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Under The Radar – July 30, 2018

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With a mini-vacation on the horizon later this week, I didn’t expect to release a new UTR until next week. But given the slate of activity in sports media circles, a new installment needed to be produced.

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Now on to the news.

WINZ-940 in Miami has parted ways with afternoon host Andy Slater. The Miami sports media veteran has proven he has a nose for news, breaking numerous stories over the years in South Florida. Slater has declined comment on why he’s no longer with the station or what his future plans are, but with football season about to start, the timing of the move was surprising. No word yet on what WINZ’s permanent plans are for afternoons.

A little further north in the sunshine state, changes are being made to part of the Orlando Magic radio broadcast. Popular local host Scott Anez will no longer host pre-game, halftime or post-game shows due to the team’s games moving to 96.9 The Game. Brandon Kravitz takes over as the host of all three programs. Anez had been part of Magic broadcasts for 27 years.

Congratulations to Colin Cowherd and his team. The FOX Sports Radio host announced via social media that for the month of May and June, podcast listening reached its highest point at nearly ten million listens each month.

On the subject of podcasts, check out 670 The Score host Laurence Holmes‘ new episode with ESPN LA 710 Operations Manager Dan Zampillo. The former colleagues reflected on their time working together and shared some quality insights on the good, bad and ugly of working in the sports broadcasting business. You can hear the episode by clicking here.

Continuing with The Score, as was expected, Chicago Tribune sports columnist David Haugh has replaced Brian Hanley on the morning show with Mike Mulligan. The program is now referred to as Mully and Haugh.

Nick Wilson has signed off as the evening host at 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. Wilson spent seven years with the radio station, working his way up the ladder. He’s landed a new opportunity which should be announced soon. No word yet on how PD Andy Roth will fill the evening slot but it should be an attractive opening internally and externally given how it’s advanced the careers of Wilson, and 92.3 The Fan’s morning host Ken Carman. To apply for the position visit our Jobs section by clicking here.

VSiN has added a new racing program to its weekday schedule. Gone Racing airs Thursday’s from 5p-6p ET and is hosted by Ron Flatter and Brendan Gaughan. You can hear the show on SiriusXM channel 204 or on VSiN.com. The company has also signed on 102.9/750 The Game in Portland as a carrier of its Action Updates.

A tip of the cap to one of the Bay Area’s best sports broadcasters Greg Papa. The weekday host on 95.7 The Game and former radio play by play voice of the Oakland Raiders has been chosen to enter the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Also gaining entry is longtime marketing director Jude Heller who was part of The Game’s initial launch in 2011. For more information click here.

Washington DC sports radio host Nick Ashooh is taking over as host of the Locked on Redskins podcast. The added responsibility doesn’t affect his role hosting evenings and weekends on 106.7 The Fan, or my TV and digital work with NBC Sports Washington. You can learn more about Nick by clicking here.

Manny Chang received some great news recently. The producer of Miami Hurricanes football and the Florida Panthers on WQAM in Miami was named the new producer for Miami Dolphins radio broadcasts.

After 10 years in St. Louis radio, Travis Green has decided its time for a new journey. Green has left his position as Bernie Miklasz’ and Michelle Smallmon‘s producer on 101 ESPN‘s morning show for an opportunity outside of the radio industry. During his career, Green also worked for KMOX and 1380 AM. Although he’s leaving the day to day grind of radio, Green says he will still contribute written articles and a podcast for the station on a part time basis.

In the television world, former ESPN sideline reporter Britt McHenry is officially joining FOX News as a full time contributor. McHenry began her transformation to delivering political commentary after being let go during ESPN’s last round of layoffs. In addition to appearing on FOX’s programs, McHenry also has a local show in Washington DC on Friday evenings.

The Dallas Stars have confirmed that Josh Bogorad will serve as the play by play announcer for the team’s television and radio broadcasts this season. Daryl Reaugh returns to his role as color analyst.

Continuing in Texas, the San Antonio Spurs have added Dan Weiss to their television broadcast. Weiss replaces Andrew Monaco as a studio co-host on the Spurs Live pregame and postgame shows on FOX Sports Southwest, KENS-TV (CBS 5) and KMYS-TV (CW35).

Atlanta sports radio host Matt Chernoff has confirmed he’s returning to FOX 5 for another football season. The afternoon host on 680 The Fan will contribute to FOX 5’s live pregame show on Thursday night’s and make post-game appearances on Sunday’s following Falcons afternoon games.

ESPN has made a few changes to its NFL Nation reporting assignments. Cameron Wolfe has left the Tennessee Titans beat to move to South Beach to cover the Miami Dolphins. Turron Davenport fills the void left behind by Wolfe covering the Titans in Nashville.

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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