One of the most popular syndicated shows on music radio is The Breakfast Club. The show has made headlines in recent weeks with appearances from Rush Limbaugh and Joe Biden. On Tuesday morning, ESPN’s Jalen Rose and David Jacoby were guests on the show.
Host Charlemagne Tha God asked Jalen Rose if athletes had the responsibility to speak out if they attended a protest in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.
“Absolutely!” Rose said emphatically.
He pointed out that his office has a picture of the Ali Summit, where Muhammad Ali announced that he would not join the military. In the photo, Ali is surrounded by Lew Alcindor (before later changing his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Jim Brown, and Bill Russell amongst others. He called them “the greatest social warriors, the greatest champions sports has seen.”
Rose went on to say that there is a long history of America disregarding the message when athletes speak out. He noted that that phenomenon bled over into the sports media. It was hard to ignore when he was part of the launch of ESPN’s Get Up!.
“When we were launching the show called Get Up! in the morning, they started calling us ‘Woke Center.’ So, let me get this right. Because I have an opinion about my people being oppressed that makes me woke? Then it became coded, almost like ‘Make America Great Again’ or like a dog whistle. When you said those terms, we knew what side you’re on.”
Clay Travis of FOX Sports Radio and FS1 is largely credited with coining the term “Woke Center” to describe any ESPN show where the hosts expressed opinions on anything other than sports.
Rose went on to say that he sees that kind of criticism fading into the background. That is part of why it is so hard to ignore NBA players marching in protests around the country.
“When I see Jaylen Brown and Malcom Brogdon, with their amazing NBA contracts and security, get their voices or protests being heard on the front lines with Stephen Jackson, we need that! And the groundswell is going to continue to grow, because unlike the 60s, it’s not just black people,” Rose said. “It’s multiple people of different ethnicities that are tired of the oppression that is taking place in the United States of America.”
The Breakfast Club originates from iHeartMedia’s urban station Power 105.1 in New York City. It has 45 affiliates across the country and is also heard on the Armed Forces Radio Network. A TV simulcast airs on Sean “Diddy” Combs’s RevoltTV.
Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio
“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”
San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.
RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.
San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.
Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.
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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.