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Under The Radar – October 18, 2016

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Here’s some news you might have missed over the past week. If you have any news to share please send it along to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

670 The Score in Chicago has confirmed that Terry Boers is returning to his position in afternoons alongside Dan Bernstein effective Monday October 24th. Boers has been off the air since mid June dealing with a health issue. With the Cubs battling the Dodgers in the NLCS his timing couldn’t be better.

Good news for Cleveland sports radio fans. Adam The Bull isn’t going anywhere. Despite speculation that he was on the radar of WIP in Philadelphia, those rumors can be laid to rest. WIP is expected to announce their afternoon plans in the next few weeks.

Speaking of speculation, with Mike Francesa departing WFAN at the end of 2017, local newspapers in New York and Philadelphia are speculating that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could be next in line to occupy the afternoon slot in New York City. WFAN Program Director Mark Chernoff has praised Christie’s ability to talk sports, and his tenure as Governor of New Jersey ends just three weeks after Francesa’s contract with WFAN expires. When a caller asked Francesa last week on the air about Christie he said “it sounds like he (Christie) might be leaving politics once his tenure with the state of New Jersey is over. I gather it’s something he’s interested in, and if it is, that’s something the station will have to decide.” With Francesa and Christie having 14 months left in their current positions, it’d be very surprising if any permanent decisions were announced in the near future.

ESPN 103.3 in Dallas has rounded out their weekday lineup. The station announced last week that Will Chambers has been named the new midday host alongside Jacques Jean-Taylor. In afternoons, Tim Cowlishaw and Steve Dennis have joined forces. Dennis previously hosted middays on the station with Mark Friedman who was let go last month along with former afternoon host Matt Mosley.

Washington Times sports columnist and ESPN 980 host Thom Loverro has been named to the Washington DC Boxing Hall Of Fame, along with former NewsChannel 8 sportscaster Glenn Harris. The two men will be inducted on November 11th.

Staying in the nation’s capital, the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards have lost their FM outlets for the upcoming season. Capitals games will no longer air on 106.7 The Fan, and Wizards games won’t be heard on WDCH, 99.1. The broadcasts for both teams will continue airing on Hubbard’s WFED 1500 as well as on the Caps Radio 24/7 app and Wizards Mobile App. Both teams will remain on local television through their partnership with Comcast SportsNet.

WMC 790 AM in Memphis has added the Clay Travis Show to its lineup. The station will air the program tape delayed from 6a-9a CT. Clay will also appear each Monday on the Jason & John Show on Entercom Memphis’ leading sports station 92.9 ESPN.

Former 95.7 The Game in San Francisco midday hosts Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff have launched a new podcast. You can hear it or subscribe to it by clicking here.

The Los Angeles Kings will use four veteran play-by-play announcers while Hall of Famer Bob Miller reduces his on-air role during his 44th year on the air. Miller is scheduled to call 58 games (including all home games) this season plus the first-round of the playoffs. Gary Thorne (eight games), Chris Cuthbert (four games), Ralph Strangis (four games) and Jiggs McDonald (one game) will work alongside of Jim Fox during the remainder of Kings games this season.

Although it’s unlikely, there’s a possibility that the New York Mets could lose a member of their broadcast team. The contract for play by play man Gary Cohen is set to expire at the end of 2016. SNY, which runs the Mets television broadcasts and Cohen’s representatives, have discussed a new multi-year deal but nothing has been finalized yet.

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Larry Bowa Warns Angelo Cataldi Fans Will Boo First Pitch If It’s Not a Strike

“Angelo Cataldi made Bowa promise to frame the ball so that whatever he throws looks like a strike to the crowd.”

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The Philadelphia Phillies are set to honor the career of Angelo Cataldi on July 24. The WIP morning legend will throw out the first pitch at Citizens Bank Park that afternoon. Former Phillies manager Larry Bowa will be behind the plate.

Bowa joined Cataldi on air Thursday morning to offer some advice. He told Cataldi that if the team asked him today, Bowa could still throw a strike from the mound. He was going to help Cataldi try to do the same.

