MLB playoff TV broadcast records

In the 67 years that Major League Baseball has aired national broadcasts on television and radio, there have been 196 announcers who have drawn the assignments. A total of 68 have appeared only on television, 89 have worked exclusively on radio and only 39 have performed in both mediums.
When ESPN presents Wednesday’s National League wild-card playoff between San Francisco and Pittsburgh, there will be two newcomers to the TV playoff ranks: Dan Shulman and John Kruk. Shulman is no stranger to the MLB playoffs, having called 35 different playoff series for ESPN Radio since 1998. Kruk, who has never called a playoff game, will also make his playoff radio debut on the Washington-wild card NL Division Series. Tom Verducci also makes his playoff booth debut for Fox, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network.
The reigning all-time champ is Tim McCarver, who worked 310 playoff games on ABC, CBS and Fox, from his 1985 debut on ABC’s World Series between the Royals and Cardinals, to his final national call on Fox’s 2013 World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals.
The active leader is Joe Buck, whose 221 broadcasts have all come on Fox. He will have the call of the National League Championship Series (for the 10th time) and the World Series (for the 15th consecutive year and 17th time overall).
With his call of Saturday’s NLDS game between Los Angeles and St. Louis, Bob Costas will move into a tie for fifth place at 86 telecasts with Bob Brenly. Working only for MLB Network, Costas will not likely reach the 100-game mark, which includes Joe Morgan (104) and the late Curt Gowdy (100).
The quick riser is Ron Darling, who has called 65 playoff telecasts on TBS since 2007. At age 54, Darling could reach the 100-game mark by 2017 or 2018.

All-time playoff games on national TV
310 – Tim McCarver
221 – Joe Buck
104 – Joe Morgan
100 – Curt Gowdy
86 – Bob Brenly
85 – Bob Costas
84 – Joe Garagiola
82 – Tony Kubek
79 – Vin Scully
73 – Al Michaels
65 – Ron Darling
63 – Mel Allen; Jim Palmer
61 – Thom Brennaman
50 – Steve Lyons
49 – Howard Cosell
48 – Jon Miller
45 – Buck Martinez
43 – Keith Jackson; Dick Stockton
41 – John Smoltz
37 – Bob Uecker
36 – Tom Seaver
34 – Brian Anderson
32 – Joe Simpson
30 – Ernie Johnson; Jim Kaat
29 – Chris Berman; Don Drysdale
28 – Don Orsillo
26 – Jim Simpson
25 – Sean McDonough
24 – Jack Buck; Chip Caray
23 – Dick Enberg; Rick Sutcliffe
17 – Tony Gwynn; Russ Hodges; Sandy Koufax; Cal Ripken Jr.
16 – Reggie Jackson
15 – Jim Britt; Earl Weaver
14 – Jack Brickhouse; Harry Caray; Al Leiter; Maury Wills
13 – Red Barber; Dave O’Brien
10 – Greg Gumbel; Josh Lewin; Monte Moore; Bob Prince
9 – Lou Piniella; Chuck Thompson
8 – Ray Knight
7 – Bret Boone; Luis Gonzalez; Al Helfer; Ray Scott
6 – Jeff Brantley; Lindsey Nelson
5 – Johnny Bench; Marty Brennaman; Rex Hudler; David Justice; Brent Musburger; Harold Reynolds; Victor Rojas; Gary Thorne
4 – Sparky Anderson; Gary Bender; Ken Coleman; Dennis Eckersley; Eric Karros; Wes Parker
3 – Rod Allen; Skip Caray; Larry Dierker; Tommy Hutton; George Kell; Tommy Lasorda; Billy Martin; Ned Martin; Mike Piazza; Ted Robinson; Bill Slater; Steve Stone; Don Sutton; Pete VanWieren
2 – Kenny Albert; Dave Campbell; Joe Carter; Bob Edge; Terry Francona; Orel Hershiser; Jim McIntyre; Bill O’Donnell; Steve Phillips; Kirby Puckett; Phil Rizzuto; Frank Robinson; Bob Stanton; Matt Vasgersian
1 – Jose Mota; Mel Proctor; Steve Zabriskie
NEW – Dan Shulman; John Kruk; Tom Verducci
Red names are 2014 announcers;
Purple names are deceased

