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Brent Musberger Weighs In On Anthem Protests

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The new voice of the Oakland Raiders and hall-of-fame broadcaster Brent Musburger recently joined Mark Willard and Rich Ohrnberger on Fox Sports Radio.  The conversation began by discussing his first preseason game with the Raiders and quickly shifted to the issue of players protesting during the national anthem.

“The potential danger is the insult being delivered to customers,” said Musburger on The Mark and Rich Show.  “This is a very very tricky situation for ownership.  I’ve talk to several and they’re beside themselves because just when they think things are quieting down, President Trump will get on his ‘Twitter high horse’ and unload again, then of course the certain segment of the football population will respond accordingly and the two sides harden on their side of this particular issue, it’s a business issue and it’s a social justice issue.

Musburger continued in response to a question from Willard of why a player like Marshawn Lynch can sit on the bench during the anthem and remain on a team, yet Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid aren’t offered contracts.  “I find that it’s very unfortunate the leadership of the NFL didn’t address Colin Kaepernick immediately and explain to him what issues were at stake here with business.  I think a couple of thing would have happened, I think things would have quieted down quickly and to tell you the truth, I think Colin Kaepernick would still be playing someplace to this day.”

Musburger went on to say he would be surprised to see Kaepernick sign on with an NFL team at this point because of the stir it would create.  The hall-of-fame broadcaster added he does not know Colin personally, but remains hopeful safety Eric Reid gets a contract offer.

“I was around him at LSU and he was very nice to deal with, (referring to Reid) I enjoyed talking to him as he got ready for the Tigers and I’m sorry that he’s caught up in this wash because I think he is good enough right now to play for some team.”

During the interview Musburger discussed his belief, in terms of players kneeling, that the original reason for protesting is no longer the focal point.  The issue has shifted to the business side of needing to maintain everyone as customers.

If Musburger could advise the players on the protest, he would offer “You’ve got some real grievances in this country I have no issue about that, there will be no argument from anybody on that and we would like to clean up some of these things, but in your particular business I wouldn’t want to insult any of the customers like you’re doing because they take it the wrong way, they think it’s a slap in the face toward our flag and a lot of them have relatives who lost their lives.”

Putting blame on the league and owners for allowing the issue to drag on as long as it does, Musburger wished “there had been a resolution and we could get back to talking about the great game that football can be.”

Mark Willard and Rich Ohrnberger host weekdays on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports in San Diego.  The full interview of Musburger on The Mark and Rich Show can be heard here.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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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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