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Westwood One Announces Super Bowl Broadcast Plans

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Westwood One has announced its full schedule of game day programming leading up to kickoff of this year’s Super Bowl between the defending champion New England Patriots and the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles. This year marks the 31st consecutive year and the 45th time overall that Westwood One will broadcast the Super Bowl.

The game broadcast will feature the outstanding play by play team of Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason. This will be Harlan’s eighth Super Bowl with the network. It’s Esiason’s 18th Super Bowl broadcast for Westwood One and his 19th overall. After working this year’s big game, Esiason will have broadcast more Super Bowls than any other analyst in NFL history.

In addition to the play by play team, Westwood will utilize Super Bowl XXXI-winning coach Mike Holmgren during the game broadcast. Former All-Pro Offensive Lineman Tony Boselli returns for his second straight year as sideline reporter, joined on the field by Hall of Fame reporter Ed Werder. Jim Gray will once again anchor the network’s pregame and halftime coverage, with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and New England quarterback Tom Brady checking in. Scott Graham and Super Bowl XXXIV MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner will contribute to the pregame show coverage.

The network also has plans to provide shoulder programming to stations leading up to the game broadcast. Gameday coverage starts at 2pm ET, with “Super Bowl Preview,” co-hosted by Scott Graham, Boomer Esiason and Mike Holmgren, followed by “Super Bowl Insider,” co-hosted by Jason Horowitz and Tony Boselli at 3pm ET. At 4pm ET, live coverage from the stadium begins with “Super Sunday,” the Super Bowl LII pregame show hosted by Scott Graham. The Super Bowl game broadcast is scheduled for 5pm ET with kickoff anticipated to be approximately 6:35pm ET.

Prior to Sunday’s full slate of programming, Westwood One will air “Seven Days to Sunday—The Road to Super Bowl LII.” The hour-long preview show will air each night during the week leading up to Super Sunday, beginning Monday January 29th and continuing through Saturday February 3rd. Scott Graham, the voice of NFL Films, will host the nightly program which includes interviews with players from both participating teams as well as coaches and other special guests. Each night’s show will be co-hosted by a different Westwood One NFL analyst and also feature a flashback to a previous Super Bowl.

Westwood One says coverage of Super Bowl LII will be available on more than 700 radio stations nationwide and 150+ FM translators. Fans can also hear the broadcast on SiriusXM, via the TuneIn Radio app, and through NFL Game Pass, which is available on NFL.com and the NFL mobile app. It’ll also be carried on the American Forces Radio Network, which provides programming to America’s military forces in over 175 countries and territories, as well as on more than 200 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command ships at sea.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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