104.3 The Fan (KKFN-FM) in Denver announced today several line-up changes to the radio station for the upcoming football season.
Program Director Nate Lundy, who has also been co-hosting “The Fan Morning Show” since 2013, will be stepping away from his on air role in the mornings. Replacing him will be former Denver Bronco and Colorado State University tight end Joel Dreessen. Dreessen, who graduated high school in Fort Morgan, has been a regular guest on 104.3 The Fan since 2012 when he was playing for the Broncos. Dreessen’s first official day on “The Fan Morning Show” will be Thursday, September 3rd. “The Fan Morning Show” airs weekdays from 6am to 9am.
“To have a former player like Joel as a regular part of ‘The Fan Morning Show’ is a great addition,” said Lundy. “He brings a unique perspective to the show with Mike Evans and Vic Lombardi that football fans throughout the Front Range will enjoy. Combine that with his deep Colorado roots and Joel is the perfect fit.”
Also announced was the addition of “The Fan Football Hour” weekdays from 9am to 10am. Hosted by Mike Evans, “The Fan Football Hour” will focus on the Broncos and the NFL as well as the local and national college football scene. Beginning Monday, September 7th, Hall of Fame tight end and former Bronco Shannon Sharpe will join Evans every Monday for the full hour, offering his analysis on the weekend’s top football stories and games.
As part of the line-up changes, Dan Patrick will air from 10am to Noon weekdays. The afternoon line-up will continue to feature Sandy Clough and Scott Hastings from Noon to 3pm and “The Drive with Big Al and DMac” from 3pm to 6pm.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”