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Fox Sports Radio Unveils Weekend Lineup For Fall

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Fox Sports Radio often changes their weekend lineup to reflect the current season.  With football in full motion, the sport will be heavily featured in the national radio network’s newest weekend schedule of shows. 

Former players and analysts will be on hand to offer 24-hour coverage, featuring game-day reaction, analysis and interviews.  Returning from the summer schedule will be former NFL players Bucky Brooks, Brady Quinn, Ephraim Salaam, Lincoln Kennedy and Rich Ohrnberger. 

Also returning to the weekend lineup from last fall will be their simulcast of Fox NFL Sunday which was recently inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame as America’s most watched NFL pregame show in the last quarter-century.  Fox NFL Sunday features Curt Menifee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan.  

Leading up to the Fox NFL Sunday broadcast will be a simulcast of the Fox NFL Kickoff show.  Hosted by Charissa Thompson, the sportscaster is joined by a group of contributors including Colin Cowherd, Tony Gonzalez, Michael Vick, Dave Wannstedt, Cooper Manning and Peter Schraeger.

“From weekdays to weekends, early mornings to overnights, FOX Sports Radio is live 24-7 reacting to the biggest stories in sports,” said Scott Shapiro, Premiere Networks VP of Sports Programming. “With the most talented and credible personalities in the industry, FOX Sports Radio delivers instant reaction before games, during games when monumental plays happen, directly after games, and anytime sports news breaks.”

FSR’s fall weekend schedule:

Saturdays:

2am-6am ET/11pm-3am PT          The Jonas Knox Show

6am-10am ET/3am-7am PT           The Fellas with Anthony Gargano & 3-Time Pro Bowler Lincoln Kennedy

10am-1pmET/7am-10am PT          The Jason McIntyre Show

1pm-4pm ET/10am-1pm PT          Steve Hartman & Pro Bowl Wide Receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh         

4pm-8pm ET/1pm-5pm PT            Jonas Knox & 5-Year NFL Cornerback/Return Specialist Bucky Brooks

8pm-11pm ET/5pm-8pm PT          Brian Noe & FS1’s Nick Bahe

11pm-2am ET/8pm-11pm PT        Arnie Spanier & Aaron Torres

2am-3am ET/11pm-12am PT         Straight Outta Vegas Weekend Edition w/ Bernie Fratto

Sundays:

3am-6am ET/12am-3am PT           The Jason Martin Show

6am-9am ET/3am-6am PT             Andy Furman & Brian Noe

9am-11am ET/6am-8am PT        FOX Football Sunday with Mike Harmon & 6-Year NFL Tight End George
                                                         Wrighster/10-Year NFL Safety & Super Bowl Champion Will Blackmon

11am-12pm ET/8am-9am PT         FOX NFL Kickoff Simulcast

12pm-1pm ET/9am-10am PT        FOX NFL Sunday Simulcast

1pm-5pm ET/10am-2pm PT          Red Zone Radio with Steve Hartman & 6-Year NFL Guard Rich 
                                                            Ohrnberger     

5pm-8pm ET/2pm-5pm PT            Red Zone Radio with Dan Beyer & 13-Year NFL Tackle Ephraim Salaam

8pm-11pm ET/5pm-8pm PT          Jonas Knox & Former Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn  

11pm-2am ET/8pm-11pm PT        Arnie Spanier & Chris Plank

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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Barstool’s Big Cat Recalls Awkward Moment of Aaron Rodgers Interview

“If there’s one thing I know how to do well, it’s to reroute a conversation when a guest is like, ‘Oooh, I don’t like you guys.'”

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently appeared on the Barstool Sports podcast, Pardon My Take, and the interview seemed to go well.

Podcast co-host, Dan “Big Cat” Katz, who is a die-hard Bears fan and well-documented Aaron Rodgers hater, relished in the fact that Rodgers agreed to take trash talk from him.

But there was one moment where things almost derailed.

Big Cat, in his weekly appearance on ESPN Chicago with Tom Waddle and Marc “Silvy” Silverman, talked about asking Rodgers how many grandmothers he had killed (A reference to Rodgers not being vaccinated against COVID-19 and his beliefs on vaccine mandates).

