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SiriusXM To Showcase College Football’s Fiercest Rivalries

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SiriusXM will air a special eight-part radio series focused on the history behind several of the most storied rivalries in the history of college football.  Gridiron Grudges: College Football’s Fiercest Rivalries will debut on Monday, November 23, and air throughout Thanksgiving Week, leading up to this season’s versions of these rivalry games.

Each episode of the series will be devoted to capturing the history, intensity and emotions of a different rivalry.  Those featured will be:

  • Ohio State-Michigan (Series dates back to 1897)
  • Auburn-Alabama (1893)
  • Clemson-South Carolina (1896)
  • UCLA-USC (1929)
  • Florida-Florida St. (1958)
  • Georgia-Georgia Tech (1893)
  • Ole Miss-Mississippi St. (1901)
  • Oklahoma-Oklahoma St. (1904)

Listeners will get an in-depth look at the origins of each long-standing matchup and be able to re-live historic moments and memorable game highlights. They will hear the perspectives of players and coaches who have been participants in these contests on the field, as well as the fans who have watched year after year and cheered and cried over the outcome.

The series will air nationwide on SiriusXM’s 24/7 college sports channel, SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 84 on satellite radios and on smartphones via the SiriusXM app). Each 30 or 60-minute episode will air multiple times, and will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand.

“Few things stir fans’ emotions the way these classic rivalries do. Every fall these games represent either the highlight or the heartbreak of the season for so many,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “On SiriusXM College Sports Nation we are able to delve deeper into the history and excitement of these matchups in a way nobody else on radio can. As the anticipation for this year’s games builds, this series will enable fans to re-live fond memories of these rivalries, and maybe learn something new, as we tell the stories behind them.”

Gridiron Grudges: College Football’s Fiercest Rivalries – Series Schedule

Ohio State-Michigan, narrated by Mark Packer
Air dates: Nov. 23 (4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ET), Nov. 25 (10:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (11:00 am & 3:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Ohio State RBs Eddie George and Robert Smith, former OSU LB Chris Spielman, former Michigan lineman Dan Dierdorf, former Michigan QB Chad Henne, former Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, former Michigan DB Marcus Ray, and others

Auburn-Alabama, narrated by Taylor Zarzour
Air dates: Nov. 23 (7:00 pm ET), Nov. 24 (4:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (2:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Alabama QB Joe Namath, Alabama coach Nick Saban, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, former Alabama QB Greg McElroy, former Auburn WR Sammie Coates, former Alabama coach Gene Stallings, former Auburn coach Pat Dye, and others

Clemson-South Carolina, narrated by Mark Packer
Air dates: Nov. 24 (9:30 pm ET), Nov. 25 (4:30 pm & 8:30 pm ET), Nov. 26 (12:30 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former South Carolina coach Lou Holtz, former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, former South Carolina RB George Rogers, country music star Tim McGraw, and others

UCLA-USC, narrated by Chris Childers
Air dates: Nov. 25 (7:30 pm ET), Nov. 26 (10:30 am & 4:30 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former UCLA coach and player Rick Neuheisel, former USC QB Matt Leinart, former UCLA QB Matt Stevens, and others

Florida-Florida State, narrated by Jack Arute
Air dates: Nov. 24 (9:00 pm ET), Nov. 25 (4:00 pm & 8:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (12:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Florida St. head coach Bobby Bowden, former FSU DBs Deion Sanders and Samari Rolle, former Florida QB Chris Leak, country music star Jake Owen, and others

Ole Miss-Mississippi State, narrated by Taylor Zarzour
Air dates: Nov. 24 (10:30 pm ET), Nov. 25 (9:30 pm ET), Nov. 26 (1:30 pm & 5:30 pm ET)
Interviews include: Former Ole Miss QB Archie Manning, former Mississippi St. head coach Jackie Sherrill, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze, Mississippi St. head coach Dan Mullen, and others

Georgia-Georgia Tech, narrated by Chris Childers
Air dates: Nov. 24 (10:00 pm ET), Nov. 25 (9:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (1:00 pm & 5:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: former Georgia QB Buck Belue, former Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson, former Georgia coach Jim Donnan, and others

Oklahoma-Oklahoma State, narrated by Jack Arute
Air dates: Nov. 25 (7:00 pm ET), Nov. 26 (10:00 am & 4:00 pm ET)
Interviews include: Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, Oklahoma St. head coach Mike Gundy, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, and others

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”

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Courtesy: WFAN

Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”

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Courtesy: ESPN Cleveland

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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Kraig Riley Named Brand Manager Of 93.7 The Fan

“He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010.”

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There’s a new leader in Pittsburgh and Audacy did not have to look too far to find him. Kraig Riley has been promoted to brand manager of 93.7 The Fan.

Riley is a familiar face in the building and voice on the air. He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010. He has served as producer of the station’s afternoon show The PM Team with Poni & Mueller. He also was the host of the station’s pre and postgame coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The opening was created earlier this year when Jim Graci exited The Fan and sister station KDKA New Radio. Audacy hired industry veteran Dave LaBrozzi, who most recently served as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City, to lead the news talk station.

“As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Pittsburgh, said in a press release. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

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