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:
|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 RadioDickerson & 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|
Credit to ESPN Media Zone who originally published this article
Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte
“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”
Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.
Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin.
“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”
Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.
“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”
Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”