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• ESPN says it will air 13 3-D broadcasts of college football games this season, beginning with Boise State-Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, Miami-Ohio State on Sept. 11 and Clemson-Auburn on Sept. 18. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
George Dunham, Craig Miller and Gordon Keith of sports radio giant KTCK in Dallas-Fort Worth are among finalists for major market personality of the year in the National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Awards. No Houston hosts were nominated, but Scott Innes, the father of KILT’s (610 AM) midday host and STAA client Josh Innes, was nominated in the medium market category for his work on WYNK in Baton Rouge. (Courtesy Houston Chronicle)
Jimmy "Mad Dog" Matis will host the Indianapolis Colts Radio Network post-game show thi season. Matis will be paired with former Colts player Barry Krauss. (Courtesy Indianapolis Business Journal
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Eric Thacker has joined WORD 106.3FM/1330AM/950AM in South Carolina as an account executive and high school play-by-play broadcaster. (Courtesy GoUpState.com)
• The first two games of the Dodgers-Padres series did monster numbers for Channel 4. Tuesday's game did an 8.2 rating and peaked at 10.7. Wednesday night's game posted a 7.7 rating and peaked at 11.1 in the ninth inning. Both numbers are by far the best ratings for a Padres game this season. (Courtesy North County Times)
• ESPN Deportes Radio has secured a Philadelphia affiliate, effective 6 a.m. Monday. It's WWDB-AM (860). (Courtesy Philadelphia Inquirer)
• After 15 hours of trade-deadline coverage last year, MLB Network has “cut back” to 5½ hours — from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — on Saturday, the final day clubs can make deals without having players clear waivers. (Courtesy Albany Times Union)
• NFL Network, says spokesman Dennis Johnson, will formally announce today that it will add Daryl "Moose" Johnston as a studio analyst. The ex-Dallas Cowboy will continue to be a Fox NFL game analyst. (Courtesy USA Today
• There are rumblings that CBS Radio in Baltimore might move Jeremy Conn from afternoons with Scott Garceau to mornings on sports talker WJZ-FM, 105.7 The Fan. To join new morning co-host Steve Davis, who is currently paired with old morning man Ed Norris. There are rumblings that Norris could be cut loose when his contract expires later this year. And, we're also told, former WNSTer Bob Haney is being eyed as Garceau's new partner, filling the seat of Anita Marks, whose contract was not renewed back in January. (Courtesy DCRTV)
• For 20 years, Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow have been the play-by-play and color commentator team for the Giants. The duo was officially honored by Mayor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday for their 20th anniversary of calling Giants baseball on television. Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area announced July 27 will now be known as Kruk and Kuip Day. (Courtesy NBC Bay Area()
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• Sports-talk station 97.5 The Fanatic has announced that it has picked up Rutgers football, joining WOR in New York City and WCTC in New Brunswick. The station previously had carried a few games here and there. (Courtesy Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Los Angeles sports talk radio veteran Joe McDonnell is recovering from a very serious bout with flesh-eating bacteria. McDonnell underwent surgery the day after Memorial Day. He is back home after considerable time in the hospital. We send our sincere wishes to Joe, one of the most well-respected talents in the history of So Cal sports talk radio. Keep getting better, Joe! (Courtesy bigjoeonline.com)
• ESPN will formally announce today that analyst Trent Dilfer, along with veteran play-caller Brad Nessler, will work the San Diego-Kansas City late game of its Sept. 13 opening Monday night doubleheader. ESPN has used various analysts — including Mike Golic, Mike Ditka, Dick Vermeil and Steve Young— as analysts in that one doubleheader in its Monday lineup. (Courtesy USA Today)
• The NFL Network and NFL.com, says spokesman Dennis Johnson, will formally announce today that preseason games will air live online for the first time. Through a $40 subscription package, NFL.com will stream 54 games live, not including 11 games on national TV. NFLN airs 10 preseason games live. (Courtesy USA Today)
• Longtime Milwaukee Brewers announcer Bob Uecker says he'll work remaining Brewers home games and possibly road games at relatively close cities such as Chicago. Uecker, 75, returned to the booth Friday after being out since having heart surgery in April. (Courtesy USA Today)
• Fox Sports Southwest's Emily Jones, who works the Rangers pre- and post-game beat, is scheduled to appear in four episodes of NBC's Friday Night Lights in the show's upcoming sixth and final season. How is this for typecasting? She's from a small, West Texas town, and she'll play a reporter just as she did in one episode last season. All of her scenes were shot in Austin. (Courtesy Dallas Morning News)
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• Attendance may be disappointing for the Rays at Tropicana Field, but there is local interest in the team. Rays viewership is up an incredible 70 percent over last year. It's not uncommon for the Rays to have an average audience of more than 100,000. During one game against the Red Sox this month, an estimated 211,000 homes were tuned in. (Courtesy St. Petersburg Times)
• Sports Radio KSOX-AM IN Brownsville, TX as dropped ESPN Radio for Fox Sports Radio.
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