CBS Sports Network has announced its broadcast team for the 2014 Army football season and it features newcomers Kevin O’Connell and Courtney Fallon.
O’Connell makes the move from ESPN and is the new color commentator with Ben Holden in the booth, while Fallon will be part of the team as the sideline reporter.
CBS Sports Network is broadcasting five of the six home games this season and has added the Nov. 8 game against UConn at Yankee Stadium to its schedule. The only home contest not on CBS Sports Network is against Air Force on Nov. 1. It is going to be live on CBS at 11:30 a.m. from Michie Stadium.
Ben Holden returns for his third season with CBS Sports Network as the play-by-play announcer for the Black Knights. In addition to his football duties, Holden can be seen on the network announcing hockey and basketball contests.
O’Connell enters the booth for CBS after spending time at ESPN. He played college football at San Diego State, followed by stints with five different teams in the National Football League. He was a four-year team captain for the Aztecs and holds multiple quarterback records in both rushing and passing. He ran for over 1,300 yards in his career for first all time and ended up third on the list in passing yardage with 7,689. O’Connell was picked in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He went on to play for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and two stints with the New York Jets.
Fallon joins the team from WTVJ-NBC in South Florida, where she anchored a Sunday night weekly sports show and did field reporting duties. She could be seen on the sidelines of most Miami sporting events and was a big part of the NBC6 coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics last February with updates every morning. The New England native spent time with WLNE-TV in Southern New England and WHDH-TV in Boston and was responsible for writing, producing and shooting sports news materials for both stations.
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Dan Patrick: ‘I am Proud Of McLovin And Won’t Replace Him’
“I am happy for you and I am proud of you.”
Earlier today we reported that Andrew Perloff, better known to listeners of the Dan Patrick Show as ‘McLovin,’ would be leaving the show to co-host a new show on CBS Sports Radio at the end of the month.
The topic was addressed this morning on the Dan Patrick Show, where Patrick had nothing but good things to say about his longtime co-worker.
“I’m happy for you, you got something where you are going to be able to co-host with Maggie Gray, who we like. You get an opportunity to do big boy things hosting a radio show,” said Dan Patrick.
Perloff was part of The Dan Patrick Show for 12 years. Patrick noted that he drives an hour and a half each way from his home in Brooklyn to the show’s Connecticut studio, and despite the commute, Perloff was always in a good mood.
“Thank you for everything, you made this all happen. Everyone said that this was a bad idea, to bring in the four of us. Thank you to everyone, you have all done so much for me I can’t even begin to explain it,” said Perloff.
“I talked to Mclovin yesterday and said look, I am happy for you, I am proud of you. If I truly care about you then I should be proud and happy, and I am. You are going to be missed, I cannot replace that and I don’t want to replace that. You bought into everything we did here and you will be missed,” Patrick finally added.
John Kincade: Fans Abandoning Baseball ‘Is Biggest Lie In Sports Radio’
“Over and over again, the proof is there that people come back, and they come back in bigger numbers than they ever had before – and they spend more money, by the way.”
For the first time in 26 years, labor peace was disrupted between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association with the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to Wednesday, Major League Baseball had not seen a stoppage in normal business since the 1994-95 strike, which lasted 232 days and resulted in the cancelation of the remainder of that season, including the Postseason and the World Series. The last lockout occurred in 1990, and was resolved in a month’s time, avoiding the league having to cancel any regular season games.
Fast forward to December 2021. Baseball fans would certainly be justified in calling this past month a valid depiction of the state of the game. From the surface, it may seem oxymoronic that over $2.2 billion was spent in contract extensions and free agent signings over that time period, perhaps a verisimilitude for the league’s recovery after lost revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some baseball fans, even those extremely passionate about the game, yearn for everything to be figured out, and the words “Play ball!” to be shouted at the ballpark again as scheduled this spring. Despite this work stoppage, “People will most definitely come [back]” to patronize America’s pastime, says John Kincade, the eponymous host of The John Kincade Show on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. And if anyone says otherwise, he’ll be there to call them out on what he says is “The biggest lie ever told in sports radio.”