“That was a good lesson that PFT and I sometimes have to learn,” Big Cat said, before saying he saved the interview by finding a way out of the subject. “If there’s one thing I know how to do well, it’s to reroute a conversation when a guest is like, ‘Oooh, I don’t like you guys.'”

Katz said it was a moment where they had to pause and understand what they were actually asking and insinuating with Rodgers.

“That was one of those ones we really don’t live in the real world, so when we go out into the real world and we say something that we’ve been joking about within the confines of our studio on ears that haven’t heard those jokes before, it’s kind of like, ‘Wait what did you guys just say? Are you really joking about grandmothers that died from COVID?'” he said. “And then when you get it repeated back to you, you’re kind of like, ‘Oh, yeah that is kind of messed up. Right, good point.”

Katz mentioned Rodgers went with the whole bit for the interview the entire time. So while there was a brief second where things could’ve gone south, everyone just let it go.

“Score one for Aaron, but he was smiling,” Big Cat said. “It was all in good fun.”

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Fescoe in the Morning: ESPN Has a History of Ignoring Non-Partner Leagues

“They are risking being ignored by ESPN now,” replied Klingler.

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ESPN is out of the running for the Big Ten football and basketball media rights. Those will be awarded to a combination of other networks and likely a streaming service. ESPN appears to be focusing on NCAA Championships next.

Josh Klingler, co-host of Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City, took time on their show on Tuesday to break down what that might mean for the Big Ten in terms of coverage.

“You’re (Big Ten) going to network television, which is better; more eyeballs and what have you,” noted Klingler. “But also, let’s not forget ESPN has a history of ignoring you when you’re not on their air. That’s the risk they are going to run.”

Klingler would add, “They are going to take the money. They are going to get network viewers, which is good. I guess the highlight and the hype and all those things that we are accustomed to doing that ESPN provides. We’ve already seen they ignore you if you’re not on their network.”

Bob Fescoe chimed in a reminder about another prominent league that chose not to partner with ESPN.

“Ask the National Hockey League what happened when they took the money from NBC and ran,” said Fescoe.

“They are risking being ignored by ESPN now,” replied Klingler.

“Right, but I think they are willing to do that for a billion dollars per year,” Fescoe responded.

Fescoe then said that the Big Ten might make up for the perceived shortcomings of not being on ESPN by being on network television.

“If you’re going to be on network TV in all three windows, Josh, quite honestly all your marquee games are going to be free,” said Fescoe.

“That’s exposure,” said Klingler.

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NESN’s Dave O’Brien Says National Networks “Blew It” By Not Hiring Dennis Eckersley

“I don’t know how they blew it as badly as they did but Dennis Eckersley should have been a national icon… they made a mistake on that. I hope somebody regrets it.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley decided to make it known that this season would be his last with NESN in the booth. He mentioned that after 50 years in baseball, it was time to go be with the grandchildren in San Diego.

His broadcast partner for a lot of those years in the NESN booth was Dave O’Brien. On the latest Sports Media Mayhem podcast, O’Brien joined show host Alex Reimer to talk about the retirement of Eckersley. Reimer pointed out that it took awhile before Eckersley became the main color analyst for the team. O’Brien remembered the time well.

“When he started, he was pre- and post- and he did that most of his career at NESN,” said O’Brien. “It was really, only the last six or seven years that he really started to get on as a game analyst.”

O’Brien was named the lead play-by-play announcer for NESN’s Red Sox coverage in 2016 which is about the same time Eckersley slid into the role of game analyst. In the time since, O’Brien has seen the work of Eckersley up close and is floored that he was working for a regional sports network and not somewhere more nationally prominent.

“I think the national people totally blew it on Dennis Eckersley,” blurted O’Brien. “And that includes Turner. They had an opportunity, I can say that because a lot of those people there now didn’t make the decision. He should have been the lead analyst doing national games. He should have been on ESPN on Sunday Night Baseball or FOX. I don’t know how they blew it as badly as they did but Dennis Eckersley should have been a national icon… they made a mistake on that. I hope somebody regrets it.”

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