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Michael Kay Clarifies Gerrit Cole, Josh Donaldson Comments

“Kay went on to say that if there was ever a day that fans could be assured that Gerrit Cole was not using any sort of foreign substance, it was during his start on Wednesday. That he went out on that day and threw the ball 100 miles per hour was the best answer Kay says Cole could have given.”

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Michael Kay made some waves earlier this week on his ESPN New York radio show. It sounded like he was advocating for Yankees ace Gerrit Cole to throw at the Minnesota Twins’ Josh Donaldson after Donaldson accused Cole and other Major League pitchers of using foreign substances to change the spin rate of the baseball.

Kay made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show yesterday. He wanted to clarify that he was not advocating for Cole to do anything. He was telling his audience what he would have done if he were Cole.

“What I said on my radio show was that God didn’t give me talent because he knows I’m a vindictive human being. I have a laminated list in my back pocket, Dan, for people that have crossed me,” the television voice of the New York Yankees joked.

“Everybody took and said that I said Gerritt Cole should do it. No! Gerritt Cole shouldn’t do it because Gerritt Cole is too important to the Yankees. He would be suspended. There could be a brawl. People could get hurt. But sick Michael Kay, if I was on the mound, I would have done it.”

Cole was coming off of a rough Tuesday where he struggled to answer the media’s questions about whether he has ever used a foreign substance to affect the spin or his grip on the baseball. Michael Kay was shocked that Yankees’ PR and Cole’s agent Scott Boras didn’t make it clear to him that it was a subject that was bound to come up.

“It seemed like he was surprised and that surprised me,” Kay said. “Why would you be surprised at that question? That’s the only question anyone wants to talk about.”

Kay went on to say that if there was ever a day that fans could be assured that Gerrit Cole was not using any sort of foreign substance, it was during his start on Wednesday. That he went out on that day and threw the ball 100 miles per hour was the best answer Kay says Cole could have given.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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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 ESPN.

“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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