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Under The Radar – October 10, 2016

Jason Barrett



Week after week, sports media news continues to pour in. The past week was no exception. A quick reminder, if you have something to share or promote, you can always pass it along via email to Now without further delay, here are this week’s developments.

SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation is losing a valuable member of its programming team. T.J. Cutini, who had served as a program director of the channel for the past five years is moving on. Cutini, worked his last shift on Friday, said that he felt it was time for a change of scenery. No word yet on where he will turn up next or who will assume his duties.

Congratulations is in order for Travis Demers who was recently promoted to Assistant Program Director at Rip City Radio 620 in Portland. In addition to handling APD duties, Demers hosts the afternoon show on the radio station.

Marc Ryan has accepted a new challenge. After hosting in Tampa for both WDAE, and the now defunct 98.7 The Fan, and previously working on-air at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, Ryan has accepted a multimedia position in Houston with Sports Radio 610 KILT. Ryan will host, report and write for the radio station. He started in his new role last week.

After dropping Josh Innes from afternoons in August, sources say Sports Radio 94WIP is close to putting the finishing touches on their weekday lineup. Barring any unexpected setbacks, another former Eagle will join the mix. Stay tuned.

ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM (WOIC-AM) has added Joshua “J-Fresh” Ivey to its Saturday morning college football tailgate show College Football Country. Ivey will serve as the show’s new executive producer. The show is hosted by Demetri Ravanos and Alpha Media Columbia SVP/Market Manager Mike Hartel and airs Saturday mornings from 10a-12p during the college football season.

With Hurricane Matthew rocking the southeast part of the United States, especially the state of Florida, Sports Radio 930 AM in Jacksonville made the decision to cease sports talk programming and turn the airwaves over to First Coast News. Program Director Seth Harp said the station’s priority was to serve the community and keep them updated on key developments.

The NHL Network are making a few additions. Former player Scott Gomez who spent a large part of his career with the New Jersey Devils has been hired as an analyst. The network has also added Michelle McMahon to the E.J. Hradek and Steve Mears show.

The NBA season is a few weeks away and for the Chicago Bulls broadcast team, they’ve got their Executive Producer back. Jeff Magnurten is returning for his 11th season. Bulls games air in Chicago on WLS 890.

ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City has agreed to terms with the Utah Grizzlies to serve as the team’s flagship radio station. The Grizzlies are a minor league hockey affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

KTUL Channel 8 Sports Director John Moss will be joining 97.1 The Sports Animal in Tulsa every Monday and Wednesday from 9a-11a.

LSU Sports Radio has brought in Jacob Hester to its broadcast team. Hester made his debut last weekend working alongside Jordy Culotta.

The Illinois men’s basketball broadcasts will have a new voice involved this season. Former player Doug Altenberger has signed on as an analyst. He’ll split duties with Deon Thomas.

NESN in Boston has hired Jahmai Webster as a sports anchor and reporter. He’ll join the network later this month. Webster recently worked as a sports anchor in Denver for ABC affiliate KMGH.

Tampa Bay Times Lightning beat writer Joe Smith has signed on with WDAE as a regular contributor. Smith will appear on the station 3x per week.

The Fayetteville Observer has hired Patrick Obley as a sports writer.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”



Sports Gambling Podcast

If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

Jordan Bondurant



After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Paul Finebaum

Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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