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Eagles Coach Back Pedals On WIP Interview

“It was the second time this season Pederson needed to walk back comments he made during an appearance with Cataldi.”

Brandon Contes

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For the second time this season, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson backpedaled from comments he made while joining Angelo Cataldi, morning host on SportsRadio 94 WIP.

In the midst of a disappointing season, the Eagles were coming off a bad road loss to the Miami Dolphins when Pederson spoke with Cataldi Monday morning. During the interview, Pederson gave a strong indictment of his team, saying the Dolphins “played harder than we did” and “wanted this one a little bit more than we did.”

Cataldi seemed surprised by the head coach’s candor, but it wasn’t until later in the day when Pederson met with the media, that he attempted to clarify the statement. 

“I don’t want to be misunderstood when I make that statement,” Pederson told reporters. “What I mean by they want it more, there were certain plays in that game where obviously they made the play, we didn’t. So, in that case, yeah, they wanted that play a little bit more than we did.”

It was the second time this season Pederson needed to walk back comments he made during an appearance with Cataldi. Following a 38-20 loss to the Vikings in October, Pederson looked ahead to their matchup with the Cowboys and offered the WIP radio audience a strong sense of confidence. 

“We’re going down to Dallas, our guys are gonna be ready to play. And we’re gonna win that football game and when we do we’re in first place in the NFC East,” Pederson told Cataldi in October.

The statement painted the picture of a guarantee, but Pederson met with the media and tried to discount the narrative he created on WIP. “Never said guarantee a win. I’d never do that. No,” Pederson told reporters, even though he did say “we’re gonna win.”

Coaches try to avoid creating back page content, Freddie Kitchens donning a “Pittsburgh started it” t-shirt isn’t the norm. The mentality of not wanting to make headlines is often on display when players and coaches join radio shows for weekly segments. Pederson and Cataldi seem to have a good working relationship, hopefully having to again answer questions about a statement he made on WIP, doesn’t deter the Eagles’ coach from continuing to speak openly.

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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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.

“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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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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