Barrett Sports Media has learned that 102.5 The Game in Nashville is making a bold hire. The radio station will announce shortly the hiring of Caroline Fenton. She will become the sidekick and second voice heard on Jared Stillman’s show ‘Stillman & Company‘ which airs in afternoon drive on the station.
The addition of Fenton sets up The Game to position Stillman’s show in similar fashion to the way FOX Sports Radio has programmed The Herd where Joy Taylor and Kristine Leahy have made on-air contributions opposite Colin Cowherd. Stillman has worked as a solo host on the station before and is very comfortable being the focal point of a show. Adding a fresh female perspective to the mix though should help make the show an even more compelling listen.
Prior to moving to Nashville to join The Game, the LSU graduate and St. Louis native worked for ESPN in Bristol, CT as a Digital Video/Social Content Producer which included helping integrate content strategies and produce digital shows such as “Baseball Tonight Live” and “Countdown to College Gameday.” Those digital skills will be utilized at The Game in addition to her on-air contributions.
“As the daughter of two Tennessee natives, this state has always felt like home to me and I couldn’t be happier to be here representing some of the best sports fans in the country,” Fenton said. “It’s an honor to learn from and work with Jared and the entire team at 102.5 The Game and to continue our reputation as Nashville’s Best Sports Talk. Nashville, let’s have some fun!”
According to sources, Fenton was well liked in Bristol, advancing from being an intern to an employee, and making a strong impression on people thru her digital and on-air work. That positive vibe was also felt in Nashville as the 23 year old reportedly stood out during the station’s interviewing process to find a new talent to fill the void left by departing host and former Titans GM Floyd Reese. BSM was told the station sees Fenton as a rising star, and Stillman and station program director Ryan Porth echoed those thoughts in a company press release.
“If sports media had a draft, we’d be very fortunate to be able to select Caroline Fenton. She has a very bright future and will be an immediate asset to our program both on the air and behind the scenes,” said Jared Stillman. “This show has already accomplished a lot on the air in Nashville and now we’ll be raising the bar with our digital game. Caroline will do that for us and we’re incredibly excited about her arrival.”
“We are extremely excited to be able to add Caroline to our talented team,” Program Director Ryan Porth said. “Caroline will pair well with Jared in the afternoons, becoming 102.5 The Game’s first full-time female on-air host in our nine-plus years of existence. She will also greatly assist the show and the station with our digital efforts across all platforms.”
What’s certain to create conversation in local sports radio circles, both The Game and 104.5 The Zone will now feature a male-female combination in afternoon drive. To learn more about Caroline, find her on Twitter or check out her work on her website.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”