When ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM) unceremoniously fired host Brian Sinkoff two years ago from his afternoon drive show, a lot of the local sportstalk seemed to be abandoned by the station.
Thankfully, the station is making up for that.
On Thursday, WTMM announced that former YNN sportscaster Joe Calderone would co-host the station’s afternoon drive show starting Monday. The show, which will air from 3 to 7 p.m., will be called “Joe and Brix.” Brix is Pierce Brix, who hosted the now-on-hiatus Sunday morning program “Cover 2” and had produced the previous afternoon drive show, “Game On with Bruce Jacobs.”
Calderone’s ties to the Capital Region — he is a Broadalbin native — was a big factor in the station’s decision to hire him.
“Joe is well-known in this area, and knows so many people,” said WTMM brand manager Armen Williams, who is on from 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays. “We wanted to have someone that had those local ties. When I met Joe for the first time for lunch, the entire interview we talked about the local sports scene and what it means to him, and what this area means to him.
“We’re still going to talk about the main regional headlines between the Yankees, Giants, Jets, Mets and Rangers. But we also feel that when there are local headlines, Joe Calderone is our guy to fully dissect it and get that heartbeat of the Capital Region.”
But Calderone understands that he and Brix can’t focus the entire four hours on local sports.
“The philosophy is pseudo-local,” Calderone said. “That means talk Giants, talk Jets, talk Bills, talk Knicks, talk all those teams. But at the same time, when an event warrants it, then you talk about. When you have the Albany Cup [the
Siena-UAlbany basketball games], talk about the Albany Cup. When Union and RPI hockey are playing each other. I saw the story the other day about them hosting Michigan [in 2015-16]. You talk about those things, but not on an everyday basis. Even though we are local, but the majority of the people don’t want to hear it everyday, all the time.”
Calderone, who had three tryouts with WTMM, is excited to get started.
“For eight or nine years, I was known for doing TV,” Calderone said. “I loved doing TV, but if anyone knows me, I loved doing radio. The only thing that ever got me out way back in the day was the pay [stunk].”
football tv schedule
Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week. Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses. Announcing teams are subject to change.
FOX23 (WXXA) — N.Y. Giants at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch/Erin Andrews); Philadelphia at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
CBS6 (WRGB) — N.Y. Jets at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf).
NBC13 (WNYT) — New England at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Baltimore at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts); Cincinnat at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon); Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots); Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota at London, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms); Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); Seattle at Houston, 1 p.m. (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); Arizona at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (Sam Rosen/Heath Evans/Molly McGrath); Washington at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Ronde Barber/Kris Budden); Dallas at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa).
ESPN — Miami at New Orleans, 8:25 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network — Buffalo at Cleveland, 8:25 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ABC10 (WTEN) — South Carolina at UCF, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); Florida State at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake); Wisconsin at Ohio State, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
ESPN — Oklahoma State at West Virginia, noon (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); Mississippi at Alabama, 6:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Stanford at Washington State, 10 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor).
ESPN2 — Northern Illinois at Purdue, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Iowa at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Texas A&M at Arkansas, 7 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Kaylee Hartung); Southern California at Arizona State, 10:30 p.m. (Dave Flemming/Mike Bellotti/Allison Williams).
ESPNU — Miami at South Florida, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Wake Forest at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer/Brooke Weisbrod); Florida at Kentucky, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport); Southern Miss at Boise State, 10:15 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante).
FS1 — SMU at Texas Christian, noon (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece); Louisiana Tech vs. Army, 4 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga).
MSG — South Alabama at Tennessee, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MY4 (WNYA) — East Carolina at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).
YES — Virginia at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth).
BTN — Miami (Ohio) at Illinois, 1 p.m. (Eric Collins/Chuck Long/J. Leman).
