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Scott Zolak: Tony Massarotti Exposed The Other Guys on NESN

“He had good commentary – very well-informed. They didn’t like opinions on the broadcast.”

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Boston Red Sox legend Kevin Youkilis will be the team’s primary color commentator for the 2023 season, joining play-by-play man Dave O’Brien in the booth.

Last season the network had a rotating lineup of color analysts including Youkilis and 98.5 The Sports Hub host Tony Massarotti.

Tuesday on Zolak & Bertrand on The Sports Hub, host Scott Zolak thought making Youkilis the main guy was the safe play considering he is a former Red Sox player.

“This is what they like. They like the former ex-player in there than the guy that’s gonna push them a little bit like Maz,” Zolak said. “If you know what Tony is, and let’s face it everybody at NESN, everybody over there at the Red Sox, everybody in baseball knows what Tony is. Tony’s very popular at what he does.”

“You think it was bad when Maz was on? No,” he added. “The problem is I think Maz exposed those other guys.”

Co-host Marc Bertrand said he wasn’t trying to take anything away from the rotating cast, including Will Middlebrooks. He thought what they had going was good enough.

“Everybody else was fine,” Beetle said. “I thought Middlebrooks, the rare opportunity that he had to do it, was excellent. I think he’s good on the desk. I think he’s got a real future in it. He’s good.”

“I think the Red Sox booth is going to be stale,” he added. “Just like their team.”

Zolak thought about former analysts like the late Jerry Remy and hall of famer Dennis Eckersley. He felt like Massarotti checked all the boxes and lived up to the standard his predecessors set.

“Remy had pizazz. Eck had it all,” Zolak said. “You’re never gonna replace Eck, but at least Maz was somewhere in between. Maz didn’t play the game, not a former player. They like former players – I get it. A lot of sports are like that. You like the former player broadcasting on it. Maz was sort of that tweener. He had good commentary – very well-informed. They didn’t like opinions on the broadcast.”

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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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