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Kevin Kugler: Journey to Being Voice of Westwood One Sports Began at College World Series

“I got a call and (Deneroff) said you got the job. I didn’t even know I was applying for a job,” he said. “I thought I was gonna get a game or two here and there as a freelancer, and they named me their college football and basketball guy.”

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Kevin Kugler is thriving in his role as the lead play-by-play voice for Westwood One Sports on the radio.

Kugler, talking to Mike Gill and Phil de Montmollin of Sports Media Watch on the Announcer Schedules Podcast, said you can trace his roots to Westwood one back to Omaha and the College World Series.

Kugler began working on Westwood One broadcasts of the national championship series in 2004. He said at the time Westwood One only covered the finals, so he worked on broadcasts of preliminary rounds produced by 1620 The Zone, that station where he was hosting a show at the time. But he worked his way into a reporting role in the championship game coverage.

Kugler credited Howard Deneroff, now the executive producer at WWO Sports, for helping pave the way at the network.

“I did my job on the sidelines, I apparently didn’t embarrass myself, and year after year after year I would do it, and year after year (Deneroff) would say hey send me some of your stuff,” he said. “And I was doing Division II football and basketball at the time, so I’d send a cassette tape full of grainy audio.”

In 2006, Kugler said Deneroff reached out and requested even more tape. It eventually culminated in Kugler receiving a phone call while at Big XII Media Days he’ll never forget.

“I got a call and (Deneroff) said you got the job. I didn’t even know I was applying for a job,” he said. “I thought I was gonna get a game or two here and there as a freelancer, and they named me their college football and basketball guy.”

Kugler has since taken on NFL play-by-play duties at the network and even branched into television, calling NFL games for FOX.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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790 The Score Debuts In Providence

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Reportedly Scores $700K Advance For Nick Saban Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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