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January 22, 2014
L.A. story: Logistics prompted 49ers' radio switch

The bottom line for 49ers' radio reshuffle that was announced Wednesday: The team wants its radio duo around the facility more than Eric Davis, who has a gig with the NFL Network in Los Angeles, could handle.

"That job really is going to require more than just calling 20 games," Bob Sargent, the 49ers' director of broadcast partnerships, said on Wednesday. Sargent said the team will continue to bulk-up its in-house media this season, which will require its new radio team of Ted Robinson and Tim Ryan to be at the practice facility and next-door stadium during the week. Ryan, who lives in San Jose, is more capable of fulfilling those obligations.

Both Sargent and Davis, a former 49ers cornerback who appears on "NFL AM" starting at 3 a.m. during the week, described the parting as mutual and amiable. "It's all good," Davis told The San Francisco Chronicle. "What they want from the position is they want their guys on-site. From a logistics standpoint it's not feasible. But everything's good. Loved doing it for three years ... Nothing but good feelings from both sides."

Ryan grew up in San Jose and has been handling the television color commentary for the 49ers' preseason games the last three years. He said his contract as a FOX television commentator had not expired but that he jumped at the chance to join Robinson in the radio booth.

"Not a lot of people leave network television," he said on KNBR radio this morning. "But to be a part of the 49er family in my backyard, if you will, growing up here in the Bay Area. ... To now be a part of it, going into the new stadium with the quality people that run that organization and a quality football team. I am jacked."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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