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Larry Wachs and The Regular Guys are finished after just four months on The Fan 2 in Atlanta. The station wants to focus on an all-sports lineup. (Courtesy Atlanta Journal Constitution
• ESPN Radio has announced the new lineup it will debut in 2018. The 6 am to 9 pm lineup features Golic and Wingo, Dan Le Batard, Stephen A. Smith, Ryen Rusillo and Will Cain, and Sarah Spain and Jason Fritz.
After 11 years away from WCCO AM 830, Minnesota Twins games are returning in 2018 to the station on which
• they aired for 46 years. Cory Provus and Dan Gladden are expected to continue calling the games.
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• Market veteran Chuck Sapienza is the new Program Director at 105.7 The Fan In Baltimore. Sapienza is a former PD at ESPN 980. Most recently, he’s been the executive producer of the Navy Football Radio Network.
• It looks like Cari Champion will be taking on a new role at ESPN. According to The Big Lead, the current Sports Center Coast to Coast host is the choice to succeed Michelle Beadle on SportsNation. (Courtesy The Big Lead)
Joel Bennett, whose been calling small college and high school sports in Campbellsville, KY for 30 years, is stepping down. Bennett is relocating to Lexington. Not many folks get to do play-by-play for 30 years in the same place. Congratulations, Joel! (Courtesy Central Kentucky News-Journal)
Angela Moryan is the new sports anchor/reporter at WDEF in Chattanooga. Moryan has been an assistant news content specialist at WMBF in Myrtle Beach. She is a graduate of Georgia State.
Jason Lewis is leaving WJRT in Flint, MI for a sports anchor/reporter position at CBS 6 in Albany. Lewis is an Arizona State U. alum.
Jett Beachum is the new sports anchor/reporter at KHQA in Quincy, IL. He’s been a producer at KSAT 12 in San Antonio.
• WFAN has made official the additions to its sports talk lineup. Gregg Giannotti is the new morning co-host, alongside Boomer Esiason. Chris Carlin, Bart Scott and Maggie Gray will host afternoons.
• ESPN President John Skipper has earned an extension through 2021. (Courtesy The Big Lead)
Scott Van Pelt has signed a multi-year extension with ESPN. (Courtesy Hollywood Reporter)
• Following Chris Carlin’s departure to WFAN, WIP is moving nighttime host Jon Marks to afternoons to co-host with Ike Reese. Former part-time host Joe Giglio takes over evenings.
• WFAN has found its replacements for Mike Francesa. Several outlets are reporting the new show will feature Chris Carlin (currently at WIP), Bart Scott (ESPN New York) and CBS Radio’s Maggie Gray.
• Veteran Pitt Panthers basketball radio analyst Dick Groat will work a reduced schedule of road games this season. (Courtesy Post-Gazette)
• Program Director Eric Johnson is leaving WKXW in Trenton, NJ to take over as Director of Sports Content at The Fanatic and 610 Sports in Philadelphia.
• Sports Anchor Duke Castiglione is leaving WNYW in New York City for a news position at Boston’s WCVB.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that a round of layoffs expected after Thanksgiving is likely to include several SportsCenter personalities. At least 100 staffers are expected to be impacted. (Courtesy SI.com)
• SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman has announced via Twitter that he has left ESPN after nine years.
• The Pac 12 Network has added three play-by-play broadcasters to it’s mane’s basketball roster — LA Kings voice Alex Faust, former Knicks radio man Mike Crispino and Colorado Rockies TV voice Drew Goodman.
• STAA’s Brian Jennings has picked-up a prime freelance play-by-play gig with Learfield. Jennings, who lives in Indiana, will be spending six days over Thanksgiving week in Honolulu calling Purdue University women’s basketball. It’s part of a 5-game trip that includes a stop in Salt Lake City for a game against Utah. Take your sunscreen, Brian!
• Congrats to STAA’s Benjamin Kelly. He will be filling-in on St. Cloud State men’s basketball radio broadcasts on November 10th and 11th in Pittsburgh, KS.
• The Cincinnati Reds have extended their radio broadcasting deal with WLW through 2022. WLW carried the first Reds broadcast in 1924. They’ve been the team’s flagship since 1969.
• Weekend news anchor Keith Jones is being promoted at NBC 6 in Miami. Jones takes over as lead sports anchor, replacing the recently departed Adam Kuperstein.
• Starting next season, John Crotty will replace Tony Florentino as Miami Heat TV analyst.
Chris Gervino, who for the past two weeks has been the interim analyst on Missouri Tigers basketball radio network, has earned the full-time position.
• Former St. Louis Rams and Missouri Tigers football broadcaster Bill Wilkerson has passed away at the age of 72.
• Fallout from the Jamele Hill controversy has prompted ESPN to issue a new policy regarding social media. Among the highlights: ESPN employees should refrain from commenting on political issues and should not launch personal attacks.
