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People & Personalities: Jerry Remy Returns To NESN Booth Friday
Published August 20, 2009
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).
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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).