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Costas still on Olympic injury report, Vieira to host

Meredith Vieira

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Bob Costas will miss his fourth consecutive night Friday as host of NBC's prime time Olympics show because of an ongoing eye infection, NBC announced. He will be replaced by Meredith Vieira, whom the network said will become the first solo female host for a prime time Olympics show. Matt Lauer had filled in for Costas the previous three nights.

Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics,...

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Official: Howie Rose, Josh Lewin to call Mets games on WOR

The new Mets radio announcer Josh Lewin will

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The Mets and Clear Channel Media, their new radio partner, announced Thursday that Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will move with the team from WFAN to WOR for the 2014 season.

The news was expected, but earlier in the offseason Clear Channel had considered former players to replace Lewin before settling on having him back.

Rose will begin his 19th season calling Mets games and Lewin his third....

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NBC stars don't shine in Sochi

It started with Lindsey Vonn pulling out of the Olympics altogether, then a parade of big-name American flops in Week 1, including Bode Miller, Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Shani Davis.

NBC even lost its own biggest Olympic star, host Bob Costas, for several days because of an eye infection.

Despite all that, ratings overall have been solid for the network given the distant-time-zone...

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Jeter bombshell colors 'Bronx Bombers'

In 2000, Jeter became the first player to

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Who knew when I saw “Bronx Bombers’’ Tuesday that Derek Jeter (played by Christopher Jackson) was less than 24 hours from officially becoming a legend-in-waiting to join his fellow historical characters in the play?

So starting Wednesday the sight of Jeter in the company of actors playing Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and the rest of the old gang on Broadway surely had...

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Bob Costas to miss third straight day of Olympics

It's impossible not to feel a little bad for Commack's own Bob Costas as he continues to battle infections to his eyes in the middle of his high-profile biennial Olympics gig.

But, alas, Costas will be forced to miss his third consecutive day of hosting duties because of the ongoing ailment and again will be replaced in prime time Thursday by Matt Lauer.

On a conference call from Russia...

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Howie Rose, Josh Lewin likely back in Mets radio booth

The new Mets radio announcer Josh Lewin will

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So as I was saying on the blog Monday, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin likely will move with the Mets from WFAN to WOR this season.

Still nothing official, but ESPN New York reported Tuesday night that Rose and Lewin will be back, and I am told the official announcement should come by week's end.

WOR had strongly considered bringing a former player into the booth alongside Rose, but nothing...

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Jerry Seinfeld's favorite thing on TV? MLB Network!

Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis Dreyfuss, Jason

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Jerry Seinfeld recently told FoxSports.com's "The Buzz with Jimmy Traina'' that while there are 21st century shows he enjoys, such as "Mad Men" and two starring former "Seinfeld" colleagues in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Veep," his taste in TV-watching tends more toward unscripted comedy as a fan of the Mets in particular and baseball in general.

"I like the MLB Network; that's my favorite...

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NBC lists Bob Costas as day-to-day

Commack's own Bob Costas will take Tuesday night off, ending a streak of 157 consecutive prime time Olympic hosting starts for NBC.

Costas has been suffering from an eye ailment; he will be replaced by "Today" show host Matt Lauer.

Here is NBC's news release on the matter, complete with Costas' explanation of what he has been going through.

“As a practical matter, I simply couldn’t...

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Michael Kay's simulcast ratings become more realistic

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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I do not plan to do regular updates on Michael Kay's TV simulcast ratings, but I did promise several Twitter followers last week that I would update them after his first week on the YES Network, so here goes:

Kay averaged 0.61 percent of homes on his first day last Monday, which is quite impressive - and not sustainable.

After that he settled into more realistic territory closer to what...

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Sochi Olympics off to good ratings start

Leanne Smith of the United States in action

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Do I find it odd that I watched (almost) every minute of Winter Olympics coverage in, say, 1972 and '76, when now that it is my job I have very limited interest (until the hockey tournament starts)?

Well, yes, I do find that odd. But in fairness, no matter what I think - or what mainstream sports talk radio hosts and callers say about how little they care - the Games remain a ratings powerhouse...

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