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Saturday, February 08, 2014

PADRES FIRE RADIO BROADCASTER, REPLACE HIM WITH FOOTBALL ANNOUNCER

“Oh, this is a terrible thing for the Padres.”
-Jerry Coleman

The San Diego Padres have relieved radio play-by-play commentator Andy Masur of his duties after six years with the club and eight with the Chicago Cubs. On the surface, this doesn’t seem like a huge deal, though Masur was clearly emotional about his departure from the team.. Changes happen every day in the broadcasting world.

But digging a little deeper, things get a little more interesting… and slimy.

The Padres CEO is a man named Mike Dee, who took on the new role in July of 2013. Dee’s former job was as CEO of the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins, Dee was unable to coerce local and state governments into giving the team between $350 and $400 million to upgrade Sun Life Stadium, likely because of the complete disaster that is Marlins Park. Ironically, Dee was replaced as Dolphins CEO by Tom Garfinkel, who formerly served as Padres CEO and famously blamed Zack Greinke for inciting a Dodgers-Padres brawl last April.

Anyway, the man chosen to replace Masur on Padres broadcasts is Jesse Agler. Who is Agler? Well, he’s a former host and commentator for… the Miami Dolphins. Padres CMO Wayne Partello is spinning Agler’s hire as one that will be a multi-faceted role, encompassing television, radio, and social media roles.

Padres fans are, well, not pleased

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 08:59 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, padres, radio

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I-96 shootings suspect says he got ‘coded messages’ telling him to act

A Wixom man police say is the Interstate 96 corridor shooter who terrorized motorists in October 2012 testified Monday that he was prompted to randomly shoot at cars after receiving “coded messages” during Detroit Tiger baseball games.
[...]
Casteel said one of the shootings occurred while he was listening to a Tigers baseball game on his car radio and suffered anxiety at seeing a “long line of cars” driving in his direction.

He said he recalled listening to one pre-game broadcast discussing baseball hitters “aiming at shadows” or “shooting at shadows.”

“To me it meant shooting at cars,” he said.

Better cars than Trucks, I guess.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 05:10 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: crime, detroit tigers, general, radio

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NYT: Trying to Outrun The Cardinals’ Long Reach

The penetrating strength of KMOX, a powerful radio station in St. Louis with a tradition of Hall of Fame broadcasters, has helped turn countless families into Cardinals fans since 1926, when it broadcast its first game.With a 50,000-watt signal originating from a transmitter across the Mississippi River, in Illinois, KMOX is said to be heard in 44 states and as far away as Holland, East Africa and Guam, spreading the gospel of St. Louis Cardinals baseball to the far reaches of the planet. [...]

To put it to the test, I set out in my rental car Sunday, the day of Game 4 of the World Series, between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox, and headed south, the radio tuned to 1120 AM, to see if I could I outdrive the signal before the end of the game. I even left Busch Stadium two and half hours early, wondering if, before long, the signal would deteriorate into a fuzzy, frustrating mash of crossing signals somewhere in southeastern Missouri.

bobm Posted: October 29, 2013 at 09:07 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, radio

 

 

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