The St. Louis Rams, along with their official radio partner and flagship station of the Rams Radio Network 101 ESPN Radio St. Louis, announced today that Steve Savard, D’Marco Farr and Will Witherspoon will serve as the team’s game broadcast crew for the 2014 season.
Also, the team and 101 ESPN unveiled a new programming schedule that features four Rams-themed shows that will air each week.
“I believe our fans will really enjoy the unique content that we’ve put together to inform and entertain them throughout the week,” Rams C.O.O./Executive Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff said. “We’re very glad to have the opportunity to add another one of our former players to the game broadcasts as well, and we believe Will’s unique insight will provide an excellent complement to the work of Steve and D’Marco in the booth.”
Each Monday, Savard and Farr will host “The Jeff Fisher Show” at Buffalo Wild Wings in Creve Coeur, which will air on 101 ESPN and throughout the Rams Radio Network. The cast will be joined by a different Rams player each week, and fans will have the opportunity to ask the head coach questions and hear him break down the previous day’s game.
Tuesday evenings will feature “Rams Playmakers,” a show that will focus on a player of the week from each Rams Game. The show will feature contributions from Andrew Siciliano, an NFL Network host who is also the preseason television voice of the Rams.
On Wednesday, Rams All-Pro punter Johnny Hekker will join Rams multimedia specialist Casey Phillips to host “What The Hekk Wednesday.” Each Thursday night, fans can hear “Rams Playbook,” during which Anthony Stalter, host of 101 ESPN’s “The Turn,” to break down the keys to the upcoming game.
Savard returns for his 15th season as the play-by-play voice of the Rams. The St. Louis native has worked at KMOV Channel 4 since 1994. He currently anchors the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news for the St. Louis CBS affiliate.
Farr, who co-hosts “The Fast Lane,” 101 ESPN’s popular afternoon drive show, enters his sixth season as the color commentator on Rams game broadcasts. He played seven NFL seasons, all with the Rams, and went to the Pro Bowl following the 1999 season, one in which he played a key role on the defense of the Super Bowl XXXV champions.
Witherspoon, who will serve as the sideline reporter on all Rams game broadcasts, recently concluded a 12-season playing career that included two stints with the Rams. He also spent time with the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. Witherspoon started 153 games and tallied 26 career sacks and 929 tackles during his career.
Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”
Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.
You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.
“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”
Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”
While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.
Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”
After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.
Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.
Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”
The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.
“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”
Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”
The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.
But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”
What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.
“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”
Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.
“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.