John Thompson III may be moving from the bench to the booth

John Thompson III and Georgetown University have parted ways, leaving Thompson jobless for the first time since 1995. However, if you thought this would push him in the direction of retirement you’re wrong. Now, Thompson is looking to follow in the footsteps of his father who hosted a radio show for 13 consecutive years. Read more about his possible transition here.

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Broadcasting icon Brent Musburger to end play-by-play duties Jan. 31

Musburger, 77, who brought his folksy delivery to countless games — most beginning with his “You are looking live” catchphrase — since entering the national stage in 1975, will call his final game Jan. 31 on ESPN as the Kentucky Wildcats host the Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena (9 p.m. ET).

Read on for more on Brent’s amazing career here.

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Broadcaster helps build excitement for Ontario Reign

Zakrzewski is currently in his second season as director of broadcasting for the Reign. He said he started out — like a number of sports broadcasters and writers — hoping to see action on the field or ice.

And like most of his colleagues, that never happened.

 

Read on for more on the passion Zakrzewski brings to the table here.

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Harnarayan Singh makes English debut in NHL broadcast from Calgary

“Already the first person to call the play-by-play of NHL games in Punjabi, the 31-year-old will become the first Sikh to broadcast in English when he joins the crew covering the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Saddledome.”  Check out more about Singh and this historic debut here.

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Iconic hockey announcer Bob Cole says you have to ‘feel the game’ in new book

“I want the fans to enjoy the game. The game is the thing, not the knowledge that I might have about this player, or that goalie, or this coach.” See what else Bob has to say here.

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Baseball play-by-play broadcasting and minority representation

The veteran play-by-play man Dave Sims can’t tell you exactly when, but it was around this time back in 2006 when he started. All he’d ever wanted to do was call MLB games, and a decade ago, he became the voice of the Seattle Mariners.

But that voice knew it was alone. Sims remembers spending those first years noting that he was one of a handful of minorities working play-by-play. Ten years later, he still sees the same disparity.

More after the jump.

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For New Islanders Announcer, a Place to Call Home

“Brendan and Mary Burke, and their 2-year old daughter, Quinn, moved into a third-floor apartment in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn last month. It is only a 15-minute walk from Brendan’s new office, the Barclays Center, where he is MSG’s new announcer for Islanders telecasts. That short journey is the culmination of a 10-year odyssey to his first job with a major professional team.”

Check out Brendan’s journey here.

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Blue Jays Play-By-Play Announcer Hasn’t Used “Indians” to Describe Cleveland Team Since 1992

The Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians will meet in the American League Championship Series starting Friday. Jerry Howarth, the play-by-play announcer for Toronto, will not be using the term “Indians” when describing the opponent. Read more about Jerry’s decade spanning decision here.

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Sports broadcasters reminisce about legendary play-by-play man Vin Scully

“I have spent my entire life listening to Vin Scully. He was the guy who taught me everything I know about baseball, who was in my ear when I began my career,” Michaels, 71, said. “It was like being in a classroom with Socrates teaching you philosophy.” Read on for more glowing praise on Vin Scully’s legendary career.

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Kevin Harlan delivers legendary play-by-play call of fan running onto field

Westwood One’s Kevin Harlan was clearly itching to inject some life into the MNF snoozer when a fan hopped over the wall and ran onto the field of play in the fourth quarter. Sensing an opportunity to liven up the broadcast a bit, Harlan was all over it. Check it out at the link.