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In Las Vegas, David Schoen notes AHL Henderson Silver Knights broadcaster Brian McCormack "made his NHL radio debut" with the Golden Knights-Kings game on on Dec. 28 and also did play-by-play for VGK's New Year's Eve home game against the Ducks. With Golden Knights radio voices Dan D'Uva and Gary Lawless each impacted by the NHL's COVID-19 protocol last week, McCormack "was asked to fill in." McCormack pulled a rare broadcaster doubleheader on Dec. 31, "doing play-by-play for the Golden Knights in the afternoon before traveling to Ontario, California, for the Silver Knights game that night" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 1/4).

GRADE A PERFORMANCE: In Buffalo, Alan Pergament writes Bills radio analyst Eric Wood, who works alongside play-by-play announcer John Murphy, "gets an A grade off his performance in the Bills' 29-15 playoff-clinching victory" over the Falcons. The former Bills C "noted all the big things," but he also "saw the little things." Wood is an "exceptional radio analyst who sees key blocks, has a good sense of humor, explains things that only a former player likely knows, and he is objective for a guy working a team's broadcast" (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/4).

RETIREMENT PLANS: In S.F., Bruce Jenkins noted Friday was his "last day in The Chronicle's employ," as he is "officially retiring at the age of 73." Jenkins: "My new arrangement has me writing ... each week for Sunday print, allowing for the occasional retirement-style break." He added, "It took me more than 50 years ... but I finally grew tired of the locker rooms, the news conferences, the late-night driving, the travel -- everything but the writing. ... So I initiated this transition on my own, with management's blessing and the assurance from my wonderful wife, Martha, that everything would be all right" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/31).

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