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Los Angeles Rams Announce New Radio Broadcast Team

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The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their plans for their radio broadcast team, right before pre-season play begins. The team will play their games on ESPNLA 710 and 100.3 The Sound.

The action will be called by JB Long and former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Long has served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pac-12 network, MLB Network, ESPN Regional Television, and the Big Ten Network. He was one of the founding members of Bleacher Report, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Jones-Drew spent eight seasons in the NFL starring for the Jaguars and Raiders. He is a three time Pro Bowler, and played his college ball in Los Angeles for UCLA. He retired from the NFL following the 2014 season, and has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network, and SiriusXM.

In addition, the Rams will turn to a familiar face to patrol the sidelines. D’Marco Farr, who had served as the Color Analyst for the team the past few years in St. Louis, will remain involved albeit in a new role. Farr played seven seasons in the NFL, and started his NFL career as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. He also worked for ESPNLA 710 during the mid-2000’s, and was a featured member of  the ‘Best Damn Sports Show Period’ on FOX Sports.

Prior to game play, ESPNLA 710 midday host Steve Mason, former NFL Linebacker Kirk Morrison and former NFL cornerback Eric Davis will anchor the pre-game show. Davis has been a featured member of the NFL Network, and previously worked as an analyst for San Francisco 49ers radio broadcasts. Morrison has contributed as an analyst to FOX Sports, SiriusXM, and a number of other sports media outlets.

Following each game, Rams fans will be treated to a post-game show hosted by Davis, Morrison, and ESPNLA 710 host Travis Rodgers. ESPNLA 710 reporter Jeff Biggs will report on the Rams during halftime.

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Doug Franz Launching Sports Betting Podcast, ‘Props Arizona,’ With Sean Lockhart

“I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

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Following his dismissal from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Doug Franz has found a new gig. Franz will join sports gambling expert Sean “Papa Bear” Lockhart to host a new podcast for Props.com titled Props Arizona.

Franz was a mainstay on Phoenix sports talk radio, co-hosting The Doug and Wolf Show in the market for 15 years. Parent company Bonneville Phoenix said Franz would be moved to a “digital role” in shuffling the Arizona Sports daily lineup last August.

But Franz said he was effectively fired. Soon after leaving 98.7 FM, he launched a daily podcast titled Doug Franz Unplugged.

Lockhart has been a mainstay in Arizona, consulting on sports betting and sales since graduating from Arizona State. He’s provided analysis for several sports betting podcasts and digital shows, in addition to his own website, for several years.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Sean on this new podcast,” said Franz in the official announcement from gambling media company American Affiliate. “I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

For American Affiliate, which has several sports betting and investment properties in its portfolio including BetPrep and Wagers, Props Arizona is the first regional (or state-exclusive) spinoff of its Props City podcast.

Props Arizona is set to launch at the end of January. The show will be available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A teaser for the show is currently online for download.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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