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Behind the Broadcast: More turmoil at WTMM

Saturday, August 31, 2013
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It certainly has been an rough, interesting month for ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM).

The latest news came midday Friday, when Townsquare Media, owners of the station, announced that “Midday with Mike” host Mike Lindsley and producer Brian Cady were fired.

“Mike Lindsley and Brian Cady, effective immediately, are longer with the company,” program

director Stephen Giuttari said. “In the coming weeks, we’ll unveil our new local sportstalk lineup on WTMM.”

Lindsley came to WTMM from Syracuse earlier this year and replaced Brian Noe in the midday slot.

Armen Williams, the new brand manager for WTMM, declined to comment, referring all questions to Giuttari.

Williams, who came to WTMM from 105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas, was on the air in place of Lindsley, who hosted “Midday with Mike” from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Williams, who joined the station Aug. 15, was supposed to start on the air Sept. 9. The orig­inal plan was to have him do the 1-4 p.m. slot, and Lindsley move to the 4-7 p.m. that is occupied by Bruce Jacobs. Jacobs is leaving the station next Friday. His contract wasn’t renewed.

Of course, now, things are changing.

The events of the month for WTMM started when the station missed the start of the New York Yankees-San Diego Padres game Aug. 2. The game started at 10 p.m., but the station didn’t join it until around 11:30 p.m. ESPN Radio programming aired during the 90-minute lapse.

On Aug. 12, Jacobs announced his departure on his Facebook page. He has been with WTMM for two years.

But what happened earlier on Aug. 12 brought the station national attention it didn’t need.

Lindsley and the station were duped by someone impersonating former New York Yankees outfielder Shane Spencer, who claimed there was rampant steroid use on the team when he played there. The real Spencer called in the next day to refute what the imposter had said. The interview was aired the next night, during a rain delay of the Yankees’ game against the Los Angeles Angels, and re-aired at the start of Lindsley’s show on Aug. 14. I don’t believe Lindsley or the station apologized for the situation.

At the time, there was no public discipline handed out. Asked if the incident played a role in Lindsley’s firing, Giuttari said, “No comment.”

Cady was executive producer for “Game On with Bruce Jacobs,” “Midday With Mike” and “Inside Pro Football” He hosted “Cady’s Corner” and was co-host of “Section 2 Showcase.”

Last Sunday, former YNN sportscaster Joe Calderone was given a three-hour tryout. There is no word if he will get a chance to host his own show.

It will be interesting to see what changes are in store for WTMM. Stay tuned.

Saratoga viewership

It has been a good summer for the NBC Sports Group’s “Summer at Saratoga” series.

Going into Saturday’s final broadcast, viewership for the series is up. According to an NBC spokesman, a total of 5.1 million viewers have tuned in to some portion of “Summer at Saratoga” through the Travers. That is up 38 percent from last year (3.7 million).

Last Saturday’s Travers earned NBC Sports a .71 overnight rating. That is up one percent. However, viewership dropped slightly, from 982,000 last year to 861,000 this year.

The “Summer at Saratoga” series concludes at 4 p.m. today on NBCSN with the Woodward Stakes, Bernard Baruch and Forego.

Football TV schedule

Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week. The NFL kicks off its season Thursday.

Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses. Announcing teams are subject to change.

NFL

Thursday

NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — Baltimore at Denver, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).

College football

Today

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Buffalo at Ohio State, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); Northwestern at California, 10:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Lewis Johnson).

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Purdue at Cincinnati, noon (Eamon McAnaney/Anthony Becht); BYU at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer); Washington State at Auburn, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport).

FS1 and FS1 HD — William & Mary at West Virginia, noon (Adam Alexa/Chris Simms); Nicholls State at Oregon, 4 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga); Boise State at Washington, 10 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).

ESPNEWS and ESPNEWS HD — Villanova at Boston College, noon (Ryan Ruocco/Pete Najarian/Cassidy Hubbarth); Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante/Joe Budden).

MSG and MSG HD — Toledo at Florida, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Cap­uano).

BTN and BTN HD — UMass at Wisconsin, noon (Wayne Larrivee/Jon Jansen); Central Michigan at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (Matt Devlin/Glen Mason/Lisa Byington); Wyoming at Nebraska, 8 p.m. (Kevin Kugler/Eric Crouch/Damon Benning).

ESPN3 — Elon at Georgia Tech, noon (Shawn Kenney/Stan Lewter/Steffi Sorenson); North Carolina Central at Duke, 4 p.m. (John Sadak/Al Groh/Jeff Taylor); Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas, 4 p.m. (Bob Rathbun/Tim Couch/Elizabeth Moreau); Howard at Eastern Michigan, 6 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Mark Hermann); Austin Peay at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (Mike Keith/Pat Ryan); Furman at Gardner-Webb, 6 p.m. (Chuck Hussion/Corey Stewart/David Cobb); McNeese State at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Doug Graber/Tiffany Greene); Arkansas Pine-Bluff at Arkansas State, 7 p.m. (Brock Bowling/Forrest Connoly); UAB at Troy, 7 p.m. (Dave Weekley/Cole Cubelic); Murray State at Missouri, 7 p.m. (Dave Armstrong/ Corby Jones/Todd Donaho); Appalachian State at Montana, 9 p.m. (Chris Byers/John Edwards/Shaun Rainey).

MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Louisiana Tech at N.C. State, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).

MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Florida International at Maryland, 12:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth); Woford at Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger/JC Pearson).

ESPN and ESPN HD — Rice at Texas A&M, 1 p.m. (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, 5:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake); TCU vs. LSU, 9 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).

ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Syracuse vs. Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Georgia at Clemson, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).

NBC13 and NBC13 HD — Temple at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).

Pac-12 and Pac-12 HD — Washington at Oregon State, 6 p.m. (Roxy Bernstein/Anthony Herr); Nevada at UCLA, 10 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage).

CBSSN and CBSSN HD — Miami (Ohio) at Marshall, 7 p.m. (Brad Johansen/Randy Cross/Rashan Ali).

FOX College Sports Atlantic — Old Dominion at East Carolina, 7 p.m. (Brendan Burke/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).

Sunday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Florida A&M vs. Mississippi Valley State, 11:45 a.m. (Tom Hart/Jay Walker); Ohio at Louisville, 3:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor).

CBSSN and CBSSN HD — Colorado vs. Colorado State, 6 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Adam Archuletta/Evan Washburn).

ESPN3 — Bethune-Cookman at Tennessee State, 8 p.m.

Monday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Florida State at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer/David Pollack/Samantha Ponder).

Thursday

FS1 and FS1 HD — Florida Atlantic at East Carolina, 7:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Petros Papadakis/Kristina Pink).

CBSSN and CBSSN HD — Winston-Salem State at UNC-Pembroke, 8 p.m. (Brent Stover/Corey Chavous/Lisa Byington).

Pac-12 and Pac-12 HD — Sacramento State at Arizona State, 10 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glen Parker/Drea Avent).

Friday

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Wake Forest at Boston College, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).

CBSSN and CBSSN HD — Central Florida at Florida International, 8 p.m.

 
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