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1010 XL Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

“1010 XL has created a 15th Anniversary video series, ‘The Voices of 1010 XL’, where on-air hosts tell their stories.”

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Jacksonville sports station 1010 XL first hit the airwaves on April 2, 2007, broadcasting live from the NCAA Final Four. The station’s goal was to bring local sports talk to the Jacksonville airwaves with live programming in place from 6a-7p Monday through Friday. A local investor group funded the start-up and the staff was built from the area’s most prominent sports personalities from radio, television and writers. 

Since then, the station has continued to grow. An FM signal (WJXL-FM 92.5) was added in 2012, the radio rights to the Jacksonville Jaguars were secured in 2014, and the Florida Gators joined the station in 2021. Those additions combined with regular investments in on-air contributors, increased local programming, which now extends weeknights to 10pm ET, and the creation of an all-female weekly show ‘Helmets and Heels’, which helped launch the careers of numerous female talents have helped the brand cement its position in the local marketplace.

But those weren’t the only moves made to assure sustained success.

1010 XL has also partnered with the PGA, and featured play by play of high school sports and other local colleges. As the appetite for sports betting content increased, a content partnership was formed with VSiN. And now with the world seeking content across multiple platforms, the station has made a full fledged commitment to becoming multi-platform focused, making video, podcasting, and social media a key part of its programming strategy. The willingness to adapt and take risks are a key reason why the station has remained an integral part of the Jacksonville sports community, and one of the market’s top local billers.

“We greatly appreciate our partnerships with the Jaguars, Gators, PGA and local colleges and high schools,” said President and General Manage Steven Griffin. “I really believe we have realized our goal to be Jacksonville’s local sports outlet. We have more that we can and will do, but we have a programming, sales and support staff I wouldn’t trade for any in the country.”

To help the station celebrate 15-years in operation, the hosts are reflecting and reminiscing with callers, guests, and key people who have helped the brand enjoy sustained success. Additionally, 1010 XL created a 15th Anniversary video series, The Voices of 1010 XL, where on-air hosts have shared their personal stories related to the growth of the brand and their respective shows. It can be found at the 1010 XL YouTube Channel by clicking here.

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Vanessa Richardson Named New Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter

Vanessa Richardson, co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

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The Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season and it’s a familiar name in Houston sports talk radio.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, announced that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted the extra news that Richardson would be leaving the show to pursue the Rockets gig full-time. It appears that Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show.

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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Boomer Esiason: Michael Kay ‘Swooping In’ On Stephen Nelson ‘Just Not Right’

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

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Much has been made about the potential of New York Yankees television play-by-play announcer Michael Kay announcing Friday Night Baseball on AppleTV+ while slugger Aaron Judge chases the franchise and American League record for home runs in a single season. During Boomer & Gio Friday morning, Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti disagreed on whether Kay should have taken the gig from usual AppleTV+ announcer Stephen Nelson.

During a remote broadcast, they asked fans in attendance if they wanted to see Kay in the booth Friday night, which resulted in a resounding no.

“I bet he put that out there to see what the reaction would be,” Giannotti said of Kay’s comments that he would be “big-footing” Nelson by taking the assignment. “And the reaction was like that, and was like ‘You know, I’m kinda uncomfortable doing this. Maybe I shouldn’t do it’. And no one wanted to see it anyway.”

“They shouldn’t do it,” said Esiason of AppleTV+ allowing Kay to step in for Nelson.

“If the shoe was on the other foot, and let’s say it was Pete Alonso chasing this record and there was AppleTV for potentially 61 or 62, you’re telling me that you’d want a fella named (Stephen) Nelson over Gary Cohen? There’s no way in hell!”, Giannotti countered.

“I want what’s right,” Esiason said.

“AppleTV’s not right to begin with,” Giannotti replied.

“But Michael Kay swooping in on some kid named Nelson, that’s not right. That’s just not right. You just can’t do that!”, argued Esiason.

“Yeah, but the fact that it’s on AppleTV to begin with is annoying,” Giannotti concluded. “It’s just annoying.”

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