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SiriusXM Reveals 2016 NFL Draft Plans

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SiriusXM will provide listeners nationwide with comprehensive coverage of the 2016 NFL Draft, with live coverage of every selection from every round, as well as four days of special programming – across several channels – live from Chicago.

From the first round on Thursday, April 28, through the final round on Saturday, April 30, SiriusXM NFL Radio (channel 88) will broadcast live from the 2016 NFL Draft as it happens at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (coverage airs Thursday and Friday from 6:00 pm – midnight ET; Saturday from noon – 7:00 pm ET).  Listeners will hear the live announcements of all 32 teams’ selections through all seven rounds, as well as interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and dozens of draftees, general managers and coaches.

SiriusXM NFL Radio’s on-site broadcast team in the Auditorium Theatre will feature:

  • Gil Brandt, former longtime player personnel executive for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Pat Kirwan, former NFL scout, coach and front-office executive
  • Jim Miller, former veteran NFL quarterback
  • Phil Savage, former college coach and NFL general manager
  • Jason Horowitz, lead host for SiriusXM’s Draft coverage

From Wednesday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30, SiriusXM will supplement its NFL Draft coverage with several special programs originating live from Chicago:

  • Chicago native Jenny McCarthy will host her SiriusXM show, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy from Draft-Town in Grant Park on Thursday (5:00 to 7:00 pm ET; the show will air on SiriusXM Stars, channel 109, on Friday, April 29 at 10:00 am ET).  Jim Miller, who played quarterback for the Bears from 1998 through 2002, will join McCarthy on the show.
  • On Wednesday, Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan will broadcast from NFL Play 60 in Grant Park (11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM NFL Radio).  Later that night, Gil Brandt and Alex Marvez will host live (8:00 – 11:00 pm ET on SiriusXM NFL Radio) from the NFL Draft Eve Party.  Both broadcasts will feature interviews with NFL legends, current players and prospects in attendance.
  • On Thursday and Friday, Miller and Kirwan will host their daily SiriusXM NFL Radio show, Movin’ the Chains, from Grant Park starting at 3:00 pm ET and leading into each day’s Draft coverage.
  • On Saturday former Tennessee Titans lineman Brad Hopkins, who was that franchise’s first round pick in 1993, and Alex Marvez will host a special NFL Draft-focused show live from Grant Park (2:00 to 4:00 pm ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio, channel 82).
  • SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM channel 87 and Sirius channel 210) will also be in Chicago, broadcasting live from Grant Park all three days of the Draft.  The channel’s coverage will air Thursday (8:00 pm to midnight ET), Friday (7:00 to 11:00 pm ET) and Saturday (noon to 7:00 pm ET) featuring pick by pick analysis from a fantasy football perspective.  Hosts John Hansen, Jeff Mans, Mike Dempsey, Bob Harris, Pilar Lastra, Brandon Marianne Lee and Jeff Ratcliffe will all be part of the coverage, airing live in front of the fans at Draft-Town.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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