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ESPN Names TV and Radio Broadcast Crews for 40 Bowl Games

The first bowl game broadcast is set for Saturday, December 16th.

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With the exception of Army/Navy on Saturday, the 2023 college football regular season has been completed, and now the focus shifts to the smorgasbord of bowl games taking place between December 16 and the national championship game on January 8.ESPN announced its full broadcast crew lineup for the bowl season on Thursday. All December bowl games will be simulcast on ESPN+.

It all begins with the Myrtle Beach Bowl at 11 a.m. on the 16th. Drew Carter and Dustin Fox will be on the call on ESPN, with Stormy Buonantony reporting from the sidelines. Chris Carlin and Orlando Franklin will also call the game for ESPN Radio.

For the College Football Playoff semifinals, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will be in Pasadena for the Rose Bowl between Michigan and Alabama, with Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge reporting from the sidelines. Sean McDonough and Greg McElroy will be on the call for the Sugar Bowl between Washington and Texas. Molly McGrath and Katie George will be the sideline reporters.

On ESPN Radio, Joe Tessitore, Dusty Dvoracek and Quint Kessenich will be at the Rose Bowl, with Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer and Ian Fitzsimmons on the call for the Sugar Bowl. Kevin Winter and Trevor Matich will be in the ESPN Radio studios in Bristol anchoring pre-game, halftime and post-game coverage.

For the other New Year’s Six games, the crew assignments are as follows:

Cotton Bowl: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek and Tom Luginbill

Peach Bowl: Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich

Orange Bowl: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Katie George

Fiesta Bowl: Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden

The entire bowl broadcasting lineup is below.

