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Under The Radar – October 10, 2016

Week after week, sports media news continues to pour in. The past week was no exception. A quick reminder, if you have something to share or promote, you can always pass it along via email to JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com. Now without further delay, here are this week’s developments.

SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation is losing a valuable member of its programming team. T.J. Cutini, who had served as a program director of the channel for the past five years is moving on. Cutini, worked his last shift on Friday, said that he felt it was time for a change of scenery. No word yet on where he will turn up next or who will assume his duties.

Congratulations is in order for Travis Demers who was recently promoted to Assistant Program Director at Rip City Radio 620 in Portland. In addition to handling APD duties, Demers hosts the afternoon show on the radio station.

Marc Ryan has accepted a new challenge. After hosting in Tampa for both WDAE, and the now defunct 98.7 The Fan, and previously working on-air at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, Ryan has accepted a multimedia position in Houston with Sports Radio 610 KILT. Ryan will host, report and write for the radio station. He started in his new role last week.

After dropping Josh Innes from afternoons in August, sources say Sports Radio 94WIP is close to putting the finishing touches on their weekday lineup. Barring any unexpected setbacks, another former Eagle will join the mix. Stay tuned.

ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM (WOIC-AM) has added Joshua “J-Fresh” Ivey to its Saturday morning college football tailgate show College Football Country. Ivey will serve as the show’s new executive producer. The show is hosted by Demetri Ravanos and Alpha Media Columbia SVP/Market Manager Mike Hartel and airs Saturday mornings from 10a-12p during the college football season.

With Hurricane Matthew rocking the southeast part of the United States, especially the state of Florida, Sports Radio 930 AM in Jacksonville made the decision to cease sports talk programming and turn the airwaves over to First Coast News. Program Director Seth Harp said the station’s priority was to serve the community and keep them updated on key developments.

The NHL Network are making a few additions. Former player Scott Gomez who spent a large part of his career with the New Jersey Devils has been hired as an analyst. The network has also added Michelle McMahon to the E.J. Hradek and Steve Mears show.

The NBA season is a few weeks away and for the Chicago Bulls broadcast team, they’ve got their Executive Producer back. Jeff Magnurten is returning for his 11th season. Bulls games air in Chicago on WLS 890.

ESPN 700 in Salt Lake City has agreed to terms with the Utah Grizzlies to serve as the team’s flagship radio station. The Grizzlies are a minor league hockey affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

KTUL Channel 8 Sports Director John Moss will be joining 97.1 The Sports Animal in Tulsa every Monday and Wednesday from 9a-11a.

LSU Sports Radio has brought in Jacob Hester to its broadcast team. Hester made his debut last weekend working alongside Jordy Culotta.

The Illinois men’s basketball broadcasts will have a new voice involved this season. Former player Doug Altenberger has signed on as an analyst. He’ll split duties with Deon Thomas.

NESN in Boston has hired Jahmai Webster as a sports anchor and reporter. He’ll join the network later this month. Webster recently worked as a sports anchor in Denver for ABC affiliate KMGH.

Tampa Bay Times Lightning beat writer Joe Smith has signed on with WDAE as a regular contributor. Smith will appear on the station 3x per week.

The Fayetteville Observer has hired Patrick Obley as a sports writer.

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