When ESPN Radio shuffles its national lineup in mid-August, ESPN 710 LA will be following suit. The station tweeted their new lineup which will take effect on August 17th when ESPN Radio introduces a plethora of new shows.
The station will turn to Bristol for shows from 5a-1p and feature a full plate of local programming from 1p-10p. Max Kellerman and Keyshawn Johnson who will be part of ESPN Radio’s new lineup will have each of their shows carried on the station. Both men have worked for 710 in the past, so ESPN will be counting on that familiarity to keep local listeners tuning in. The morning show which Keyshawn will be part of alongside Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti will be carried via tape delay since the show airs 6a-10a ET.
Listeners will notice a lot of movement in the weekday schedule but some of the changes shouldn’t take long for local audiences to get used to. Mason and Ireland will return to mid days after a year in afternoon drive. Prior to moving later in the day they were the top rated show in the market during that timeslot and voted the best midday show in America multiple times by industry executives as part of BSM’s annual Top 20.
Jorge Sedano will also return to his previous timeslot of hosting afternoon drive and reunite with former morning show teammate LZ Granderson. The two talented hosts teamed with Keyshawn before Sedano moved later in the day and Travis Rodgers took over morning duties.
Speaking of Rodgers, though he won’t host a program 5 days per week, he will continue with 710 as the local voice in morning drive. He’ll supply local updates and filler content, and remain involved with 710’s coverage of Los Angeles Rams football. Should a major local event happen and a local voice is required, the station has the flexibility to turn to him and know he can step in and handle hosting morning drive.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new lineup is the addition of Scott Kaplan to the station’s night time lineup. Kaplan has been a fixture in San Diego for nearly two decades. He recently did a ten day audition on 710 which obviously turned in to this evening opportunity. With Bill Hagen set to relaunch “The Mightier 1090” in San Diego it had been reported that Kaplan would occupy that station’s afternoon drive slot. With his new show though airing in Los Angeles at 7pm, that might be difficult to manage. No word yet on how this will affect San Diego’s lineup plans but as news develops we’ll pass it along.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.
Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders
“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”
Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.
“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”
“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.
After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.
“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.
Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.
“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.