Washington D.C. sports radio sister stations 106.7 The Fan and The Team 980 today announced updates to their afternoon programming, according to releases sent out by Entercom.
Sports media veterans Brian Mitchell and JP Finlay will be taking over as co-hosts for a new mid day show on 106.7 The Fan. Effective immediately, the two can be heard weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.
“Brian Mitchell and JP Finlay are two of the most high-profile, opinionated, and respected sports voices in the D.C. area,” said Ivy Savoy-Smith, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “True friends off the air, ‘BMitch’ and JP’s show will feature natural chemistry, great sports information and opinion, and a lot of fun.”
“I’m excited and ecstatic for this opportunity,” said Mitchell. “JP and I are friends on and off the air and I can’t wait to bring that chemistry to the DMV on 106.7 The Fan every day. Buckle up.”
Mitchell joins The Fan after leaving his role as host of the Brian Mitchell Show on now sister station 980 The Team. As a result of Mitchell’s departure, The Team has announced a new weekday programming lineup, with Kevin Sheehan’s morning show remaining the only constant.
“We’re thrilled to launch an exciting new lineup of compelling and dynamic voices on 980 The Team,” said Ivy Savoy-Smith, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Washington D.C. “The station’s sound will reflect the passion and sound of the DMV sports fan and provide a full day of premier content, led by market veterans who know the city’s sports landscape as well as anyone.”
According to the release, as part of the updates, longtime Washington and Baltimore sports media veteran Travis Thomas will take over as midday show host. Most recently, Thomas hosted the Saturday afternoon radio show on sister station The Fan. He can now be heard weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET on 980 The Team.
Reese Waters also joins the station to host weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Prior to taking on this new role, Waters has been the host for Get Up DC for WUSA-9 since 2017.
Chris Russell, who has appeared in a variety of roles for 106.7 The Fan and 980 The Team since 2009, will team up with Pete Medhurst for Russell and Medhurst, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football
“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”
The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.
“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit.
Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about:
As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.
“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”
Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan
“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”
John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.
Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.
“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”
Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.
The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.
“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”
Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’
“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.
On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.
“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.
“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”
Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.
The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.
“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”