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SiriusXM Announces Huge Super Bowl LI Coverage Plans

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SiriusXM has announced its wide-ranging audio coverage for Super Bowl LI, which includes offering multiple live broadcasts of the game in eight different languages, a dedicated Super Bowl LI pop up channel, plus an unparalleled mix of sports, entertainment and music programming throughout Super Bowl Week.

On Sunday, February 5 (6:00 pm ET), SiriusXM’s coverage of Super Bowl LI from Houston, TX, will provide listeners with 10 different game broadcasts to choose from:

  • New England Patriots team broadcast – Sirius 81 / XM 225 / App 819
  • Atlanta Falcons team broadcast – Sirius 82 / XM 82 / App 801
  • Westwood One national radio broadcast – Sirius 88 / XM 88 / App 88
  • Spanish language broadcast – Sirius 157 / XM 157 / App 157
  • Chinese broadcast – Sirius 136 / XM 226 / App 962
  • German broadcast – Sirius 145 / XM 227 / App 963
  • French broadcast – Sirius 137 / XM 228 / App 964
  • Japanese broadcast – Sirius 108 / XM 229 / App 965
  • Hungarian broadcast – Sirius 119 / XM 230 / App 966
  • Flemish broadcast – Sirius 135 / XM 231 / App 967

All broadcasts of Super Bowl LI will air nationwide on satellite radios, and are also available on the SiriusXM app and at SiriusXM.com for authenticated subscribers with the SiriusXM All-Access package.

During the Pepsi Super Bowl LI Halftime Show, SiriusXM will offer listeners a broadcast of the on-field musical performance by Lady Gaga on SiriusXM Hits 1.

SiriusXM NFL Radio (channel 88) will broadcast live every day from the NFL’s Radio Row in Houston starting today, offering listeners the latest news and expert analysis, plus dozens of interviews daily with players, coaches, league executives and celebrities in town for the event.  SiriusXM NFL Radio hosts in Houston will include Gil Brandt, Tim Brown, David Diehl, Pat Kirwan, James Lofton, Jim Miller, Jason Taylor, Erik Coleman, Carl Banks, Kirk Morrison, Bob Papa, Alex Marvez, Bruce Murray and Howard Balzer.

On Saturday, Feb. 4, SiriusXM NFL Radio will have live interviews from the red carpet before the annual NFL Honors event that salutes the top players and performers of the 2016 season, including the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year presented by Nationwide, the AP Most Valuable Player, AP Coach of the Year and more.  Listeners will also hear live coverage of the announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, plus interviews with the newly elected Hall of Famers.

Several other SiriusXM sports, entertainment and music channels will broadcast from Houston throughout Super Bowl Week, culminating in a showcase day of programming on Friday, February 3.

  • Jenny McCarthy will host a special edition of The Jenny McCarthy Show live from Radio Row on Friday at 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT (SiriusXM Stars, channel 109).
  • Craig Ferguson will be on the SiriusXM set to discuss the debut of his upcoming new SiriusXM show, The Craig Ferguson Show, on Friday from Radio Row.
  • Joel and Victoria Osteen will tape a special show from Radio Row at noon ET/11:00 am CT on Friday(airs Fridayat 5:00 pm ET on Joel Osteen Radio, SiriusXM 128).

Additionally, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, on Radio Row, Victoria Osteen will host a special edition of her weekly show.  Victoria will speak with the mothers and wives of NFL players, who will share the joys and challenges of watching their sons and husbands play the game.  (noon ET/11:00 am CT on Joel Osteen Radio, SiriusXM 128)

  • Maria Menounos will host her SiriusXM show, Conversations with Maria Menounos, live from Radio Row on Friday (1:00 pm ET/noon CT on SiriusXM Stars, channel 109)
  • Sway Calloway will host Sway in the Morning, his daily show on Eminem’s Shade 45 channel, from Radio Row on Friday at 8:00 am ET/7:00 am CT (SiriusXM 45).  Sway will also host his show live from the Prospect Park Restaurant at Houston’s Galleria on Thursday at 8:00 am ET/7:00 am CT.
  • Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein will host The Howard Stern Wrap Up Show on Howard Stern’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, Howard 100, on Friday at 11:00 am ET/10:00 am CT live from Radio Row.
  • SiriusXM’s Business Radio, in collaboration with The Wharton School of the University of PennsylvaniaandRISE (The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), will broadcast a special panel discussion with several current and former NFL players on the rise of athlete activism and the recent examples of high profile players who have spoken out about off the field matters.  The show, airing live on Friday from the McCoy Auditorium at Texas Southern University, will be hosted by Wharton professors and Business Radio hosts Ken Shropshire and Scott Rosner with special guests Detroit Lions receiver Anquan Boldin, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings. (Friday at 5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT on Business Radio Powered by The Wharton School, SiriusXM 111).
  • Former NFL All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew will host his SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio show from Radio Row on Friday at 1:00 pm ET/noon CT. (Sirius channel 210, XM channel 87).

Other SiriusXM highlights for Super Bowl Week:

Super Bowl LI Radio launches as a special week long pop-up channel today, Jan. 30 (SiriusXM 134).  The channel will curate and present the best programming happening across SiriusXM’s channels on Radio Row during Super Bowl Week with live “listen-ins.”  Listeners can tune in to hear all the highlights – the best interviews from Houston, SiriusXM’s sports experts, celebrity specials and more – all in one place.  The channel will also feature a broadcast of this year’s game and Lady Gaga’s halftime performance, plus encore broadcasts of Super Bowl 50.  Throughout the week, Super Bowl LI Radio will be a valuable source for fans seeking info on the NFL activities happening in Houston, including NFL Experience and GameDay Fan Plaza, and game day specifics on transportation, parking, stadium security and more.

  • The channel will feature a Radio Row show hosted by Bernard Edwards, a former U.S. Military member and aspiring broadcaster, airing Wednesday(7:00 pm ET/6:00 pm CT).  Bernard’s broadcast is presented in collaboration with FedEx which is working with the USO and its transition programs – helping keep service members connected to family, home and country as they depart the military and find a new path in civilian life. Bernard will break down the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Player of the Year Award finalists and interview some of the players up for the honor.

SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio (channel 82) will broadcast live from Radio Row throughout the week, featuring shows hosted by Christopher ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, Adam Schein, Evan Cohen and Mike Babchik, Nicole Zaloumis and Ric Bucher, and Steve Torre.

SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87) will feature a variety of shows on Radio Row from Wednesdaythrough Friday, hosted by Maurice Jones-Drew (Wed., Thurs. & Fri.), as well as experts Mike Dempsey, Bob Harris, John Hansen and Jeff Mans.

SiriusXM NFL Radio and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio will broadcast several live shows during Super Bowl week from the Genesis display at the NFL Experience in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

Covino & Rich, hosted by Steve Covino and Rich Davis on SiriusXM Rush (channel 93), will broadcast from Radio Row and other hotspots around Houston.

Business Radio hosts Ken Shropshire and Scott Rosner will host their show, The Wharton Sports Business Show, live from Radio Row on Thursday at 5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT.  They will be followed by Wharton Moneyball at 6:00 pm ET/5:00 pm PT, hosted by statistician experts Shane Jensen, Cade Massey and Adi Wyner. (channel 111).

SiriusXM will also launch a limited-run channel dedicated to airing popular songs that rock stadiums and arenas.  Starting on Friday, February 3 at 5:00 pm ET and airing through Super Bowl weekend, SiriusXM’s Hair Nation, channel 39, will become SiriusXM’s Stadium Jamz Channel featuring songs to fire up football fans, including Blur’s Song 2, Europe’s The Final Countdown, 2 Unlimited with Get Ready For This, plus well-known tunes by Guns n’ Roses, AC/DC, The White Stripes and more.

As the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, SiriusXM broadcasts every NFL game live nationwide, from the preseason through the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.

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Dave Rothenberg Can’t Stand Hearing Kenny Albert Mispronounce ‘Raleigh’

“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it.”

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Dave Rothenberg has a tiny bone to pick with Kenny Albert, and it’s over the way Kenny pronounces the Carolina Hurricanes’ home city.

Talking on his show on ESPN New York on Tuesday, Rothenberg, who spent three years working in Raleigh on 99.9 The Fan, said he wished someone would get in Albert’s ear and correct the way he’s been saying it adding that it has made him wish one of the top play-by-play voices in hockey wouldn’t be on the call for the playoff series between the Canes and New York Rangers.

“I would think a true professional, like somebody that cares about their craft, would get that kind of feedback and welcome it,” Rothenberg said.

Albert has been pronouncing the city’s name as “RAW-lee”. It is properly pronounced “RAH-lee”.

Co-host Rick DiPietro and the rest of the show crew thought Albert would take offense to the correction, especially since it’s such a minor thing, but Rothenberg thought that was ridiculous.

“See, no one can deal with tough love anymore,” Rothenberg said.

The New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes series shifts back to Raleigh on Thursday for Game 5. The series is tied 2-2.

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NBC Sports Names Al Michaels To Emeritus Role

The partnership will keep Michaels on for the Olympics and NBC’s NFL playoff coverage.

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NBC Sports, which had been the home of Al Michaels since 2006, will still feature the veteran broadcaster despite Michaels’ moving to Amazon for Thursday Night Football.

The network announced that Michaels will still be a part of NBC Sports’ high-profile broadcasting properties including the Olympics and NFL Playoffs. Michaels’ last broadcast with the network had been Super Bowl LVI in February, his eleventh Super Bowl.

NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua said in a statement, “Revered by viewers and colleagues, Al has been the soundtrack for many of the greatest moments in sports television history. We are thrilled that he’s staying in the family and raising the stature of our events for years to come.”

“I’m looking forward to continuing my longtime NBC relationship while also launching the Thursday Night Football package on Amazon this fall. A special thanks to NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua and the folks at NBCUniversal for their help in making this happen,” Michaels said.

Michaels moved to Amazon Prime Video this season for their Thursday Night Football package. He will be paired with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. This season will mark his 37th NFL play-by-play campaign in primetime.

Following another historic broadcasting moment in which Michaels deftly demonstrated his expertise and versatility, he became just the second sportscaster in history to receive a News Emmy nomination for his coverage of the San Francisco earthquake during the 1989 World Series.

In addition to the 11 Super Bowls, Michaels has worked nine Olympics and called eight World Series.

In December 2020, Michaels was honored with the 2021 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Michaels is one of only five distinguished broadcasters to be recognized with the baseball honor and the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Award (Dick Enberg, Lindsey Nelson, Jack Buck, and Curt Gowdy).

One of television’s most respected journalists, Michaels has covered more major sports events than any sportscaster, including 20 years as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football. He is the only commentator to call the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals and host the Stanley Cup Final for network television. In addition, Michaels called the classic 1985 championship boxing match between Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler.

Among his many accolades, Michaels has captured eight Emmy Awards – seven for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play and one in 2011 for the Lifetime Achievement Award, and has three times (1980, 1983 and 1986) received the NSSA Award from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; he was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1998. Michaels was named Sportscaster of the Year in 1996 by the American Sportscasters Association, and, in 1991, he was named Sportscaster of the Year by the Washington Journalism Review.

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Thom Brennaman Continues to Search for a Second Chance

Brennaman has been searching for a broadcasting gig since he spoke a homophobic slur in August 2020 on a Cincinnati Reds broadcast.

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The last time Thom Brennaman sported the microphone for a major broadcast was August 19, 2020. It was game that featured a doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and the Kanasas City Royals and in between the two, Brennaman blurted a homophobic slur that has thus far kept him off radio and television.

Brennaman has struggled to find his footing since that error. Recently, Brennaman recorded an episode of Tell Me A Story I Don’t Know, a podcast hosted George Ofman. That episode was available Tuesday and in it, Ofman asks where Brennaman thinks he’ll be in six months.

Brennaman said, “I have no idea. I really don’t. There were a couple of times I thought that maybe somebody out there was going to give me a chance to broadcast again and then this same thing comes up again.”

Brennaman sounded baffled that he’s still searching for work, citing other influential local leaders and what they opined in the days after the incident. “You know what you find out George, the guy who’s considered to be the leading voice of the LGBT community here in Cincinnati, he’s a big executive with Johnson and Johnson, a guy named Ryan Messer. He had written, and I had never met Ryan Messer at this point in time, like two days after what I said, he wrote a letter to the editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, local paper, that Thom Brennaman should not be fired. There is room for growth here in so many areas and a great opportunity for him, for the gay community, for the Reds, for our society.”

Brennaman added that the two met as well as did Brennaman with other leaders in the LGBT community at the time. “I reached out to the guy and made contact with him and he’s the guy who’s house we went to that I made reference to earlier in listening to a bunch of the stories with some gay leaders. But anyway, I said ‘if you have people there – and I know you do – that are gay that work there, I would put up the amount of hours that I have spent in the gay community in some form or fashion over the last year against anybody you have that works in that office that’s gay’.”

Despite his efforts, the broadcasting veteran is dismayed that it’s failed to sway opinion, “it’s almost like in some cases it just falls on deaf ears.”

Regardless of where he is at now, he’s confident that eventually he’ll be afforded another opportunity. “But I ‘d like to think there’s somebody out there – and there will be and all it takes is one – is just to say ‘you know what, this was a mistake. Here’s the documentation of what the guy’s tried to do since then. We’re going to take a chance – answer some tough questions – and take a chance and get him back in the booth.”

And if another opportunity doesn’t present itself? “If it doesn’t happen, it’s not going to be the end of my life.”

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