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Radio Ink Names Mike Francesa Sports Radio’s Top Host

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In the December issue of Radio Ink Magazine, the editors at Radio Ink have named their top thirty five shows in sports radio for 2016. Taking top honors was New York sports radio icon Mike Francesa. The WFAN talk show host has announced that 2017 will be his final year behind the mic after patrolling the New York city sports radio airwaves for the past thirty years.

Rounding out the top 5 were Boomer and Carton, Toucher and Rich, Felger and Massarotti, and Valenti and Foster. All five shows are under the CBS Radio umbrella. CBS had 7 shows finish in the top 10, 10 inside the top 20, and a total of 11 which led all broadcast companies. The next closest was Cumulus who had 7 shows make the list.

Here is the entire order of the top 35.

1. Mike Francesa – WFAN
2. Boomer & Carton – WFAN
3. Toucher & Rich – 98.5 The Sports Hub
4. Angelo Cataldi – WIP
5. (Tied) Valenti & Foster – 97.1 The Ticket and Felger & Massarotti – 98.5 The Sports Hub
6. The Musers – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
7. Waddle & Silvy – ESPN 1000
8. Mully & Hanley – 670 The Score
9. Murph & Mac – KNBR
10. The Sports Junkies – 106.7 The Fan
11. Gary & Larry – KNBR
12. Mike Missanelli – 97.5 The Fanatic
13. Tolbert & Lund – KNBR
14. Michael Kay – 98.7 ESPN NY
15. Boers & Bernstein – 670 The Score
16. Mitch Levy – KJR
17. Kirk & Callahan – WEEI
18. The Hardline – Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket
19. Dukes & Bell – 92.9 The Game
20. Zolak & Bertrand – 98.5 The Sports Hub
21. Dan Sileo – Mighty 1090
22. Brock & Salk – 710 ESPN
23. Joe & Evan – WFAN
24. Chuck & Chernoff – 680 The Fan
25. Dave “Softy” Mahler – KJR
26. Bernie Miklasz – 101 ESPN
27. Adam & Joe – 99.9 The Fan
28. Sharp & Benning – 1620 The Zone
29. Schopp & The Bulldog – WGR
30. Scott & BR – Mighty 1090
31. John Canzano – 750 The Game
32. Matt Moscona – 104.5 ESPN
33. Heath Cline – 107.5 The Game
34. Nick Bahe – 1620 The Zone
35. Darin Pritchett – WSBT

The magazine also included a few stories on the Dan Le Batard show, Barrett Sports Media, and a special programmer’s panel featuring Lee Hammer of KNBR, Jeff Catlin of Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket, Mike Thomas of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Joe Zarbano of WEEI, Adam Delevitt of ESPN 1000 and Terry Foxx of 92.9 The Game.

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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, according to sources.

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

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now. He was tweeting during his show’s scheduled time, with this being his most recent one which also referenced the show which appeared to still be on the air at the time.

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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