When Mike Francesa announced his new show on RADIO.COM Sports last December, he mentioned the possibility of offering political commentary. Francesa largely has stuck to sports since launching the show in January, leading some to wonder where the political conversations were.
For three years, the Sports Pope was an open supporter of President Trump. But unsatisfied with the handling of COVID-19 in recent weeks, Francesa has grown frustrated with the 45th President of the United States, while simultaneously showing a willingness to discuss politics on-air. During his Monday evening show on RADIO.COM Sports, Francesa proved he can still rear back and throw a fastball, making President Trump the focal point of his fiery rant.
“He basically accused the hospitals of padding the numbers they need because they were trying to sell or sending out the back door the masks. ‘How do you go from using 20,000 masks to 300,000 masks, can’t be done, go investigate that.’” Francesa said while paraphrasing the President.
As health care workers around the country and in New York call for help regarding shortages of protective equipment, President Trump recently alluded to masks being sent “out the back door” by hospitals.
“You go investigate that! You have your military or FEMA investigate that, that’s your job!” Francesa yelled in response to Trump suggesting reporters should find out why hospitals need more masks and medical equipment.
“They don’t have the supplies they need,” Francesa said of the medical workers. “Don’t give me the MyPillow guy doing a song and dance up here on a Monday afternoon while people are dying in Queens. Get the stuff made, get the stuff where it needs to go and get the boots on the ground, treat this like it’s the crisis it is!” Francesa continued.
“How can you have a scoreboard that says 2,000 people have died and tell us, it’s OK if another 198,000 die, that’s a good job. How is that a good job in our country? It’s a good job if nobody else dies!”
Francesa hosts weekdays on RADIO.COM Sports from 5:00pm ET – 6:30pm ET, with the final half hour also being simulcast on his longtime radio home WFAN.
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.
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.
“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.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
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.