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ESPN Radio To Launch New Lineup on August 17th

“Rarely does a network forego tweaking for a complete overhaul but ESPN Radio is taking action and introducing a whole new lineup on August 17th.”

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ESPN Radio’s national lineup of shows will soon be almost unrecognizable. After losing Stephen A. Smith earlier this year and Will Cain’s departure last month, the network has confirmed a new lineup will hit the air on August 17th.

Rarely does a network forego tweaking for a complete overhaul the way ESPN Radio is about to, but the network told affiliates today it will indeed feature four new daytime shows. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post was the first to report that possibility.

The new lineup will feature former wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, basketball analyst and former point guard Jay Williams, and SportsCenter host Zubin Mehenti in morning drive. The trio will occupy the 6a-10a timeslot. 

Johnson, Williams and Mehenti as ESPN Radio’s new morning show from 6 – 10am ET, brings to an end Golic and Wingo. Golic’s impressive run on ESPN Radio looks to be ending after more than two decades with the company. Wingo’s morning show tenure falls short of three years. Both hosts have contracts that expire at the end of this year. 

The Dan Le Batard Show will continue its daily start at 10am, but it will lose an hour in the process. The show will now operate weekdays from 10a-12p. They make room for Mike Greenberg, the host of ESPN’s morning TV show Get Up who previously spent 16+ years on the network hosting alongside Golic on Mike & Mike. Greeny will fill the weekday slot of 12p-2p.

Also returning to his radio roots is Max Kellerman. The First Take star has previously hosted on ESPN LA 710 and ESPN New York, and was considered for mornings, but his responsibilities opposite Stephen A. Smith would’ve made it difficult to work on both shows. Kellerman will take over weekdays from 2p-4p ET on the network.

After Kellerman, current morning show contributor Mike Golic Jr. and basketball analyst Chiney Ogwumike will team up to in afternoons from 4 – 7pm. Evenings will feature the reunited team of Jason Fitz and Sarah Spain from 7p-9p, and Freddie & Fitzsimmons from 9p-1a.

It’s interesting to see ESPN potentially go with three two-hour shows in their new weekday lineup instead of a more traditional schedule breakdown. But with five shows from 6am – 7pm, affiliates will have plenty of flexibility in mixing local talent with syndicated programming.

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2 Pros And A Cup Of Joe Is New FOX Sports Radio Morning Show

“The opening in morning drive was created four months ago when Clay Travis announced he would move to another department of parent company, Premier Networks.”

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LaVarr Arrington is joining Brady Quinn and Jonas Knox in morning drive on FOX Sports Radio. The network announced today that 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe is the name of the trio’s new show, which will be heard every weekday. The show launches Monday on 350 stations across the country.

The opening in morning drive was created four months ago when Clay Travis announced he would move to another department of parent company, Premier Networks. He left FSR to join Buck Sexton in the time slot occupied by the late Rush Limbaugh.

“The FOX Sports Radio family was so proud when Clay Travis was chosen to team up with Buck Sexton to continue the tradition of excellence created by Rush Limbaugh,” Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, said in a press release. “At FSR, we make a commitment to each of our affiliates to deliver the best national sports lineup in the country, 24/7. Clay’s departure left a hole in our roster, but today, we proudly continue that commitment as we serve up a breakfast of champions with the launch of 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe.”

FOX Sports Radio didn’t have to look far to find its new morning men. Despite guesses and theories that included sports media professionals from all parts of the country at all levels of the business, 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe is made up of hosts that were already part of the network’s weekend lineup and had been serving as fill-in hosts for morning drive since May.

“Bolstering what’s already the best national sports talk lineup, we are injecting fun, personality, credibility, strong doses of caffeine, and thought-provoking conversation into morning-drive,” Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio, added. “After already getting rave reviews from the audience over the past couple months, we are fired up to have this dynamic trio start the day with a smile every morning!” 

Arrington and Quinn will give the show a nice little national boost. The two will undoubtedly promote the show on FOX Sports’ television programs. Quinn is a part of FOX’s Big Noon Saturday while Arrington makes regular appearances on FS1.

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Jerry Jones On Listening To Sports Radio: ‘I Like Pain’

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying.”

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No one can accuse Jerry Jones of being shy. The Dallas Cowboys owner is always welcoming of the chance to be in the public eye. That includes making appearances on sports talk radio. Friday he was a guest on K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Jones has made headlines on the station before. Some of those headlines have been for getting angry with both K&C in the past and morning men Shan & RJ. On Friday, it was his thoughts on the format itself that made the headlines.

“I guess I’m one of the few people that can’t stand it and want to see what people are saying. Is that human nature or not?” Jerry Jones answered when asked why he listened.

He admits that plenty of people have wondered why he would continue to listen to sports talk shows when the Cowboys are so polarizing.

“I use to have people ask me, ‘why in the world do you listen to talk radio, because they’re wearing your proverbial butt out?’ (And my response was)’I like pain. I just like to hear it. Just put it in me.'”

While the Cowboys came out of Week 1 with a loss, sports talk in Dallas has largely been kind to the Cowboys. The aforementioned Shan & RJ said that Dak Prescott’s performance should be the story of week 1 considering that the Cowboys’ quarterback missed most of last season with a shoulder injury.

Time will tell if Jerry Jones is in for his beloved pain following the Cowboys’ visit to LA to take on the Chargers on Sunday.

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Joy Taylor Creates Scholarship At Barry University

“Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009.”

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Barry University is a private, Catholic school in Miami. It also happens to be the alma matter of FOX Sports Radio star Joy Taylor, who announced today that she is giving back to the school and helping some of its current students.

On Friday, Joy Taylor took to Twitter to announce that she had created a scholarship. It will go to students in the school’s department of mass communications.

“It’s my honor to be able to give back to the next generation of journalists and broadcasters,” Taylor wrote. “It’s a personal goal of mine to improve the lack of diversity in my business at every level. Barry gave me that experience. Go Bucs!”

Taylor graduated from Barry University in 2009. She began her career in local radio in Miami shortly after.

She isn’t the only famous alumnus of the school. Barry University awarded Shaquille O’Neal a doctorate of education in 2012. The NBA Hall-of-Famer studied Human Resource Development at the school.

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