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Dan Patrick: ‘I Wasn’t Getting Better At ESPN’

“Patrick joined Kyle Brandt of The Ringer and spoke about that decision for this week’s episode of 10 Questions.”

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Dan Patrick is one of the top sports radio hosts in the country, and he didn’t get to where he is today without taking a gamble on himself and his career.

That gamble happened in 2007 when he turned down a new contract and left ESPN at a time where it was seemingly unheard of for an anchor to willingly leave the network on his or her own.

Patrick joined Kyle Brandt of The Ringer and spoke about that decision for this week’s episode of 10 Questions. It’s a podcast that mixes trivia questions and discussions about a celebrity or athlete’s life and career.

The episode opened with Patrick talking about his early life and decision to get into sports media. Like so many, Patrick knew from a young age that he wanted to get into the industry.

Patrick remembers being in college when cable TV, and ESPN first debuted. He told a story about how at the time he and his housemates had to choose whether they would get cable TV or have heat during the winter. They chose the cable, and that choice ultimately set him on his career path.

“Cable changed me, because I saw ESPN,” he said. “And I thought, I have to go there. That was nirvana to me.”

Patrick said he adlibbed a five-minute sportscast and sent Bob Ley, one of the original SportsCenter anchors, a tape and asked for critiques. Little did Dan know that years down the road he would be working alongside Ley.

Later in the podcast, the subject of Rick Reilly’s reaction to Patrick leaving ESPN came up. Reilly compared Patrick’s departure to actress Shelley Long leaving the show Cheers calling it, one of the “top five one of the worst career mistakes in entertainment history.”

“It’s a good line, it’s just not an accurate line,” Patrick said. “I needed to leave ESPN because I wasn’t getting any better in my mind.”

A need to be closer to his children was also a big deciding factor for Patrick. He remembers calling his wife after deciding to quit ESPN and her telling him they would sell their house if they needed to. He said that was an impactful moment in his life and career.

“That’s when it hit me that she had perspective, I had none,” he said. “Thank God I came home.”

You can listen to the full podcast on Spotify.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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