DateTime (ET)Bowl/CommentatorsPlatform
Sat, Dec 1611 a.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio (Conway, S.C.)
TV: Drew Carter, Dustin Fox, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Chris Carlin, Orlando Franklin
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+
 NoonCricket Celebration Bowl: Howard vs. Florida A&M (Atlanta)
Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker, Quint Kessenich
ABC/ESPN+^
 2:15 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Jacksonville State vs. Louisiana (New Orleans)
TV: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Taylor Davis
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+
 3:30 p.m.Avocados From Mexico Cure Bowl: Miami (Ohio) vs. Appalachian State (Orlando, Fla.)
Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden
ABC/ESPN+
 5:45 p.m.Isleta New Mexico Bowl: New Mexico State vs. Fresno State (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Clay Matvick, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler
ESPN/ESPN+^
 7:30 p.m.Starco Brands LA Bowl: UCLA vs. Boise State (Inglewood, Calif.)
TV: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
Radio: Mike Couzens, Tom Ramsey
ABC/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 9:15 p.m.Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl: California vs. Texas Tech (Shreveport, La.)
Kevin Connors, Rocky Boiman, Marilyn Payne
ESPN/ESPN+^
Mon, Dec 182:30 p.m.Famous Toastery Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Old Dominion (Charlotte, N.C.)
Dave Neal, Tom Luginbill, Abby Labar
ESPN/ESPN+^
Tue, Dec 19 9 p.m.Scooter’s Coffee Frisco Bowl: UTSA vs. Marshall (Frisco, Texas)
Jorge Sedano, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
ESPN/ESPN+^
Thu, Dec 218 p.m.RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl: South Florida vs. Syracuse (Boca Raton, Fla.)
TV: Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
Radio: Chris Carlin, Harry Douglas
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Fri, Dec 226:30 p.m.Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. UCF (Tampa, Fla.)
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum
ESPN/ESPN+^
Sat, Dec 23Noon76 Birmingham Bowl: Troy vs. Duke (Birmingham, Ala.)
Tom Hart, Cole Cubelic, Taylor Davis
ABC/ESPN+
NoonCamellia Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois (Montgomery, Ala.)
TV: Courtney Lyle, Hutson Mason, Ashley Stroehlein
Radio: Mike Couzens, Aaron Murray
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
3:30 p.m.Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl: James Madison vs. Air Force (Fort Worth, Texas)
Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
ABC/ESPN+
3:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Georgia State vs. Utah State (Boise, Idaho)
TV: Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Morgan Uber
Radio: Clay Matvick, Dave Steckel
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 7 p.m.68 Ventures Bowl: South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan (Mobile, Ala.)
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ESPN/ESPN+
7:30 p.m.SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Northwestern (Las Vegas)
Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Stormy Buonantony
ABC/ESPN+^
10:30 p.m.EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State (Honolulu, Hawaii)
TV: John Schriffen, Orlando Franklin, Marilyn Payne
Radio: Kevin Winter, Trevor Matich
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Tue, Dec 26 2 p.m.Quick Lane Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Minnesota (Detroit, Mich.)
Connor Onion, Dustin Fox, Tori Petry
ESPN/ESPN+^
5:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl: Texas State vs. Rice (Dallas, Texas)
Dave Neal, Aaron Murray, Morgan Uber
ESPN/ESPN+^
 9 p.m.Guaranteed Rate Bowl: Kansas vs. UNLV (Phoenix, Ariz.)
TV: Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Max Starks
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Wed, Dec 272 p.m.Military Bowl Presented by GoBowling.com: Virginia Tech vs. Tulane (Annapolis, Md.)
Jay Alter, Rene Ingoglia, Alex Chappell
ESPN/ESPN+^
 5:30 p.m.Duke’s Mayo Bowl: North Carolina vs. West Virginia (Charlotte, N.C.)
TV: Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr.
Radio: Mike Couzens, Charles Arbuckle
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
9 p.m.TaxAct Texas Bowl: Texas A&M vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State (Houston, Texas)
TV: Roy Philpott, Roddy Jones, Taylor McGregor
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Thu, Dec 2811 a.m.Wasabi Fenway Bowl: No. 24 SMU vs. Boston College (Boston, Mass.)
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Sherree Burruss
ESPN/ESPN+^
 2:15 p.m.Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Miami (The Bronx, N.Y.)
TV: Drew Carter, Rod Gilmore, Taylor Davis
Radio: Mike Corey, Harry Douglas
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 5:45 p.m.Pop-Tarts Bowl: No. 18 NC State vs. No. 25 Kansas State (Orlando, Fla.)
TV: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Sean Kelley, Rene Ingoglia
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 9:15 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 14 Arizona vs. No. 12 Oklahoma (San Antonio, Texas)
TV: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
Radio: Justin Kutcher, Max Starks, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Fri, Dec 29NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl: No. 22 Clemson vs. Kentucky (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum
ESPN/ESPN+^
 3:30 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Memphis vs. Iowa State (Memphis, Tenn.)
TV: John Schriffen, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport
Radio: Jorge Sedano, Orlando Franklin
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 8 p.m.Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 7 Ohio State (Dallas)
TV: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill
Radio: Brad Sham, Kirk Morrison, Taylor McGregor
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Sat, Dec 30NoonChick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 11 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Penn State (Atlanta)
TV: Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
 2 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl: Auburn vs. Maryland (Nashville, Tenn.)
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang
ABC/ESPN+^
 4 p.m.Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 5 Florida State (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
TV: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Katie George
Radio: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
ESPN/ESPN Radio/ESPN+^
Mon, Jan 1NoonReliaQuest Bowl: Wisconsin vs. No. 13 LSU (Tampa, Fla.)
Brian Custer, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler
ESPN2
 1 p.m.Cheez-It Citrus Bowl: No. 17 Iowa vs. No. 21 Tennessee (Orlando, Fla.)
TV: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton
Radio: Chris Carlin, Tom Luginbill
ABC/ESPN Radio^
 1 p.m.Vrbo Fiesta Bowl: No. 23 Liberty vs. No. 8 Oregon (Glendale, Ariz.)
TV: Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden
Radio: Mike Couzens, Max Starks, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN/ESPN Radio^
 5 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Prudential: No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 4 Alabama (Pasadena, Calif.)
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Laura Rutledge
Radio: Joe Tessitore, Dusty Dvoracek, Quint Kessenich
ESPN/ESPN Radio^
 8:45 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Texas (New Orleans, La.)
TV: Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath, Katie George
Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN/ESPN Radio^
Mon, Jan 87:30 p.m.College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T (Houston, Texas)
TV: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe, Molly McGrath
Radio: Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Ian Fitzsimmons, Kris Budden

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ESPN 97.5 in Houston Announces New Lineup

“The station had to make some very tough & unfortunate economic decisions last week.”

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ESPN 97.5 in Houston announced they will have a new lineup starting Monday Feb. 26. The drive time slots will continue to feature John Granato and Lance Zierlein in mornings and The Killer B’s, Jeremy Branham and Joel Blank, in the afternoon.

In between the two shows will now have The Del Olaleye Show airing from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by Gallant and George with Paul Gallant, who had been hosting the early midday slot previously and Joe George, the station’s Assistant Program Director.

Earlier this week, Josh Beard and Michael Connor confirmed they had been let go from the station after being in the midday slot for just six months. George posted on X at the time, “So here’s the deal. The station had to make some very tough & unfortunate economic decisions last week. It has nothing to do with the quality of their show and work they did. Programming on the station will be weird this week, then back to fully local from 7 am – 6 pm on 2/26.”

