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ESPN 980 Names Chris Johnson Program Director

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Red Zebra Broadcasting has announced that it has hired Chris Johnson as Program Director for ESPN 980. Johnson will return to the radio station starting Monday February 15th.

Johnson brings nearly three decades of broadcast experience to ESPN 980. His career spans all sides of the industry, including having spent time as a writer, producer, on-air talent and program director for various outlets in the Washington, D.C. market.

In addition to his extensive local background, Johnson’s résumé includes several years as a producer for Westwood One, helping the network air national game broadcasts for the NFL and NCAA. Johnson re-joins ESPN 980, where he worked in various capacities from 1996-2008. He served as the station’s Program Director from 2005-08. Most recently, Johnson worked as a reporter covering the Washington Nationals for the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

“We are excited to have someone with Chris’s experience and skill to help us build and grow ESPN 980,” said Terry Bateman, Chairman, Red Zebra Broadcasting. “We have a great line-up of talent, and great content and look forward to putting it all together to give our listeners the best sports talk radio in the Washington market.

In addition to leading the station’s award-winning group of daily shows, Johnson will oversee ESPN 980’s diverse offering of live game broadcasts, including serving as the flagship station of the Washington Redskins Radio Network. The station is also Washington, D.C.’s radio home for the Baltimore Orioles, Maryland Terrapins and Virginia Cavaliers as well.

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107.5 The Fan To Present Stage Show in June

“Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning.”

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All four local weekday hosts from 107.5 The Game in Indianapolis will take part in a live stage show next month. The event, titled A Night in the Fan Cave, will take place at the Indiana Historical Society.

Kevin Bowen Jake Query, Dan Dakich, and JMV will be on stage to talk sports, tell a few jokes and take listener questions.

Tickets for the event went on sale Wednesday morning. For $65, fans get access to the show and free food and beverages. There will also be a pre-show reception and a chance afterward for attendees to take pictures with the 107.5 The Fan crew.

A Night in the Fan Cave is presented by Forum Credit Union. The preshow reception is presented by Larceny and Evan Williams Bourbon.

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Jim Nantz: ‘Players Are Realizing Being In A Top NFL Booth Is A Big Deal’

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Much has been made in the media about Tom Brady joining the NFL on FOX booth after his playing days are over. The majority opinion has been that Brady won’t succeed.

But if you ask Jim Nantz, Brady is going to be a home run.

“He’ll be very well prepared. That goes without saying,” Nantz told Rich Eisen on Tuesday. “I think he’ll be very good. I don’t have any question about it.”

Nantz speaks from having spent the last five seasons alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at CBS. Romo has been widely praised for his analytical skills and abilit

“I’m thrilled that he’s going to have a voice in the sport,” Nantz continued. “I think what’s happened here recently is that everybody has realized that that platform, being an elite analyst on one of the very few, handful of packages in the NFL, it’s a big deal. And you’re extremely relevant and people are listening to everything you say. And Tom will be up to the challenge.

“I never had a doubt that he would be a genius at this. I had a friendship with Tony that went back many years before the arranged marriage by CBS that put us in the booth together.

“I don’t pull against anybody. I’m not trying to outsmart, outdo this. We’re just trying to be the best that we can be, and I just like our situation of having the chance to work 21 weeks a year together having fun conversing, looking at one another face-to-face.”

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Andre Knott Joins ESPN Cleveland

“Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally.”

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ESPN Cleveland has added Andrew Knott to fill a variety of roles for the station. He will join the station’s content team and contribute both on air and online.

“I’m excited and can’t wait to go back to 850 ESPN Cleveland,” Andre Knott said in a press release. “Not only will I be talking sports but working with some of my favorite people in our business.”

Knott is no stranger to Cleveland sports fans. He is currently an in-game reporter covering the Guardians for Bally Sports Ohio. He is also a contributor to FOX 8 locally. Prior to that he was part of the Browns Radio Network.

“Andre adds great experience and personality, and he is an incredible storyteller,” said Matt Fishman, Director of Content, ESPN Cleveland. “He also helps to encourage the development of teammates newer to the industry, and we look forward to seeing him do that at ESPN Cleveland.”

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