Since LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, Fox Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd has made the potential for an Anthony Davis trade a popular topic on his show. When the long-rumored trade finally became a reality this past weekend, Colin knew he had to be at work on Monday.
LeBron and the Lakers have become part of The Herd’s brand, with the audience expecting to hear those topics discussed. On Monday, Cowherd was must listen to radio after the Lakers made the blockbuster trade to acquire Anthony Davis over the weekend.
The only problem? Colin scheduled his vacation for this week, a seemingly well-thought move waiting until after the NBA Finals and before NBA free agency begins. Even more well-thought was taking Monday off, but scheduling his travel plans for Tuesday in case the Lakers pulled off a trade for AD, something Cowherd thought had a good chance of happening before the NBA Draft this Thursday.
Monday morning, Colin was in studio, delaying his vacation to be there for his audience, offering takes and analysis on the first major roster shakeup of the NBA off-season.
There aren’t many stories that would cause Cowherd to delay his vacation, but the Fox Sports Radio star pondered what else would have to happen to make him show up to work on his off-day. Kevin Durant might be a better overall player than Anthony Davis, Achilles injury aside, but KD signing with the Knicks is a breaking news story that would likely see Colin stay home if he was on vacation.
The radio host acknowledged he hopes it never happens, but admitted if Cleveland Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield was arrested, Colin would choose work over vacation. Baker and Colin have had a notable back and forth on social media in the last year. Tom Brady retiring would not only force Colin to delay his vacation a day, he might even cancel the entire trip to spend the week on-air.
Cowherd has been on the Davis to Los Angeles story for almost a year, ramping the rumors up this past winter. On December 18th, Colin told his audience “the only question now in this situation, is who are the Lakers going give up for Anthony Davis,” in what became a matter of when, not if, for the New Orleans Pelicans star to pair up with LeBron James. Almost exactly six months later, Colin was delaying his vacation to finally break down who it was the Lakers gave up for Davis.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.