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Halby’s morsels and notes – Sports broadcasters; Changes; The Carays’ fourth generation in Baseball

Sporadic notes and morsels

  • A bit of an overhaul will evolve on the A’s TV and radio broadcasts in 2024. Unfortunately, Glen Kuiper, the Oakland A’s TV man (2006-2023), was dumped instantly for one unintentional racial mistake on an A’s telecast, May 22, 2023. He was suspended immediately and fired not much later. A rush to judgment! The visit apparently enriched his day, learning about the Negro Leagues. 
  • The A’s are setting up the broadcast booths for an elbowing match. The senior voice is Ken Korach who was a nominee on the HOF Ballot in 2023. As I understand it, he’ll be cutting back his schedule in his 33d season. Others calling games include: Vince Cotroneo, Johnny Doskow, Jenny Cavnar, Dallas Braden and Chris Caray who’ll have a thick schedule. 
  • Chris Caray is a great-grandson of baseball icon Harry Caray, a grandson of Skip Caray and a son of Chip Cary. Wow. Four generations of Caray broadcaster. The name Caray is Royalty now!
  • Debbie Antonelli – was picked by the Basketball Hall of Fame as this year’s winner. Very well deserved! In my book, the best woman basketball analyst.
  • On a phone conversation with A’s longtime travel executive, Mickey Morabito, he told me kiddingly that he might be the only person on earth who has shaken hands with four generations of MLB announcers.  
  • I liked Rich Eisen all-season because he was himself and didn’t adhere to convention.
  • You might recall that Joe Buck hosted Jeopardy! for a week during the interregnum between Alex Trebek’s death in November, 2020 and an announcement of Ken Jennings in 2023. Jeopardy! announced: “We made the decision to have one host for the syndicated show next season to maintain continuity for our viewers, and Ken Jennings will be the sole host for syndicated ‘Jeopardy!”
  • Switching channels last week, I bumped into Katie Nolan, formerly on ESPN, on the set. She was a candidate on Celebrity Jeopardy! Katie was knowledgeable and peppery.
  • St. Louis Cardinals’ longtime TV Voice Dan McLaughlin, who has dealt with DUIs  fired after continuing alcohol abuse, now co-hosts a morning drive-time show that airs over station WXOS (101.1 FM). Good luck!
  • Can anyone sound more annoying than ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky? Enough already!
  • Todd Blackledge is wonderful. He comes from a royal football family. His dad Ron was was on the staff at Kentucky and later the Steelers.
  • We can now announce that Toronto’s Ben Shulman is succeeding Ben Wagner who was cut by the club. Wagner was then picked up by Baltimore. Ben is the son of Dan who like a few others, do it all.

 

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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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Michael Green
1 month ago

The A’s situation reminds me of something. On TV, they have two pbp people splitting things with one color man. On radio, three announcers. Reasonable. My Dodgers once had just Vin Scully, Ross Porter, and Rick Monday doing ALL home and road games on TV (except for national games). Now? Charley Steiner, Tim Neverett, and Rick Monday do radio. Joe Davis and Stephen Nelson split TV pbp. And the TV color? Orel Hershiser, Nomar Garciaparra, Eric Karros, Jessica Mendoza, and Dontrelle Willis at last count. Ridiculous.