In Boston, Chad Finn writes WBZ-FM "took a very well-considered path" to hiring Bob Socci as the new radio play-by-play voice of the Patriots. The "easiest thing would have been to choose someone already known and established within the market." Sources said that pre- and postgame host Gary Tanguay's candidacy "in particular generated both strong support and skepticism from Patriots management." As the search "progressed, it was written here that the best result would be to find the Patriots version of Bruins voice Dave Goucher: someone who was sharp, talented, had paid his dues, and wouldn't arrive with any preconceived notions attached." Socci "seems to fit the profile" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/26).
YOUTH MOVEMENT: In Indianapolis, Kyle Neddenriep noted the Indiana High School Athletic Association Wednesday night announced that it had "reached a three-year agreement with Fox Sports Indiana for its state championship events, including football and boys and girls basketball." FS Indiana will "broadcast 32 IHSAA state championship games and three tournament pairings shows annually, starting in the fall of 2013." The IHSAA will "continue to produce its own content for Fox Sports Indiana, as it has done the past three years for" WTTV-Fox (INDYSTAR.com, 4/24).
ON THE BACK BURNER: Time Warner Cable Chair & CEO Glenn Britt said of the Dodgers' RSN deals, "We haven't yet begun the process of seeking affiliate deals." He added that the process "tends to happen closer to the network launch" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 4/26).