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The latest sports media news across the country including details from the television and radio industries. As always, if you have a news tip to share, email me at JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here are the latest headlines.

  • ESPN Radio is taking over First Take on ESPN2 July 11-15. The show airs from 10a-12p ET. Molly Qerim will host all week and welcome a new duo or trio each day to give their takes on the day’s top stories. Steve Mason and John Ireland of ESPNLA 710 in Los Angeles will host Monday. Tom Waddle and Marc “Silvy” Silverman of ESPN 1000 in Chicago will sit in Tuesday. Don Lagreca, Peter Rosenberg and Rick DiPietro of 98.7 ESPN New York get the call on Wednesday. Bomani Jones and Freddie Coleman of ESPN Radio participate on Thursday. And ESPN Radio‘s Jalen Rose and David Jacoby wrap things up on Friday.
  • ESPN is losing one of its top television executives. John Wildhack, who spent 36 years in various positions before becoming the network’s executive vice president for programming and production, has agreed to become the new Athletic Director for Syracuse University. Wildhack is a Syracuse graduate.
  • Reporter Shannon Spake is exiting ESPN to join FOX Sports. She’ll serve as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball, and contribute to the NASCAR broadcast team on pit road and in studio. She’ll also have a sideline role on select NFL broadcasts.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers have announced that they’ve agreed to terms on a four-year extension with their television home Comcast SportsNet Northwest. The extension will cover the 2017-18 season and run through 2020-21. ROOT Sports NW was interested in acquiring the team’s television rights and reportedly offered more years but the Blazers liked the Comcast deal more.
  • FOX Sports Radio will have a strong radio presence at this year’s MLB All-Star Game. Both Colin Cowherd and Jay Mohr, will travel to San Diego to broadcast their shows on location on Tuesday July 11th and Wednesday July 12th.
  • After announcing his plans to leave 95.7 The Game in San Francisco for its local competitor KNBR, John Lund was pulled off of the airwaves after his show on Friday May 20th. Since then, he’s sat on the sidelines chomping at the bit to entertain local listeners. He finally gets to break his radio silence on Monday July 11th when he debuts in afternoon drive on KNBR with Tom Tolbert.
  • 107.5 The Game in Columbia, SC has made some changes to its weekday lineup. Bill Gunter has left 1400 The Team to join The Game in mornings where he’s now teaming up with Tim Hill who had been hosting middays. Hill previously left his TV gig on Columbia’s ABC affiliate to join the radio station in a full time role. With Hill moving into mornings with Gunter, Tommy Moody and Jay Phillips will occupy middays.
  • Duke play-by-play broadcaster Bob Harris has announced he will retire after the 2016-17 men’s basketball season. Harris began calling Duke games in 1976 and is the longest-tenured voice in ACC history. No word yet on who will replace him in the future.
  • Mike Hammer and Brian Shapiro are launching a new show in Las Vegas titled “The Vegas Take”. The show will air every Saturday from 2p-4p on CBS Sports Radio 1140 and 107.5-3 FM HD3. The show debuts on July 9th and will feature a special guest appearance from entertainment journalist Robin Leach.
  • Matt Harab is leaving the Rural Radio Network in York, Nebraska to move south to Houston, TX where he’ll join Yahoo! Sports Radio. Harab spent the past 21 months working for the local radio group as its news and sports director.
  • Sports radio host Jeff Weinberger, a fixture on the Memphis airwaves for the better part of five decades, passed away on Saturday. He was 62.

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Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement

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Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.

“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”

Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.

After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.

Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.

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Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week

“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

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It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.

“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.

“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”

Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.

They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.

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Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”

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Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.

“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”

“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.

After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.

“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.

Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.

“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.

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