ESPN CHICAGO's Jesse Rogers reported the candidates for the Cubs' radio analyst job are "starting to line up after the sudden departure of Keith Moreland from the booth after only three seasons." WGN Sports Dir Dave Eanet said that it "will be a collaborative effort between the station, the Cubs and play-by-play man Pat Hughes." A preliminary list includes former Cubs Rick Sutcliffe, Kerry Wood, Doug Glanville, Ryan Theriot, Eric Karros, Dave Otto and Todd Hollandsworth. Former Cubs announcer Andy Masur also is "on the preliminary list." Eanet said that other names "are being considered as well." However, it is "unknown" if former Cub Mark Grace, who was fired from the D'Backs broadcast booth in '12, is "on the list" (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 11/12).
FANATICS GOES MOBILE: ALL THINGS DIGITAL's Jason Del Rey reported online retailer Fanatics recently "poached Groupon’s mobile GM David Katz to build a mobile product team" in S.F. and launch Android and iPhone apps, which "just hit their respective app stores on Friday." Katz said that the company "prioritized smartphone apps over tablet apps because it already had a website that worked well on tablets (though it will likely release an iPad app next year)." Del Rey noted the app right now "does what you’d hope it would: It lets you easily browse by team and product type with just a few finger swipes." Katz: "We want to do a much better job of using information on games in the app. Knowing what games are going on, being location-aware if you’re at the game, making sure we tailor the experience to people when they are most excited about the sport" (ALLTHINGSD.com, 11/12).
TRUE INJURED IN CRASH: In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley reports Marquette Univ. basketball radio announcer and WAUK-AM host Steve True was hurt in a car accident yesterday and is "being treated for a serious head injury." He is in his 20th season as voice of Marquette's basketball team, and he joined Good Karma Broadcasting in '05, becoming co-host of a weekday afternoon show on the station (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 11/14).