The Pinnacle Sports Network has phased out on-air personality John Bishop.
Bishop was one of Pinnacle’s free-lance talents who hosted “Sports Nightly” and handled the football post-game show. He worked his last “Sports Nightly” shift Thursday evening.
Pinnacle President Paul Aaron said releasing Bishop was planned because the network will produce and air many of its programs from its newly expanded studio in Gretna.
Bishop lives in Lincoln, where he’s news and sports director at news-talk KLIN (1400 AM).
“We’re hiring our own people and taking total control of our production,” Aaron said.
Bishop said he expected his release. His Pinnacle duties have decreased, beginning with his removal from Nebraska baseball play-by-play broadcasts last May.
“I’ve been prepared for all of this,” he said. “I just didn’t know how many weeks or months it was going to be before they didn’t need me anymore.”
Triad Broadcasting general manager Mark Halverson said Bishop will take a more active daytime role at KLIN. Triad owns KLIN and three other stations in Lincoln.
“We’re very excited about what John will be able to do for us,” Halverson said.
As for the Pinnacle broadcasts, Matt Davison and Randy Lee worked Friday’s night two-hour “Sports Nightly” at the Nebraska Bookstore in Lincoln.
Aaron said Lee, Davison and football and baseball play-by-play announcer Jim Rose will rotate hosting the talk show. Veteran broadcaster Gary Java will handle football post-game shows.
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