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Boomer Considered Moving To Afternoons On WFAN

“According to Dukes, the rest of the morning show wasn’t as keen on the idea of switching drive times as Boomer.”

Brandon Contes

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He’s entertained New York sports fans on WFAN’s morning show for over a decade, but 18 months ago, Boomer Esiason entertained the idea of replacing Mike Francesa on afternoon drive.

In the fall of 2017, program director, Mark Chernoff had two major holes to fill in WFAN’s weekday lineup.  With Mike Francesa’s retirement looming and Craig Carton’s stunning arrest, Chernoff needed an afternoon drive host and a point guard for their morning show. 

Esiason worked with Carton for 10 years and rather than attempt to find a new partner, the former NFL MVP considered filling the afternoon void with Francesa on his way out.  On a producers only podcast hosted by WFAN’s Evan Roberts, the morning show’s Al Dukes casually mentioned Boomer’s interest in hosting afternoons.

“Boomer had these thoughts of possibly going into the afternoon and wanted us all to come with him.”

Roberts followed up and asked Dukes if he thought Boomer’s interest was legitimate.

“I think he was considering it,” Dukes answered.  “It was in his head, he asked us what we all thought.”

According to Dukes, the rest of the morning show wasn’t as keen on the idea of switching drive times as Boomer.  Esiason and his radio team chose to stick with mornings on the Fan and build a show with new co-host Gregg Giannotti.  

After the long search for a new afternoon tandem, Francesa returned from his short-lived retirement, squeezing his replacement Carlin, Maggie and Bart into midday hours.  If Boomer took the afternoon gig, it’s hard to imagine FAN would’ve bailed on the show four months in to pave way for a Francesa return like they did with CMB.   

While Esiason had interest in taking over WFAN’s afternoon show, but never actually hosted the timeslot, Francesa was hosting morning drive on the station exactly 12 years ago today.  Pulling double duty, Mike and the Mad Dog had days where they hosted WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows after Don Imus was fired in April 2017.  Francesa never had interest in permanently moving to the morning show, but his partner Chris Russo did.  

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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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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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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