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Kyle Rudolph Joins FOX Sports Radio

“This is a fantastic opportunity to transition into a new chapter of my life after 12 amazing years in the NFL.”

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When the new NFL season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, FOX Sports Radio will have a league veteran leading coverage of all the Week 1 action.

FOX Sports Radio and Premiere Sports Network announced Monday that Kyle Rudolph will be co-hosting FOX Football Sunday with Mark Willard.

“I’m incredibly excited to join the FOX Sports Radio family and co-host FOX Football Sunday with Mark Willard,” said Rudolph. “This is a fantastic opportunity to transition into a new chapter of my life after 12 amazing years in the NFL. I look forward to bringing my experiences from the field into the studio, sharing insights, and engaging with fans in a whole new way. I can’t wait to get started on September 10th!”

The show will air from 8-11 p.m. eastern. Each week during the NFL season, Willard and Rudolph will keep listeners updated on all the game action across the league.

Rudolph, a former tight end who played 12 seasons in the NFL, joins FOX Sports Radio’s growing list of former NFL players contributing coverage. Names include LaVar Arrington, TJ
Houshmandzadeh, Plaxico Burress, Geoff Schwartz, Bucky Brooks, Ephraim Salaam, Rich
Ohrnberger and George Wrighster.

Rudolph adds FOX Sports Radio coverage in addition to his NBC/Peacock Big Ten broadcasting obligations.

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Sandra Golden: Pat McAfee ‘Can’t Work Eight Days a Week’

“I just wonder if Pat McAfee is having that ‘know thy self’ moment.”

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Earlier this week, The Athletic’s Andrew Marchand reported Pat McAfee has yet to ink a new contract to return to College GameDay on ESPN. Marchand reports the two sides are continuing to talk but no agreement has been reached as of yet. During The Steakhouse today on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, Sandra Golden and former NFL punter Drew Butler, who was hosting in place of Steak Shapiro, gave their thoughts on whether or not it would make a difference to them if McAfee was back on the show.

“I am watching either way,” Golden said. “I’m kind of in Switzerland. I just wonder if Pat McAfee is having that ‘know thy self’ moment. It may not be a good fit for him and y’all he can’t work eight days a week. [He has] other things that he is doing that he has more control over. First of all, he’s asking for a ton of money, I can guarantee you that. And he should get it. But if it’s not [a fit], and it may not be…especially with Nick Saban now sitting up there.”

Butler explained to the listeners how McAfee’s agreements with ESPN work. “Keep in mind, McAfee has a separate deal with ESPN that allows the network to air The Pat McAfee show, Monday through Friday. He licenses that to ESPN. This is an employment agreement I would assume or some sort of contractor agreement…and I think one of the big things that he is probably weighing right now is that The Pat McAfee Show on Fridays during college football season would often be live at the College GameDay desk at that campus.”

Butler added, “I’m really excited for Coach Saban to be at that desk though, he is going to bring something special.”

After discussing McAfee, the two brought up another of College GameDay’s participants, Lee Corso. “What about Lee Corso?” Butler asked Golden. “What are we doing with Coach Corso?”

Golden replied, “I think [he is there] as long as ESPN wants him up there. I would like for them to set him up to succeed more. I think he can do great taped segments. I think that he doesn’t need to be traveling to all these places…maybe they work him in a little bit different and make it better for him.”

Corso, who played at Florida State in the 1950’s and was the head coach at Louisville, Indiana and Northern Illinois, will turn 89 in August.

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ESPN LA 710 and the ESPN LA App Are the New Audio Home for LA Kings Hockey

“This collaboration opens new avenues for our partners, providing them with unique opportunities to engage with a passionate sports audience.”

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Graphic announcing ESPN LA as the new flagship station of the Los Angeles Kings
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It has been a big week for ESPN LA 710 as they have already announced a new partnership with USC to air football along with men’s and women’s basketball games. They also announced a new multi-year deal for afternoon drive co-host Scott Kaplan. Today the station announced a new multi-year partnership with the LA Kings which will see the team return to the station after they had previously partnered from 2002-06.  

All of the Kings games will stream live on the ESPN LA app. Additionally, approximately 25 games will air on ESPN LA 710 which also has partnerships with the Lakers, the Rams and LAFC.

“It’s great to be part of the ESPN Radio Family once again and we are thrilled to be partnering with their passionate team to take our radio play-by-play and audio programming forward,” said Kings President and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille in a release.  “We look forward to bringing the excitement of LA Kings hockey to our core fanbase while also having the opportunity to reach new listeners. We are also thrilled to work with the on-air talent and leadership at ESPN Radio 710, who share our vision and are long-time friends based at L.A. LIVE.”

Sam Pines, Vice President for ESPN LA 710 owner Good Karma Brands said, “Our partnership with the LA Kings allows us to bring fans closer to the action than ever before. Both of our fan bases can look forward to an enhanced live broadcast experience with all games streamed on the all-new ESPN LA app as well as expanded Kings coverage, year-round. This collaboration opens new avenues for our partners, providing them with unique opportunities to engage with a passionate sports audience.”

The station said it will also air Kings podcasts and additional unique club audio content on the app.  


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Bill Riley Exiting Host and PD Role at ESPN 700 to Become Utah’s Director of Broadcasting

“This opportunity is a dream job, and it would not have been possible for me without the great experience that I’ve had at ESPN 700 here in Salt Lake City over the past 20 years.”

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Bill Riley, the long-time radio voice of Utah Athletics, will be joining the athletic department in the role of Director of Broadcasting. Riley, a three-time Utah Sports Broadcaster of the Year is being brought in to oversee the launch of the school’s new endeavor where it will self-produce digital game for ESPN+ as a part of its move to the Big 12 Conference.
 
Utah Athletics says it will produce 50-plus live broadcasts of home athletics competition during the next school year via the conference’s Big 12 Now digital platform on ESPN+.

Riley has been the play-by-play voice for Utah’s football and men’s basketball radio broadcasts on ESPN 700 and 92.1 FM since 2010, and also hosted weekly coaches’ shows. He will continue those duties and will also continue to teach a sports media class at the school, which he started in 2022. He will not, however, continue in his role as program director or daily host for ESPN 700 as he moves to the athletic department full-time at the end of the month.
 
 “We are very excited to bring Bill Riley into our team and benefit from his extensive experience in broadcasting and his deep connections and familiarity with Utah Athletics spanning nearly three decades,” said Charmelle Green, Utah’s Deputy A.D. and Chief Operating Officer in a release.

“This is an important new endeavor for our department and the University of Utah, and this position is critical for us to have immediate success in the broadcasting space. We’re looking forward to working closely with our university partners to build a robust broadcasting department and establish a strong presence in this industry as we enter the Big 12 Conference later this summer.”

“I am thrilled to join the amazing team at the University of Utah in this exciting new position,” Riley said. “Not only do I look forward to continuing as the Voice of the Utes, but the opportunity to play a role in this significant expansion of the U’s broadcasting capabilities will enable me to become more deeply involved with all of the Utes’ teams as we grow their coverage and expand the broadcast curriculum for students.

“The talent, vision and commitment of the Utes’ athletics staff has built a tremendous foundation for the production and distribution of digital broadcasts, as well as elite storytelling and content creation, and I’m excited to come alongside that team as we take on this new endeavor.

“This opportunity is a dream job, and it would not have been possible for me without the great experience that I’ve had at ESPN 700 here in Salt Lake City over the past 20 years,” Riley added. “It is a first-class station with first-class people, and I’m grateful that I can continue to be part of Utah radio broadcasts on the ‘Home of the Utes’ in my new role at the U.” 

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