Tuesday, April 25, 2017

WWE Releases Andrea Ocampo

     World Wrestling Entertainment has come to terms and have released Andrea Ocampo from their organization. Ocampo had gone by the name Andrea D'Marco while she worked at WWE.
     Ocampo once worked with the Florida Panthers as the game operations arena host for four years until April 2016. She also was a game operations stadium host for Florida Atlantic University football games in Boca Raton.
     She joined NXT as a ring announcer and interviewer in Orlando last year. Ocampo was promoted to the WWE brand in July 2016 as an interviewer and held that spot for several months.

Jeffrey Loria To Sell Marlins

     Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria will sell the baseball club to a group of investors that includes former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The deal must be approved by Major League Baseball owners.
     Loria has owned the Marlins since 2002. They won their second World Series title in franchise history back in 2003. In an unusual procedure, Loria once owned the Montreal Expos and sold the team to Major League Baseball. John Henry shifted from ownership of the Marlins and moved on to own the Boston Red Sox while Loria became the owner of the Florida Marlins.

Chris Kokell Ends Coaching Career

     Chris Kokell announced on ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM that he has stepped down as the head coach of the Olympic Heights Lions. He held that position for the past two seasons.
     Kokell has worked as an evening co-host alongside Joe Colella since January on ESPN West Palm. He has been a weekend co-host on that station for several years.
     He did work as a television game analyst on high school football games in 2014 with Alex Kushel on WTVX-TV Channel 34 in West Palm Beach. Kokell announced the 2014 FHSAA Class 3A state championship game in Orlando with Ken LaVicka on WUUB-FM.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bill Zimpfer Out At WOGL-FM

     Former Miami Dolphins radio voice Bill Zimpfer is no longer working for WOGL-FM in Philadelphia. He started as a sports anchor on their morning show in 1994 and later became a morning sidekick for the program. 
     Zimpfer became the radio play-by-play announcer of the Miami Dolphins when he replaced Rick Weaver in 1994 and worked alongside Jim Mandich. He held the position for eight seasons until 2001 and Howard David took over.

Brad Steinke Leaves WKRC-TV

     Brad Steinke has left his position as a sports anchor at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. He has been there since April 2015.
     Steinke was an evening sports anchor on Sportstown at WAMI-TV in Miami from 1999 until 2001. He also was a studio host for Miami Heat and Florida Marlins broadcasts on that station.
     He moved to Phoenix after his stint in South Florida. Steinke became a sports anchor and sports reporter for Fox Sports Arizona from 2001 to 2015.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Marlins Outlast Padres

     Dan Straily had a career-high 14 strikeouts as the Miami Marlins edged the San Diego Padres 6-3 in 11 innings on Saturday night at Petco Field. He tied Jose Fernandez and A.J. Burnett for the second most strikeouts by a Marlins pitcher in a game.
     Miami broke out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Giancarlo Stanton blasted a solo homer to left field on the first pitch for his sixth home run of the season.
     San Diego came back and got their first lead 2-1 during the bottom of the fourth inning. Austin Hedges lifted a two-run home run to left on a 1-1 count. Yangervis Solarte also scored on the play.
     The Fish tied it in the sixth inning when Martin Prado cracked a solo home run to left field on a 2-1 pitch. There would be no more scoring in the contest until the 11th inning.
     The Marlins took advantage of fielding errors on one play as Justin Boar and Dee Gordon scored. Giancarlo Stanton nailed a two-run homer on 1-0 count to left field to make it 6-2. Christian Yelich was able to score in front of him.

Friday, April 21, 2017

West Palm Beach Ratings March 2017

     There were major changes on the sports talk radio scene of Palm Beach County in the month of March for Fox Sports South Florida 640 WMEN-AM. ESPN West Palm 106.3 WUUB-FM remained stable during this time period, although they do not subscribe to a ratings service.
     Fox Sports 640 ended their only local weekday show one week into the ratings period. They let go Joe Raineri and Steve Zemach from the morning show which they hosted since January 2016. The station dropped for the second straight month as they went from a 0.5 to a 0.4 in March. WMEN has lost half of their audience since November 2016 when they registered a 0.8 at that time.
     The station had carried the Florida Panthers Radio Network for the entire season as an affiliate and the club was eliminated from playoff contention at the end of the month. They also did not broadcast any New York Yankees exhibition games like they have since the 2008 season. WMEN will not be part of the New York Yankees Radio Network for the 2017 season.