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Greg Olsen: Being In Production Meetings This Season Made Me Better Broadcaster

“This was the first time now calling NFL games that I could be in the production meetings and talk to Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers and pick the brains of Sean McVay.”

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Even though former NFL tight end Greg Olsen had broadcasted some games for FOX in 2017 and 2019, this past season was a unique experience for Olsen as he was able to participate in more prep work that he could not do while he was an active player.

On the most recent episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast on The Volume, Olsen talked about being a part of the production meetings this year and getting to speak with players and coaches and just talk football.

“When I called the games as a player, I was never allowed in the production meetings,” said Olsen. “I was not allowed at the facilities, I was not allowed on the calls with the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the players… That was a FOX rule, that was a my rule. I didn’t feel comfortable being a part of that.

“This was the first time now calling NFL games that I could be in the production meetings and talk to Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers and pick the brains of Sean McVay. We had a 45-minute conversation with Bill Belichick and I don’t even know if we talked about the upcoming game with Indianapolis. We talked about coaching philosophy and how he views the players and how he views relationships and storytelling… We just had a really cool conversation.”

Olsen said taking part in the production meetings allowed the broadcasts that he did with Kevin Burkhardt to be as strong as they were.

Those are the things I couldn’t really prepare for because I had never done it before,” Olsen said. “That was probably the highlight of the week and made the game with Burkhardt on Sunday so fun and organic and we can tell stories and share perspectives. I always knew that part I was going to enjoy. The week of work and staying connected with the players and the schemes and trying to stay close to the game, I really enjoyed that part of it.”

With the NFL broadcast free agent frenzy still in full swing, it is unclear what team Olsen will be on yet for the 2022-23 NFL season. However, he knows he can be in the booth for a long time and that he has had a lot of fun broadcasting: 

“I would say it’s as fun, if not more than I anticipated. I always knew that I would like it,” said Olsen.  

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Tom Millikan Upped To APD of 97.1 The Ticket

“Listeners might not agree with my opinions or show content all of the time, but I genuinely try to produce shows that Detroit sports fans want every single day.”

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Congratulations are in order for Tom Millikan. The executive producer of The Morning Show with Stoney and Jansen has been promoted to assistant program director of 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.

“Tom has done an outstanding job as an executive producer and has played a vital role in the success of the station,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Detroit. “He is very deserving of this promotion and we look forward to even greater success with Tom in his new role.”

Millikan has been a steady presence in Detroit sports talk since 1998. He has been with The Ticket since 2012. In that time, he has served as an affiliate relations manager for coverage of the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons. He has also been involved with Michigan Wolverines broadcasts on sister station WWJ AM.

“Throughout my twenty plus years in radio, I’ve been blessed with countless memories of championships and pure joy,” said Millikan. “I’m living out a dream. I wanted to work in sports radio since the format exploded in the early 90s and I’ve been blessed by the tutelage of all of my co-workers and peers. I was born and raised in Detroit and Detroit sports are part of my DNA. Listeners might not agree with my opinions or show content all of the time, but I genuinely try to produce shows that Detroit sports fans want every single day.”

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Sunday Night Baseball Viewership Up On ESPN

“Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers.”

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The first month of the 2022 MLB regular season has concluded and ESPN is celebrating an uptick in viewership for Sunday Night Baseball.

The network announced on Tuesday that viewership for Sunday Night Baseball is up 4% compared to this time last year. In addition to that, compared to the 2020 full season average, ratings are up 40%.

Telecasts are averaging 1.73 million viewers. The Dodgers/Cubs game on May 8 averaged 1.781 million and peaked at over 2.1 million viewers during the 8-8:15 p.m. window.

Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and David Cone comprise the Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth, with Buster Olney contributing reports.

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Nickelodeon Gets Christmas Day NFL Game

“This will be the network’s first regular season game.”

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The NFL’s Christmas triple header will include a little slime this year. The afternoon game between the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos will be simulcast on CBS and Nickelodeon.

Nickelodeon has ramped up its NFL presence each year since 2020. The network has aired a kid-friendly broadcast of a Wild Card Round playoff game each of the last two seasons. Last year’s tile between the 49ers and Cowboys drew an audience of 41 million.

Before the start of last season, the studio show NFL Slimetime debuted. This will be the network’s first regular season game.

Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm Eastern on Christmas Day. No details of what Nickelodeon’s coverage may include are available yet. Nate Burleson, Noah Eagle and Nickelodeon star Gabrielle Nevaeh Green have been on the call of the network’s previous NFL broadcasts.

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