On Sunday, Kevin Harlan will make broadcast history as he ties the late Jack Buck for the most consecutive Super Bowls called. Broadcasting Super Bowl LIII on Westwood One Radio from Atlanta, GA will be Harlan’s ninth straight year calling the contest.
Harlan will provide the game’s radio play-by-play alongside his color analyst, Kurt Warner after broadcasting the last eight Super Bowls with Boomer Esiason. Although most of the country consumes the Super Bowl by watching on television, the radio broadcast still garners more than 20 million listeners throughout the game.
“I’m reminded by my executive producer Howard Deneroff that any of these calls can live forever in terms of chronicling these historic games,” said Harlan who is no stranger to unlikely calls going viral. Two years ago the broadcaster jokingly provided play-by-play of a fan running on the field during a regular season NFL game which quickly turned into one of his most famous calls.
“You better make sure that you are on your ‘A’ game. I certainly keep that first and foremost in my mind that any play needs to be treated as that play. In terms of being sharp, on my game and ready to go, I love the fact that it’s that way,” added Harlan.
At first, Harlan didn’t realize Super Bowl LIII was a milestone until he received an email from a friend.
“I had no idea about it,” Harlan told Justin Terranova of the New York Post. “Now, I am even more excited and honored than ever. Unbelievable.”
For the 58-year old Harlan, the feat is special and the opportunity to call the Super Bowl doesn’t get old.
“I broadcast many of those Super Bowls in my room when I was 12, 13, 14 years old. … It’s not lost on me how unbelievable and lucky it is for me to do this. … I don’t want to build it up too much, because even for the greatest performers there can be a moment of pause knowing how many people are listening and how important this broadcast is.
“The last thing I tell myself is, ‘It’s just another game’ and I have to treat it like that. All while winking to myself because if I build it up too much you can be stricken with fear by just how many people are listening and how these plays are replayed forever.”
Mad Dog: Gus Johnson ‘Bothered The Hell Out of Me’ Saturday
“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine.”
FOX Sports college football voice Gus Johnson has made no bones about his affinity for Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. However, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has heard enough.
During his Mad Dog Unleashed program on SiriusXM, Russo shared that not only was Johnson obnoxious for the constant use of a nickname he bestowed up Harrison, but he was also misguided for calling Ohio State/Michigan the greatest rivalry in sports.
“Gus Johnson — the hype machine that he is — please, when you broadcast a ballgame, I don’t need to hear about Maserati Marv, number one. And number two, that’s not the greatest rivalry in sports history. Have you heard of the Yankees and the Red Sox? Giants and the Dodgers? How about Bears/Packers? Have you heard about that?
“For crying out loud, Michigan/Ohio State isn’t even better than North Carolina/Duke, who play twice a year. So let’s be careful with the hype machine. That bothered the hell out of me.”
When a caller pushed back on Russo’s opinion on the Michigan/Ohio State rivalry, he continued by saying “That rivalry’s not Yankees/Red Sox. To compare college football to the Yankees and the Red Sox is ludicrous.”
Nashville Predators Radio Voice Pete Weber Calling 2,000th Game Tuesday
“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team. I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”
Nashville Predators radio voice Pete Weber is set to hit a career milestone Tuesday, as he’ll call his 2,000th game for the NHL franchise.
Weber told The Tennessean that he has relished the opportunity to be the voice of a team since its inception. He claimed he applied for and was a finalist for the radio play-by-play job when the Carolina Panthers were conceived, before ultimately landing with the Predators.
“I always wanted to be there for the birth of a team,” said Weber. “I feel like I’ve been a pretty fair midwife here.”
Despite missing time late last season due to a rare brain condition, Weber said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
“I have not thought about it, other than when I thought about how (former Philadelphia Phillies announcer) Harry Kalas was carried dead out of the broadcast booth in Washington,” Pete Weber said. “I thought, ‘Well, that’s an interesting way to go. I don’t necessarily know that I want to do it like that. But it could happen. I’m not going to say no.”
Weber’s 2,000th game will come as the Nashville Predators play host to the Pittsburgh Penguins. 102.5 The Game is the flagship home of the Predators Radio Network.
iHeartMedia Ending WEEI Simulcast in Cape Cod
A job opening for a sports talk co-host/producer/programming assistant that says its salary will “be funded by the savings that the market is acquiring from the expiring Audacy/WEEI & Red Sox contracts”.
iHeartMedia is preparing to drop its simulcast of WEEI on its 96.3 WEII-FM signal in Hyannis/Cape Cod.
According to a report from Radio Insight, iHeartMedia has posted a job opening for a sports talk co-host/producer/programming assistant that says its salary will “be funded by the savings that the market is acquiring from the expiring Audacy/WEEI & Red Sox contracts”.
It goes on to state that the contract between the company and Audacy was $300,000 annually and it paid the Red Sox $65,000 annually.
The job posting alleges 96.3 FM will continue to carry sports programming with a local show.
WEEI is currently simulcast on stations in Springfield and Worcester, MA; Providence; Portland, Maine; and on stations in New Hampshire and Vermont, as well. Earlier this year, the station’s offices in Warwick, Rhode Island closed as part of a cost-cutting measure.
WEII-FM is licensed to Dennis, MA and features a 25,000-watt Class B signal.