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Romano heads up Social Media at ESPN

Romano heads up Social Media at ESPN

You always like to see people from the Capital Region who are woking in the media have successful ca

You always like to see people from the Capital Region who are woking in the media have successful careers.

Jason Romano, a 1991 Ravena-Coey­mans-Selkirk High School graduate, is on that path.

On Wednesday, ESPN promoted Romano to senior manager of Social Media. Romano, who had been a talent producer at ESPN since 2003, will start his new job Nov. 18 He will be overseeing all of ESPN’s NFL Social Media.

He started his career at WGY-AM (810) from 1997-2000. He was the afternoon producer of the “Mark Williams Show” from 1997-98, and then the executive producer of the “Don Weeks Morning Show” from 1998-2000.

Romano joined ESPN Radio in 2000, and then moved to the TV side as a talent producer in December 2003.

“I’m very excited,” Romano said. “I’m really looking forward to growing the ESPN NFL brand in a new medium. Social Media is the future.”

And he’s right. We conducted an interview through a series of direct messages on Twitter Wednesday night,

“I believe social media will be a lot of fun,” Romano said. “A chance to do some things that, maybe, you can’t do on TV, but without compromising the brand.”

Dunham dies

Jim Durham, the play-by-play announcer for the NBA on ESPN Radio, died last Sunday at the age of 65.

Before joining ESPN Radio in 1996, Durham was the voice of the Chicago Bulls. He was there for Michael Jordan’s first seven seasons, and called Jordan’s game-winning, buzzer-beating shot that eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 NBA playoffs.

“Jim was the voice of the Bulls for 18 years and he was the best at calling a basketball game I ever heard,” Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “I loved the energy he brought to our broadcasts, the way he painted a word picture of what was happening on the court which made you feel like you were there, and his sense of humor.”

Durham’s last assignment was the season-opening game between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat on Oct. 30.

Last year, Durham received the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.

Football schedules

Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.

Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:



FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — N.Y. Giants at Cincinnati 1 p.m. (Thom Bren­naman/Brian Billick /Laura Okmin); Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — N.Y. Jets at Seattle, 4 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon).

NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — Houston at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).


ESPN and ESPN HD — Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).


NFL Network and NFL HD — Miami at Buffalo, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).



Time Warner Cable SportsChannel-50 and TWCS-1803 HD — Cincinnati at Temple, noon (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Paul Carcaterra).

ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Louisville at Syracuse, noon (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Maria Taylor); Penn State at Neb­raska, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); Notre Dame at Boston College, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).

CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Arkansas at South Carolina, noon (Tim Brando/Steve Beuerlein/Marty Snider); Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).

ESPN and ESPN HD — Northwestern at Michigan, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese-/Jenn Brown); Mississippi State at LSU, 7 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Oregon at California, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Samantha Steele).

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Wisconsin at Ind­iana, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Niki Noto); West Virginia at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Lamont/Kelly Stouffer); Georgia at Auburn, 7 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Allison Williams); UCLA at Washington State, 10:30 p.m. (Adam Amin/Tom Luginbill/Shelley Smith).

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Army at Rutgers, noon (Joe Beninati/Peter Najarian/George Smith); Maryland at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Vanderbilt at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Angela Mallen); Idaho at BYU, 10:15 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).

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

MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Kansas at Texas Tech, noon (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox); Baylor at Oklahoma, 3:30 p.m. (Steve Physioc/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman); Southern Mississippi at SMU, 7 p.m. (Ron Thulin/Dave Lapham/Desmond Purnell).

YES and YES HD — Princeton at Yale, noon (Chris Shearn/Jack Ford/Ross Tucker).

NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — Harvard at Penn, noon (Randy Moss/Ross Tucker/Marshall Harris); Air Force at San Diego State, 3:30 p.m. (Ari Wolfe/Blaine Fowler); Boise State at Hawaii, 7 p.m. (Paul Burmeister/Rod Woodson); Fresno State at Nevada, 10:30 p.m. (Todd Harris/Anthony Herron).

Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Purdue at Iowa, noon (Josh Lewin/Chris Martin/­J Leman); Minnesota at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/Jon Jansen).

FOX College Sports Atlantic — St. Francis (Pa.) at Monmouth, noon (Paul Dottino/Steve Levy); Central Florida at Texas-El Paso, 7 p.m. (Mike Gleason/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).

FOX College Sports Pacific — Southeast Missouri at Eastern Illinois, noon (Bob Belvin/Kevin Ingram).

ESPN3 — Miami at Virginia, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi), Louisiana-Lafayette at Florida, noon (Mike Morgan/Chris Doering); Kent State at Miami (Ohio), 1 p.m.; Florida Atlantic at Western Kentucky, 1 p.m.; Northern Iowa at South Dakota, 1 p.m.; Gardner-Webb at Charleston Southern, 1:30 p.m.; Chattanooga at Wofford, 1:30 p.m.; Youngstown State at Western Illinois, 2 p.m.; Wake Forest at North Car­olina State, 3 p.m. (Mike Hogewood/Keith Jones/Jenn Hildreth); Navy at Troy, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Weekley/Forest Conoly); Stony Brook at Liberty, 3:30 p.m.; San Jose State at New Mexico State, 3:30 p.m.

MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Georgia Tech at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (Tim Brandt/Dave Archer).

CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Colgate at Lehigh, 12:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Todd Christensen/Evan Washburn); Tulsa at Houston, 5 p.m. (James Bates/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).

FX and FX HD — Colorado at Arizona,

1:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker).

FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Oregon State at Stanford, 3 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis); Kansas State at Texas Christian, 7 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria).

Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — Ariz­ona State at Southern California, 3 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece); Utah at Washington, 10:15 p.m. (Kevin Cal­abro/Adam Archuleta/Yogi Roth).

FOX College Sports Central — South Dakota State at North Dakota State. 3:30 p.m. (Brian Shawn/Lee Timmerman/Kevin Feeney)

Time Warner Cable SportsNet-696 and TWCSN-1707 HD — UNLV at Colorado State, 7 p.m. (Tim Neverett/and Jay Leeuwenbur).


ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Toledo at Northern Illinois, 8 p.m.

ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Ohio at Ball State, 8 p.m.


ESPN and ESPN HD — North Carolina at Virginia, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).


ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Hawaii at Air Force, 9:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).

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