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ESPN Milwaukee Announces New Weekday Lineup

Brandon Contes

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Good Karma Brands announced a lineup overhaul for ESPN Milwaukee set to debut on June 4th.  The new schedule will feature local programming every weekday from 7am – 8pm on WKTI, which flipped to an all-sports format last fall.

ESPN 94.5 will increase its local content beginning with Gabe & Chewy, where Gabe Neitzel and Packers Hall-of-Famer Mark Chmura will co-host from 7 – 9am.  Neitzel already hosts afternoons on the station with Steve “The Homer” True from 3 – 6pm, a show that will continue to be featured in the same time slot for WKTI’s new lineup.

“This investment in local programming gives fans more ways to engage in sports and provides our advertising partners additional opportunities to connect with their customers and build their brands,” VP and market manager for Good Karma Brands, Steve Wexler said in a press release.

Following Gabe & Chewy in the morning, ESPN 94.5’s lineup will continue to carry Wilde and Tausch, adding an hour to their show, now broadcasting from 9am – noon.  The noon hour will be hosted by Greg Matzek, who for eight years served as host of Sports Central on Good Karma’s news/talk station WTMJ, also anchoring their afternoon sports updates.  Moving over to WKTI, Matzek will no longer host Sports Central, but will continue to work as a sports anchor on WTMJ’s afternoon show. 

Former Marquette basketball player and current radio analyst, Tony Smith will join Bryan Dee from 1 – 3pm.  Dee previously hosted the 11am hour on ESPN 94.5.

“I’m particularly excited to bring Chewy and Tony onto our weekly lineup. Their unique perspectives and stories from their playing days, combined with knowledge of and love for Milwaukee, make them such great additions to this already compelling lineup in the Brew City,” said Brad Lane who joined ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ as their program director in January.

Following Homer & Gabe in the afternoon will be Doug Russell from 6 – 8pm.  In addition to his show on 94.5, Russell will also host ESPN Milwaukee Podcenter on Good Karma’s 540 ESPN.  National programming will fill the rest of 540’s lineup which will feature less commercials, offering more local and sponsored content. 

The lineup on 94.5 ESPN, effective June 4:
5 – 7am Golic and Wingo 
7 – 9am Gabe & Chewy (Gabe Neitzel and Mark Chmura)
9 – Noon Wilde and Tausch (Jason Wilde and Mark Tauscher)
Noon – 1pm Power Lunch with Greg Matzek
1 – 3pm Tony Smith & Bryan Dee
3 – 6pm Homer & Gabe (Steve “The Homer” True and Gabe Neitzel)
6 – 8pm Doug Russell

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Craig Carton: Adam Schefter Was Used By the Broncos

“Based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team.”

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Tuesday was a frenzy for NFL insiders as the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans nearly simultaneously announced the hiring of new head coaches, and WFAN host Craig Carton believes one NFL insider was used.

Reporting from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport at 4:44 PM ET claimed the Broncos tried to hire DeMeco Ryans — who was hired by the Texans — at the last minute, but was rebuffed, and Denver hired Sean Payton instead.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter — in no uncertain terms — refuted the validity of that report at 4:55 PM ET.

Carton believes Schefter was used by the franchise to help with damage control.

“So here’s the deal: Adam Schefter — many, many years ago — used to write for The Denver Post, and he covered the Denver Broncos,” Carton said. “He is clearly — to his credit – getting his information directly from the Denver Broncos who figure that that story from Ian Rapoport — and it is — is somewhat embarrassing…the fact that it’s out there is a bad look.

“So they go to Schefter who, along with Rapoport — the two voices of record as insiders — and they say ‘Nonsense. Put out there that that’s nonsense’. Rapoport’s getting his information DeMeco or his agent, saying “Naw, naw, no. He had choices. He could have gone to Houston, he could have gone to Denver. Obviously, the Texans sweetened the deal’.”

“Schefter’s getting his info from the Broncos, who are doing damage control,” co-host Evan Roberts concurred.

“Schefter’s great at what he does, I’m not saying that he’s not,” Carton continued. “But based on other stories that have come out — that we now know as a fact — he’s willing to be a mouthpiece for a team — namely Washington — and again, he’s great at what he does. I wanna be clear at how I state this, he’s great at what he does, but it’s obvious that the Broncos are trying to spin this, and they’re using Schefter to spin it.”

Roberts added that the situation was similar to that of NBA Insiders Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, where Wojnarowski “speaks for front offices, where Shams gets his info from players and agents”.

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K&C Masterpiece: Cowboys Could Add 30 Million More Viewers To Super Bowl

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings.”

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The matchup in this year’s Super Bowl is set, and the game will undoubtedly be the most-viewed program on TV this year. But if the Dallas Cowboys were taking part in the game, it’s safe to say the ratings would be astronomical.

The Cowboys divisional playoff game against San Francisco drew 45.7 million viewers. It was the second-most watched divisional round contest on record.

The NFC championship between San Francisco and Philadelphia drew 47.5 million.

On 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, K&C Masterpiece host Kevin Hageland said had the Cowboys made it to Philly, the viewership would’ve been even better.

“I know the game sucked, but that just shows you, because the Cowboys were like almost 8 million above every other divisional game, this could’ve gotten to 58 (million),” Hageland said.

Kevin added that if Dallas had gone all the way, the audience tuning in would’ve easily eclipsed some of the highest-rated programs of all-time.

“The Cowboys in the Super Bowl against the Chiefs would’ve shattered all viewership ratings,” he said. “Even with the new system and so many people streaming and everything like that.”

Usually the Super Bowl averages around 100 million viewers. Hageland said a Cowboys Super Bowl appearance in this day and age would’ve set the new top ratings mark for years to come.

“My estimation would be you would add approximately an extra 30 million people,” he said.

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Patrick McCarthy To Join Mets Radio Crew

“Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.”

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The New York Mets have called on Patrick McCarthy to join the team’s radio broadcasts this season.

According to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, McCarthy will host pregame and postgame coverage on WCBS and fill in for Howie Rose when he takes time off.

Patrick, the son of Phillies broadcaster Tom McCarthy, had been calling games for Philly’s Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Keith Raad will be added to the booth for Mets games on the radio this season as well.

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