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Dave Grosby Stepping Away From Daily Show

“This past year I simply have not been able to answer the bell enough as it were and missed far too many days of work, and it has been unfair to my co-hosts and to the radio station.”

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Dave Grosby announced he’s stepping away from hosting a daily show after 29 years as a fixture in Seattle sports radio.  Grosby’s final day on The Bob, Groz and Tom Show, which airs weekdays from noon – 3pm on 710 ESPN Seattle, will be Friday, September 20th

Groz noted health issues as a reason why the 58-year old will no longer host a daily radio show.  “This past year I simply have not been able to answer the bell enough as it were and missed far too many days of work, and it has been unfair to my co-hosts and to the radio station,” Grosby wrote in a statement.  “Though my health has improved over the past month I cannot be sure it won’t be an issue again.”

“I have been lucky to be a part of the start of two great sports radio stations in Seattle over the past 29 years,” the iconic Seattle sports radio host added.  “But the best part of the job for me has been meeting and having fun with listeners over the years. I love you guys.”

The love is mutual, as listeners and coworkers flooded social media with well wishes, thanks and gratitude for Grosby.  Still, the radio host was clear, he isn’t retiring.  Grosby will continue as a contributor to Bonneville’s 710 ESPN Seattle both digitally and on terrestrial radio.  The longtime Seattle sportscaster will still join John Clayton daily from 11:45 – noon, as well as appear as a guest and fill-in host on other shows.

“I’m really glad the station has given me the chance to stick around, I didn’t want to go out this way as it were and I’m not having to at this point.  They signed me to a contract for a couple of years, I appreciate the commitment they made and I’m still going to be really involved with the station,” Grosby said near the end of Tuesday’s Bob, Groz and Tom Show with co-hosts Bob Stelton and Tom Wassell.

Grosby, a New York native, began his radio career on the west coast in the early 80’s.  A sports radio pioneer, Grosby got started in Seattle in 1991, most recently spending the last nine years with 710 ESPN Seattle.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 The Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and the station’s first voice to be heard belongs to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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