Julie Alexandria not returning as Padres sideline reporter

Julie Alexandria, the Padres’ sideline reporter for Fox Sports San Diego, is not returning to the network this upcoming season and will pursue other opportunities, the Union-Tribune has learned. Alexandria spent the 2016 season as FSSD’s sideline reporter. She arrived in San Diego having worked in both sports and entertainment broadcasting, including as the Washington Nationals’ sideline reporter for MASN and a college football sideline reporter for Fox. Alexandria has also hosted Mets Weekly for SportsNet New York, as well as shows for MTV and OK! TV. The Padres have looked at internal options to fill the sideline role. Bob Scanlan, a multimedia analyst for the team, has been discussed. The former major league pitcher is a familiar face for Padres fans; he worked as a pre- and postgame host for telecasts on Channel 4 San Diego, and spent four seasons as a color analyst on Padres radio broadcasts. Scanlan’s playing career spanned nine seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Detroit, Kansas City, Houston and Montreal. While the Padres’ full broadcast team for 2017 has not been officially announced, play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo and color analyst Mark Grant will return to the FSSD booth. Padres Live host Mike Pomeranz and analyst Mark Sweeney are also returning. Michelle Margaux will host her second season of Padres POV. Ted Leitner and Jesse Agler are back in the radio booth, now for FM 949; the Padres are beginning a five-year deal with a new rights partner, Entercom. Rich Herrera, who has hosted pre- and postgame shows for the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, will be the pregame show host and senior executive producer for Padres Radio. Continue Reading

Major changes made at San Diego radio stations FM 949 and 91X

The San Diego radio scene experienced its second shake-up of the new year with the Tuesday disclosure that the popular Cantore + Woods weekly morning show on KBZT FM 949 has been canceled. The move came less than two weeks after rival station XETRA 91X announced the departure of program director Michael Halloran on Jan .11. No official announcement has been made by either station. KBZT General Manager Bob Bollinger and 91X General Manager Gregg Wolfson did not respond when asked to comment by the Union-Tribune. The three-hour Cantore + Woods morning drive show was co-hosted by local radio veterans Chris Cantore and Steven Woods. The two teamed up in 2011 for a podcast that aired online at utsandiego.com, which was owned by the Union-Tribune. The two became morning fixtures at KBZT in 2015. Halloran began his tenure at 91X in 1987. He later worked for KBZT before returning to 91X. Cantore got his start in San Diego radio at KFMB in 1994, then moved to 91X in 1997 for 11 years. His tenure at 91X did not overlap with Halloran’s. “My only comment would be I love my 91X family,” Halloran said Wednesday. “They treated me with respect. I am grateful.” Cantore said he was not surprised KBZT ended the Cantore + Woods show. Asked why, he replied: “No comment.” KBZT is owned by Entercom, which also owns 19 sports-only stations nationwide. Cantore dismissed speculation KBZT’s decision to end the Cantore + Woods show was related to the station becoming the new radio broadcast partner for the San Diego Padres baseball team. “I can confidently say the Padres had nothing to do with the decision. In fact, the Padres were surprised to learn the news,” he said. Cantore and Woods are now in joint discussions with other area  broadcast companies. Cantore plans to soon launch YEW! Media, a San Diego-based Continue Reading

Controversial radio host Dan Sileo will not be involved with Padres

According to a Padres spokesperson, the team has been “assured” that its radio content for the upcoming season will not include controversial sports-talk host Dan Sileo. Sileo recently left The Mighty 1090 and, according to people familiar with the situation, likely will join Entercom, the Padres’ radio partner. The possibility exists that Sileo, in a yet-to-be-announced capacity, and Padres games will be carried on the same station. Entercom operates several stations in San Diego. They include FM 94.9, the Padres’ home last season, and Energy 97.3, a potential destination for 2018. Both sides have considered a change in format. Bob Bolinger, vice president/market manager of Entercom San Diego, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. The Padres do not have input on Entercom hires, and Sileo will not be a club employee. Per their agreement, Entercom also supplies the personnel and format for pre- and post-game shows. The Padres determine in-game content. Radio broadcasters Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr. are expected to return in 2018. Speculation — and, in some circles, outcry — about Sileo’s next job has heightened, even as Sileo has increased his activity on social media. On Thursday, Sileo joined the masses chiming in on reports that President Donald Trump slurred immigrants from certain countries, tweeting a link to a news story along with the following comment: “TELL me this is NOT FUNNY!!” Sileo, who has a history of controversial statements, faced allegations of racism, sexism and anti-Semitism in prior workplaces. Between 2012 and 2013, he was fired by three Florida radio stations, once for remarks he made on air and twice for things he tweeted. He landed with The Mighty 1090, the Padres’ former flagship station, in early 2014. “I’ve stepped on my(self) so many times in this business,” Sileo told the Union-Tribune in an interview that year. “But I Continue Reading