Magic announce extension with 580 AM, Jeff Turner to replace Matt Guokas?

Orlando Magic GreekShortly after the Magic introduced its two newest members in Victor Oladipo and Romero Osby, the team announced that it had agreed to extend its contract with local radio affiliate ESPN580 Orlando five years, keeping the Magic on the same radio station until 2018. The Magic have been on 580 AM (formerly WDBO News Talk, but now the local ESPN Radio affiliate) since the 1992-93 season.

The crew broadcasting games will remain the same. Dennis Neumann, the long-time radio voice of the Magic, will be joined by Richie Adubato as the team's color analyst, Scott Anez as the pre- and post-game host and Dante Marchitelli as the team's sideline reporter for home games.

"We’re very excited to announce the continued partnership between ESPN580 Orlando and the Orlando Magic," Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said in the press release. "ESPN580 Orlando represents the quality and excellence we strive for in bringing our product to our fans and stakeholders and we are looking forward to this continued relationship."

That leaves only one Magic media spot to fill before the season starts. It appears the Magic have done that too.

As the press release suggested, Adubato will not be making the jump from radio to TV. Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports, however, that his radio predecessor will.

Robbins reports Jeff Turner will replace Matt Guokas as the TV analyst for the Magic on Fox Sports Florida for the 2013-14 season. Turner previously served as the team's radio analyst from 1997-2005. He was most recently the head coach at Lake Highland Prep. in Orlando and coached the team to its first state championship this year. Turner stepped down from that position after the season and took on a role as an assistant athletic director.

Turner has worked some TV recently, so he is not totally devoid of experience. For the past several years, Turner has served as a studio analyst for the Magic, working pre- and postgame shows and halftime. Last year, he filled in for Guokas on a late-season road trip as Guokas was fighting an illness.

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