Former Ch. 13 sports anchor and talk radio host Colin Cowherd will replace Tony Kornheiser on ESPN Radio starting March 29.
Cowherd's show will be called The Herd, and will air 10-1 weekdays (a West coast-only hour will air 9-10). In the Tampa Bay area, he will be heard on WQYK-AM 1010 from 11-1.
He joins ESPN Radio from KFXX-AM 910 in Portland, Ore., where he hosted The Herd during morning drive time. He also anchored weeknight sports and Sports Sunday for KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8, the station he left Tampa for in 1996.
Cowherd was a popular local host for WZTM-AM 820 when it was the only sportstalk station in town. He was on the morning show and was one of the most insightful hosts the station had. He also received a local Sports Emmy for Buc Sunday while at Ch. 13.
What's that blue line?
Sunshine will give viewers the basics and more Saturday during the Lightning game vs. Washington when it presents a special Hockey 101 telecast.
Sunshine said it will provide casual and die-hard fans with "extensive information, education and insight in strategy and the nuances of the game." It will use graphics, features from referee Terry Gregson and Lightning associate coach Craig Ramsey, and Lightning broadcast team Rick Peckham and Bobby Taylor will break down the rules, plays and strategy of a hockey game as it happens. Forward/center Tim Taylor will be wired for sound during the telecast.
Game coverage begins at 7:30 p.m.
USA Olympic pitcher Jennie Finch will be featured Sunday at 1:30 during the All-Star Softball Game on NBC.
Finch, the NCAA record-holder of 60 consecutive wins for Arizona, strikes out all six major-leaguers she faces: the Mets' Mike Piazza, the Cardinals' Albert Pujols, the Braves' Marcus Giles, the Padres' Brian Giles and A's Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson.
Giles was miked for the event, and can be heard saying "I've never been so nervous in my life" as he steps in to face Finch. After showing how his hand was shaking, he struck out on three pitches.
It's a good weekend for golf fans, who can follow the story of the year so far in John Daly on USA's taped coverage of the Chrysler Classic of Tucson (Sat.-Sun., 11 p.m.), or ABC/ESPN's coverage of the Match Play Championship from La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
ESPN will cover the quarterfinal matches from 10:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, with ABC taking over the semifinals at 3. The first 18 holes of Sunday's 36-hole championship match will be covered by ESPN2 from 10-1:30, with ABC covering the final 18 from 2-6.
Quote of the week
"His talent level is probably greater than anybody's on the PGA Tour. And that includes players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. I think John Daly is the most talented player I've ever played with." - Peter Jacobsen commenting on Daly's resurgence during a recent interview on USA.