Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Florida Panthers Return To WQAM

     The Florida Panthers have signed a one-year deal with Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM to broadcast their games on radio for the 2015-16 NHL season. Randy Moller returns as the radio play-by-play announcer for the club. He has held the post since the 2007-08 season and was the radio game analyst prior to that from 1996-97 until 2006-07.
     Alex Donno comes back as the pregame, intermission and postgame host for all Panthers radio broadcasts for a second straight season. Donno is currently the evening host at WQAM and has been in that position since August 2014.

Friedman And Wittyngham To Middays

     104.3 The Ticket WAXY-FM has decided to move evening co-hosts Josh Friedman and Chris Wittyngham to the midday shift on an interim basis as of Wednesday. The station had Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio in that time period until July 24. Friedman and Wittyngham just celebrated the one-year anniversary of their show today. They may return to evenings should ESPN Radio promote Jorge Sedano or Dan Le Bartard to the midday spot on their national network.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nick Bosa On Magazine Cover

     St. Thomas Aquinas defensive lineman Nick Bosa appears on the seventh annual Florida cover of Friday Night Football magazine. He has played for the school in the last three seasons and helped the team win the FHSAA Class 7A state championship in 2012 and 2014. Bosa made a commitment last week to attend Ohio State University where his brother Joey is currently playing at.
     Friday Night Football, a.k.a. FNF, previously had South Florida high school players on their magazine cover. Glades Day and University of Florida running back Kelvin Taylor was on it in 2012, American Heritage and University of Georgia running back Sony Michel appeared in 2013 while Monarch and University of Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley was on the cover last year.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Padres Get By Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were beat by the San Diego Padres 3-1 at Petco Park on Saturday night. The Fish are now 3-6 on this current road trip that began after the All-Star Game break. The Friars have won seven of their last ten games.
    San Diego (46-52) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first against David Phelps. Yangervis Solarte singled into center field with one out, then Matt Kemp and Justin Upton both got base hits to load the bases. Yonder Alonso hit a sacrifice fly to center for Solarte to cross the plate.
     The Padres extended their lead in the next frame with a two-out rally. Ian Kennedy doubled to deep right field then scored on a single to center field by Will Venable.
     In the top of the seventh, Miami(41-57) compiled their only run of the game. Derek Dietrich led off with a solo homer to right field on a 3-2 pitch for his fifth home run of the season.
     San Diego regained a two-run gap during the bottom of the seventh. Clint Barmes started with a base hit to center and went to second on a passed ball. Abramham Almonte was able to sacrifice him to third on a bunt. Pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. drove Barmes in with a single into right field against Mike Dunn.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Strikers Knock Off Rowdies

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers remained undefeated in the NASL fall season as they beat the Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-1 at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday. The Strikers had tied in their previous three games prior to tonight. It was the second time in the last three games that Fort Lauderdale was victorious on the road in Tampa Bay.
     This was the second of a three-game series between the clubs in the Florida Derby. The Strikers have an aggregate goal lead of 3-2 after two games and meet the Rowdies one more time on August 15 at Lockhart Stadium for the Coastal Cup. The Rowdies won the Coastal Cup four consecutive years until the Strikers captured it in 2014.
     Fort Lauderdale(1-0-3) scored first in the 16th minute when PC tapped in the ball from close range. Bruno Nunes made it 2-0 during the 79th minute when he streaked down the right side and fired a shot toward the far post.
     Maicon Santos followed up in the 90th minute for Tampa Bay(1-3-0) with a goal on a chip pass by Freddy Adu, who made his NASL and Rowdies debut. Stefano Pinho wrapped up the contest for the Strikers with his sixth goal of the season a couple of minutes later during injury time.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Steve Carver To Run WQAM

     CBS Radio has named Steve Carver as the new senior vice president and market manager of their Miami radio stations. They consist of Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM, WPOW-FM and WKIS-FM. He replaces Joe Bell who finished a tenure in South Florida that goes back to January 2006 with Beasley Broadcasting.
     Carver was recently the senior vice president and market manager at CBS Radio in Tampa until December 2014 when they exchanged their radio stations with Beasley Broadcasting in a couple of media markets. He has been involved with CBS Radio as a senior vice president and market manager since 2010. Carver was in charge of radio stations in several cities which included Cleveland, West Palm Beach, Los Angeles and Tampa.
     He started his radio career with Infinity Broadcasting as a sales manager at WINS-AM in New York. Carver then held the general manager post at WOGL-AM and WOGL-FM in Philadelphia along with WBBM-AM and WBBM-FM in Chicago.
     He moved to Tribune Company where he became the vice president and general manager at WGN-AM in Chicago. Carver was elevated to the vice president and general manager position at WATL-TV in Atlanta. He left for the newspaper industry to run the Hartford Courant as the ceo, president and publisher before he joined CBS Radio.
    

Joe Bell Gone From WQAM

     CBS Radio has fired Miami senior vice president and market manager Joe Bell. He was responsible for radio stations in the Miami cluster which included Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM, WPOW-FM and WKIS-FM. Steve Carver will take over his position in the organization.
     Prior to his long reign in Miami, Bell had a tenure as the executive vice president and general manager at WPTF-AM in Raleigh, North Carolina. He moved to Florida to work for Beasley Broadcasting in Fort Myers as the general manager at WJBX-FM.
     Bell was transferred by the company to Miami in January 2006 and became the general manager at WQAM-AM and WKIS-FM. He was referenced many times by longtime WQAM midday host Neil Rogers both on-air and in recorded skits as Jolly Joe Bell. He was later promoted to market manager of Beasley Broadcasting Miami. After the cluster of Miami stations were purchased by CBS Radio in December 2014, he was elevated to the title of senior vice president and market manager.