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Will Cain Profiled by Washington Post

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While ESPN has oft been criticized for leaning far to the left and not sticking to sports, Ben Strauss of The Washington Post detailed the rising stardom of conservative political analyst Will Cain at the network.

Many of the most prominent ESPN personalities in recent years held largely liberal viewpoints, such as Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Tony Kornheiser, Mike Wilbon, Dan Le Batard, Bomani Jones, Keith Olbermann.  Since stepping in as president of the network in March, Jimmy Pitaro has brought more balance to ESPN, “When I look at this topic — the criticism that we’re left-leaning — my job is to bring on people who have different thoughts,” Pitaro said. “Will is a great example. . . . I feel like we’re pretty balanced right now.”

Cain hosts a daily radio show for ESPN and regularly contributes to First Take where his opinions rarely fall in line with Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman.  “We want a potpourri of opinions,” Smith told The Post. “I’m interested in mass appeal for the show.”

Cain doesn’t think like a lot of his ESPN peers and with roots in Texas, the law school graduate also doesn’t sound like many of them.  Prior to joining ESPN, the Texas native, was a political analyst appearing on Fox News, The View and MSNBC among other outlets.  Cain later began filling in on ESPN Radio, working his way up to co-host of The Ryen Russillo Show and taking over as solo host earlier this year.

Cain who joined the network before Trump became president, puts his show’s emphasis on sports.  “I didn’t come here to bring politics to sports,” Cain recently said during his radio program. “I didn’t come here to counterbalance anybody out.”  Although he leans to the right, Cain does not proclaim himself a Trump supporter and avoids the more controversial stylings of Fox Sports conservative sports radio host Clay Travis.

The Will Cain Show which debuted in January, airs weekdays on ESPN Radio from 3 – 6pm ET.

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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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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