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• 1260 The Score in Syracuse has added Paul Edsen to its lineup in PM Drive. Edsen has been in the local sports media in various capacities for several years.
• After serving for three seasons as the radio play-by-play man for the team, STAA member Chris Harris has been hired in the same capacity by the rival Mississippi Braves. Congratulations Chris! (Courtesy Sun Herald.com)
• For the first time in a decade, the Milwaukee Admirals will have two of their games broadcast on local TV. The team’s longtime radio voice Aaron Sims will have the TV call. (Courtesy OnMilwaukee.com)
• Former Coon Rapids, MN play-by-play broadcaster Bruce Frank has passed away at age 77. (Courtesy StarTribune.com)
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• SportsCenter anchor Nicole Briscoe has a new contract and some extra duty: hosting ABC’s telecast of the Indianapolis 500. She’s been a SportsCenter anchor since 2015.
Thomas Boswell, Woody Durham, Bryant Gumbel and Dick Weiss have been voted into the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame. In addition, Durham’s son Wes has again been honored as Georgia’s Sportscaster of the Year. View all of the national and state honorees here.
• Sharks radio voice Dan Rusanowsky has called his 2,000th NHL game. Congratulations Dan! (Courtesy NBC Bay Area)
• Big congratulations to STAA’s Dan Hasty. Dan will be filling-in for Dan Dickerson on a pair of Detroit Tigers spring training games in March. Dan is the radio voice of the Tigers Class-A affiliate West Michigan Whitecaps. (Courtesy MLive.com)
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• The Cubs are likely to start their own media network after their contracts with NBC Sports Chicago, ABC-7 and WGN-9 expire after the 2019 season. They’ve been looking forward to a major TV deal since the Ricketts family bought the franchise in 2009. (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)
• Host Adam Gold of 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, NC is celebrating a milestone this month of 20 years in sports radio. Congratulations, Adam!
Matt Hasselbeck will broadcasting the Pro Bowl on ESPN in a possible MNF audition. (Courtesy ProFootballTalk.com)
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• Longtime San Diego TV and radio sportscaster C.S. Keys has died at age 54. The cause of death has yet to be determined. (Courtesy San Diego Union-Tribune)
Mike Greenberg‘s new ESPN morning show, ‘Get Up,’ to debut in April. (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)
• Fox Sports 97.5 in Indianapolis has pulled the plug on the Dave “Gunner” Gunn and Don Stuck-hosted morning show. (Courtesy Talkers Magazine)
• Legendary sportscaster Keith Jackson has passed away at age 89.
• Former WNBA star Lisa Leslie has been hired as a studio analyst for select Orlando Magic games. Leslie has worked as a commentator for ESPN, ABC, Fox Sports Net, NBA and Turner. (Courtesy Orlando Sentinel)
Mark Silverman has been promoted to President of National Networks at Fox Sports. He is currently the leader of the Big Ten Network, a joint venture of Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference. (Courtesy variety.com)
• Condolences to the family of former Western Kentucky University voice Wes Strader. He passed away Tuesday. Strader was the Voice of the Hilltoppers for an incredible 36 seasons. (Courtesy bgdailynews.com)
Alan Green won’t return to the Atlanta United TV booth this year. Fox and ESPN are broadcasting 20 of the team’s 34 games this year. This leaves just 14 games for Green, which he says isn’t worth it for him. (courtesy myajc.com)
• ‘NHL on NBC’ Analyst Pierre McGuire had surgery for prostate cancer on January 4th. He expects to resume work next month. (Courtesy NHL.com)
• There will be no Doc Emrick on NBC’s Olympic hockey coverage. Kenny Albert will have the play-by-play.
• While Caps’ voice John Walton is away calling women’s Olympic hockey, Charlie Slowes will call Caps/Panthers on February 22nd. (Courtesy CBS Washington)
• New York Islanders voice Brendan Burke will handle NHL Network’ play-by-play of the AHL all-star game this month.
• Idaho Steelheads voice Brian McCormack and Everett Fitzhugh of the Cincinnati Cyclones will handle the TV call of the ECHL all-star game on Monday. It will also air on the NHL Network.
• Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming is in hunt for ESPN ‘Sunday Night Baseball.’ He says it would not impact his work with the Giants. (Courtesy SFGate.com)
• Former A’s pitcher Dallas Braden is replacing fellow former A’s lefty Mark Mulder in theTV booth this season. Braden will serve as analyst for 35 telecasts this summer. (Courtesy sfgate.com)
• Long-time Denver sports personality Sandy Clough begins hosting a 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm program on January
• 16 on Denver’s 104.3 The Fan.
• At Chicago’s 670 The Score, veteran Bears sideline reporter Zack Zaidman is moving to Cubs pre and post game host. Cubs host Mark Grote assumes Zaidman’s gig with the Bears. (Courtesy All-Access)
• The Phillies have added ex-players Kevin Frandsen, Kevin Jordan and Kevin Stocker to their radio broadcast team. The three Kevins will work alongside play-by-play voice Scott Franzke. Longtime Phils’ analyst Larry Anderson will call only home games in 2018. (Courtesy mcall.com)
• Portland Trail Blazers radio voice Brian Wheeler will be sidelined during the team’s upcoming four-game road trip. The move will allow Wheeler to further manage a health matter which forced him to miss 12 games earlier this season. Local sportscaster Scott Lynn will again fill-in. We hope you’re back to 100% soon, Brian! (Courtesy NBA.com)
• At WGRZ-TV Channel 2 In Buffalo, Adam Benigni will return as sports director Monday rather than become co-anchor of the morning program Daybreak. he coming departure of sports backup anchor-reporter Jonah Javad for a job in Dallas may have influenced Benigni’s decision to return to sports. (Courtesy Buffalo News)
Lindsay Czarniak will cover this year’s Super Bowl for NBC4 in Washington DC. She worked for the station for six year prior to joining ESPN, a job she left last fall. (Courtesy NBC Washington)
• Grand Rapids has a new, locally-themed Saturday sports talk show. Host Steve Prawdzik and rotating guests will focus on West Michigan sports topics and guests. (Courtesy MLive.com)
• Sports Update Anchor Natalie Egenolf has been promoted from part-time to full-time at 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. She’ll also serve as Social Media Coordinator. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Marty Smith has signed a new multiyear contract with ESPN. He’ll continue as a TV reporter, host of Marty Smith’s America, and co-host of a weekend show on ESPN Radio. (Courtesy Roanoke.com)
• STAA’s Dave Thomas is in Frisco, TX with the James Madison University Dukes to call the FCS National Championship. It’s JMU’s second straight appearance as they try to take down North Dakota State again. JMU got NDSU in last year’s semifinals. Good luck Dave!
