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Angelo Cataldi: Pete Rose, Keith Hernandez ‘Made Complete Asses Of Themselves’

“He’s got his own problems. He’s going to St. Louis to be honored and he was suspended for a year for copious use of cocaine.”

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A pair of recent media missteps by Pete Rose and Keith Hernandez caught the attention of WIP’s Angelo Cataldi.

“We always love to tell people that ‘Man, back in the day those guys were so much smarter and classier’ and all this stuff. And now we’ve got two guys from the era of the 1970s and 80s who made complete asses out of themselves.

“Every once in awhile they bring somebody into the booth. They know before they put him in the booth with the regular announcer whether the guy’s a smacked ass, don’t they? Do you have any idea what NBC Sports was thinking? Because we all give way more credit to previous generations for being way better representatives of humanity.”

Cataldi then played a clip of Rose at a press conference being asked about his past sexual encounters with a woman who claims she was 14 during the acts with Rose, who contends she was 16. Rose told the reporter “it was 55 years ago, babe”.

“Hold on, we have to stop there. Sorry to cut this short, we’re putting him in the booth in front of a live mic for an inning,” Cataldi joked. “He was so bad in the inning, when NBC Sports Philadelphia did the replay, there was no sixth inning. They just removed the entire inning. These old time guys, they’re way overrated.”

Cataldi, who recently joined the Phillies radio booth for an inning, then turned his attention to SNY’s Keith Hernandez, who recently said he didn’t want to do games in Philadelphia any longer due to the Phillies lack of fundamentals and defense.

“This jackass comes out and talks about how he doesn’t wanna do the Phillies games because they don’t play the game the right way?”

Jon Jastremski, who was a guest on the show and also works at SNY, told Cataldi “that was just Keith being Keith”.

“Keith being Keith is fine, but it’s not like he had a pure record of his own as a player,” Cataldi argued as his volume began to rise. “Don’t be doing that stuff about players doing things the right way with your past. He’s got his own problems. He’s going to St. Louis to be honored and he was suspended for a year for copious use of cocaine. Jon Jastremski! Don’t be putting the higher ground when you’re Keith Hernandez when you’ve got your own problems!”

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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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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