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ESPN Radio Sets Football Lineup

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Beginning Saturday, Sept. 5, ESPN Radio will roll out a new fall weekend lineup with a focus on the 2015 college football and NFL seasons.  The schedule will feature two new shows,Operation Football and NFL Nation, along with ESPN Radio fall football mainstays, College GameDay, Fantasy Focus and many of the same unique and experienced voices ESPN Radio introduced earlier this year including Robin Lundberg and The Coach & Bretos. The lineup will be in place until the end of 2015.

“Fall is football time, and ESPN Radio is committed to giving its listeners the most comprehensive and informative coverage of the college football and NFL landscape,” said David Roberts, vice president, network audio content.  “The enhanced schedule features some of the most knowledgeable experts in the business.”

Louise Cornetta, program director II, added: “ESPN Radio introduced several new voices to our 2015 weekend lineup. We look forward to having many return this Fall with a mix of additional new talent to deliver all the football content our listeners have come to expect from us.”

ESPN Radio will kick off the weekends with the fourth season of Weekend Blitz with Monday Night Football commentator Mike Tirico and ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen (Fridays at 7 p.m. ET). The show re-airs Saturdays at 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. and on Sundays at 6 a.m.  This year marks Mortensen’s 25th anniversary with ESPN, and show the will celebrate the milestone each week with a look back at Mortensen’s career.

ESPN Radio’s Saturday schedule will focus on college football beginning with:

  • Dari & Mel, a year-round program hosted by SEC Network anchor Dari Nowkhah and ESPN NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr., kicking off the mornings at 7 a.m. for three hours.
  • Following that, a three-hour simulcast of television’s ESPN’s College GameDay (10 a.m. – Noon) and ESPN Radio’s College GameDay (Noon – 7 p.m.) will provide listeners with previews, news and analysis from around college football and lead into the College Football Game of the Week on most Saturdays.
  • On Saturdays when there is not a game, ESPN Radio will offer editions of espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio, Dickerson & Hood and Marty & McGee in that window (7 – 11 p.m.) on a rotational basis. ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Robin Lundbergwill close out the night with a recap of the day’s college action and a look ahead to Sunday’s slate of NFL matchups.

Sundays on ESPN Radio will be NFL-centric, including a new show, Operation Football (3 – 7 p.m.), which will offer a recap of the NFL day thus far, provide updates on in-progress games and track fantasy football stats.  SportsCenter anchors Randy Scott and Prim Siripipat will host the show, with former NFLers Eric Allen (first-half of show) and Tim Hasselbeck (second-half of show) offering analysis.  NFL Nation will also make its debut (7 – 10 p.m.) with ESPN New York 98.7FM newcomer Anita Marks, who joined ESPN Radio in May, hosting alongside former NFL executive Vinny Cerrato. They will be joined by ESPN’s NFL Nation writers from game sites.

Also on Sundays:

  • Fantasy Focus is back this year, with ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Dave Rothenberg as host, alongside Fantasy expert Eric Karabell, with weekly contributors ESPN Chicago’s Tom Waddle and Stephania Bell. Focus will offer listeners last-minute lineup suggestions, injury updates and analysis of who is having the best season at each position.
  • The Freddie Coleman Show will close the weekends, airing late night Sundays during football season, from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. to recap the day in the NFL and offer a look ahead to the coming week.

Show details are listed below (start date of fall football coverage in parentheses):

