erdhal is replacing Allie LaForce as SEC on CBS reporter. LaForce could not come to a new deal and LaForce is leaving CBS Sports. (Courtesy Richard Deitch)
• Longtime Charlotte sports anchor Chuck Howard is out at Fox 46. (Courtesy Charlotte Observer)
• The San Francisco Giants and KNBR 680 have become first in MLB to offer free, in-market live streaming of radio broadcasts. (Courtesy KNBR.com)