Behind the Mic: Turner Adds Pedro Martinez for MLB Postseason; CBS’s Greg Anthony, Clark Kellogg Swap NCAA Hoops Roles

Turner Sports has added three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez to its MLB Postseason coverage. He joins host Keith Olbermann and MLB Insider Tom Verducci in the studio. Additionally, author/former MLB pitcher/Toronto Blue Jay analyst Dirk Hayhurst will provide commentary for TBS’ studio coverage along with various contributions to Bleacher Report.

The A-team in the booth will be play-by-play man Ernie Johnson alongside analysts Ron Darling and Cal Ripken throughout the postseason with Verducci and Craig Sager as reporters during the NLCS. Play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson will be joined in the booth by analysts John Smoltz and Joe Simpson. Dick Stockton will provide play-by-play with analyst Bob Brenly. Play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo will call game action with analysts Dennis Eckersley and Buck Martinez. Reporters for the LDS will include Sager, David Aldridge, Matt Winer (dugout reporter for Division Series), and Rachel Nichols…

…When the 2013-14 NCAA basketball season tips off, CBS Sports will swap Greg Anthony and Clark Kellogg – with Anthony taking on the role of lead game analyst and Kellogg returning to the studio. Anthony, who joined CBS Sports in 2008 as the Network’s lead college basketball studio analyst, in addition to serving as a game analyst, will partner with Jim Nantz to form the CBS Television Network’s lead college basketball announce team. Kellogg, who has been with CBS Sports full-time since 1997, returns to lead studio analyst role he previously held for 16 years. In addition, Kellogg also will serve as an analyst for a full-slate of regular-season games…

…NBA TV is bringing back NBA Inside Stuff with new co-hosts Grant Hill and Kristen Ledlow. Set to debut Saturday, Nov. 2, the series, which last aired in 2005, will combine some of the franchise’s most celebrated segments – redefined versions of “Jam Session” and “Rewind” – with in-depth interviews highlighting some of the NBA’s biggest stars and more, all packaged with a fresh new look. Hill, who recently retired following an 18-year NBA career, will also be joining Turner Sports as an analyst for NBA TV and TNT. Ledlow is co-host of The Morning Drive, a sports radio talk show airing on 92.9FM The Game in Atlanta. She’s previously served as a field reporter for Fox Sports and covering SEC and ACC football and basketball…

…Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Gretchen Wilson is being featured in ESPN’s telecasts of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (which began on Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway). Wilson, who has appeared at numerous NASCAR races and had a connection to racing as a child, narrates and appears in the opening teases of the telecasts of the 10 races, with each tease tailored to the racetrack hosting that week’s event. In addition, her music will be featured through the entire Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on ESPN…

…CSN Chicago has hired Aiyana Cristal as its newest on-air talent member for the network’s signature nightly sports news program, SportsNet Central.  Cristal will primarily handle on-site reporting duties covering a variety of Chicago’s professional, collegiate, and high school sports stories, along with co-anchoring the program on occasion and hosting viewer interactive studio segments on the network’s post-game shows (along with a variety of digital initiatives that will be showcased on Cristal most recently was a sports reporter for WPLG-TV (ABC affiliate in Miami, FL) and KTHV-TV (CBS affiliate in Little Rock, AR) from 2010-12…

…Reporter and host Jaime Maggio has joined Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s on-air team and will contribute to Time Warner Cable SportsNet’s Lakers coverage, including “#LakeShow,” “Access SportsNet,” the “Access SportsNet: Lakers” pre-and post-game shows and more.  Maggio has national sports network experience and an ongoing presence on NFL Network and TNT/TBS.

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