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JOB LISTINGS: COMINGS AND GOING IN SPORTS BROADCASTING
Published January 11, 1996
KNBR-AM in San Francisco has dropped Scott Ferrall's syndicated sports-talk show after Ferrall "ripped station program director Bob Agnew on the air." KNBR will replace Ferrall with ESPN's Fabulous Sports Babe. Agnew, who had originally signed Ferrall's show, said they "were growing a little unhappy with the content and quality. The Babe seriously upgrades our quality" (Victor Chi, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/11). Ferrall attacked Agnew after hearing his show would be moved to a 1-4am slot, saying: "I will dedicate my life to ruining that little wuss." C.W. Nevius writes that Ferrall has "moved further and further away from sports, where he has some real knowledge, and more into heavy metal music and long odd bits" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/11). MORE MOVES: Dick Stockton will not return as play-by-play announcer for the A's in '96, according to Nevius. Stockton's first-class travel was reportedly "too expensive for KRON and aside from a recognizable 'network voice,' the station wasn't getting much back" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 1/11).... In Baltimore, departed Oriole pitching coach Mike Flanagan will become lead analyst on HTS next season, working 112 of 151 O's games. Jim Palmer will do 50 games, up from 30 last season. Flanagan replaces 12-year HTS analyst John Lowenstein (Milton Kent, Baltimore SUN, 1/8)....In Detroit, in an effort to boost ratings, all-sports WDFN-AM "fired" morning personalities Keith Gave and Butch Stearns and evening host Ike Griffith. Pete Rose's syndicated talk show will air in Griffith's place. The station reportedly "trimmed" $250,000 in salaries (Ted Kulfan, DETROIT NEWS, 1/10)....The Fabulous Sports Babe is the feature of a lengthy profile in this morning's BOSTON GLOBE. Nathan Cobb examines Nancy Donnellan's life and finds that although she claims she is 40 years old, her MA birth certificate and FL drivers license say she is 47 (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/11).