In Miami, Barry Jackson notes Heat radio play-by-play announcer Mike Inglis has "retired from broadcasting," ending a 23-year run in that position. Inglis, who missed only five games in his 23 seasons with the Heat, "lives primarily in the Naples area and had grown weary of the traveling to home games." The Heat intend to "continue producing separate television and radio broadcasts," but a successor for Inglis "was not named." Heat TV studio host Jason Jackson is "among possible replacements" (MIAMI HERALD, 9/8).
CONTINUING TRADITION: In Richmond, Chris Wilbers writes NBC "deserves another tip of the cap in continuing its tradition" of having Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty "call the second stage of its Darlington Cup race." Sunday's NASCAR event "wasn’t considered the throwback race this year," but the trio "brought viewers back in time and helped break up a four-hour broadcast into more digestible pieces." One hopes Fox can "talk Darrell Waltrip into visiting the broadcast booth next spring because nuances such as that add much more to the broadcast than having the regular crew wearing bell bottoms" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 9/8).
NEW ASSIGNMENTS: ESPN’s NFL Nation this season will feature a new Bills reporter, Alaina Getzenberg, and a new assignment for ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, who has moved to Miami to cover the Dolphins. Prior to joining ESPN, Getzenberg covered the Panthers for the Charlotte Observer (ESPN).