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Charlotte FC, Sports Radio WFNZ Announce Flagship Broadcast Team

Will Palaszczuk previously contributed to Atlanta United coverage for 92.9 The Game, while Jessica Charman was the voice of Mercer Soccer.




Charlotte FC announced the radio broadcast team for its inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

Will Palaszczuk and Jessica Charman will be the English-language announcers for all Charlotte FC matches on the club’s flagship station, WFNZ (610 AM, 102.5 FM). The 2022 regular season will begin on Feb. 26 at D.C. United.

Palaszczuk will call play-by-play. He’s been a field reporter at WFNZ and previously contributed to Atlanta United coverage at 92.9 The Game. Palaszczuk has also worked at South Carolina Radio Network, Yahoo! Sports/SB Nation Radio, and ESPN Radio’s Columbia, Missouri affiliate.

He’s called play-by-play for Missouri Women’s Basketball and Softball, and minor league baseball for the Kinston Indians and Savannah Sand Gnats.

“I’ve been impressed with Charlotte FC’s build from afar and now up close. Everyone throughout the organization has exhibited the epitome of class. I’m honored they found me worthy to carry the responsibility of telling their amazing story to the fans of the Carolinas,” said in Charlotte FC’s official announcement.

“I’m also thrilled to work with an analyst of Jessica’s caliber. Her background as a player and broadcaster will provide a distinct perspective which I’m sure all listeners will enjoy. I thank the management of WFNZ for recognizing, developing and bringing this partnership into reality.”

Charman will be the color commentator, the first female to take that broadcast role full-time in MLS history. She was most recently the voice of Mercer Soccer, following the Bears’ run to the SoCon Championship, and has called the CAC Women’s Championship and Peach Belt Conference Finals.

Originally from Harefield, England, Charman played goalkeeper at Clayton State and won the Peach Belt Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year award.

“It’s truly an honor to have been selected as one of the inaugural voices of Charlotte FC’s radio broadcast. I am excited for the opportunity to help bring CLTFC’s incredible product on the pitch to fans at home,” said Charman.

“I am hopeful listeners will love my passion for the sport from both a player and fan perspective. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of an opportunity like this and couldn’t have wished for a better Club to have earned it with.”

As mentioned, Charlotte FC’s season opener will be Feb. 22 at D.C. United. The Club’s home opener is March 5 at Bank of America Stadium against the LA Galaxy.

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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.”



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.”



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.”



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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