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Under The Radar – January 9, 2018

Jason Barrett

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We’re not even ten days into the new year and already there have been a number of sports media developments to pass along. As always, if you have news to share and would like to have it included in a future column please pass it along via email to JBarrett@hvy.tcp.mybluehost.me. Now here’s the latest.

Sports 1280 in New Orleans has reshuffled its lineup. As part of the changes, Josh Innes takes over mornings. The station is simulcasting Innes’ Houston program which airs on SportsTalk 790. The remainder of the schedule includes Dunc and Holder from 10a-12p, Eric Asher from 12p-2p, Chris Gordy from 2p-4p and Kaare Johnson from 4p-6p.

Another FOX Sports radio affiliate is also adjusting its weekday schedule. FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix has rolled out its new weekday schedule which includes Dan Patrick 7a-10a, Colin Cowherd 10a-1p, Doug Gottlieb 1p-4p and Jody Oehler from 4p-7p. Kenny and Crash and the Rich Eisen show occupy the evening hours.

The Philadelphia Phillies have announced the addition of a trio of former players to their radio broadcast team for the 2018 season. Joining play by play man Scott Franzke in the booth will be Kevin Jordan, Kevin Stocker and Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen currently works for KNBR in San Francisco. His involvement with Phillies broadcasts won’t affect his involvement in the Bay Area.

Staying in Philly, 97.5 The Fanatic has elevated Natalie Egenolf and Tyrone Johnson to full time roles. Johnson will produce Mike Missanelli‘s program and Egenolf will handle updates from 12p-6p plus take on more responsibility with the station’s social media. Andrew Salciunas who had been producing Missanelli on an interim basis returns to middays working with Harry Mayes and Jason Myrtetus.

In other behind the scenes news, congratulations to Steven Spector of 610 Sports in Kansas City. The radio station recently promoted Spector to the position of Assistant Program Director.

1280 The Fan 2 in Atlanta has undergone a rebrand. The radio station is now being positioned on-air as The Sports X 1230.

A little further south in Tampa, WDAE has eliminated midday sports updates to give more talk time back to its weekday shows. Tampa’s leading sports station is also looking to improve its promotions department and has a full-time opening which can be pursued by clicking here.

With Marc Malusis moving to mornings on CBS Sports Radio, John Jastremski has gained additional air time on WFAN. JJ has taken over Malusis’ former slot, Monday and Friday overnights. CBS Sports Radio has also added former ESPN Radio host Robin Lundberg to its weekend schedule.

A couple of news items out of Boston that occurred during the past month. Christian Arcand signed on with 98.5 The Sports Hub as a part-time host. Chris Villani announced his departure from the Boston Herald.

Another great father and son story to pass along. Patrick McCarthy, son of Philadelphia Phillies and Westwood One play by play voice Tom McCarthy has joined the Phillies Triple A minor league affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs as a Media Relations and Broadcasting Assistant, working with play-by-play announcer Matt Provence on home games and select road games in 2018. McCarthy also takes over for Jon Schaeffer who left in July to join XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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