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Under The Radar – March 27, 2017

Jason Barrett

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Here are the latest happenings across the sports media landscape that you might not have been aware of. If you have a future news tip, story, press release or promotion to share, email JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

SB Nation Radio has moved Nate and Creight to the national stage. Patrick Creighton and Nate Griffin had been hosting in Houston on SB Nation 1560, but Gow Media is ready to present them to the masses starting Monday March 27th. The show will be carried weekdays from 1p-3p CT.

Another piece of news out of SB Nation Radio. Sean Salisbury‘s afternoon show, which includes Robin Carlin, and Brian Barrett, will make its TV debut on beIN Sports starting April 17th.

ESPN Radio is adding some firepower for the baseball season to two of its locally owned stations. ESPN 1000 in Chicago will feature weekly call-ins from Chicago Cubs stars Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber. Rizzo will join David Kaplan. Schwarber will appear with Waddle and Silvy. Meanwhile in New York, 98.7FM ESPN New York will welcome former New York Yankees star turned ESPN MLB Analyst Mark Teixeira. Tex will check in every Thursday with Michael Kay‘s program.

750 The Game in Portland is bringing in Will Palaszczuk for a few fill in dates. The former host at SB Nation Radio and KTGR in Columbia, MO will step in this Wednesday, and again next Monday and Tuesday during afternoon drive.

In Kansas City, 610 Sports is turning their evenings over to Ron Hughley. Starting April 3rd, Hughley will host weeknights from 6p-9p CT, as well as Sunday mornings from 10a-12p CT. The show will be titled “The Show with Ron “The Show” Hughley“.

Congratulations to WQAM midday host “The Big OOrlando Alzugaray on being named the new stadium voice of the Miami FC. The team plays in the North American Soccer League and their home opener takes place on April 8th.

790 The Zone may not be broadcasting any longer in Atlanta, but that won’t stop former members from holding a special 20-year reunion. The former Zone crew will take over STATS on Marietta Street in Atlanta on Thursday night April 13th. The fun is scheduled to begin around 7pm.

In Dallas, 105.3 The Fan will present their 5th annual MudBug Bash on April 15th. The event takes place at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, and features live music, games, beer, drink specials, and over 3,500 lbs of broiling crawfish. Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is expected to make a special appearance at this year’s event.

KNBR 1050 is partnering with Tommy T’s in Pleasanton on a local comedy night promotion in the Bay Area. Starting March 28th and continuing through May 16th, KNBR 1050’s Rudy Ortiz will host an open mic night at the venue. Each week’s winner gets announced the following morning on Ortiz’s morning show The Audible and earns $100 and a spot in the finale on May 16th where they’ll compete for the grand prize, a spot on an upcoming comedy night showcase.

Also in the Bay Area, 95.7 The Game afternoon anchor Gianna Franco is launching a new online program titled The Sports Dish which she says will feature sports figures, celebrities and foodies, sharing their insights on a variety of lighter subjects. For more information visit the website by clicking here.

Sports Radio KJR in Seattle is adding a new weekly soccer show. Radio Cascadia will air Saturday mornings at 9am PT and feature Jackson Felts and Stephen Egan. The show plans to provide sixty minutes of unbiased coverage on the Seattle Sounders FC.

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ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio

“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”

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SiriusXM still has a college sports radio station on its platform. It’s just called something different now.

A report from Cord Cutters News confirmed that ESPNU and SiriusXM have ended their partnership. Channel 84, which used to be known as SiriusXM ESPNU Radio, is now known as SiriusXM College Sports Radio.

ESPNU had been with the satellite radio provider since 2017. The channel itself, which has been on the Sirius lineup since 2010, was called SiriusXM College Sports Nation when it first launched.

Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed. Listeners can still tune in to hear hosts like Danny Kanell, Dusty Dvoracek, Rick Neuheisel and EJ Manuel, as well as live college sports play-by-play broadcasts.

The move doesn’t end ESPN’s partnership with Sirius. Cord Cutters noted that College GameDay will still be fully simulcasted on channel 81, which is ESPN Xtra.

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Kay Adams: Filling In For Dan Patrick A ‘Pinch Me’ Moment

“It would be me and Chris Mannix. And he did his thing, and I was just happy to be along for the ride.”

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Kay Adams has been successfully forging her own path in media after leaving NFL Network, but there have been moments along the way that she hasn’t forgotten.

Appearing as a guest on Maggie & Perloff on Friday, Adams was asked if she has ever had any pinch-me moments in her career. She said that one of those came back in 2014 and 2015 when she got the chance to guest host The Dan Patrick Show.

“A career highlight was when I, no reason to be allowed to fill in for The Dan Patrick Show,” Adams said. “I somehow got to.”

Perloff, who had the nickname “McLovin” while working with Dan Patrick as a Dan-ette, said he remembered Adams hosting and thought she did a great job. But Adams advised the audience not to try and seek out those tapes.

“I had no idea what was going on,” Adams said. “It would be me and Chris Mannix. And he did his thing, and I was just happy to be along for the ride.”

Adams added that starting her own show with FanDuel has also been a kind of pinch-me moment. She said she was excited that FanDuel was enthusiastic about trying to create the best content possible.

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Grant Paulsen: Tony Romo Hasn’t Regressed, Haters Just Piling On

“I would be willing to bet CBS is not concerned that Tony Romo is bad at this after it wasn’t even two years ago he was the toast of commentary.”

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CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has come under scrutiny for his commentating the last few weeks.

Romo, once thought of as the top color commentator in football, has faced criticism for how he’s adjusted his broadcasting style from the one that made him so popular in recent years. New York Post media columnist Andrew Marchand recently wrote that bosses at CBS have had to stage what was called “an intervention” with Romo to tweak how he calls a game, although CBS says that is a mischaracterization of the meetings.

On 106.7 The Fan in DC, host Danny Rouhier said the wave that Romo rode to stardom in the booth has crashed, and the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback needs to catch up with the changing tides in the NFL.

“So much is different. He can’t just get by on all that base of knowledge that he had,” Rouhier said on Friday’s Grant & Danny. “And he could just walk into the booth without having done anything, know what everybody was doing all the time because he had just seen it. I think that’s gone, and I think he needs to have that sort of come to Jesus moment where he can be more prepared to get that sort of sense back.”

Co-host Grant Paulsen said it was more a matter of Romo catching hate because that’s what people on the internet love to do with commentators.

“I think he is unique and different. Unique and different is bashed, and I think people are bashing him,” Paulsen said. “I don’t think there’s much more to it than that.”

“I think he’s stopped predicting plays to some extent, he still does it a little bit, because he shouldn’t be predicting plays,” he added. “Like I always thought that was the worst part about what he’s doing. I know he got a lot of attention and credit and people loved it. But like telling us right before the play, ‘They’re gonna run left here,’ is not your job. I guess there was some novelty to it.”

Paulsen said since Romo is the top dog in terms of NFL analysts, being the subject of strict scrutiny for every little thing comes with the territory. He said other big names like Cris Collinsworth, Al Michaels and Joe Buck all catch flack.

But Paulsen added he didn’t think CBS has tried to have Romo dial back some of his commentary. He did believe CBS has met with Romo to offer notes and help him develop.

“If you’re paying someone 30 million dollars a year you probably do that,” he said. “I would be willing to bet CBS is not concerned that Tony Romo is bad at this after it wasn’t even two years ago he was the toast of commentary.”

“I guess I don’t see what everyone else sees about how he’s regressed,” Paulsen added. “I just think it’s piling on a guy people don’t like because it’s a job that people don’t like. I think there is an element of him having turned up the fader on the Romo-isms.”

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