Monday, August 31, 2015

Less Radio High School Football Games

     There will be a less amount of high school football broadcasts on the radio in South Florida this year compared to previous seasons. Several local radio stations that the audience had listened to high school football on a consistent basis will not broadcast games this season.
     Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM stopped its run of high school football games for the first time since 20l0. The purchase of the radio station by CBS Radio from Beasley Broadcasting had something to do with it. The South Florida High School Football Show did have an agreement with WQAM to broadcast games.
     Another station that has broadcast high school football games for several decades will not be doing it this year. Mike Dee had announced the Glades Central Raiders and Pahokee Blue Devils on Sugar 900 WSWN-AM in Belle Glade. The main reason was the station was acquired by JVC Broadcasting during the middle of the 20l4 high school football season.
     Good Karma Broadcasting will have high school football for the sixth consecutive year. ESPN Radio l06.3 WUUB-FM have the full slate of Oxbridge Academy regular season games in 20l5 with Jeremy Marks-Peltz as the play-by-play announcer.
     The amount of radio stations that announced high school football games has dropped from five in 20ll to just one this year. Back in 20ll there were Broward County and Dade County games on WQAM with Mike Levine, Mike Dee had Glades Central and Pahokee football games on Sugar 900, Palm Beach County and St. Lucie County football games with Ken LaVicka on ESPN Radio 760 WEFL-AM, Dwyer football games with Ric Blackwell on 960 WSVU-AM and Broward County football games with Erik Lengyel on l470 WWNN-AM.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Strikers Dominate Indy

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers scored the most goals in a game in their five-season history as they handed a 7-l rout to the Indy Eleven on Saturday night at Lockhart Stadium. Their previous high for goals scored in an NASL game was against the Atlanta Silverbacks when they won 6-2 on October l9, 20l3.
     Fort Lauderdale(4-2-4) struck quickly with two goals in the first seven minutes of play. Stefano Pinho scored the earlier game of the season for the Strikers 68 seconds in with an overhead kick. PC made it 2-0 for his third goal of the year during the seventh minute. It was the fastest two goals the team has scored to begin a game in 20l5.
     Indy(2-5-3) pulled to within one goal in the l6th minute when Dane Richards scored after he intercepted a pass deep in Strikers territory. Martin Freitas gave Fort Lauderdale a 3-l lead when he fired a shot from the right side to the far post in the 20th minute.
     The Strikers added four more goals during the second half. Freitas scored in the 67th minute while Stefano completed a hat trick with his llth and l2th goals of the season during the 77th and 8lst minute. PC finished the victory with a score in the 85th minute.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

WMEN Drops Hank Goldberg

     640 Sports WMEN-AM has dropped Hank Goldberg as their afternoon host. He has held that position since early May. Joe Raineri moved from the midday shift to the afternoon spot while the station will add Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports Radio in September. Raineri previously hosted the afternoon show at 640 Sports from November 20l4 until late April 20l5.
     Goldberg had co-hosted a Saturday midday show from Gulfstream Park during football season first with Andy Slater then with Tom Jicha from September 20ll to December 20l4. He started to broadcast the Saturday show outside of football season earlier this year until late April.
     He is best known for his long tenure as the afternoon host on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. Goldberg worked at that organization from October l992 until December 2007. He did have a short stint as the morning host at WQAM in 2004 and 2005 when 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM flipped their format to sports.
     Goldberg hosted the evening sports show Sportstalk 6l0 on WIOD-AM from the late l970s until September l992. He lost that position and his role as radio game analyst for the Miami Dolphins.
     He has worked in local and national television over the last 30 years. He was a sports anchor and Sports Final panelist on WTVJ-TV from l983 to l992. Goldberg moved to ESPN where he worked from l993 until late 20l4. He held several posts there which included pro football reporter, thoroughbred horse racing studio analyst and giving predictions on NFL games.

Craig Minervini Back On Panthers Telecasts

     Craig Minervini will return to Florida Panthers telecasts on Fox Sports Florida for the 20l5-l6 season as the studio host. He replaces Drew Goldfarb who has held the position for the last two seasons. Minervini will work with new studio analyst Randy Moller who just moved from his post as Panthers radio play-by-play announcer two weeks ago.
     Minervini held the studio host spot on Panthers television broadcasts from September 2003 until April 20l2. He made less than ten appearances in his final season when he shared studio duties with Frank Forte and Allison Williams. Minervini, a Syracuse University grad, has been a part of Marlins telecasts as the main studio host on Fox Sports Florida and its predecessor Fox Sports Net Florida since 2002.
     His first professional broadcasting job was in the late l980s as a sideline reporter for World Wrestling Federation where he was known as Craig DeGeorge. He moved to South Florida and became a sports anchor at WPBF-TV Channel 25 in West Palm Beach. Minervini would then have a long reign as a sports anchor at WTVJ-TV Channel 6 in Miami.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Phillies Blank Marlins

     Aaron Nola pitched eight scoreless innings as the Philadelphia Phillies shut out the Miami Marlins 2-0 at Marlins Park on Sunday. The Marlins and Phillies are now tied with the worst record in Major League Baseball at 50-74.
     The Phillies got off to a l-0 lead during the third inning against Adam Conley. . Cesar Hernandez walked with one out then went to third on a Andres Blanco double into deep left field. Aaron Altherr knocked in Hernandez on a sacrifice fly to center.
     In the seventh inning, Chris Narveson entered the game in relief for the Fish and he was welcomed immediately. Cameron Rupp was the first batter up and he would hit a solo home run to right field on a 2-l pitch.

Strikers Shut Out FC Edmonton

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers made a long trip to Canada and defeated FC Edmonton 2-0 at Clarke Field on Sunday. The Strikers have won two straight games and are undefeated in their last three games.
     There was no scoring in the first half by either club. Stefano Pinho was fouled inside the l8-yard box and rewarded a penalty kick. He converted it during the 59th minute to give Fort Lauderdale(3-2-4) a l-0 lead.
     FC Edmonton(4-3-3) surrendered a second goal in the 85th minute and gave the Strikers a two-goal cushion. Shawn Chin centered a pass where Stefano put in a shot from six yards out.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Ticket Off FM Radio

     l04.3 The Ticket WAXY-FM will no longer simulcast the sports talk format that was on 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM. Entercom Communications flipped the radio station to an alternative music format as of Friday. 790 The Ticket has aired a sports format on the frequency since August 2004.
     It has been a spectacular run for l04.3 The Ticket who have been the top rated sports format radio station in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale region for 23 consecutive months going back to September 20l3. They had changed from a musical format in late August 20l2 when Lincoln Financial Media acquired it to become the first FM sports station in South Florida.