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Texas Sports Media Pays Tribute To Audacy Broadcast Engineer Ted Nichols-Payne

“Ted Nichols-Payne was 56 years old.”

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Ted Nichols-Payne collapsed outside of Globe Life Field in Arlington after Sunday’s game. He was pronounced dead at a hospital later that day.

He served as the broadcast engineer for the Texas Rangers for nearly 30 years. His death drew reactions not just from sports media in the Dallas Metroplex, but from across the state of Texas. Everyone had fond memories and high praise for Nichols-Payne.

”We are devastated at what happened here today, Rangers radio voice Matt Hicks said on air, “and we just want people that were in Ted’s family and those that knew and loved Ted to know how much we are hurting right now and how much we wish for all of you that knew him and loved him a sense of peace to come when you think about Ted and all he meant to all of those that he knew.”

“I listen to broadcasts around the league,” said Rangers broadcaster Jared Sandler as he fought back tears. “There is no better engineer than Ted Nichols-Payne.”

Shan Shariff remembered Ted Nichols-Payne on 105.3 The Fan on Monday morning. He said that Ted was actually not a big sports fan. His one obsession was cycling. What kept him working on Rangers and Cowboys broadcasts was his love of radio. It is something that was valuable to the industry beyond just the Audacy stations he worked for.

“When we get to Oxnard for the State of the Cowboys presser, you should see every radio station rely on Ted. The Ticket, everyone, uses Ted to get Mike McCarthy’s presser daily. Did it for J-Geezy, same for Jerry and Steven and everyone that is going to talk. He was the engineer for the Metroplex.”

More colleagues took to social media to share their thoughts and memories of Ted Nichols-Payne.

The two teams that Nichols-Payne worked for also sent out messages of condolence.

Ted Nichols-Payne was 56 years old.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer Miami Heat Radio Host

Zaslow had been the team’s radio host since 2010.

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When the news hit that Jonathan Zaslow was no longer with WQAM in Miami, there was uncertainty if that would affect his tenure as the Miami Heat pregame, halftime and postgame radio host. We now have the answer.

Zaslow answered the question himself in a short series of tweets attempting to address a lot of comments he has received since he was relieved of his duties on Friday. Amongst those tweets, he expressed gratitude for the support he has received. He also revealed that he would no longer be the Heat radio host as a part of the layoff.

Zaslow had been the team’s radio host since 2010. Zaslow mentioned that he wished he had a better reason for his departure from WQAM, but the only reason out there is that he was laid off.

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John Granato: ESPN Cares About Aaron Judge More Than Fans Do

“I don’t care! Stop with Aaron Judge! No one gives a rat’s ass, outside of New York. Who cares? Stop already.”

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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is still chasing the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season, and ESPN 97.5 morning co-host John Granato couldn’t care less.

After a week of coverage centered around Judge, and consternation about the possibility of Judge breaking the record on AppleTV+, which would have limited coverage. ESPN and MLB Network broke into coverage during Judge’s at-bats over the weekend, which caught the ire of Granato.

“I don’t care about Albert Pujols. You know what else I’m sick of hearing about? I don’t care about Aaron Judge,” Granato said. “ESPN cut in all the time. I was listening to our station the weekend, I’m driving, they’re talking college football, and then ‘Let’s cut-in to Aaron Judge’s at-bat’. No! I don’t care! Stop with Aaron Judge! No one gives a rat’s ass, outside of New York. Who cares? Stop already. Bonds hit 73. This is 61. He’s gonna pass Roger Maris for the American League lead and the Yankee lead. Who cares?!”

Granato later asked who held the National League record for consecutive games with at least one-hit. Joe DiMaggio holds the record at 56, set with the Yankees. Pete Rose had a hit in 44 straight games, but no one cares, because it’s not the record, he argued.

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Joe Haden Says He Has Met With Networks For Potential Gig

“He said that at one point, he had discussions with Amazon about joining its Thursday Night Football crew.”

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The playing days are over for Joe Haden. He told Pat McAfee that he didn’t receive any offers to play this season that he felt justified leaving his family in California. Now, he says he is fully in dad mode with his two sons.

That doesn’t mean that he is done with the NFL. The three-time Pro Bowler says he is retired and interested in making a move into the broadcasting world.

“I’ve been meeting with CBS,” Haden said on Monday’s edition of The Pat McAfee Show

He said that at one point, he had discussions with Amazon about joining its Thursday Night Football crew.

“We were just talking, but they weren’t doing anything with active players, so they’re doing the Thursday Night Football thing. I was talking to them this offseason, but they kinda cut short because they thought I was still playing.”

So what does the perfect broadcasting role look like for Joe Haden? 

“I’m really into the commentating,” he said. “I really like that.” 

Haden added that he would be open to any opportunity. In addition to being a dad and working on his broadcasting skills, he is dabbling in California real estate to pass the time.

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