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ESPN 97.5 Adds New Voices, New Shows To Help Write Its Next Chapter

“ESPN 97.5 and 92.5’s all-local weekday lineup will continue to feature veteran hosts John Granato, Lance Zierlein, Charlie Pallilo and Joel Blank. Joining the mix and adding new energy to the weekday schedule are Jeremy Branham, Jake Asman, Cody Stoots and Brad Kellner.”

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Gow Media has announced forthcoming changes to its weekday lineup on ESPN 97.5 and 92.5 FM. The new lineup will be tasked with writing the next chapter in the station’s storied history starting on Monday, August 16th.

ESPN 97.5 and 92.5’s all-local weekday lineup will continue to feature veteran hosts John Granato, Lance Zierlein, Charlie Pallilo and Joel Blank. Joining the mix and adding new energy to the weekday schedule are Jeremy Branham, Jake Asman, Cody Stoots and Brad Kellner.

The new weekday schedule will appear as follows: 

7a-10a – ‘The Bench’ with John Granato & Lance Zierlein 

10a-12p – The Charlie Pallilo Show 

12p-3p – ‘The Killer B’s’ with Joel Blank & Jeremy Branham 

3p-7p – ‘The Wheelhouse’ with Jake Asman, Cody Stoots & Brad Kellner

“We’re excited about the new local lineup”, said General Manager Todd Farquharson. “We’ve added some new voices to a lineup of proven all-stars. It’s going to be great sports talk with a lot of fun.” 

Afternoon host Jake Asman added, “Houston has become my home for the last 3 years and I’m so excited for this opportunity to talk about the teams and storylines that fans in this city care about. From the Texans to the Astros, to the Rockets, to anything big nationally we are going to have you covered. I can’t wait for the city to hear all the fun that we’re going to bring every afternoon!” 

Asman’s partner Cody Stoots is equally enthusiastic about the new afternoon show: “Excited would be an understatement. I’m thrilled with the opportunity we have in front of us at ESPN 97.5 and 92.5. Jake and Brad are going to be great partners. With football season here and an Astros playoff run on deck we can’t wait to get started!” 

Brad Kellner, who recently exited 104.9 The Horn in Austin to be part of the new afternoon trio chimed in as well, adding: “I am incredibly fired up to be a part of the new afternoon show at ESPN 97.5 and 92.5! The opportunity to join the top station in one of the best sports cities in America is a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to get started. I’m especially looking forward to working with Jake and Cody to bring Houstonians the best sports radio experience available.”  

Longtime station host Fred Faour will remain part of the on-air team, joining shows throughout the week in a new role as the station’s sports betting analyst. Faour previously co-hosted ‘The Blitz’ with AJ Hoffman who recently exited the station for an opportunity in Las Vegas. Weekday evenings on ESPN 97.5 & 92.5 FM will continue to feature Patrick Creighton’s Late Hits. 

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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