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WNSR 560 Adds Pogue & Dubin

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Two familiar names in local sports media — Greg Pogue and Joe Dubin — will return to the radio airwaves Monday when they revive the “Greg Pogue and Big Joe Show” on WNSR 560-AM/95.9-FM.

The show, which originally was on mornings on The Game 2 (94.9-FM), will air weekdays from 9-11 a.m.
It was discontinued last March when Dubin, whose roots are in television sports, was hired as a reporter for WSMV-4 to replace Rudy Kalis, who moved from sports to anchor the NBC affiliate’s morning news show.

“I get texts, I get tweets, I get emails and people who call me all the time telling me they miss us on the radio,” said Dubin, a Nashville native and Emmy-award winning reporter who got his start in TV with WKRN-2. “Why, I don’t know. I truly don’t know. But Greg came to me about three weeks ago and said, ‘Lets try to get back together.’ ”

Dubin was all for it. His only issue was getting an OK from Channel 4 brass. They liked the exposure that having Dubin on the radio would mean for the TV station, so they gave him the thumbs-up.

The chemistry between the two veteran journalists, who don’t take themselves too seriously but bring a wealth of local sports knowledge to the table, was something that Pogue felt was worth rekindling.

“Joe and I are as good a team as I’ve ever worked with,” said Pogue, who spent 24 years as a sports writer for the Nashville Banner and executive sports editor of the Daily News Journal. “We get each other. We like each other and we hate each other, so that’s important. We’re almost like brothers. We’ll hug one minute and fight the next. We’ll fight, but if you’re going to fight him, you’re going to have to fight me too.”

It is a homecoming for Pogue, who served as co-host of an afternoon sports talk show at WNSR along with Bill King for several years in the 1990s and then spent many years doing mornings at the station.

Pogue and Dubin have never lost their passion for high school sports, but have also spent much of their careers covering college and professional teams.

“We’re obviously going to talk about local topics — Titans, Predators, colleges, high schools,” Pogue said. “Whatever we talk about, we want to have fun. … We’ll even talk about social topics, music, whatever. We’re not putting ourselves in a box. Whatever we feel is best to talk about that day, that’s what we’ll talk about.”

Charlie Saunier will produce the show and join the conversation when the Predators are the topic. He hosts “Predneck Nation Pregame Show” on the station.

Radio provides Dubin, a social media zealot, another platform to show his wacky personality.
“I have the greatest job in the world at Channel 4 and once the bosses said, ‘You’re good to go on the radio,’ I was like, ‘This is great!’ ” Dubin said. “If there is something going on, Greg knows that Channel 4 is my priority above everything else. If there’s something going on, I have to go do that. If not and it’s in that time slot, I’ll be on the radio because I love it.”

The station’s new early lineup also includes the “Bill King Show” (7-9 a.m.), which returned to the station in May, and the syndicated “Jim Rome Show” (11 a.m.-2 p.m.).

Credit to The Tennessean who originally published this article.

 

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Vanessa and Gallant

Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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