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ESPN Radio Finalizes Lineup

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ESPN Radio will debut an enhanced weekday lineup on Monday, Sept. 28, with current show The Right Time with Bomani Jones moving to 4 – 7 p.m. ET and new program Jalen & Jacoby launching in the 7 – 9 p.m. slot.

The Right Time with Bomani Jones, which previously aired 9-11 p.m., debuted in March 2015 and showcases Jones’ provocative opinions, relevant guests and listener interaction while discussing topical issues. The show is broadcast from Miami.

Jalen & Jacoby, hosted by ESPN NBA analyst Jalen Rose and Grantland writer, podcaster and senior producer David Jacoby, will launch as a national ESPN Radio show after premiering in 2011 as a Grantland podcast and will broadcast out of the Grantland studio in Los Angeles. The show highlights the chemistry between Rose and Jacoby as they break down the latest news in sports and pop culture with humor, intelligence and perspective that only a former NBA star and long-time ESPN producer can provide.

“Bomani, Jalen and David are all rising stars in the audio space,” said Mo Davenport, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “They appeal to a young demographic and their followings in the digital space are phenomenal.  Adding them to our already impressive stable of ESPN Radio hosts gives us a powerful and diverse weekday lineup.”

Jones has contributed to ESPN as a writer and commentator for close to a decade. He became a fulltime co-host of Highly Questionable, televised on ESPN weekdays at 4:30 p.m., in May 2013, and had previously appeared regularly on ESPN Radio’s The Dan Le Batard Show. Jones will continue to co-host Highly Questionable.

“Moving to an earlier time slot is certainly a show of confidence from ESPN that I appreciate,” said Jones. “I look forward to sharing what we do at night with a larger audience. I’m also looking forward to getting off work at 7 rather than 11!”

Rose, a former NBA star who joined ESPN in 2007, is a regular contributor to the network’s NBA coverage and is a studio analyst on the Kia NBA Countdown show. He will continue in his role on Countdown. Jacoby joined ESPN in 1999 as an intern, then went on to create and produce several ESPN shows, including SportsNation, and has been responsible for developing and producing all of Grantland’s audio and video content since the launch of the site in 2011.

“We truly appreciate the opportunity to GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT five days a week on our new ESPN radio show,” said Rose. “After winning the Academy of Podcasters Awards in July for best sports podcast this year, our fans can expect a radio show like no other.”

Added Jacoby: “Jalen and I are flattered by this opportunity and we will continue to do what has made our podcast successful, being utterly unfiltered and unprofessional. I can promise we will have fun and I can promise that we will do everything in our power to entertain and educate our audience. I can’t promise that Jalen won’t sing. The guy really likes to sing.”

All programs will be available nationally on ESPN Radio, espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.

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Craig Carton: John Jamstremski ‘Shunned Me’ On Radio Advice

“I liked JJ a lot but that was not the smartest career move. I thought he went to work at McDonalds or something.”

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A discussion on WFAN about whether or not Craig Carton had heard one of his producers work on the air as a host turned into Carton revealing he once tried to give advice to John Jastremski that The Ringer podcast host allegedly didn’t take.

“I once gave JJ (John Jastremski) advice and he shunned me on the insight,” Carton said.

“Really? What was the insight you gave him?” co-host Evan Roberts asked.

“The insight I gave him was — he’s not even in the business anymore, right?” Carton asked before being told that Jastremski does a podcast. “I liked JJ a lot but that was not the smartest career move. I thought he went to work at McDonalds or something. As a a manager, not like flipping burgers or anything.”

Roberts then said he’s seen Jastremski on SNY, to which Carton replied “you see lots of people on SNY, they pay like $30 a shift. Not a joke. $30 a shift.”

Carton then said Jastremski not taking his advice “irked” him.

“When you and your friends talk about football, you talk about what league?” Carton asked each member of the show, who all said the NFL. “It killed me when he would say ‘the National Football League’. No one talks like that. Nails on a chalkboard. I go ‘Listen, you didn’t ask for my advice but I’ve got a pretty good track record. Talk like normal people talk. Nobody is sitting at a bar in Staten Island saying Hey did you see what happened in the National Football League today? People don’t talk that way. You didn’t grow up talking that way, don’t do it’. And he kept doing it. It pained me to my core. It’s a stupid little thing. Talk the way normal people talk.”

Carton then concluded by saying you can ignore his advice, but he’s been number one in both morning and afternoon drive, and the only other person to accomplish that is Howard Stern. He also said he told former WFAN and CBS Sports Radio host Marc Malusis that he is better on TV than radio and should focus on TV rather than radio. Five years later, Malusis is now the lead sports anchor at PIX11.

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Marcus Spears: Tom Brady ‘Let His Ego Get in the Way’ of Taking FOX Sports Job Instead of Playing In 2022

“Should we remind everybody that Tom Brady’s got $375 million waiting on him at FOX? Or did we all forget about that?”

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It’s possible that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady decides to retire for good at the end of the 2022 season, but that remains to be seen.

Brady’s decision to unretire not long after originally saying he was done playing shocked the football world, and some questioned why he wanted to come back and not make the transition into the broadcast booth.

ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears told Dan Patrick on Tuesday that the contract Brady signed with FOX should be enough incentive for him to call it a career at season’s end. Patrick asked him whether he thought Brady or Packers QB Aaron Rodgers would be back in 2023, and Spears said he definitely felt like Rodgers would be back.

“Should we remind everybody that Tom Brady’s got $375 million waiting on him at FOX?” Spears asked. “Or did we all forget about that?”

Perhaps Brady felt like he had unfinished business on the field after the Bucs got steamrolled by the eventual Super Bowl champion Rams in the playoffs last season. But even if that was the case, Spears said Brady couldn’t help himself and just stay retired. Now Brady’s chickens have come home to roost.

“He is learning that his damn ego got in the way. That’s what he learned,” Spears said. “Because what happened in Tampa based on what he needs can happen next year. They can suffer injuries next year. New contracts, guy moving places, can happen next year.”

Spears added that despite the Bucs still leading the NFC South with six games left, there’s a lot going on internally with the team that could persuade Brady to hang it up after this season.

“Right now it’s a bunch of disarray in Tampa,” he said. “So even if he decides to come back, is Tampa the right place? We don’t know that.”

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Merrill Reese Doesn’t See Himself Doing Anything Other Than Calling Eagles Games

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When it comes to voices synonymous with Philadelphia sports, Merrill Reese is among them.

The radio voice of the Philadelphia Eagles, Reese and his broadcast partner Mike Quick were recently featured on NBC’s TODAY. Reese, 80, said he still has a passion for what he does.

“I love it,” he said. “There’s nothing in the world I’d rather do than be out here broadcasting NFL football, especially the Eagles.”

Reese has been calling Eagles games for more than four decades. The job has evolved in a lot of ways since the days at Veterans Stadium, and Reese said despite having so much experience, it still involves putting in plenty of work.

“It’s a little bit different,” he said. “There are hours and hours and hours of preparation.”

But the product of that work, Quick added, makes listeners seem like just about anyone could do what they do.

“It’s so chatoic in the booth, but we have to make sure that it’s seamless,” Quick said. “It comes out like two guys just sitting and talking football.”

Reese and Quick are both members of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.

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