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Olbermann, Bruno & Wilson To Reunite For ESPN Radio Special

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ESPN Radio may be focused on the future, but as the network prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017, it’s first taking a moment to remember and celebrate the past. The network has revealed that it will kick off the new year with a 25th Anniversary Special hosted by Keith Olbermann, and featuring guests Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson. All three men were part of the very first ESPN Radio broadcast. The special broadcast will air live on Wednesday, January 4th from 7p-9p ET. It will also be rebroadcasted periodically on ESPN Radio throughout 2017.

“ESPN Radio has been around for 25 years serving sports fans on the go wherever and whenever. We have evolved over time, adapting as sports fans have adapted, to new ways of listening while all along maintaining strong relationships with our over 500 affiliates across the country,” said Traug Keller, senior vice president, ESPN Audio. “From compelling talk programming to the strongest package of play-by-play content in the industry, ESPN Radio has consistently been the leader among sports broadcasters. We’re incredibly grateful to all the hard-working individuals who have contributed so much to the network over the years — both behind and in front of the mic. Bringing back Keith, Tony and Chuck was a way for us to tip our hats to the folks who got us started.”

The network has also divulged that it will revisit pivotal moments in sports from the past 25 years. From January 9 through December 11, a special bi-weekly podcast series, 25 Stories in Sports from the Last 25 Years, will be available on the ESPN app and ESPNRadio.com. The series will be hosted by various ESPN Radio voices and focus on a number of the landmark sporting events since 1992.

Also starting in January, ESPN Radio will explore the Top 25 of the last 25 years – Best Coaches, Best Fights, Most Underrated Athletes and more, with one list debuting each month through 2017 on ESPNRadio.com.

The ESPN Radio network was launched on January 1, 1992, and featured 16 hours per week of sports news and information. It’s since grown to deliver over 9,000 hours of talk and event content per year, and is available to 20 million listeners per week on 500 stations nationwide.

Notable Moments in ESPN Radio History:

Date Moment
January 1, 1992 ESPN Radio Network is launched, featuring 16 hours a week of sports news and information.
July 4, 1994 ESPN Radio begins its first weekday “long‑form” programming and its first show with listener calls with The Fabulous Sports Babe, weekdays from 10 a.m. ‑ 2 p.m.
November 14, 1995 ESPN Radio Network acquires national radio broadcast rights to the NBA, the network’s first agreement for an event series.
September 18, 1997 ESPN Radio and Major League Baseball announce a deal for game coverage (beginning in 1998) and a variety of other programming through the 2002 season.
October 12, 1998 ESPN Radio becomes a 24-hour service utilizing ABC Radio’s recently purchased WMVP in Chicago, its flagship station: “ESPN Radio 1000.”
January 3, 2000 Mike & Mike in the Morning makes its debut.
March 7, 2000 ESPN Radio signs its 100th full-time station – WTMT-AM in Louisville, Ky.
September 1, 2001 ESPN Radio 1050 in New York debuts as a 50,000-watt 24-hour ESPN affiliate.
January 1, 2002 ESPN Radio celebrates its 10th anniversary.  In 2002, the network adds stations giving it 700 total – including coverage in the top 50 markets – and 210 fulltime.
January 1, 2003 Los Angeles station 710AM becomes an ESPN Radio affiliate.
April 26, 2004 Mike & Mike makes its TV debut on ESPNEWS.
October 5, 2005 ESPN Deportes Radio launches, the first fulltime national U.S. Spanish-language sports network, with sports talk and events, highlighted by MLB and Mexican soccer.
April 10, 2006 ESPN.com launches PodCenter, a library of digital audio and video content from ESPN’s TV, radio and online outlets to download or play on computer.
September 2009 The ESPN Radio app debuts, and was listed among the “Top 25 Apps for 2009” on iTunes.
April 30, 2012 ESPN Radio in New York moves from 1050 AM to 98.7 FM.  In September, the 1050 signal becomes a 24/7 ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate.
September 30, 2013 The Dan Le Batard Show, hosted by longtime Miami journalist Dan Le Batard and Jon “Stugotz” Weiner, makes its national debut, airing weekdays, 4 – 7 p.m. and later moves to its current 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. timeslot.
January 23, 2014 On February 3, the YES Network begins its live simulcast of ESPN New York 98.7FM’s The Michael Kay Show.
June 10, 2014 ESPN Radio becomes the first sports content available on iTunes Radio.
January 24, 2015 ESPN Radio debuts Spain & Prim, its first all-female hosted and produced sports talk show, presented by espnW and hosted by Sarah Spain and Prim Siripipat. It was the precursor to the current The Trifecta with Spain, Jane and Kate, hosted by Spain, Jane McManus and Kate Fagan.
March 6, 2015 ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike celebrates its 15th anniversary with a live show from Walt Disney World in Orlando.
April 5, 2016 Dunkumentaries, ESPN Audio’s first long-form podcast, debuts as a five episode series.
June 20, 2016 ESPNLA 710AM becomes the flagship station for the Los Angeles Rams

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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