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Published July 2, 2014
GOODBYE IS NEVER EASY: In Daytona Beach, Godwin Kelly noted while Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 will be "TNT's last appearance" at Daytona Int'l Speedway, broadcaster Kyle Petty "will return, wearing either his Fox Sports or NBC hat for years to come." Petty said, "Turner Broadcasting has been part of the sport for 30-plus years, so that's sad, to lose (TNT) after all that time, but there are a lot of great things coming." While Petty "won't be part of the NBC racing team, he does have a contract with the broadcast giant, in addition to working with Fox Sports 1 on a regular basis." Petty: "There will be a lot of great things coming with NBC and with Fox. But this being our last run with TNT, our last year at Daytona, that part is kind of sad" (Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL, 7/1).
THE BEES KNEES: In Atlanta, Ken Sugiura noted former Georgia Tech football player Roddy Jones last week was named radio color analyst for the team and will join Brandon Gaudin this fall. Jones is "insightful, funny and a gifted communicator." One "particular strength Jones will bring to the role is his intimate knowledge of coach Paul Johnson's offense, having started a school-record 52 games" from '08-11 (AJC.com, 6/30).
PLAY BALL: NESN on Friday announced that Gary Striewski has been named its primary Red Sox sideline reporter. Striewski’s game-day duties will include interviewing players and coaches, delivering in-game reports, plus doing live hits and features for NESN’s pre- and postgame shows, NESN Live and NESN Sports Today. Striewski originally joined NESN in July of ’13 and has been working as a Red Sox sideline reporter including spring training and in-season (NESN).
WELCOME HOME: In Baltimore, Eduardo Encina noted Orioles radio play-by-play announcer Fred Manfra’s "familiar voice returned to the airwaves Tuesday for the first time since the first week of the season." Manfra expected to "only miss a month after undergoing a right hip replacement procedure in early April." But he "needed a second surgery that kept him out for a total of 80 games" (BALTIMORESUN.com, 7/1).