• ESPN is trying to lure Alex Rodriguez away from Fox Sports (Courtesy Sporting News)
• Sports talk host Mike Felger has signed an extension with Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub.
• Sports Anchor/Reporter Kailey Mizelle has joined WKYT in Lexington, KY.
• Morning host Dan Sileo has left San Diego’s Mighty 1090 after four years. He says he’s taking a new job in San Diego that he is not yet ready to announce. There are rumors of a third sports station entering the market. Veteran local radio and TV sportscaster Ben Higgins filled in on Sileo’s first day away from 1090, Tuesday January 2nd.
• Congratulations to Doug Brown. On December 30th, Doug celebrated his 25th anniversary at ESPN Radio. To stay that long in one place you have to be a good broadcaster and a good person. Congratulations Doug!
Will Cain is replacing the departing Ryen Russillo on ESPN Radio, weekdays from 3 to 6 pm Eastern.
• ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards will retire after a 22-year career with the network after working the Cotton Bowl on Friday. (Courtesy myajc.com)
• Retired Northern California TV sportscaster Don ‘Pete’ Liebengood has died 73. Liebengood was a sports reporter, anchor and producer for KCRA-TV, KRON-TV and ESPN. (Courtesy San Mateo Business Journal)
• Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Dick Enberg has passed away at age 82 from an apparent heart attack. He was at his home in La Jolla, CA. Our prayers are with his son Ted and all of the Enberg family.
Carol Maloney is leaving her role as a sports anchor at NBC Washington after being unable to come to a contract agreement. (Courtesy Washington Post)
John Henry Smith joins WVIT in Hartford/New Haven as Sports Director. John Henry was last with Al Jazeera America as a sports and news anchor and has been freelancing with News 12 in New York. (Courtesy TVSpy)
• Sports Anchor/Reporter Charlie Lapastora has left the Media Gateway in Little Rock for Fox News Channel. He will be a general assignment reporter. (Courtesy TV Spy
• The Seattle Seahawks announced a multi-year extension with Bonneville Seattle Media Group to continue with 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM as the official radio broadcast partners of the Seahawks.
• Barstool Sports is launching a channel on SiriusXM next month. Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News reports that former WFAN host Craig Carton is in talks to join the channel. (Courtesy Sporting News)
• After deciding not to renew the contract of radio broadcaster Jim Kelch, the Cincinnati Reds still have yet to identify an eventual successor to Marty Brennaman. For now, Fox Sports Ohio’s Jim Day will fill-in when needed. (Courtesy Cincinnati.com)
• ESPN Radio host Ryen Russillo has announced he is leaving the network. His last show is Friday, December 22nd. He’ll continue a podcast for the network through next summer. (Courtesy New York Daily News)
• With Gregg Giannotti moving to WFAN, CBS Sports Radio has announced its new morning show hosted by ex-pro wrestler Pete ‘Taz’ Senerchia and Marc ‘Moose’ Malusis. (Courtesy Radio Insight)
• Program chief Connor Schell and distribution boss Justin Connolly are each being considered as John Skipper’s replacement as the head of ESPN. (Courtesy Bloomberg)
• ESPN has announced that Jessica Mendoza will return for her third season as an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball.
• Sports Director Tom Welborn of community TV station WBFT in Sanford, NC has passed away.
• SB Nation Radio will carry the East-West Shrine Game. Patrick Kinas will have the call.
• SiriusXM is partnering with the ACC and Pac 12 Conference to create two new satellite radio channels — one for each conference.
John Skipper has resigned as president of ESPN, citing a substance addiction. George Bodenheimer will handle the job while a replacement is found. (Courtesy ESPN)
• Congratulations to MaryLee Adams, the new sports and news anchor/reporter at WAAY in Huntsville. She leaves WDHN News 18 in Dothan, AL.
• At a Wednesday meeting with over 450 ESPN commentators, President John Skipper asked on-air talent to be confident about company’s future. The future includes the streaming service set to launch in 2018 and plans to grow ESPN’s live rights portfolio. (Courtesy sfgate.com)
• Boxing analyst Teddy Atlas has been removed by ESPN from live fights. The decision was based on his comments in two ESPN Top Rank cards this year. (Courtesy Los Angeles Times)
Tony Romo has been named Sports Illustrated’s Media Person of the Year.
• Weekend sports anchor Laura Behnke has left WABC in New York after negotiations for a new
• contract fell through. (Courtesy PageSix.com)
• Former ESPN anchor Robin Roberts has received an honorary degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. (Courtesy WDAM)
• Congratulations to Bob Costas, winner of the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence. (Courtesy Chicago Tribune)