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• 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.
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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)
• If you need TV basketball play-by-play for your demo, a friend of mine has an opportunity for you. The Digital Media Broadcast Combine is part of an annual summer basketball event in Las Vegas. It’s July 6th through 12th. My friend Darryl Reshaw runs it. You’ll get play-by-play, sports reporting and interviewing segments for your TV demo. Click here to learn how to participate.
• 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)
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• 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)
Anne Marie Anderson will be the TV voice for the WNBA’s expansion Las Vegas Aces. Anderson has called games for the Pac-12 network and has served as an analyst on several other sports channels, including ESPN. (Courtesy Las Vegas Review Journal)
• Longtime Cleveland sportscaster Bill Needle has passed away at age 70. Needle worked as a sports talk host at WKNR radio and was the former voice of the Kent State Golden Flashes. (Courtesy WKYC)
• TCU play-by-play voice Brian Estridge, who was the leading candidate for the same job at Texas A&M, will remain with the Horned Frogs, according to a source. (Courtesy Star-Telegram)
Bill Worrell has agreed to return to Houston Rockets’ home telecasts on AT&T SportsNet Southwest this fall. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Sam Rosen is out after nine seasons as the TV voice of Chicago Bears preseason telecasts. On the way in is a tag team of announcers in their 30s with Chicago-area roots: ESPN rising star Adam Amin and NFL Network’s Kyle Brandt. (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)
Don Kollins, former PD at 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, is the new PD at Corus Radio in Winnipeg. (Courtesy Chrisda.ca)
• Former UConn football men’s basketball voice Joe D’Ambrosio is joining WTIC 1080 as a morning sportscaster. Joe D. called Huskies games for 26 years.
• Play-by-Play Voice Bob Joyce is following UConn women’s basketball from WTIC-AM 1080 to iHeart Media in Hartford. Joyce has been at WTIC for 30 years. (Courtesy Journal Inquirer)
Adam Klug is named program director for 97.3 The Fan in San Diego, effective June 11. Klug has been serving with CBS Sports Radio in New York City as a producer for national radio and television personalities Bill Reiter and Doug Gottlieb. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• Former Texas A&M play-by-play voice Dave South will receive the 2018 Chris Schenkel Award presented by the National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on Dec. 4. (Courtesy TheBatt.com)
• Padres radio voice Ted Leitner will undergo surgery tomorrow to have a cancerous tumor removed from his kidney. He hopes to be back within a month. (Courtesy San Diego Union-Tribune)
Keith Olbermann was supposed to make his ESPN Radio debut on play-by-play for yesterday’s Astros-Yankees game, but was “under the weather,” leaving Ryan Ruocco to fill in, according to the N.Y. Post’s Andrew Marchand ( TWITTER.com, 5/27 ). (Courtesy Sports Business Daily)
• 790 The Ticket midday host Brian London has been promoted to ADP of The Ticket and sister station WQAM. (Courtesy AllAccess)