• With Chris Berman moving into a new role in 2017, a trio of commentators – Suzy Kolber, Samantha Ponder and Trey Wingo – will assume his previous host responsibilities on ESPN’s NFL studio shows.
• WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000 is making a big change with its weekday lineup effective next month. The late morning/midday show with Carmen DeFalco and John “Jurko” Jurkovic will be trading places with midday show “Kap & Co.” with David Kaplan. (Courtesy ChicagoLandMedia.com)
• Play-by-play radio broadcaster Michael Keeley is returning to call Rochester Honkers games again for the 2017 season. (Courtesy Post Bulletin)
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Doug Gottlieb is leaving CBS Sports Radio for Fox Sports Radio and FS1, according to Phil Mushnick of the New York Post. (Courtesy New York Post)
Chad Doing is back on the air Mondays through Fridays in Portland. Doing will co-host an afternoon show on Rip City Radio 620 with STAA member Travis Demers.
• Former Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers voice Dan Rowe has died at age 67. He had been battling ALS.
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• LA sportscasting legend Vic “The Brick” Jacobs is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.
Rex Ryan is joining ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown.
Tim Hackett is the new voice of the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the summer collegiate Northwoods League. Tim is a student at Northwestern.
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• Longtime Bradley Braves voice Frank Bussone, 74, has died after an eight-month battle with cancer. (Courtesy Peoria Journal-Star)
Ken Harrelson says that 2017 will likely be his last season of significant play-by-play work for the Chicago White Sox. He says, “It’s that time.” (Courtesy Chicago Sun Times)
Nick Ruffolo has joined 44News in Evansville, IN as a sports anchor/reporter. He comes from the Indianapolis Colts, where he worked in video production after graduating from Eastern Illinois University. (Courtesy 44News)
• Syracuse senior Evan Stockton is the new voice of minor league baseball’s Auburn Doubledays. Stockton spent last summer with Chatham of the Cape Cod League.
John Andariese, the legendary voice of the Knicks for nearly 40 years, has died at age 78.
• Albany’s WNYT Channel 13 sports reporter and weekend anchor Chris Onorato is joining “Big Board Sports” on ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team as producer and co-host starting March 23. (Courtesy Daily Gazette)
• Sports Radio KJR in Seattle has announced on their website a new midday team of Chuck Powell and Jason Puckett, weekdays from 10 to 1.
Kyle Bailey is joining WFNZ in Charlotte as a host and executive producer. Bailey’s resume includes stops in Blacksburg, VA and Charleston, SC.
• The radio team for MLS’s Houston Dynamo features a pair of STAA members. Jeremy Branham is handling play-by-play. Alex Del Barrio is the analyst.
• STAA member Brendan Gulick will be doing color commentary on the Division III women’s Final Four and national championship game in Michigan. The broadcasts will stream on NCAA.com.
• The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced that Brent Musburger will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports.
• TSN 1040 has lost the broadcasting rights to the Vancouver Canucks, beginning next season. The team has chosen to go with Rogers as their new radio partner. (Courtesy DailyHive.com)
• A source at ESPN told The Hartford Courant that no target for job eliminations has been set, and that among employees who don’t work in front of cameras, at microphones or with bylines on the websites, no cuts are planned. (Courtesy The Hartford Courant)
• After spending two postseasons as a guest studio analyst for Fox, Alex Rodriguez is expanding his role for the network. A-Rod will be a game analyst and feature reporter for the network and FS1 and will continue to work in the studio. (Courtesy Fox Sports)
• KOA NewsRadio has signed multi-year contract renewals with Jack Corrigan and Jerry Schemmel that will keep them as the radio play-by-play voices of the Colorado Rockies. (Courtesy RadioInk)
• This month, Deb Antonelli will be the first woman to work a men’s NCAA Tournament game as an analyst in over two decades. (Courtesy KRGV)
Zach Bye is leaving ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team in Albany for 104.3 The Fan in Denver. He’ll co-host middays with ex-Bronco Brandon Stokley.
• Ex-CNS anchor Ron Burke has joined Fox 29 in Philadelphia. (Courtesy PhillyVoice.com)
• Sports Anchor Alison Mastrangelo is leaving Fox 21 in Colorado Springs for KMGH in Denver.
• Congratulations to STAA member TJ Carpenter, the new afternoon co-host with Sean Walsh at Mile High Sports Radio in Denver.
• Congratulations to STAA member Rob Taylor, the new sports update anchor/reporter at 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland.
Kaylee Hartung is leaving ESPN for CNN, a highly placed source with knowledge of the information tells The Big Lead. (Courtesy The Big Lead)
• SI has learned that ESPN will have significant cost-cutting over the next four months on its talent side. (Courtesy SI.com)
• CSN is launching Boston Sports Tonight. It will be hosted by Tom Curran and Tom Giles, along with Michael Holley and Kayce Smith, who will join CSN next month. (Courtesy Boston Globe)
• San Jose Earthquakes MLS games will now air on KNBR 1050 as part of a new multi-year deal. Ted Ramsey will handle play-by-play. (Courtesy KNBR)
• SB Nation Radio is adding a new overnight show produced by Warren Moon and David Meltzer’s Sports 1 Marketing. “The Franchise” will air 1-3a (ET) weeknights beginning Monday (3/6). (Courtesy AllAccess)
Andy McDonnell is the new Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter at WANE. He moves from a similar position at NBC 26 in Green Bay. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Colorado.
Samantha Ponder has emerged as a strong candidate to replace Chris Berman as host of ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” sources tell Sporting News. (Courtesy The Sporting News)
Tim Van Vooren is the new Sports Director at WITI Milwaukee. He replaces Tom Pipines, who retired. (Courtesy gmtoday.com)
• Legendary LA Kings voice Bob Miller is expected to announce Thursday (March 2nd) that he will retire from his play-by-play duties. Miller, 78, suffered a mild stroke in January. (Courtesy LA Times)
Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole are returning to TSN. The Canadian sports anchors were recently dropped by Fox Sports.
Geoff Ketchum is returning to 104.9 The Horn in Austin, TX – he hosted a show there from 2008 through 2012 – to handle the 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm show. (Courtesy Talkers.com)
• 1320 The Fan in Salt Lake City has permanently gone off the air. (Courtesy AllAccess)
• KNBR San Francisco sports update anchors Joe Hughes and Matt Kolsky have announced on Twitter that they have been laid off due to the station’s elimination of sports updates.