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Under The Radar – April 3, 2017

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The sports media news never stops trickling in. Here’s what we have to update you on this week. As always, if you have a news tip, press release or promotion to share, please pass it along via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me.

After 17 years at ESPN, producer Jason Romano left an incredible job to pursue his passion of spreading God’s word. In doing so, it led him from behind the scenes to in front of the microphone. As a result, Romano has launched The Sports Spectrum Podcast which explores the intersection of Sports and Faith. The debut episode which features Miami Marlins pitcher Adam Conley and team chaplain Chris Lane debuted on Friday and has been soaring up the iTunes charts. To hear it and subscribe to be alerted of future episodes click here.

Speaking of ESPN, congratulations is in order for Dan Zaksheske who has been named the new producer of First and Last with Robin Lundberg and Mike Golic Jr. Dan previously produced evening programming on the ESPN Radio Network. Lundberg and Golic Jr. are shifting their program from New York City to Bristol, CT.

A little further north of Bristol, WEEI late night host Christian Arcand has announced he’s adding hosting duties at Boston Herald Radio. The extra on-air work won’t affect his shifts on WEEI. Arcand announced on social media that he’ll be hosting the afternoon show for the Herald’s radio channel.

Longtime Cleveland sports radio host Mark “Munch” Bishop is leaving ESPN Cleveland WKNR. Bishop says he’s accepted an opportunity which will syndicate him across the state of Ohio. The company behind the plan is iHeartRadio. No word yet on who will replace Bishop on WKNR.

Congratulations is in order for Joe Castellano who has been added as a play by play announcer for the Pac-12 Network.

Matt Cundill tells BSM that in addition to handling voiceovers for music stations in Canada, he’s expanding his reach by offering his services to News/Talk and Sports/Talk brands in the United States. Cundill additionally hosts the Sound Off Podcast. To hear his work click here.

The lights have been turned off at 940 AM in Bend, Oregon. The radio station had been offering sports programming from FOX Sports Radio. Local ownership said the tower site which they had been leasing has been sold, creating the situation. However, FSR will remain available in the market. Sister station 94.9 FM has agreed to pick up the network along with play-by-play of the San Francisco 49ers and Oregon State University athletics.

Congratulations to Rob Kaloustian on being named the new General Sales Manager of SportsRadio 94WIP, Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Phillies Radio and the Eagles Radio Network. He officially starts in is new position on Wednesday, April 5th. Kaloustian previously spent 18 years with CBS Radio before leaving in 2013 to become a Senior Sales Executive at Pandora Media.

Another talented writer will soon become a free agent due to being a cap casualty at Sports Illustrated. NFL contributor Greg Bedard tweeted out last week that he’s the latest victim of company cutbacks. Other NFL writers Jim Trotter, Don Banks and Doug Farrar have experienced a similar fate previously with SI.

And finally, FanRag Sports has added Ashley Nevel to its sports staff.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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