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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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Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte

“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”

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Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.

Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin. 

“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”

Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”

Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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