He was concerned that Cataldi may not have any friends to practice with. After Cataldi assured the former manager that he had someone that was at least willing to pretend, Bowa gave him some tips.

“First of all, you start out at about 30, 35 feet while you preparing for this,” Larry Bowa said. “Make sure you throw every ball chest high. Throw a four-seam fastball. Do that three or four days then backup to 50, 55 feet. Do that a couple of days, and then finally you get on the mound.”

There was a word of warning for Angelo Cataldi. Larry Bowa said he once served as the catcher for a ceremonial first pitch from Mike Schmidt, widely regarded as one of the very best to ever put on a Phillies uniform.

Schmidt chose to throw from the mound and bounced it. Bowa doesn’t want Cataldi to make the same mistake.

“If you go to the mound and you don’t throw a strike, if you bounce it, I’m gonna tell you, you know this area better than anybody in the world. You will get booed off that mound,” he said. “So, if I were you, I would get right at the edge of the dirt there and throw a nice strike and everybody will give you a nice standing ovation and everything like that.”

Angelo Cataldi made Bowa promise to frame the ball so that whatever he throws looks like a strike to the crowd.

“I need you to get it to me on a fly, Ang,” Bowa responded.

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Dave Tepper Leaves Altitude Sports Radio To Become PD of News Radio KOA

“ The move represents a reunion for Tepper and GM Brenda Egger. She was the GM at Altitude that brought Tepper to the market in 2018.”

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There’s a big change taking place in Denver radio. Dave Tepper has left Altitude Sports Radio to become the new program director for Newsradio KOA. The position became available after iHeart Denver recently parted ways with programmers Greg Foster and Tim Spence.

The move represents a reunion for Tepper and GM Brenda Egger. Egger was the GM at Altitude that brought Tepper to the market in 2018. She left to take the reigns at iHeart in December 2020. Tepper will be responsible for all aspects of the on-air experience, including talent, content, programming, and online presence, as well as Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies broadcasts. He will report to JoJo Turnbeaugh, Region Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Rockies Region.

“We are very excited Dave will be leading our incredible team at KOA,” said Turnbeaugh. “Dave’s track record, vision and leadership is exactly what we need as KOA continues to evolve as Colorado’s, News, Talk and Sports leader.”

Altitude Sports Radio went through a lineup revamp early on under Tepper before settling in the past few years. The station built its morning show around Vic Lombardi, Marc Moser, and Brett Kane, afternoons around Nate Kreckman and Andy Lindahl, and middays around Ryan Harris, Scott Hastings, and Josh Dover. The station also moved from 950 AM to 92.5 FM, and added an affiliation with VSiN.

At KOA, Tepper will work with both sports and news talk programming. He’s familiar with both formats having previously managed 1620 The Zone and News Talk 1290 KOIL in Omaha. Tepper also previously programmed ESPN 97.5 in Houston, and served as the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network Studio Coordinator and National Network Producer for Westwood One’s broadcasts of the College World Series. He has also worked on-air as a sports talk host in Houston and Austin, TX after starting behind the scenes at KLSX and KABC in Los Angeles.

“I’m thrilled and humbled by the opportunity to take the legendary KOA brands to new heights, including the game-changing chance to work with the Broncos, Rockies and Colorado Buffaloes radio networks,” said Tepper. “My proud journey that includes working with a variety of sports and talk formats, talents and sports radio networks has prepared me for this unique and once in a lifetime step.”

Altitude Sports Radio hasn’t announced a timeframe for when it expects to hire a new leader.

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Travis Demers Steps Away From Rip City Radio 620

Demers announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will be leaving his post as co-host of Rip City Drive with Chad Doing to become a stay-at-home dad.

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Portland Trail Blazers play-by-play announcer Travis Demers is going to be taking some time to enjoy being around his family.

Demers announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he will be leaving his post as co-host of Rip City Drive with Chad Doing to become a stay-at-home dad.

Demers clarified that he will still be calling Blazers games and be involved with the team’s radio production, but he’s going to take this opportunity to be more involved in the lives of his kids.

For now, Doing will fly solo hosting Rip City Drive. iHeartRadio Portland has not announced whether a replacement will be hired.

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