In Boston, Gayle Fee reports WEEI-FM brass met with ESPN MLB analyst Curt Schilling "and are reportedly contemplating bringing" him in as a regular host "to shore up the station's struggling afternoon drive show." But Entercom Boston VP, GM & Market Manager Jeff Brown, whose company owns WEEI, in an e-mail "insisted that his current afternoon-drive team of Mike Salk and Michael Holley isn't going anywhere." However, sources said that Brown and new WEEI Program Dir Kevin Graham "want to team up Schilling with Salk." It is "unclear where that would leave Holley," or whether Schilling "even wants the gig." Sources said that Schilling "really wants" to replace Fox MLB analyst Tim McCarver when he retires at the end of the season (BOSTON HERALD, 9/19).
REDUCED ROLE: In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley reported Bucks TV analyst Jon McGlocklin, entering his 38th season in the role, "will split game analyst duties this season and beyond" with former NBAer Sidney Moncrief. McGlocklin plans to "work about 36 games in total this season, most of them at home." Moncrief will "work about 36 as well, most of them on the road," as FS Wisconsin "will televise 72 of the Bucks' 82 regular-season games." Jim Paschke, in his 28th season with the team, "remains the TV play-by-play voice." McGlocklin at age 70 "wanted a reduction in the number of games he called because he has wearied of the travel" (JSONLINE.com, 9/17).
HE'S BACK: T.J. Simers today pens his first column for the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, giving readers an idea of what they can expect. Simers writes, “I try to make people laugh in most columns but this seems to anger people. I notice there is a lot of anger out there. I’d hate to think if I wrote about something that really matters." He also alluded to the incident that may have led to his departure from the L.A. Times, writing, "I think the basketball daughter could beat Blake Griffin in a free throw-shooting contest for charity. There might be a video there, or sitcom pitch. She’s already taken Dwight Howard for 5,000 charity bucks” (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 9/19).