People & Personalities: Dodgers' Joe Davis Continuing Successful Run
In N.Y., Justin Terranova writes Dodgers TV play-by-play broadcaster Joe Davis in '17 had the "unenviable task of stepping into the booth Vin Scully occupied for 67 years," but the on-field success of the Dodgers has made his "impossible job a manageable one." Davis said, "The team has been so good, (analyst) Orel Hershiser has been an incredible partner and as responsible as anything and anybody for it going well." The final month of the MLB season "will only get busier for Davis," as he "begins calling college football games for Fox Sports again on top of the national baseball games he already does for the network." He will "call division series games for Fox when his regular-season role with the Dodgers ends" (N.Y. POST, 8/23).
BACK TO SCHOOL: In Boston, Chad Finn reports Tim Hasselbeck "will be part of ESPN's college football coverage this season as well as continuing his NFL studio work." He will "serve as a color analyst alongside play-by-play voice Dave O'Brien on ACC Network broadcasts this season." Hasselbeck will also "continue to have prominence on the network's NFL studio programming, including 'NFL Live,' 'NFL PrimeTime,' and 'SportsCenter.'" Hasselbeck: "I'll continue to do the stuff I've been doing (with the NFL), and maybe calling college games after a while becomes more routine" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/23).
NEW FACES: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand reported former NFLer Shane Vereen "will be a part of Fox Sports' college football coverage" this season. Vereen "will join Justin Kutcher and Petros Papadakis in a booth." Fox has "already added Brock Huard from ESPN." It also "tried to land Dan Orlovsky from ESPN," but he "decided to stay in Bristol." Something to "watch over the next few years is Fox Sports transitioning to some new analysts and play-by-players on both the college and pro level" (N.Y. POST, 8/22). Read THE DAILY's profile of Orlovsky in Friday's issue.
NASHVILLE NOTES: Sports talk radio show host George Plaster, who "made a brief return to the Nashville airwaves in July" with WSM-AM, will "start another show" on WNSR-AM. Plaster will "launch the weekday call-in 'George Plaster Show'" in the 2:00-4:00pm CT time slot on Sept. 3. WNSR will "drop nationally syndicated show 'The Herd with Colin Cowherd' to make room for Plaster's show" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/22)....Nashville-based WPRT-FM drive-time afternoon radio show "Jared and the GM" co-hosts Jared Stillman and Floyd Reese have "signed contract extensions with the station" through September '21 (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 8/22).