SBD/Issue 232/Sports Media

People & Personalities: Jerry Remy Returns To NESN Booth Friday

Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy will return to the NESN broadcast booth on a part-time basis beginning with tomorrow's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Remy in May took a leave of absence to recover from the effects of cancer surgery, including a battle with depression (NESN). Remy, who has not broadcast a game since May 30, will "ease back into his role alongside play-by-play voice Don Orsillo" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/20).

BEST WISHES: Showtime boxing analyst Nick Charles yesterday announced that he is "taking time off to fight stage four urothelial carcinoma," a form of cancer (LATIMES.com, 8/19). Charles, who began treatment last week at the Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, said, "Having bladder cancer is clearly the greatest challenge of my life. ... I have a positive attitude, a strong Christian faith, and an amazing support system especially within the boxing family" (ESPN.com, 8/19).

Kevin Millar Seen As One Player
Best Equipped For Broadcasting
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: MLB Network Senior VP/Production John Entz said that Blue Jays 1B Kevin Millar and D'Backs 1B Tony Clark are the "current or recent ballplayers best equipped to succeed in the broadcast world," while MLB Net analyst Harold Reynolds chose Angels CF Torii Hunter, Tigers CF Curtis Granderson and Cardinals P John Smoltz. Twins analyst Bert Blyleven selected Twins RF Michael Cuddyer, while Giants announcer Duane Kuiper chose Giants 1B Rich Aurilia (MLB.com, 8/19).

SAM I AM: On Long Island, Neil Best reported WCBS-TV sports anchor Sam Ryan will remain at the net, contrary to a report that she would leave WCBS "at the end of the month" and do freelance work for SportsNet N.Y. Ryan said that WCBS "offered her a chance to work three days a week -- Monday through Wednesday -- as its sports anchor, giving her the family time she desired." Ryan this fall will continue to work for CBS College Sports (NEWSDAY.com, 8/18).

NOTES: In Lexington, John Clay wrote new ESPN "MNF" analyst Jon Gruden is "everything I expected him to be in the booth," interacting with fellow broadcasters Ron Jaworski and Mike Tirico in ways that predecessor Tony Kornheiser "never could." Clay: "He's excited. He's knowledgeable" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 8/19)....Former U.S. gymnast Dominique Dawes currently is finishing a six-week internship with N.Y.'s WNBC-TV, "learning about behind-the-scenes TV work and editing her own pieces." Dawes covered the '08 Beijing Games for Yahoo Sports, and is "planning to help" with the '10 Vancouver Olympics (WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/20)....Albany's WNYT-NBC's Andrew Catalon will handle play-by-play duties for WNBC's coverage of Saturday's Bears-Giants preseason game, filling in for Bob Papa, who has an "HBO boxing conflict" (TIMESUNION.com, 8/18).

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