  • Weekend Blitz (September 4) — NFL Insider Chris Mortensen joins Monday Night Football commentator Mike Tirico for the hour-long program to discuss the week’s news and look ahead to weekend matchups.
  • Dari & Mel (September 5) – an NFL- and college football-centric show, hosted by SEC Network anchor Dari Nowkhah and ESPN NFL expert analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
  • ESPN’s College GameDay (September 5) – ESPN’s signature college football pregame show will be simulcast on ESPN Radio. The GameDay crew of new host Rece Davis and regulars Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder, with contributors Tom Rinaldi, Gene Wojchiehowski and George Whitfield will be featured.
  • ESPN Radio’s College GameDay (September 5) – ESPN Radio’s college football show hosted by Doug Kezirian, Brad Edwards and Trevor Matich and featuring Maria Taylor, Joey Galloway and Andrea Adelson as weekly contributors.
  • espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio (in rotation September 5) – hosted by espnW columnist Sarah Spain and ESPN anchor and analyst Prim Siripipat, the show is a collaboration between espnW and ESPN Radio featuring a distinct perspective on sports that only espnW can provide.
  • Dickerson & Hood (in rotation September 5) hosted by ESPN Chicago 1000 voices Jeff Dickerson and Jonathan Hood, the show brings together listener interaction, previews and reaction to the day’s sporting events.
  • Marty & McGee (in rotation September 5) – previously a podcast, a sports talk show infused with humor and storytelling, hosted by ESPN bureau reporter Marty Smith andESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee.
  • Robin Lundberg – a fast-paced show hosted by ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Robin Lundberg that will wrap up the day in college football and look ahead to NFL Sunday with caller and social media interaction.
  • Fantasy Focus (September 6) – ESPN New York 98.7FM’s Dave Rothenberg returns as host, alongside Fantasy expert Eric Karabell, with weekly contributors Tom Waddle and Stephania Bell. The program gets listeners ready for the day in fantasy football with last-minute lineup suggestions, injury updates and analysis of who is having the best season at each position.
  • The Coach & Bretos (September 13) — an opinionated, high-energy talk show hosted by ESPN studio hosts Jonathan Coachman and Max Bretos, with ESPN Chicago 1000 voice Tom Waddle joining for the football season.
  • Operation Football (September 13) – a new program hosted by SportsCenter anchors Randy Scott and Prim Siripipat with Eric Allen and Tim Hasselbeck, recapping the earlier NFL games, updating the current ones and keeping tabs on the fantasy front. Allen will be on the first half of the show with Hasselbeck the second.
  • NFL Nation (September 13 as a podcast, October 4 on Radio) – also a new show, hosted by ESPN New York 98.7FM newcomer Anita Marks and former NFL executive Vinny Cerrato, the program will wrap up the day’s NFL action and feature several ESPNNFL Nation writers who were at the biggest games of the day.
  • The Freddie Coleman Show (September 13) – hosted by ESPN Radio voice Freddie Coleman, the show will recap the day in the NFL and feature caller interaction.

ESPN Audio’s new fall weekend lineup can be heard on ESPN Radio and via the ESPN app, ESPNRadio.com, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.

New weekend schedule:

Day Time (ET) Show
Fridays 7 p.m. Weekend Blitz
Saturdays 7 – 10 a.m. Dari & Mel
  10 a.m. – Noon ESPN’s College GameDay (Television Simulcast)
  Noon – 7 p.m. ESPN Radio’s College GameDay
  7 – 11 p.m. College Football Game of the Week; or rotation of shows:
espnW Presents: Spain & Prim on ESPN Radio
Dickerson & HoodMarty & McGee
  11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Robin Lundberg
Sundays 7 – 9 a.m. Dari & Mel
  9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fantasy Focus
  1 – 3 p.m. The Coach & Bretos (with Tom Waddle)
  3 – 7 p.m. Operation Football **
  7 – 10 p.m. NFL Nation **
  10 p.m. – 1 a.m. The Freddie Coleman Show

**New show

Credit to ESPN Media Zone who originally published this article

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Nick Wilson: Deshaun Watson Press Conference ‘Insulting’ To Local Media

“You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters get to say, ask, or think.”

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with the media for the first time yesterday since being reinstated by the NFL after the league ruled he was guilty of violating the Personal Conduct Policy due to improper sexual advances towards more than two dozen massage therapists. 92.3 The Fan afternoon host Nick Wilson called Watson’s press conference “trash” and “insulting” to local media.

Watson told reporters he would only answer football related questions from the assembled media members, which Wilson took issue with.

“You can’t bury this story simply by saying ‘I won’t talk about it’,” Wilson said. “It is insulting to the media who covers this team. This is not about Nick Wilson, I promise. This is about the beat reporters who cover this team. It is insulting — intentionally or not — to say ‘You know what, guys? I love y’all, but I’m going to dictate what you ask me’.

“You don’t do that. You dictate when you speak, your opening statement, or how you respond. You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters — who work very hard day in, day out covering this organization, covering Deshaun Watson, covering this town — get to say, ask, or think. That was trash.”

Co-host Dustin Fox added the whole job of the media is to bring information to fans, and Watson wouldn’t allow reporters to do that Thursday, and may never do that.

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”

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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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