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ESPN announces MLB playoff teams

ESPN will utilize Dan Shulman, John Kruk and reporters Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian for Wednesday’s National League Wild-Card playoff between San Francisco and Pittsburgh.
ESPN Radio will use Dave O’Brien and Aaron Boone on the Giants-Pirates game, and Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton on the American League Wild-Card game between Oakland and Kansas City on Tuesday.
For the divisional series, ESPN Radio has assigned Sciambi and SIngleton to the Anaheim-wild card series and Chris Berman (games 1 and 2), Dave Flemming (games 3-5) and Rick Sutcliffe for the Detroit-Baltimore series. In the National League, O’Brien is paired with John Kruk on the Washington-wild card series and Shulman gets Boone for the Los Angeles-St. Louis series.

Last year, Sciambi and Singleton called the Red Sox-Rays series (Boston 3 games to 1); Michael Kay and Boone called the Tigers-A’s series (Detroit 3-2); Flemming and Sutcliffe called the Cardinals-Pirates series (St. Louis 3-2); and, Shulman and Orel Hershiser called the Dodgers-Braves series (Los Angeles 3-1). For the wild cards, Sciambi and Singleton called the Rays-Indians and Shulman and Hershiser called the Pirates-Reds.

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Army hockey to air 30 games on radio this season

The Army hockey team will have 30 games aired on local radio in 2014-15, and four exclusively on the Internet for America One video webstreaming (Oct. 17, Dec. 30, Jan. 9, Feb. 20).
Fishkill radio station WBNR (1260-AM) and Peekskill station WLNA (1420-AM) will carry the bulk of the games, with new radio partner WBPM (92.9-FM) of Kingston/Saugerties carrying four games (Nov. 14, 15, 22; Dec. 5).
Nikolai Busko will call the radio games, and Zack Daly has the call of the four America One games.

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Mets stick with WPIX for two more years

The New York Mets have forged an extension with WPIX-11 to carry 25 regular-season games and four spring training games per season in 2016 and 2017.
The Mets have made WPIX their over-the-air station  since the start of the 1999 season. For their first 37 seasons (1962-98) the Mets appeared on WOR (and later WWOR) channel 9.
As has been the case since its inception in 2006, SportsNet New York (SNY) will continue to produce the telecasts for WPIX.

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Knicks games easy to find on MSG

MSG Networks will present New York Knicks basketball on the MSG channel throughout the season, except for seven exclusive games on TNT and ABC.
The New York Rangers, though, will require some searching on certain nights. Four Rangers games will appear on the overflow MSG 2 channel, and two games will appear on MSG Plus (the home for Devils and Islanders hockey).

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NHL preseason hockey on TV

The NHL season is closer than you think!
MSG Networks plan on broadcasting all six Rangers preseason games, two of which involve separate Devils telecasts, and a Devils-Islanders tilt from the Islanders’ future home at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The NHL Network will also televise a game almost every night through the preseason.
Here is the preseason TV schedule:
Sunday, Sept. 21
Buffalo-Washington, 5 p.m. (NHL Network)

Monday, Sept. 22
Devils-Rangers, 7 p.m. (MSG, MSG Plus; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)

Tuesday, Sept. 23
Philadelphia-Toronto, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
San Jose-Vancouver, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)

Wednesday, Sept. 24
Arizona-Calgary, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Thursday, Sept. 25
Anaheim-Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

Friday, Sept. 26
Boston-Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
Devils-Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (MSG Plus)
Rangers-Chicago, 8:30 p.m. (MSG)
Calgary-Vancouver, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)

Saturday, Sept. 27
Columbus-Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. (NHL Network)
Winnipeg-Minnesota, 8 p.m. (NHL Network)

Sunday, Sept. 28
Buffalo-Toronto, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)

