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98.7 ESPN New York Makes Room For National Shows

“From 6am – 6pm WFAN currently airs three shows, while ESPN New York will now have six shows all chopped up.”

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ESPN New York spent nearly two decades in WFAN’s rearview mirror, and after finally finding a recipe to beat their sports radio rival in afternoon drive, the station decided it’s time to shuffle their lineup. 

After Stephen A. Smith departed the 1 – 3pm window in January, 98.7 ESPN New York’s local offering was growing, as was the station’s continuity. According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, 98.7’s latest move will see the addition of star power with Mike Greenberg and Max Kellerman, but it creates a schedule far from the traditional three-show weekday lineup. From 6am – 6pm WFAN currently airs three shows, while ESPN New York will now have six shows all chopped up. 

From 6 – 9am, 98.7 will pick up ESPN Radio’s new national morning show featuring Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti, and bypass their final hour. Following the national morning show, ESPN New York will shorten Rick DiPietro, Chris Canty and Dave Rothenberg’s program and shift the trio into the 9 – 11am hours. Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg will be followed by Bart Scott and Alan Hahn from 11am – 1pm. 

Hahn previously hosted from 10am – 1pm on ESPN New York, but left the show because of his commitments to MSG as a studio analyst. He moved to evenings and returned to 98.7’s weekday lineup earlier this year, co-hosting with Scott from 1 – 3pm where they served as a local lead-in for The Michael Kay Show

TMKS will once again return to having national programming as its lead-in, with ESPN New York picking up the final hour of Mike Greenberg’s new show from 1 – 2pm, and the first hour of Max Kellerman from 2 – 3pm, creating a pieced together early afternoon. 

In terms of ratings, 98.7’s recent locally focused lineup has enjoyed success, with gains being made in the 10am – 3pm hours, and The Michael Kay Show dominating WFAN in afternoon drive. Traditionally, national programming hasn’t worked as well in competing against WFAN. Recently, there was even thought of 98.7 looking to go local in morning drive as ESPN Radio gets set to replace Golic and Wingo. Instead, ESPN New York will challenge WFAN with an arsenal of national shows. 

WFAN has shown vulnerability in recent ratings books, trailing ESPN New York in afternoon drive as they attempt to move on from the Mike Francesa era. But ESPN’s disinclination for continuity and fresh focus on national programming could buy FAN time in their transition.

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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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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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