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R.J. Bell Joining FOX Sports Radio

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FOX Sports Radio is adding Las Vegas sports-betting expert and founder/CEO of Pregame.com, R.J. Bell to the network’s lineup. Just in time for football season, Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell will debut September 1st, broadcasting Fridays from 11p to midnight PT and Saturdays from 10p to midnight PT, on over 300 stations nationwide, as well as FOX Sports Radio’s channel on iHeartRadio and FOX Sports channel 83 on SiriusXM.

Bell and Las Vegas radio personality Steve Cofield, along with Pregame.com’s top analysts, will give FSR listeners a Vegas perspective on the leading sports stories and major games, including how breaking news and injury updates affect the odds. Bell will also feature interviews with the biggest names each week, integrating the best mainstream insight into the Las Vegas conversation.

Bell will continue to contribute to FOX Sports Radio’s 24/7 lineup, including The Herd with Colin Cowherd’s Blazing Five podcast, The JT “The Brick” Show with Tomm Looney, and Steve Gorman SPORTS.

“We’re making history,” shared Bell. “This is the first Vegas sports show on a major national radio network. FOX Sports Radio understands that even those who don’t bet on sports want to know who the favorites and underdogs are – it’s not a ‘hot take’ when the opinion is backed by cold cash. Pregame is honored to break this ground and we’re ready to produce a show different than any other, a show worthy of the faith shown in us.”

“We’re excited to welcome R.J. Bell to FOX Sports Radio, adding to the strongest lineup of sports-talk personalities in the industry,” shared Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks and FOX Sports Radio. “There has never been more demand for the Vegas perspective in the world of sports. R.J. has proven to be a credible national voice for years who brings a uniquely interesting outlook for both casual and hardcore sports fans.”

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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