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ESPNLA 710 Set To Reveal New Weekday Lineup

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On Wednesday, September 21st, ESPNLA 710AM will debut a new, fully live and local weekday lineup – all Los Angeles sports, all the time — highlighted by the launch of a new daily and locally-focused morning show – Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ – hosted by former USC and NFL star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, ESPN Radio host Jorge Sedano and writer LZ Granderson. Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ will air weekday mornings from 6a-9a PT.

In addition, Kelvin Washington, who currently hosts Kelvin & Travis on ESPNLA alongside Travis Rodgers, has been elevated to the highly rated afternoon drive show and will partner with Marcellus Wiley on Afternoons with Marcellus & Kelvin airing weekdays from 3 – 7 p.m. 

Barrett Sports Media initially reported these changes would be forthcoming.

The Thompson & Trudell program will expand by one hour, airing from 9a-12p PT, while Mason & Ireland (12p-3p PT) and ESPNLA Rewind (7p-9p PT) will remain in their current positions on the ESPNLA 710 schedule. The 9p-6a PT block will feature ESPN Radio Network sports programming.

“With an extremely powerful all-live and local lineup, we are ensuring that ESPNLA continues to be the destination station for Los Angeles-area sports fans,” said Scott McCarthy, VP/GM, ESPNLA. “Fans want context and analysis after our L.A. teams play, and our local focus – especially in morning drive – will super-serve them with the best in L.A. sports talk. In fact, from 6 a.m. until noon every weekday, ESPNLA 710AM will be the only radio station in Los Angeles focused entirely on L.A. teams and L.A. sports fans.”

Johnson, who joined ESPN in 2007, has been an NFL analyst on the network’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown in Bristol, Conn., since he retired from pro football. The No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and a member of the Super Bowl XXXVII champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Johnson played 11 NFL seasons for the New York Jets, Bucs, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

Sedano, who has more than 16 years of radio broadcast experience, most recently was the co-host of Jorge & Izzy on the ESPN Radio Network. He joined ESPN in 2013 as the host Sedano & Stink show on ESPN Radio, with Mark Schlereth. In March 2015, Sedano began hosting The Sedano Show. His radio career began in Miami in 1999 and has included stints on WAFN-AM until 2001, WINZ-AM (2001-04), and The Ticket Miami (2007-12).  He hosted the Miami Heat pre- and post-game shows on WIOD-AM from 2004-2007. Sedano also spent those three years hosting a nationally syndicated show for Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles (2004-2007).

Granderson is a contributor to ESPN’s The Undefeated. He is also a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, as well as a contributor to several ESPN television news and information programs including SportsCenter, Outside the Lines, Around the Horn and SportsNation. Granderson provides commentary on ESPN’s telecasts of two tennis majors – Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. His work has earned critical acclaim, including winning the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) award for online journalism in 2009.

National ESPN Radio shows Mike & Mike and The Dan Le Batard Show will air in their entirety on ESPNLA sister station KLAA 830AM, 3a-9a PT, and 12p-3p PT, respectively.

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Keyshawn Johnson: ‘I Don’t Like Sunday Night Baseball Putting Mics on Players’

“I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

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Most people seem to really like Sunday Night Baseball adding mics to players in the field this season. Fans and critics alike have commended ESPN for giving fans access that they have never had before. But don’t expect Keyshawn Johnson to join that praise chorus anytime soon.

“I don’t like the interaction with broadcast teams talking to players during the game, in the field,” he said on Monday morning’s edition of Keyshawn, JWill and Max.

The ESPN Radio morning man is convinced that eventually, the in-game conversations are going to cause a costly error.

Freddie Coleman, who was filling in for both Jay Williams and Max Kellerman, played a clip from Sunday night’s game for Johnson. In the clip, listeners could hear the Padres’ newly acquired slugger Juan Soto pleading with a ball hit by Cody Bellinger to stay in the park during the team’s 0-4 shutout loss to the Dodgers.

“I don’t like that as a player,” Johnson said. “I know the fans love it.”

He said that when he sees players mic’d up and answering a question during the game, he is constantly worried about how it will affect what happens on the field. He said he felt some empathy for the fielder on the mic once the ball is put into play, because if it comes that fielder’s way and he is distracted, the instant reaction from the crowd will be to question the player’s effort or ability rather than ask if the distraction is worth it.

Coleman pointed out that there is some very famous video of Keyshawn Johnson during his playing career mic’d up on the sidelines. Johnson defended NFL Films, saying that getting live sound of a game is very different than what Major League Baseball is making players do.

“That’s different than interacting with Karl Ravech and company in the booth. I’ve got an IFB in my ear and I’m trying to pay attention to the game and I’ve got air traffic control talking to me. There’s no way you can tell me that doesn’t affect you.”

The closing months of the regular season as playoff races start to take shape are not the ideal times for networks to be having conversations with guys in the middle of the field. That doesn’t mean it is never good content. Keyshawn Johnson said that as a viewer, he would welcome in-game interviews during Spring Training and the All-Star Game. He just has trouble believing players are happy to participate.

“It’s cool. I’m not mad that it’s being done. I just wouldn’t like it as a player,” he said.

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Rob Hipp Named New Voice of North Dakota State

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

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Rob Hipp is the new “Voice of the Bison”.

The former Sam Houston State play-by-play announcer will serve in the same capacity for North Dakota State. He replaces Jeff Culhane, who left the position for a similar role at Florida State earlier this summer.

In addition to his role as the play-by-play announcer for Bison football and basketball, Hipp will also serve as the Director of Operations for Bison 1660.

“It’s an incredible opportunity and blessing to be here. The word that comes to mind with everything associated with NDSU is excellence,” Hipp said. “Matt Larsen, Coach (Matt) Entz, Coach (David) Richman, the support staff and everyone with Bison Sports Properties led by Josh Hartman made this a transparent and smooth process. I also want to thank Tom Boman with Learfield as well as Nancy Odney and the great people at Radio FM Media. My family and I are proud to be in Fargo!”

“We are thrilled to have Rob join the team at Radio FM Media as the new voice of the Bison, Director of Operations for Bison 1660-92.7, and Sports Director for our group,” said Radio FM COO Nancy Odney. “Rob is a very talented play-by-play announcer and a top sports radio host. His creative energy, new content, and passion for sports and broadcasting is going to be an exciting addition to the team.”

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Dan Graca Joining ESPN New York For Nighttime Show

“I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the place where it all began for me, once upon a time, as a wide-eyed intern,” he said in a tweet announcing the move.

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SiriusXM Mad Dog Sports Radio host Dan Graca is joining ESPN New York as their new night time host.

Graca, who will host a show from 7:00 PM-10:00 PM had been with SiriusXM for the past 12 years. It’s a coming home moment for Graca, who interned at the station.

“I couldn’t be more excited to come back to the place where it all began for me, once upon a time, as a wide-eyed intern,” he said in a tweet announcing the move.

The 7:00 PM-10:00 PM position had previously been held by Chris Carlin, who moved to the national afternoon slot to pair with Chris Canty in April.

In addition to his new nighttime show, Graca will continue as the pre and post-game host for ESPN New York’s coverage of the New York Jets, a position he’s held the past four seasons.

His show is slated to begin on Monday, August 15th.

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