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Former Toronto Blue Jays Announcer Ben Wagner Named to Baltimore Orioles Broadcast Team

A release from the Blue Jays says Wagner will appear on radio and select television broadcasts throughout the year.

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The Baltimore Orioles announced the club’s broadcast talent lineup for the 2024 season, which includes former Toronto Blue Jays announcer Ben Wagner. Wagner had served as the radio voice of the Blue Jays for the last six seasons before Sportsnet announced it decided not to renew his contract. Prior to joining the Blue Jays broadcast team, Wagner spent 11 seasons with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons. A release from the Orioles says Wagner will appear on radio and select television broadcasts throughout the year.

The Orioles will continue to use guest analysts throughout the season, including Orioles Hall of Famers Mike Devereaux and Brian Roberts, as well as former Orioles Brad Brach and Dave Johnson.

Geoff Arnold will return for his fifth season with the Orioles broadcast team and will be the primary play-by-play announcer. Kevin Brown will be in his third season as the primary television play-by-play announcer for MASN.

Other team members for the 2024 season include Scott Garceau, Brett Hollander, Rob Long, Ben McDonald, Melanie Newman and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, who will be in his 32nd season as an analyst and 61st year as a member of the Orioles organization.

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Fred Toucher: ‘I Would Feel Weird’ if Rich Shertenlieb Reached Out to Me

“Even if it was nice, I wouldn’t like it, so if he’s listening, don’t reach out to me.”

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Fred Toucher is in the midst of co-hosting a new morning program on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Rob “Hardy” Poole. The Toucher & Hardy show made its premiere in January following the end of a 17-year run in which he worked alongside Rich Shertenlieb. Last November, Shertenlieb parted ways with the outlet that elicited questions and nostalgia from listeners, some of which continue to persist on the new program.

On Friday’s edition of the program, a caller asked Toucher about the last time he spoke to Shertenlieb and if there was still communication between them. The duo started hosting their radio program together at rock radio station WBCN-FM before making the move to the sports talk format with 98.5 The Sports Hub (WBZ-FM) for its launch in the summer of 2009. The caller wanted to specifically hear a “juicy story” and apologized if his broaching the topic was “a forbidden path.”

“I have not talked to Rich,” Toucher said. “I told you I got the text message the Saturday after they didn’t put him on the air anymore, and I haven’t talked to him.”

Toucher wondered who among former members of the Toucher & Rich program had heard from Shertenlieb, leading him to go around the studio and ask. Update anchor Jon Wallach revealed that Shertenlieb texted him on Thanksgiving Day to discuss how the music group Bell Biv DeVoe was performing, but he has not heard from him since. None of the others in the studio had heard from Shertenlieb in a considerable amount of time either.

“None of us were really friends with him so I don’t know what to tell you,” Toucher replied to the caller. “I wasn’t friends with him; I didn’t talk to him, so it’s not odd that I don’t talk to him.”

Toucher then began to hypothesize what would happen if Shertenlieb were to reach out to him. As he thought over such a potential occurrence, he realized that he would have a feeling in his stomach and get anxiety. He did concede, however, that if someone paid him a large sum of money to appear somewhere with Shertenlieb, he would do the 10 seconds.

“I would feel weird; I wouldn’t enjoy the process,” Toucher said. “Even if it was nice, I wouldn’t like it, so if he’s listening, don’t reach out to me. You’d make me incredibly uncomfortable. Just don’t do it.”

In thinking about the potential nostalgia from Toucher & Rich, the program briefly mentioned Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo and his relationship with former co-host Mike Francesa. Toucher believes that Russo is doing fine without Francesa, a sentiment Wallach concurred. Wallach also shared that he feels Russo is doing better after Mike and the Mad Dog than Francesa.

Russo hosts a SiriusXM program on the Mad Dog Sports Radio channel named after him, in addition to High Heat on MLB Network and a weekly appearance on ESPN’s First Take. The split between both shows elicited interest from the listening public, something Toucher completely understands because of the unique facets of radio.

“People consume you 20 hours a week or they conceivably could, so when there’s any change, your immediate reaction to it, even though it hasn’t been bad, a lot of people if you listen to an old thing all the time it’s going to be strange to you, a new thing, or when a component of it is missing,” Toucher explained, “even if it’s better than it was, which I contend Toucher & Hardy over the last three weeks is better than Toucher & Rich was in 2023 and 2022 certainly.”

The segment concluded with Toucher proclaiming that he had answered the question and now will not have to entertain it again. “I have no idea what he’s doing and no one I know does, and no one I know has seen him,” Toucher said. “I haven’t even had a listener email me and go, ‘I saw him.’”

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