Monday, October 20, 2014

Steve White New WMEN Afternoon Host

     Steve White began as the new afternoon host at 640 Sports WMEN-AM on Monday. He recently hosted one show at the station on Saturday afternoon. He replaced Jon Linder who was the interim afternoon host since August 25.
     White held several titles at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM from late 2009 to early October 2014. He first joined the organization as a salesperson and added on-air duties as a weekend host. He was a late morning show sidekick for Gino Torretta from late 2010 until the end of December 2011. White also worked for Torretta as a college football studio host for Touchdown Radio Productions.
     Prior to arriving in Miami, he was the sports director and senior producer at ABC Radio. White joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in the mid 2000's as the program director. He took over the early afternoon show with Brandon Guzio from May 2009 to late September 2009 then he was let go.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Capitals Slip By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers played for the second straight day on the road and were defeated in a shootout by the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Saturday night at Verizon Center. The Cats have scored three goals in their last 4 games. Five games into the 2014-15 season, they tallied just five goals.
     Washington(3-2-0) got on the scoreboard first as Jason Chimera got a goal at 17:12 of the opening period by Al Montoya, who made his first start in net with the Panthers.
     Florida(1-2-2) matched it on the power play during the third period when Brad Boyes scored at 4:27. Sean Bergenheim and Dylan Olsen were credited with assists on the play.
     The game went into a shootout where the Caps scored on all three of their attempts. Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin all converted for the Capitals while Jonathan Huberdeau got the lone tally for the Cats.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Glades Central Dominates University School

     The Glades Central Raiders clinched the District 7-4A title as they routed the University School Suns 50-3 on Friday night in Davie. Glades Central will host a regional semifinal to begin the FHSAA playoffs in November. After giving up a field goal, the Raiders scored 50 unanswered points to dominate this game.
     University School(1-7, 0-2), who had 12 players transfer out prior to the 2014 season, finished their first possession with a 25-yard field goal by Billy Mitchell at 9:03 of the first quarter.
     The Raiders meant business with their first play on offense as quarterback Jonathant Istache ran down the left sideline for an 80-yard touchdown. They never looked back after that as Glades Central was up 7-3 at 8:50. Special teams got involved for the Raiders with 1:49 left in the first as they blocked a punt and Antonio Brown scored from five yards away to make it 14-3.
     Glades Central(6-2, 2-0) added 22 more points in the second quarter. Wide receiver Les'Kee Hessing took an inside handoff up the middle for a seven-yard score at 7:52. Running back Rashard Martin rushed around the right side for a score from 13 yards out at 2:48. He also returned an interception 12 yards for a touchdown with 1:40 left in the half. They made a two-point conversion on a pass play to go up 36-3.
     The third quarter was classified as being the Ja'kevious Vickers quarter after he was held out of action in the first half. He pounded through the middle with a four-yard touchdown run at 7:05 as the Raiders led 43-3. It was then agreed upon to have a running clock for the remainder of the contest. It did not matter during the first play on the next possession for Glades Central as Vickers ripped out of the backfield into open space on the right side and scored untouched from 59 yards out at 1:55 for a 50-3 cushion.

Panthers Blank Sabres

     The Florida Panthers gathered their first win of the 2014-15 season with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night at First Niagara Center. The Cats have scored a combined three goals in their last three games.
     Florida(1-2-1) outshot Buffalo(1-4-0) 13-2 in the first 16 minutes of the game and 16-3 overall in the first period. They continued to pepper the Sabres net at the beginning of the second period. It paid off as Sean Bergenheim scored his first goal of the season at 3:01 with assists from Brad Boyes and Dmitry Kulikov.
     Roberto Lunogo made 26 saves to get his 67th career shutout in the NHL. He past Patrick Roy for 13th all-time in career shutouts. Head coach Gerard Gallant picked up his first win at the helm for the Panthers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jon Linder Ends Interim Reign

     Jon Linder will end his short run at 640 Sports WMEN-AM as interim afternoon host on Friday. He was brought in on August 25 when he replaced Orlando Alzugaray who returned to Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM. 640 Sports is expected to make an announcement who will become the new afternoon host at the station.
     Linder had a previous stint with the station for three weeks earlier this year as the early afternoon host from January 20 until February 7. He lost that position when James Crystal Enterprises had to reorganize their organization due to chapter 11 bankruptcy. He joined the station as a fill-in host in December 2013.
     He was a sports reporter and fill-in host at WQAM from 2007 to early 2013. Linder was elevated to football studio host of the University of Miami Hurricanes Radio Network from 2010 to 2012. He also hosted a late night football show from August until late December 2011. Prior to arriving in Miami, he had a long stint during the 2000s as an afternoon host and later a Sunday morning host at 770 WWCN-AM in Fort Myers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kevin Rogers At WIOD

     Former local sportscaster Kevin Rogers recently joined News Radio 610 WIOD-AM as a weekend news anchor. He still continues as a writer and handicapper for VegasInsider.com.
     Rogers lost his evening host position at Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM and his role as Florida Panthers Radio Network studio host back in August. He joined WQAM in 2008 and added duties as the Panthers host in September 2010 when the team shifted their radio broadcasts back to their original flagship station.
     He was first noticed locally when he joined 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM in the mid 2000s as a late night host. Rogers was able to upend competitor Ed Kaplan of WQAM in the ratings for late night supremacy. He was later promoted to evening host, late morning host and Florida Panthers radio studio host during his reign at that station.
     Rogers, a Florida State University grad, started his professional broadcasting career as a sports talk host at KCSP-AM in Kansas City before his move to Miami.

Rachel Nichols Loses CNN Show

     Former Sun-Sentinel sports writer Rachel Nichols had her Friday night show Unguarded With Rachel Nichols dropped by CNN. She started that program in September 2013. She will continue as a sports reporter along with being an NBA and NCAA basketball sideline reporter for Turner Sports broadcasts.
     Nichols first got noticed locally as Rachel Alexander and worked as a writer for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel sports section from 1995 to 1996. She would leave the newspaper for a sports writer role at the Washington Post where she worked until 2004. Nichols later joined ESPN as a sports reporter for over eight years. She moved to Turner Sports and CNN in January 2013.