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USC Football Reveals Radio Plans

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Radio and online coverage of USC’s 2014 football games will be the school’s most wide-ranging ever, including comprehensive pre- and post-game shows.

Game broadcasts will again be on ESPNLA 710 Radio and will begin with a pre-game show four hours prior to kickoff, with longtime Trojan voice Pete Arbogast joined by Steve Mason and Harvey Hyde for the first half of the show and then Mason, former USC football/baseball Academic All-American John Jackson and Trojan social media director Jordan Moore taking over until kickoff. Arbogast (play-by-play), Jackson (analyst) and Moore (sideline) will handle the game broadcast, as they did last season. For two hours after the game, locker room interviews with head coach Steve Sarkisian and various players will be followed by a post-game show hosted by a pair of former Trojan standouts new to the USC broadcast this year: football All-AmericanShaun Cody and volleyballer Kelli Tennant.

For USC home games, the pre- and post-game shows will originate from the America’s Tire Stage outside the Coliseum peristyle and will feature special guests, former players and coaches, and fan interaction. USC men’s basketball play-by-play announcer Chris Fisher will fill in for Tennant when she has broadcasting conflicts, while Ron Pivo will substitute on the pre-game show for Arbogast during road games.

The ESPNLA 710 Radio game broadcast also can be heard live on six other stations on the Trojan Radio Network–KSPA-AM 1510 in Ontario/San Bernardino County/Inland Empire, KXPS-AM 1010 in Palm Springs, KSZL-AM 1230 in Barstow, KSHP-AM 1400 in Las Vegas, KALZ-FM 96.7 in Fresno and KRZR-AM 1400 in Visalia–as well as on USCTrojans.com and ESPNLA.com, and on SiriusXM satellite radio. Fans also can use the TuneIn Radio app to listen to the live broadcast on their mobile, desktop or home devices.

All USC home games except the Colorado contest also will air live on ESPN Radio on up to 280 ESPN affiliates nationally, with the announcers to be named.

At 8 a.m. on Sundays following football games, ESPNLA 710 Radio will air the two-hour “Trojan Brunch” show, hosted by Arbogast and Hyde.

Also, the popular “Trojans Live” show returns for its second season on the new All-Sports KFWB 980 radio station, with Jackson and Moore as the hosts. The hour-long program airs Tuesdays at 6 p.m. from The Lab gastropub across the street from USC and features weekly in-season interviews with Sarkisian, as well as with coaches and student-athletes from various Trojan teams. It also streams live on USCTrojans.com, KFWB.com and FOXSportsWest.com, can be heard via the TuneIn app and is archived on YouTube.com/USCAthletics.

USC’s innovative online TunnelVision pre-game show, which emanates from the base of the Coliseum tunnel and features pre-game analysis, coach and player interviews and special featurettes, will run during the hour prior to kickoff. It will air live on USCTrojans.com and also will be shown live on the Coliseum videoboard. Hosts Katie Boggs and Danny Page will be joined on an alternating basis by three members of USC’s 2004 national championship team: Cody, Lawrence Jackson and Thomas Williams.

“We are pleased to continue our valued partnerships with both ESPNLA 710 and KFWB 980,” said Dan Shell, general manager/vice president of USC Sports Properties. “We have added compelling, behind-the-scenes content for Trojan fans tuning in to our games on the radio and online, with an exceptional lineup of broadcast talent complementing the shows.”

This story was published on the USC Trojans website

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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