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Media Notes

USA TODAY's Jori Epstein notes Dallas-based KXAS-NBC has apologized for waiting "six minutes before interrupting" the Eagles-Cowboys' telecast on Sunday night for weather updates on the tornado in the area. The station in a statement said, "We made a mistake by not immediately interrupting the football game with a tornado warning." The station said that it "streamed weather coverage on its website the entire time" (USA TODAY, 10/22).

INCREASING THE WORKLOAD: In N.Y., Andrew Marchand reports Fox has "some interest" in having Panthers TE Greg Olsen "work games as part of its XFL coverage" next spring. This would provide Olsen, who called his second NFL game for Fox this past Sunday, with "more reps." Fox and Olsen "haven't had talks about the XFL yet, but they are expected to shortly." Fox' lead XFL team "will consist of Curt Menefee and Joel Klatt." For its No. 2 team, Fox is "hoping to pair an up-and-coming play-by-player with someone it could potentially groom for Sundays in the fall" (N.Y. POST, 10/22).

OFF-ICE CHARISMA: In Tampa, Diana Nearhos noted former NHLer Ryan Callahan has "made an immediate impression at the NHL Network" serving as an analyst. Typically it "takes time for an athlete to transition from playing to being a media analyst." But the net's "NHL Tonight" host Tony Luftman said that he has "never seen someone do it as smoothly as Callahan." Most people "lose some personality when the TV camera turns on them; Callahan didn't." His "ease with critiquing former teammates stood out to Luftman" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 10/20).