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Remembering John Tautges

“John covered ten Olympics (eight for Westwood One), The Masters more than a dozen times, PGA Championships, U.S. Open golf tournaments and Wimbledon.”

Matt Fishman

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John Tautges, best known as the national radio voice of major sporting events on Westwood One, passed away on July 2nd at the age of 63. 

He started his career as a TV anchor in South Dakota and later served as the PA announcer for the Detroit Red Wings. He worked for UPI, AP and WTEM in DC before joining Westwood One in 1994. John worked for Westwood One from 1994-2006, then again from 2009-2014. From 2006-2009 he worked as a sports anchor and host for the PGA Tour Channel on SiriusXM.

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John covered ten Olympics (eight for Westwood One), The Masters more than a dozen times, PGA Championships, U.S. Open golf tournaments and Wimbledon. Additionally, he served as Westwood One’s lead College Football play-by-play announcer from 1994-2006 and 2009-2014 for college football and basketball. John served as the studio host of Westwood One’s NCAA Basketball Tournament coverage from 2003-2006 and again from 2009-2013. 

Two people who worked closely with John during his career, Mike Eaby and Earl Forcey, give their thoughts on John Tautges’ life and career:

Mike Eaby, VP Sports Administration/Coordinating Producer, Westwood One

“I know it sounds like a cliché, but John really was the consummate pro. John had a terrific radio voice, one that was distinctive and soothing to listeners. No matter what was happening around him, John was cool and calm under pressure and his delivery was always spot on. The way he juggled the many bouncing balls always amazed me, he was ridiculously easy to work with. Nobody prepared for a broadcast as much as he did. John was a producer’s dream that made all of our jobs a lot easier.

“Personally, I have so many fond memories of travelling around the world with John to various sporting events. John had a great sense of humor, who enjoyed a good laugh and I’m often in situations that remind me of the little inside jokes that we shared. John had a passion for international travel and man did we have some great adventures together. I miss hearing the glee and laughter in his voice as he retold those stories to other colleagues. John was one of the truly good guys in this business.”

Earl Forcey, Sports Anchor and Host, 106.7 The Fan/DC, SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio (Previously at Westwood One and WTEM)

“I was stunned to hear the news that John had passed away. John always had that calm, smooth delivery, and that’s exactly who he was off-the-air too. He was a “Pro’s Pro” and as good a broadcaster as he was, John was an even better person. We were a pretty tight knit group back in the day at Westwood One. I’m sure I speak for those who worked with him over the years in saying we not only lost a great colleague but a good friend as well.”

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I was lucky enough to have John come work with me in the early days of XM Satellite Radio. As a start up, having experienced sports radio pros like John Tautges and Earl Forcey work for us, gave us instant credibility and a big, national sound. 

John is survived by his wife, Lori and his daughter, Jordan. A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 12th at 1 p.m., at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to James Madison University or to Planned Parenthood.

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BSM’s Black Friday SALE on BSM Summit Tickets is Underway!

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Each year I’m asked if there are ways to save money on tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit. I always answer yes but not everyone takes advantage of it. For those interested in doing so, here’s your shot.

For TODAY ONLY, individual tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit are reduced by $50.00. Two ticket and four ticket packages are also lowered at $50 per ticket. To secure your seat at a discounted price, just log on to BSMSummit.com. This sale ends tonight at 11:59pm ET.

If you’re flying to Los Angeles for the event, be sure to reserve your hotel room. Our hotel partner this year is the USC Hotel. It’s walking distance of our venue. Full details on hotel rooms can also be found via the conference website.

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Media Noise: What Does The Return of Bob Iger Mean to ESPN?

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Demetri Ravanos has questions about Disney going back to the future with Bob Iger. This entire episode of Media Noise is all about what the change at the top of the Walt Disney Company indicates about the future of ESPN.

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Media Noise: What Is Realistic For FOX at the World Cup?

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On this special holiday edition of Media Noise, Demetri Ravanos dives into the controversy and criticism surrounding FOX’s coverage of the World Cup in Qatar.

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