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People & Personalities: FS Southeast Creates New Role For Hornets Analyst Stephanie Ready

In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg notes FS Southeast's Stephanie Ready is "taking on a hybrid role" this NBA season as a courtside reporter/analyst for the Hornets. TV play-by-play announcer Eric Collins and analyst Dell Curry "are back," and radio play-by-play announcer Steve Martin and analyst Matt Carroll also return. Carroll will also be alongside Ready on "Hornets Live" -- the pre- and post-game show on home games only. FS Southeast Senior VP & GM Jeff Genthner said that Ready will be "on the court throughout the game, but she will keep her analyst’s title while doing some reporting, as well." He emphasized she will "not be a traditional courtside reporter heard from only occasionally, but instead will provide analysis and updates throughout the broadcast" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 10/12).

NEW ADDITION: NBC Sports Bay Area yesterday announced Kerith Burke has joined the Warriors broadcasts team as a sideline reporter. She will also provide coverage across the network's signature programs and other NBA programming (NBC Sports Bay Area).

QUIET DEPARTURE: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's John Ourand reported Lindsay Czarniak "does not work for ESPN anymore." Her contract "ended in August and she chose not to renew it" (TWITTER.com, 10/10). AWFUL ANNOUNCING's Alex Putterman noted Czarniak "still lists ESPN in her Twitter bio, and there is no mention of her departure from ESPN on either Twitter or Facebook." But she did "stop posting photos of herself and her colleagues in July" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 10/10).

IN HOT WATER: In Boston, Mark Shanahan reports NESN anchor Marc James is "being accused of harassing an aspiring young actress/model who declined his invitation to get together for drinks." James "previously worked for CBS Sports Radio, serving as a weekend and fill-in sports talk host." He was "also a sports-talk radio host" in Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Charlotte (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/12).