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SBD/Issue 237/Sports Media
People & Personalities: Former QBs Elway, Couch Hitting Airwaves
Published August 24, 2010
In Denver, Mike Klis reports Pro Football HOFer John Elway "will join Vic Lombardi and Gary Miller on their sports radio show" at 8:00am MT each Friday morning on KXDP-FM. Elway, who "agreed Monday on a two-year contract" with the station, was a "regular contributor last football season on a Monday-morning show" on a different radio station. Elway said of the role, "It helps keep me in touch with the team. Hopefully, I can provide a different perspective" (DENVER POST, 8/24).
GETTING UP OFF THE COUCH: In Lexington, Mark Story reports former Univ. of Kentucky QB Tim Couch will "begin a weekly gig as an analyst on Fox Sports South's 'SEC Gridiron Live,'" which will air live at 10:00pm ET on Wednesday nights. Couch also will work this fall as a color analyst for SEC football games shown on FS South, beginning with the net's telecast of the Sept. 4 Arkansas State-Auburn game. Couch said of the roles, "The difference with the studio show versus working a game, is that you have to be familiar with every team in the league. ... When you're working a game, you study two teams" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 8/24).
|NFL Pregame Shows Could Eye
Revis If He Is Still Holding Out
STAYING BUSY? In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote if holdout Jets CB Darrelle Revis does not sign a contract before the Jets' regular-season opener Sept. 13 against the Ravens, he "would be must-see-TV." It "wouldn't be surprising -- especially to some TV sources with NFL connections -- if Revis shows up Sunday, Sept. 12 on one of the network pregame shows." And if his holdout continues "further into the season, it would not be stunning also seeing Revis become a semi-regular contributor" to one of the pregame shows. Raissman noted when former NFLer Keyshawn Johnson was deactivated by the Buccaneers in '03, Fox put Johnson on its "Fox NFL Sunday" show. Also, active players "appear regularly on pregame productions during their bye weeks." It would "stand to reason CBS' 'The NFL Today' would be the place [Revis] lands" due to the net's broadcasting of AFC games, but Fox has a "history of dialing up stuff like this" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/22).
NOT A FAN OF THE COWBOY: NBCSPORTS.com's Aaron Gleeman noted White Sox TV announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson "spent the bulk" of Sunday's White Sox-Royals game "complaining about home plate umpire Joe West, who he feels holds a longtime grudge against the team that led to the Royals getting favorable calls." Analyst Frank Thomas at one point noted that during his career, the catcher and pitcher "would intentionally get 'crossed up' on a pitch and let it hit the umpire." Thomas' comment "seemed to be mostly a joke," but Harrelson "liked the sound of Thomas' 'idea' and suggested the White Sox actually do it to West" (NBCSPORTS.com, 8/23).
TOP BASEBALL VOICES: In Louisville, Eric Crawford wrote Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman is a "textbook example of a classic announcer at the top of his game." Reds broadcasts are "some of the best-listened-to as a percentage of their market of any" in MLB, and Brennaman is the "major reason" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 8/23)....In Toronto, Chris Zelkovich wrote it is "obvious" that new Rogers Sportsnet Blue Jays announcer Buck Martinez has given the net "what it was looking for: an upgrade on what it had." Martinez brings an "air of authority, something that has been lacking for some time." But "equally important, he has raised the level of those around him, namely his analysts," as there is "little doubt that Pat Tabler and Rance Mulliniks have improved by working with Martinez" (TORONTO STAR, 8/23).