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Sam Rosen to Fill-in For Kenny Albert As New York Rangers Make Conference Final

The longtime television voice of the Rangers is thrilled to fill-in while Albert handles Turner’s Western Conference Final coverage.

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Kenny Albert has been a busy man juggling his duties between calling New York Rangers hockey for ESPN Radio New York and being Turner’s lead announcer during the NHL Playoffs. It appears a conflict has opened the door for longtime Rangers voice Sam Rosen to enter the booth again.

Albert is tabbed by Turner to broadcast the Western Conference Final between the Colorado Avalanche and the Edmonton Oilers. Rosen will fill-in again for Albert as he did during Games 3 and 7 of the Rangers series with the Hurricanes that just wrapped. It’s something he negotiated for with MSG; when Albert cannot be the voice of the Rangers on ESPN New York… call Sam.

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The potential duration of Rosen’s play calls all hinges upon the outcomes of the first four games between the Avalanche and Oilers. As of now, he will get at least the first four games of the Eastern Conference Final. He will be alongside analyst Dave Maloney.

Rosen has been the voice of the Rangers on MSG since 1984 and was on the call of the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship run for the team. He was limited to postgame roles in 2014 and 2015 in which the Rangers made the Stanley Cup Final and Eastern Conference Final respectively. That’s because his role on MSG was usurped by national television picking up the rights to the broadcast. In an interesting tidbit, that 1994 Rangers was meant Rosen was on the call for the last time a local television channel was allowed to carry the Final.

Albert could return to his play-by-play duties on ESPN New York if the Western Conference Final ends before the Eastern. If the Rangers make it back to the Final, Albert will be on the call for ESPN New York because this year’s Final is an ABC broadcast. Next year it will belong to Turner.

How does Rosen feel about all of that?

“For the Final, I’ll beg for any role I can get.”

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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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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