News Bites for January 15...
… Hubbard news WTOP-FM Washington (103.5) Sports Director Dave Johnson, who also serves as the play-by-play voice of the Washington Wizards, is named the “D.C. Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sports Media Association (NSMA). “Congratulations to our friend and colleague Dave Johnson on being named the 2019 D.C. Sportscaster of the Year for the work he has done on behalf of our D.C. area sports fans,” Ted Leonsis, Chairman & CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Wizards, said in a release. “Dave is one of the best journalists in the business and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our MSE Family. Kudos to him on receiving this fantastic and well-deserved honor.”
… Townsquare Media “NewsTalk 940” KIXZ Amarillo, which carried the inaugural season of the minor league Amarillo Sod Poodles of the Texas League, will continue to be the radio flagship station through the 2022 season. KIXZ will carry all of the 140 regular season games with Sunday games simulcast on AC sister “Mix 94.1” KMXJ-FM. KIXZ will also broadcast all Sod Poodles postseason playoff contests and the 2020 Texas League All-Star Game. “Townsquare Media and our five broadcast stations are extremely excited to be returning with a new three-year agreement to be the exclusive broadcast partner for the Amarillo Sod Poodles,” Market President Carolyn Carver said in a release. “We value our partnership and what this organization has brought to the City of Amarillo and will continue to provide for years to come.”
… Veteran morning show host Mercedes Martinez and accomplished programmer Charese Frugé launch MC Media, a multi-purpose consulting company servicing both the talent and programming side of radio. “We have a lot of experience between the two of us,” Martinez in a release. “And while we want to help all talent, we are taking a special interest in female talent that may feel like they are not getting the advice and coaching they need.” Frugé added, “I’m excited about the fresh new approach we have on the business as it continues to broaden, expand and become more inclusive. It’s the opportunity for talent and programmers, both new and seasoned, to get something different from the norm that we know from experience is successful.”
… Ed Shermann and Steve Olken, hosts of “The Scorecard on The Score” on Entercom sports “The Score” WSCR Chicago (610), have decided to discontinue with the program, according Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. “We both decided the time is right for us to have our weekends free during the summer,” the hosts said in a joint statement. “We both truly love the game, even though it often doesn’t love us back on the course. Our goal was to use the show as a platform to promote golf, and especially golf in Chicago.” WSCR will name a new show host soon for the show that airs Saturdays 6-8am from March to September.