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Maya Gavin Head Shot 2.jpgMaya Gavin has won the chance to start a career in sports radio. She has triumphed over more than 700 other entrants in a WSCR-AM (670) contest to find a new overnight host for the 1 to 3 a.m. time slot on Saturday mornings. Not exactly prime morning or afternoon drive time, but it's definitely an opportunity for Gavin to show WSCR program director Mitch Rosen what she can do in a regular on-air host role. Gavin majored in communications at the University of Iowa, and this new gig at WSCR marks her first professional job in radio. She has a day job in healthcare.

Gavin was one of four finalists for the WSCR overnight job. All four finalists appeared on air last Saturday and answered questions posed by listeners and by a two-person panel of judges that included Rosen and Score host Dan Bernstein. Afterward, Rosen said he was impressed with Gavin's intelligence and her passion for Chicago sports and, not unimportantly, her sound on air.

Will Gavin's new role lead to bigger things for the budding radio talent? Rosen cautioned against overly-heightened expectations. "First and foremost, this is a job for Maya and a chance to interact with Chicago sports fans. It's not about being famous," said Rosen. Gavin is expected to start her new job on a yet-to-be-determined date in September.

Sports analyst Peter Gammons will join CBS Radio Chicago's sports talk WSCR-AM (670) once per week on Fridays during the "Mully and Hanley" morning drive show, and he will do a daily commentary on baseball for the station. Gammons is currently on the MLB Network and is the senior baseball analyst for Sporting News Radio. In addition to the aforementioned media outlets, Gammons will be making similar appearances for CBS Radio sports-oriented outlets in Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

"We're thrilled to have Peter on the Score team of experts to analyze baseball like no one else in the business," said WSCR program director Mitch Rosen, adding "Peter is a Hall of Fame broadcaster/journalist who might be the most informed insider involved in major league baseball."

CBS Radio-owned WSCR-AM (670) is launching its own version of a television reality show called "Pepsi Max Score Search." The sport-focused radio station soon will begin holding open auditions to look for Chicago's best undiscovered talent to take on the role of sports reporter for the station.

Auditions will be held at select locations throughout the Chicago area during June. Candidates will be recorded reading a 30-second pre-written script, which will then be posted on the WSCR Web site for review. A panel of broadcast industry experts will identify their top 10 candidates who will then meet with WSCR Program Director Mitch Rosen. Four finalists will be selected from that group. Visitors to the WSCR Web site will be able to vote for their favorite among the four candidates. The winner will be chosen during a live broadcast on July 18.

"We look forward to discovering a new talent and seeing what they can do with the opportunity," said Rosen. Interested parties can register to participate in the "Score Search" at www.670thescore.com.

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