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NFL AM Reveals New Cast

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NFL Network’s morning show, NFL AM has been on the air for two years. It originally launched with co-hosts Brian Webber and Nicole Zaloumis with analyst Eric Davis and reporters Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel. Webber was jettisoned soon after the show debuted and Zaloumis became the main host. Over the last two seasons, the show has added Molly Qerim and Terrell Davis with some contributions from former NFL linebacker LaVar Arrington.

Just last month, Zaloumis left the show to spend more time with her family so it has led NFL Network to look at new hosts for the program. Awful Announcing has learned that NFL Network has hired Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli as new co-hosts. They start next week.

Lewis has been an anchor and reporter at WHDH in Boston for the past five years. During his time, he covered all four major Boston teams in each of their professional championship games or series.

NFL AM Executive Producer Jeremy Louwerse tells Awful Announcing that Lewis has a football background through his father who was a trainer with the New Orleans Saints and currently the Detroit Lions. Louwerse said Lewis “grew up in NFL locker rooms and the football culture.”

Coscarelli comes to NFL AM from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area in San Francisco where she was a reporter and anchor for the regional sports network’s signature program, SportsNet Central. She has also worked as a sideline reporter for ESPN, Fox Sports West, NBCSN and Pac-12 Networks.

Louwerse said about Coscarelli, “She reminds us a lot of Kelly Ripa here. A Kelly Ripa with a really strong football knowledge.”

Arrington will join the show on Saturday, August 2 for a special show during the Pro Football Hall of Football Induction Weekend. He will move to Los Angeles after being a sports radio talk show host in Washington, DC.

Louwerse said, “LaVar has contributed to the show in the past year, but now he’s going to become a full-time member of the family and we are thrilled to have him.”

In addition, Eric and Terrell Davis will remain with the show along with part-time contributions from Jordan Babineaux.

Qerim, Kriegel and Wyche will also stay with the show.

For the rest of the story, visit Awful Announcing where this piece was originally published

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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