“Five times on this radio station [yesterday], I heard the biggest lie that’s ever told in sports radio,” said Kincade. “‘I’m done with this sport. I’m never watching again. I’m finished. This is the last straw.’ This is such the biggest load of crap, and it’s documented [and] proven over and over again… You’re lying. You know it. I know it. But nobody will call you on it. I will. You’re a fraud. You know you’re coming back. You talk a big game, but you always cave.”
A seasoned radio veteran who has hosted local and national shows around the country, Kincade has a wealth of experience talking about sports on the air. By virtue of that experience, he has also heard and responded to opinions from callers and other hosts that he knows are mendacious, not always by intent, and/or an overreaction. Therefore, he came prepared with facts to back up his claim, and prove why the fans will come back no matter how grotesque these negotiations might be portrayed by those with knowledge of the proceedings.
“Baseball has set ten new attendance records since [the strike in 1994],” said Kincade. “Baseball teams have tripled in revenues. Baseball teams’ values have quadrupled.”
Some baseball fans are already preparing for a disappointing summer without the game, including co-host Bob Cooney. If the lockout stretches into the regular season, he admits that baseball will undoubtedly lose part of his fandom.
“I’m watching golf now because I really want to get into it, [and] because I’m anticipating baseball’s going to screw me come April, May, June, whatever,” expressed Cooney. “I don’t speak in… absolutes, but I’m sitting there saying: ‘If they’re going to do this, I’m really going to look for another form of entertainment in the summer.’ I really am.”
Jamie Lynch, who has been a staple of morning programming on 97.5 The Fanatic since 2015, was discontented with the 1994-95 strike since it happened in the midst of an ongoing season. He fears a similar outcome could befall young people this time around, especially if it drags on for an extended period of time.
“The [1994-95 strike] damaged me,” explained Lynch. “It changed me as a fan of the sport… I honestly couldn’t comprehend why grown men were saying ‘no’ to playing a game. There’s probably kids out there now that are going: ‘Wait. Why aren’t they playing?’”
Kincade hopes more on-air hosts, when they hear ‘the biggest lie in sports radio,’ will call the disseminators of that message out for the falsity inherent in that statement.
“I want to hear a host go, ‘You know you’re coming back. You’re full of it. You’re coming back…,’” said Kincade. “Over and over again, the proof is there that people come back, and they come back in bigger numbers than they ever had before – and they spend more money, by the way.”
“I’ve heard hosts do that,” said Pat Egan, co-host of the morning drive program in the “City of Brotherly Love,” “but it’s a very reactionary statement… When the games restart, and they always restart, eventually, you’re back. You’re watching – every time – because you’re a sports fan.”
Maggie Gray, Andrew Perloff Take Over Afternoons on CBS Sports Radio
Gray will be returning to a familiar station for her in CBS Sports radio, where she was a morning show host from 2013 to 2018.
Yesterday we reported that WFAN’s midday show would soon be hosted by Tiki and Tierney. The CBS Sports Radio duo featuring Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney will officially move into the time slot in January.
That raised questions about the future roles for Maggie Gray and Marc Malusis.
Today, we’ve learned what’s next, at least for Gray. Audacy has announced Gray will return to CBS Sports Radio, where she previously hosted shows prior to joining FAN.
Gray will become part of the afternoon show, replacing Tiki and Tierney, teaming up with Andrew Perloff. Perloff, better known to Dan Patrick Show listeners as McLovin’ will be heard on over 300 stations across the country, weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time beginning January 3rd. Perloff had been with the DP Show since 2009. He had also hosted shows for NBC Sports Radio.
“We’re excited to grow Maggie’s footprint to a wider national audience on CBS Sports Radio and welcome Andrew to join her as co-host,” said Spike Eskin, Vice President of Programming, WFAN 101.9 FM / 660 AM and CBS Sports Radio. “Together, Maggie and Andrew will deliver a fresh weekday show for our listeners, adding another must-listen program to the station’s impressive slate of content.”
Gray went to social media to tell her fans about the news of the new afternoon show.
Perloff also took to social media to announce the news as well as saying his goodbye to the Dan Patrick Show, which it looks like he will be leaving once his new show starts at the beginning of 2022.
He had this to say on his time at the Dan Patrick Show.
“Now that it’s out, I want to express my gratitude to @dpshow @PaulPabst @HiMyNameIsSeton @brooklynfritzy. Incredible honor to be part of this team and share the fun with so many fans. They’re stuck with me for a few more weeks!”
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