Sunday, July 02, 2000

SPORTS on TV-RADIO


UC radio needs to keep Machock

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UC basketball broadcasts without Chuck Machock? That's like Reds games without Joe Nuxhall.

        There are a lot of people who would endorse getting rid of either. But there are a lot of loyal fans — make that very loyal fans — who want to hear Chuck and Nuxie. Neither is a great broadcaster, but Nuxhall is part of the Reds, and Machock is part of UC basketball.

        While Nuxhall's job is safe as long as he wants it, Machock may not be back on UC broadcasts for the 2000-01 season.

        Darryl Parks, Clear Channel's AM operations chief here, would not go so far as to say Machock is definitely out.

        “That's not totally true,” Parks said.

        Dan Hoard was hired to do UC basketball and football on WLW-AM (700). He replaces George Von Benko.

        Machock was vacationing in Ireland and could not be reached.

        UC basketball coach Bob Huggins will not let Machock go without a fight. Machock and Huggins go way back. Machock has been the radio analyst for seven years. Before that, he was on Huggins' staff at UC. Before that, they were assistants together at Ohio State.

        Machock is the guy Huggins goes to to talk basketball when the Bearcats are struggling.

        Machock spends too much time complaining about officials when he does UC games, but his insights into what Huggins might do next are always on the mark.

        UC FOOTBALL: Jim Kelly, the UC football analyst, probably is out as well.

        Look for Tom Dinkel, the WLW weekend talker, to be paired with Hoard.

        “I'm definitely interested,” Dinkel said. “I've always gone to games anyway. I've done high school games. It's like being part of the game again.”

        FOX HIRE: Fox Sports Net has hired its reporter for the Cincinnati area. Jim Day, a reporter/anchor for a station in Tampa, Fla., will be FSN's man in Cincinnati for the Regional Sports Report, which will be launched July 31.

        Day has an Ohio background. He worked for two stations in Columbus, and he is a graduate of Otterbein.

        FSN also hired Andy Baskin and Kerry Sayers as reporters. They will be based in Cleveland. Rob Kunz was hired to produce the show from FSN's Chicago hub.

        FSN is close to hiring a videographer to be stationed here.

        OLYMPIC UPDATE: While NBC is airing its neatly packaged, made-for-TV Olympics, its cable partners will be showing actual competition.

        CNBC and MSNBC will be on the air 11 hours a day. CNBC will cover the Games from 5-9 p.m. weekdays and 4-9 p.m. weekends.

        MSNBC will be on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends.

        The cable outlets will air boxing, baseball, beach volleyball, women's softball and the other sports NBC shoves aside to give you gymnastics, gymnastics and more gymnastics.

        WALL-TO-WALL BALL: ESPN and ESPN2 will have a menu of six baseball games for the Fourth of July. ESPN will air Baltimore at the New York Yankees at 1p.m., Colorado at San Francisco at 4p.m., and Arizona at Houston at 8p.m.

        ESPN2 has Pittsburgh at Chicago at 2p.m., Montreal at Atlanta at 7p.m., and Seattle at Anaheim at 10p.m.

        The Reds' game at St.Louis is the prime game at 2p.m., but it's blacked out here because it is on Fox Sports Net.

        John Fay covers radio/TV sports for The Enquirer. He can be reached at (513) 768-8445.

       



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