• ESPN Radio Network’s new morning show featuring Mike Golic and Trey Wingo now has a name: Golic and Wingo. They debut November 27th.
• Our prayers are with Clay Cordle, play-by-play voice for Gordon State College in Barnesville, GA. Clay is hospitalized after suffering a brain hemorrhage.
John Sadak, voice of minor league baseball’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is stepping down. Sadak will be focusing more on his national play-by-play duties with Westwood One and CBS Sports.
Jonathan Hood has renewed his contract as basketball play-by-play voice for the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Matt Nahigian, who left 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia in August after 10 years as PD, has assumed the same position at 95.7 The Game in San Francisco.
• Veteran Philadelphia sports talk host Angelo Cataldi is off the air at 941 WIP after having his gallbladder removed on Monday. (Courtesy Philly.com)
• Minor league baseball’s Lehigh Valley IronPigs have extended their radio deal with the local ESPN affiliate.
• Former morning hosts Beanie Howell and Brock Palmbos are back on The Game 730 in Lansing, MI. After leaving in early October, the duo is replacing the Jim Rome Show weekdays from Noon to 3.
Greg Frank is the new Host/Play-by-Play Voice at WILD 102 in Roseau, MN.
• Veteran sports radio programmer Tom Lee is the new PD at News Radio 106.7 in Atlanta.
• The Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League have hired Evan Richardson as play-by-play voice and media relations manager.
• As many as 60 additional layoffs could be coming to ESPN within the next month. Some on-air talent would likely be included. (Courtesy The Sporting News)
• Starting Monday, veteran St. Louis host Bob Ramsey will be back on KFNS, co-hosting an evening show with Brendan Wiese two or three times per week. (Courtesy St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
• Congratulations to STAA member Egidio Deliu. He will be calling the NJCAA men’s soccer championship tournament in Arizona.
• Congratulations also go out to Tabitha Lipkin, the new sports anchor/reporter at Fox 5 San Diego. Lipkin has been a reporter and weather anchor at the former CW6 in San Diego. She previously worked for Fox 5 as an anchor and sideline reporter.
• Though ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is back on the air, his fight against cancer continues. In a feature story by SI’s Peter King, Mortensen says the disease is now in his lungs. We wish Mort the best!
• Veteran Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen has earned a contract extension. Hansen and his bosses at WFAA have extended their agreement through 2018. (Courtesy TV NewsCheck)
• WFAN in New York is getting closer to naming replacements for Mike Francesa and Craig Carton. Candidates to join the WFAN lineup include Gregg Giannotti, Bart Scott, Chris Simms, Kimberly Jones and Chris Carlin. Station management would like to make a decision within three weeks. (Courtesy Newsday)
• Here are the finalists for the 2018 Ford Frick Award: Joe Buck, Al Michaels, Bob Costas, Joe Morgan, Buddy Blattner, Dizzy Dean, Pee Wee Reese and Don Drysdale. The winner will be announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings on December 13th.
Dan Patrick will be helping educate the next generation of sports broadcasters. Full Sail University is launching the Dan Patrick School of Sportscasting. Instructors will include Patrick and other prominent sports broadcasters.
• Former Atlanta Falcon Bob Whitfield has left his show on Then Fan 2 in Atlanta. Station owner David Dickey tells Rodney Ho of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Whitfield’s show with Larry Sachs wasn’t what he was hoping for. Dickey will try to find a role for Whitfield on one of Dickey’s other Atlanta stations.
• University of Missouri basketball radio color commentator Gary Link “has been relieved of his duties with Mizzou athletics.” No reason was given. A search for his replacement is already underway.
• Local TV sports anchor Jon Doss is the new radio play-by-play voice for Cal State Bakersfield men’s basketball.
• Former ESPNer Andy Katz is joining Big Ten Network for college hoops coverage. He’ll work in studio and on site.
Jim Rome’s CBS Sports Radio show will be simulcast on CBS Sports Network TV, starting January 2nd. (Courtesy AllAccess)
Darius Joshua makes a 115 market jump to become the Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter at WYSR in Syracuse, NY. Joshua who is a Syracuse University alum. He leaves KTVO in Kirksville, MO. (Courtesy TV Spy)
Jeremy Rose is the new voice of Murray State women’s basketball.
• It’s finally official: Darren Headrick has joined the UK Sports Network team as the new voice of Kentucky women’s basketball and baseball. He replaces Neil Price, who left for the football/basketball job at Mississippi State.
• WFTS ABC Action News sports anchor and director Tom Korun is retiring from broadcasting after more than 14 years at the station and 31 years in Tampa. (Courtesy TampaBay.com)
• Just five weeks into chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer, Eddie Olczyk is slated to be on the call with Doc Emerick on NBCSN this Wednesday in St. Louis when the Blackhawks play the Blues. He also intends do the Hawks’ game at home against the Oilers the next night on WGN. (Courtesy SI.com)