Monday, Sept. 29
Philadelphia-Rangers, 7 p.m. (MSG; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)
Arizona-Vancouver, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Rangers-Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (MSG, TCN Philly; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets)

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Pittsburgh-Detroit, 7:30 p.m. (NHL Network)

Thursday, Oct. 2
Philadelphia-Washington, 7 p.m. (NHL Network-blacked out in Philly market; CSN Philly)
Vancouver-Edmonton, 9 p.m. (NHL Network)

Friday, Oct. 3
Chicago-Rangers, 7 p.m. (MSG; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)

Saturday, Oct. 4
Detroit-Boston, 5:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
Rangers-Devils, 7 p.m. (MSG, MSG Plus; NHL Network-blacked out in N.Y. market)
Colorado-Los Angeles, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)

Sunday, Oct. 5
Carolina-Washington, 3 p.m. (NHL Network)

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Time Warner to televise 4 Section 9 football games

Time Warner Cable will broadcast three Section 9 football games this fall.
The games are: Sept. 12, Minisink Valley at Pine Bush; Sept. 26, Monroe-Woodbury at Newburgh Free Academy; Oct. 24, Wallkill at Cornwall; Nov. 8, Section 9 Class AA final
In addition, the Eastern semifinals from Dietz Stadium will be televised: Nov. 21, Class D (4 p.m.), Class A (8 p.m.); Nov. 22, Class C (11 a.m.), Class B (3 p.m.), Class AA (7 p.m.)
Time Warner will also televise the state finals from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse: Nov. 28, Class D (12 p.m.), Class A (3 p.m.); Nov. 29, Class C (1 p.m.); Class AA (3 p.m.); Class B (6 p.m.).

Time Warner’s football telecasts from the Section 9 games will not be webstreamed, but the weekly Section 2 (Albany area) games are webstreamed. Check out local listings for those games.

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Minisink, Pine Bush football on TWC Sports

The Minisink Valley-Pine Bush football game on Friday, Sept. 12, will air live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 323.
There’s no word yet on other upcoming Section 9 contests on TWC Sports.

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NEC Front Row back for another season

The Northeast Conference provides free webcasts of athletic events on a service called NEC Front Row.
Army volleyball’s match at Bryant on Friday (7 p.m.) and Marist’s football game at Sacred Heart on Saturday (6 p.m.) are among the early highlights. Other games include: Marist men’s soccer at Sacred Heart (Sept. 13, 12 p.m.) and Army men’s basketball at St. Francis-NY (Nov. 19, 7 p.m.).

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NBC group to air 25 college hockey games

The NBC Sports Group plans to broadcast 25 college hockey games this season, including 20 Notre Dame home games and six Hockey East games.
The NBC Sports Network schedule:
Fri. Oct. 17 – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 18 – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.; Sat. Oct. 25 – Niagara at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.; Fri. Oct. 31 – Vermont at Notre Dame, 8 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 7 – Boston University at Boston College, 8 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 21 – UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 5 – Boston College at New Hampshire, 8 p.m.; Sat. Dec. 6 – Maine at UMass-Lowell, 8 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 3 – Union at Boston University, 7 p.m.; Fri. Jan. 9 – Dartmouth at New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Jan. 10 – Western Michigan at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.; Harvard vs. Yale (at Madison Square Garden), 8:15 p.m.; Fri. Jan. 16 – Connecticut at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Jan. 17 – Massachusetts at New Hampshire, 6:30 p.m.; Sat. Jan. 31 – New Hampshire at Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 13 – Providence at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Feb. 14 – Providence at Notre Dame, 8 p.m.; Fri. Feb. 27 – Boston College at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. Feb. 28 – Boston College at Notre Dame, 6 p.m.

Schedule for
Fri. Oct. 10 – RPI at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. Oct. 12 – Minnesota at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.; Fri. Oct. 24 – Niagara at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 1 – Vermont at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.; Thur. Nov. 20 – UMass-Lowell at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 28 – Union at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 29 – Second round of Notre Dame’s Shillelagh tournament, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 30 – New Hampshire at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.

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