A new management team is set to take over at ESPN Radio 1000 Chicago after the station signed a "long-term local marketing agreement with Good Karma Brands," according to Chicago-based media reporter Robert Feder. Effective Sept. 29, the Milwaukee-based company will "lease the station and assume control of all operations." Terms of the deal were not disclosed. While the station will "continue to be branded as ESPN 1000, it’s unclear how the move will affect the local talent roster." A formal announcement said only that Good Karma would “expand its affiliate relationship” with ESPN Radio and that the station would “feature a lineup of local and national sports talk programming and ESPN Radio’s national play-by-play lineup.” It is a "good bet that the popular afternoon team of Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman will continue for the foreseeable future." But the "fate of other local hosts, including David Kaplan, Carmen DeFalco, John 'Jurko' Jurkovic and Jonathan Hood may be less certain." ESPN Radio Chicago VP & GM Jim Pastor said that he "will retire at the end of the year" (ROBERTFEDER.com, 8/28).
Golden Knights TV studio host Nick Gismondi, analyst Brad May and rinkside reporter Alyson Lozoff "did not have their contracts renewed and will not return," according to sources cited by David Schoen of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher and color analyst Shane Hnidy are "not affected by the change and remain with the team." Gismondi, May and Lozoff "appeared on the pregame and postgame shows along with the intermission report on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain." However, sources said that their contracts with the station "expired after the season," and the Golden Knights "made the decision this summer to assume control of the broadcast team." Daren Millard, who spent 20 years at Sportsnet in Canada, is "expected to be hired as the new studio host." ESPN's Stormy Buonantony is "set to take over as rinkside reporter" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/29).
OFF THE ICE: In Toronto, Lance Hornby notes longtime hockey analysts Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean are "leaving Sportsnet." Kypreos has worked for the outlet since it launched nearly 21 years ago, and MacLean has been with the net for 10 years (TORONTO SUN, 8/29). Sportnet's John Shannon, who has been "featured prominently" on "Hockey Central," is also leaving. Shannon joined Sportsnet" in '09 after a 30-year career as a "hockey producer with the NHL, MLSE and CBC" (SPORTSNET.ca, 8/28).
Hawks F Vince Carter will retire after this coming season -- his NBA-record 22nd -- and then "smoothly transition into a top broadcasting job," according to Jacob Feldman of SI.com. For years, Carter has "taken offseason time" to sit in TNT's "Inside the NBA" studio, join "The Jump" on ESPN, and call Fox' Jr. NBA Global Championship. During the NBA season, he hosts The Ringer's "Winging It" podcast with Annie Finberg and Trail Blazers G Kent Bazemore. Fox Sports Senior Coordinating Producer Bardia Shah-Rais compared Carter's broadcasting "potential to that of Tony Romo." Shah-Rais: "He'll have his pick of the litter and he deserves it." Feldman noted joining ESPN "could offer a chance to reconnect with former teammates Mark Jackson and Tracy McGrady." Given the net's "recent studio shake-ups, Carter could quickly become one of its most prominent basketball voices." Meanwhile, TNT "employs Carter's frequent golfing partner Grant Hill." It has the "best basketball studio track record and could potentially offer Carter an NCAA tournament role through its yearly partnership with CBS." TNT also "has the dunk contest." Carter said of preparing for a TV career, "I did Sportscaster U seven years ago. I wanted to see if I liked it -- and I loved it. From there I did what I had to do, getting as many reps as I could, doing games, studio work, and sidelines" (SI.com, 8/27).