Rodger Wyland will say goodbye to the two studios where he does his sportstalk show, “Big Board
Radio Sports,” weekday mornings on WOFX-AM (980).
Beginning Wednesday, he won’t be in the air-conditioned confines of the studio he has at home, where he does the show three days a week, or the Clear Channel studios, where the show originates the other two days, as the show hits the road for the next 51⁄2 weeks.
Wyland’s first stop on his odyssey will be Saratoga Race Course for the opening of the thoroughbred racing season there. He will be at the track every Friday though Aug. 29.
He will be at New York Giants training camp at the University at Albany on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first show originates there July 28.
Wednesdays will be spent at Capital OTB, except for Aug. 13, which will be a Giants camp day.
It is an interesting undertaking for Wyland.
“We’ve been on the road before, but I don’t think we’ve ever done straight 51⁄2 weeks without being in the studio,” Wyland said. “We’ve kind of reached new heights this year. It will be very challenging, even technically. You want everything to go smoothly.”
And to make sure that Wyland goes to the right place every day.
“I’ll wake up in the morning ,and make sure I’m not going to the wrong location,” Wyland said. “If I start heading to Saratoga and [realize] it’s not Friday, it’s only Thursday and I’m at Giants camp, I’ll be in trouble.”
Wyland won’t be the only sportstalk show host on the road.
Brian Sinkoff, host of “Sound-Off with Sinkoff” on WTMM-FM (104.5), will be at Saratoga every Friday afternoon during the racing season.
Sinkoff is looking forward to having the show, which has become a very popular program in the couple of months it has been on the air, up at the track.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to take ‘Sound-Off with Sinkoff’ on the road every Friday during the entire Saratoga meet,” Sinkoff said. “I like getting out and taking the show on the road, and meeting the listeners that call the show everyday. Saratoga is one of the biggest sporting events in the Capital Region each year, so it’s only natural that ‘The Team’ gets fully involved in one of the best months of the year.”
The segments from Saratoga will be called “The Friday ’Toga Party.”
While we’re talking Saratoga, WTMM will carry two races this season.
It will have the Jim Dandy Stakes next Sunday and the Travers Stakes Aug. 23. Air time for both races is 4 p.m.
On the TV side, ABC will broadcast the Whitney, Go for Wand, Diana and Alfred G. Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. next Saturday. These races are part Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. The winner of the races
automatically qualifies for the Breeders’ Cup.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, ESPN will televise the Darley Test at 5 p.m.
The Travers is on ESPN at 4:30 p.m., along with the King’s Bishop and Bernard Baruch.
After 27 years at CBS and calling 34 straight Final Fours, Billy Packer is out of a job.
CBS named Clark Kellogg its new lead college basketball analyst on Monday. He’ll replace Packer, who has been a fixture on college basketball national telecasts for over three decades.
Kellogg has been a studio analyst for CBS for 16 years.
“With his unquestioned popularity and performance over the years, Clark Kellogg earned all rights to this top spot,” CBS Sports and News president Sean McManus said in a statement. “Like Billy Packer, Al McGuire or any of the most highly regarded broadcasters, Clark is an original voice with his own style and perspective. We have been proud to have him lead our studio presence for many years, and look forward to his fresh impact on CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball for years to come.”
We first saw Packer on NBC. Teamed with play-by-play man Dick Enberg and former Marquette coach Al McGuire, the trio entertained fans with their knowledge and wit. When CBS got the rights to the NCAA tournament beginning in 1982, Packer moved there.
“Billy Packer has set the standard of excellence for over 30 years,” McManus. “I can’t express how important he has been, not only to CBS Sports and it’s coverage of college basketball, but also to the growth of this great sport. It is almost impossible to over-estimate his passion, knowledge and commitment to the game.”
The third major of the men’s golf season, the British Open, will be on TNT and ABC this weekend. TNT will have early coverage of the third round at 7 a.m. today, and 6 a.m. Sunday. ABC (WTEN Ch. 10) picks up the coverage at 9 a.m. today, and 8 a.m. Sunday. Without Tiger Woods in the tournament, this will be a true test to see if golf and non-golf fans tune in. Woods’ season ended shortly after he won the U.S. Open because of a knee injury. . . .
There is a horse racing double-header on TV today. At 5 p.m., CBS (WRGB Ch. 6) has the Virginia Derby and Virginia Oaks. ESPN2 carries the San Diego Handicap and Osunitas Handicap at 7 p.m. . . .
The NFL Network named New York Giants play-by-play announcer Bob Papa as its “Thursday Night Football” announcer. He replaces Bryant Gumbel, who decided not to return for a third season.
More from The Daily Gazette: