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SiriusXM Kicks Off NFL Training Camp Tour

“NFL insiders, former players, coaches and executives will be on site to host the live shows”

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SiriusXM’s 2019 NFL Training Camp Tour will begin Thursday, July 25th, for its subscribers via NFL Radio channel 88.  Starting with Alex Marves and Ed McCaffrey in Denver, live shows will be featured from all 32 NFL Teams’ training camps, prepping fans for the 2019 NFL season.  The tour will last through August 15th, when SiriusXM will broadcast live from training camp in Houston and Minnesota.

NFL insiders, former players, coaches and executives will be on site to host the live shows, the full schedule of broadcasts are listed below.  Hosts will be joined by current players and team personnel live from each training camp, offering listeners in-depth coverage of their favorite NFL franchises as they prepare for the upcoming season.  

SiriusXM will also broadcast the induction of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 in Canton, OH on Saturday, August 3rd.  Included in the 2019 Hall of Fame class is longtime SiriusXM NFL Radio host, Gil Brandt, who will also be prominently featured in their Training Camp Tour.

Denver Broncos with Alex Marvez & Ed McCaffrey on Thursday, July 25 from 3pm—6pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers with Alex Marvez & James Lofton on Friday, July 26 from 6pm—9pm ET

Chicago Bears with Jeff Joniak & Jim Miller on Saturday, July 27 from 1pm—4pm ET

Arizona Cardinals with Alex Marvez & Gil Brandt on Saturday, July 27 from 6pm—9pm ET

New Orleans Saints with Bruce Murray & Mark Dominik on Monday, July 29 at noon ET

New England Patriots with Jim Miller, Pat Kirwan & Charlie Weis Monday, July 29 at 3pm ET

Dallas Cowboys with Alex Marvez & Gil Brandt on Monday, July 29 from 6pm—9pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles with Bruce Murray & Mark Dominik on Tuesday, July 30 at noon ET

Buffalo Bills with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Tuesday, July 30 from 3pm—6pm ET

Los Angeles Rams with Alex Marvez & Torry Holt on Tuesday, July 30 from 7pm—10pm ET

Cleveland Browns with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Wednesday, July 31 from 3pm—6pm ET

Tennessee Titans with Mike Keith & Brad Hopkins on Thursday, August 1 from 2pm—5pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Friday, August 2 from 6pm—9pm ET

New York Jets with Bill Lekas & Erik Coleman on Sunday, August 4 from noon—3pm ET

Atlanta Falcons with Alex Marvez & Charles Davis on Monday, August 5 from 1pm—4pm ET

Washington Redskins with Alex Marvez & Charles Davis on Monday, August 5 at 4pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals with Solomon Wilcots & Bruce Gradkowski on Monday, August 5 at 7pm ET

New York Giants with Bob Papa & David Diehl on Tuesday, August 6 from 10am—1pm ET

Baltimore Ravens with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Tuesday, August 6 from 3pm—6pm ET

Carolina Panthers with Alex Marvez & Ed McCaffrey on Tuesday, August 6 from 6pm—9pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Wednesday, August 7 at 4pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs with Alex Marvez & Gil Brandt on Thursday, August 8 from noon—3pm ET

San Francisco 49ers with Ed McCaffrey & Cole Wright on Thursday, August 8 at 4pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Saturday, August 10 from noon—3pm ET

Miami Dolphins with Charles Davis & Charlie Weis on Saturday, August 10 from 3pm—6pm ET

Detroit Lions with Alex Marvez & Gil Brandt on Sunday, August 11 from noon—3pm ET

Seattle Seahawks with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Sunday, August 11 from 3pm—6pm ET

Indianapolis Colts with Jeff Rickard & Bill Polian on Monday, August 12 from 3pm—6pm ET

Green Bay Packers with Bruce Murray & Charles Davis on Tuesday, August 13 at 2pm ET

Oakland Raiders with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Tuesday, August 13 from 7pm—10pm ET

Houston Texans with Jim Miller & Pat Kirwan on Thursday, August 15 from noon—3pm ET

Minnesota Vikings with Bruce Murray & Bruce Gradkowski on Thursday, August 15 at 4pm ET

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte

“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”

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Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.

Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin. 

“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”

Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”

Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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