People & Personalities: Steve Somers' time short at WFAN

WFAN’s Steve Somers, the station’s longest-serving daily host, this morning said he will be leaving the station "sooner rather than later." On Long Island, Neil Best notes Somers “described the decision as a ‘mutual thing’" and stressed he was not getting fired. Somers, who currently hosts from 11:00pm-2:00am, declined a “return to his old overnight shift.” Somers: “They made it clear that they wanted to keep me around, but the bottom line is the time period" (NEWSDAY, 10/21).

SOCAL STYLE: In L.A., Kevin Baxer writes longtime Galaxy play-by-play voice Joe Tutino will become the “dean of Southern California sports broadcasters” after Jaime Jarrin retires next year as the Spanish-language radio voice of the Dodgers. That Tutino is "still there after 26 years is evidence he has earned his place in that lineup.” His calls with partner Cobi Jones "have the same relaxed feel" Vin Scully and Jarrín "perfected, making them less a broadcast and more a conversation between friends." Also like Scully, Tutino "doesn’t feel the need to fill every second with commentary." His pauses "allow listeners to understand what they’ve heard, a skill few other broadcasters have perfected" (L.A. TIMES, 10/19).

NO HELMET NEEDED: In Edmonton, Jim Matheson notes former Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will "likely be a regular commentator on SportsNet Oiler games this season." MacTavish did "some work with TSN years back," and was "excellent in his first gig Tuesday" for Oilers-Ducks (EDMONTON SUN, 10/21).

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