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John Minko is back!

Best sports media news of the day: John Minko is back on WFAN after being sidelined for a spell by heart surgery.

Order and balance have been restored to New York sports radio.

Speaking of which, ESPN Radio announced some changes in its national lineup in which Colin Cowherd's show will slip back to its old 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot and Scott Van Pelt's show will expand to 1 to 4 p.m.

This naturally will cause ripple effects on the 1050 ESPN lineup. A person familiar with the plans said Seth Everett will take over the 10 to 11 a.m. hour, followed by two hours of Cowherd, followed by Brandon Tierney and Jody McDonald for two hours, followed by Michael Kay, whose show will go back to starting at 3 instead of 2.

(The Daily News first reported the new 1050 lineup Sunday.)

The ESPN Radio moves take effect April 5, on or about the day ESPNNewYork.com will launch. Much more about that in the next few weeks.

The site will be run by long-time Daily News sports editor Leon Carter, who used to edit our high school copy for New York Newsday in the late 1980s.

That includes my days covering Tolentine High in the Bronx when Bobby Gonzalez was a young assistant coach there. Mr. Gonzalez was intense then, and apparently still is at Seton Hall, as the NYT chronicled here.

ESPNNewYork.com's launch is timed to coincide with the Yankees-Red Sox opener on the network April 4.

Speaking of baseball, a couple of readers have emailed to express dismay that SNY does not show spring training Mets games in HD, unlike YES for the Yankees.

Why? Money, no doubt.

But SNY will show every regular-season game in HD, and likely will add HD for its preseason coverage in 2011.

Speaking of ESPN.com beefing up its New York presence, including hiring Ian O'Connor away from the Bergen Record . . . the Wall Street Journal also is working on adding New York-specific sports coverage, headed by former Newsday sports editor Bill Eichenberger. But for now it's all hush-hush.

Interesting.

Last week, it was Michael Wilbon and John Feinstein publicly feuding. Now it's Bill Simmons and Keith Olbermann (Cornell Class of '79).

Sigh. Why is everyone so angry all the time? I just don't have it in me.

 

Tags: WFAN , John Minko , Mets , SNY , HD , YES , ESPN , Seton Hall

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