Audacy has announced that its Greenville/Spartanburg, SC sports talker is no longer called ESPN Upstate. The station has dropped the ESPN affiliation and rebranded as The Fan Upstate.
The station still features its two local shows. Rob Brown is in mid days. Marc Ryan is still in afternoon drive. The change is in the syndicated programming.
Instead of ESPN Radio, South Carolinians will now hear a mix of CBS Sports Radio and the BetQL Audio Network. Damon Amendolara will be heard in mornings. The station will also carry The Jim Rome Show. After Ryan, BetMGM Tonight will air on The Fan Upstate.
“After years of constantly changing, syndicated ESPN content, we have made the exciting move to bring new and relevant sports talk content to our listeners in the Upstate,” said Steve Sinicropi, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Greenville/Spartanburg. “The Fan Upstate will aim to provide the best original sports talk and sports betting content that our fans crave.”
The Fan Upstate is simulcast on multiple signals including WFBC-HD2, 97.7 FM and 97.1FM.
Peter Schrager: ‘Next Good Morning Football Host Has Massive Shoes To Fill’
“I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it.”
This week, Good Morning Football ended up winning a Sports Emmy for the best daily studio show. It is a show that has turned into part most football fans’ morning routines. However, there will be new people on the panel eventually with the departures of Nate Burleson and Kay Adams.
This week, one of those left, Peter Schrager, was on The Pat McAfee Show. He did not have a name for McAfee that would fill the role Adams leaves behind and he isn’t going to interfere in the process of the executives picking the next host.
“I would think that there is going to be a long line of people who will want that,” he said. “Those are massive shoes to fill. I don’t know where they are going for that and I don’t play coach or GM. I’m just going to sit back and if they ask my opinion, I’ll give it. But, for now, I trust the executives to hire someone who is going to take care of that hosting job.”
As for Burleson’s seat, the show has used a number of ex-players to fill-in. Schrager likes it that way because he can learn many different stories each week:
“Nate and I can finish each other’s sentences. Now, you have a guy I don’t know the story this player is going to tell. I don’t know where he’s going to take it and I think it’s kind of cool for us.”
Last summer, Schrager hosted The Flying Coach podcast on The Ringer with Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay. Unfortunately, there will be no season 2 of that show this summer. That doesn’t mean there won’t be another season of the podcast in the future though.
“I won’t do it without McVay. I begged him. He’s just out….He’s getting married this offseason. He’s got his honeymoon. He’s like, we’ll pick it up another offseason. I’m upset. I love doing it. All these new coaches, Sean and I would have had a good time with it and we talked about it, but it’s his decision and he’s saying no and I totally get it. He’s really good at it and he liked it. He’ll have opportunities and you see some of these numbers that these guys are getting. Trust me, he’s aware.”
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“I think he knew the wrestling role, but I don’t think the other guys did,” Choppy said.