ESPN3 — Bryant at Wagner, 1 p.m.; Hampton at South Carolina State, 2 p.m.; Charlotte at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.; Akron at Bowling Green, 2:30 p.m. (Michael Reghi/Rocky Boiman); Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois, 2:30 p.m.; Toledo at Ball State, 3 p.m. (Jim Barbar/John Gregory); Troy at Duke, 3 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/John Bunting); Central Michigan at N.C. State, 3:30 p.m. (John Sadak/Al Groh); Connecticut at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Picozzi/KC Keeler); Kent State at Western Michigan, 7 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Dustin Fox); Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Stan Lewter); Youngstown State at Southern Illinois, 7 p.m.; Angelo State at Valdosta State, 7 p.m.; Kentucky-Wesleyan at Liberty, 7 p.m.; Arkansas State at Missouri, 7:30 p.m. (Matt Stewart/Chris Doering/Angela Mallen).
ESPNEWS — Navy at Western Kentucky, 2 p.m. (Mark Neely/Ray Bentley).
MSG Plus — Houston at Texas-San Antonio, 4 p.m. (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger/JC Pearson).
CBS6 — LSU at Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (Verner Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
NBC13 — Oklahoma at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
CBSSN — Texas-El Paso at Colorado State, 3:30 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Adam Archuleta/Evan Washburn); Air Force at Nevada, 8 p.m. (Andrew Catalon/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).
Pac-12 — Colorado at Oregon State, 3 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage); California at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent).
FOX23 — Arizona State at Washington, 7 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).
FOX College Sports Atlantic — Florida Atlantic at Rice, 7 p.m. (Brendan Burke/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).
NBCSN — Brown at Harvard, 7:30 p.m. (Randy Moss/Ross Tucker).
SNY — James Madison at Delaware, 7:30 p.m. (Scott Graham/Brad Jackson).
FOX College Sports Pacific — San Diego State at New Mexico State, 8 p.m. (Jay Sanderson/Danny Knee/Vincent Conway).
ESPN — Texas at Iowa State, 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Ponder).
ESPNU — Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Monroe, 7:30 p.m. (Mark Neely/Jay Walker).
CBSSN — Harding at Southern Arkansas, 8 p.m. (Brent Stover/Corey Chavous/Lisa Byington).
FS1 — UCLA at Utah, 10 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Petros Papadakis and Joel Klatt/Kristina Pink).
ESPN — Nevada at San Diego State, 9 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).
State finals on TWC
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced Thursday which fall state championships will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Here is the list.
Nov. 4: Girls’ tennis, singles and doubles finals (tape delay).
Nov. 15-16: Football — West Regional quarterfinals Section V vs. VI (all five classes live).
Nov. 16-17: Boys’ soccer finals (all five classes live).
Nov. 22-23: Football East and West semifinals (all five classes live).
Nov. 29 and Dec. 1: Football championships (all five classes live).
The NYSPHSAA and TWC recently signed a 10-year partnership to broadcast high school state finals, semifinals and quarterfinals (regionals) each year, ultimately with all its 32 championship events being broadcast on television or the Internet within the next few years.
NBCSN begins its NHL coverage at 8 p.m. Tuesday when the Washington Capitals visit the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks. NBC announced that NBCSN will launch two new NHL shows on Oct. 9. “NHL Rivals” will delve into the storied history between many of the “Wednesday Night Rivalry” matchups. The show will air at 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays, with a re-air at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. At 11 p.m. on Tuesdays, “NHL Top 10” looks into some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. . . .
TBS begins coverage of the Major League Baseball playoffs Tuesday night with the National League wild-card game. Sunday will mark the debut of TBS’ new playoff studio team of Keith Olbermann, Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci. TBS will show the Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds at 1 p.m. . . .
WTMM will broadcast nearly every MLB postseason game. . . .
In other WTMM news, the station will be home, once again, of the Albany Devils. WTMMwill carry 38 games, starting with next Sunday’s contest at the Hartford Wolf Pack. . . .
MSG Plus has two horse races this weekend. At 5 p.m. today, it’s the Jockey Club Gold Cup Day. On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., it’s the Matron and Futurity.