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710 ESPN LA Set To Launch New Lineup

“It is interesting to note that the station is fully syndicated until 1 pm everyday.”

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When ESPN Radio shuffles its national lineup in mid-August, ESPN 710 LA will be following suit. The station tweeted their new lineup which will take effect on August 17th when ESPN Radio introduces a plethora of new shows.

The station will turn to Bristol for shows from 5a-1p and feature a full plate of local programming from 1p-10p. Max Kellerman and Keyshawn Johnson who will be part of ESPN Radio’s new lineup will have each of their shows carried on the station. Both men have worked for 710 in the past, so ESPN will be counting on that familiarity to keep local listeners tuning in. The morning show which Keyshawn will be part of alongside Jay Williams and Zubin Mehenti will be carried via tape delay since the show airs 6a-10a ET.

Listeners will notice a lot of movement in the weekday schedule but some of the changes shouldn’t take long for local audiences to get used to. Mason and Ireland will return to mid days after a year in afternoon drive. Prior to moving later in the day they were the top rated show in the market during that timeslot and voted the best midday show in America multiple times by industry executives as part of BSM’s annual Top 20.

Jorge Sedano will also return to his previous timeslot of hosting afternoon drive and reunite with former morning show teammate LZ Granderson. The two talented hosts teamed with Keyshawn before Sedano moved later in the day and Travis Rodgers took over morning duties.

Speaking of Rodgers, though he won’t host a program 5 days per week, he will continue with 710 as the local voice in morning drive. He’ll supply local updates and filler content, and remain involved with 710’s coverage of Los Angeles Rams football. Should a major local event happen and a local voice is required, the station has the flexibility to turn to him and know he can step in and handle hosting morning drive.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the new lineup is the addition of Scott Kaplan to the station’s night time lineup. Kaplan has been a fixture in San Diego for nearly two decades. He recently did a ten day audition on 710 which obviously turned in to this evening opportunity. With Bill Hagen set to relaunch “The Mightier 1090” in San Diego it had been reported that Kaplan would occupy that station’s afternoon drive slot. With his new show though airing in Los Angeles at 7pm, that might be difficult to manage. No word yet on how this will affect San Diego’s lineup plans but as news develops we’ll pass it along.

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Mark Chernoff: ‘I Didn’t Believe Mad Dog Was Going To Leave WFAN’

“I wish they hadn’t separated, because it was the most amazing team.”

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Mark Chernoff offered some great stories and insight on the latest episode of The Jason Barrett Podcast. The former program director of WFAN in New York began his appearance by paying tribute to the station’s three soon-to-be Hall of Famers.

He reflected on Jeff Smulyan’s vision in creating sports radio, Suzyn Waldman’s gravitas and versatility as a reporter and talent, and all of the success he shared with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.

Russo and his long time radio partner Mike Francesa split up in 2008 after Russo left WFAN for Sirius. Chernoff admitted that even as he was told it was about to happen, he still didn’t believe it.

“You know, I misread a little bit the situation with Mike and Chris,” he admitted. “Mike said ‘Dog’s gonna leave. I know he’s gonna leave.’ He even intimated that he had spoken to Mel [Karmazin, the then-CEO of Sirius], not Mike but Chris, and it was likely he was going to go over to Sirius. And I just couldn’t believe it.”

Mike and the Mad Dog is as dominant a show as local sports radio has ever produced. The duo was together from 1989 until 2008. When they split up, Mark Chernoff says that he took it personally.

“I was sad for a really long time. I was angry too.”

The move hurt his relationship with Russo for a while. The two did not speak for a long time.

He told Barrett that that is over now. They share occasional texts and always hug and catch up when they see each other. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t still some lingering disappointment.

“I wish they hadn’t separated, because it was the most amazing team,” Chernoff said of Mike & the Mad Dog. “But both [Chris] and Mike were certainly successful on their own.”

New episodes of The Jason Barrett Podcast are released each Tuesday morning.

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Eli Gold To Miss Start of Alabama Football Season

He’s faced his share of health challenges recently. His streak of 409 consecutive Alabama football games was broken in 2020 after a COVID diagnosis.

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Legendary Alabama play-by-play announcer Eli Gold will miss the beginning of the 2022 football season with health issues.

Jim Carabin, Vice President and General Manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing announced the news Wednesday. The school did not elaborate on Gold’s ailment, only saying he would be sidelined to begin the season.

Chris Stewart, who handles play-by-play duties for Alabama’s basketball and baseball teams will fill in during Gold’s absence. Stewart will also host The Nick Saban Show and Hey, Coach until Gold returns.

The 68-year-old Gold is a 2014 inductee to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Gold, who’s contract runs through the 2023 season, has been the Voice of the Crimson Tide since the 1988 season.

He’s faced his share of health challenges recently. His streak of 409 consecutive Alabama football games was broken in 2020 after a COVID diagnosis. Gold also had both shoulders replaced that same year.

In addition to his work with the Crimson Tide, Gold has served as an announcer for NASCAR, NFL, NHL, and the NBA G-League, among others.

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Andrew Marchand: Mad Dog Has Surpassed Mike Francesa

“Russo, you could probably make the argument, he’s the best sports talk show host of all time. And the reason is he’s missing a screw.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo has been in the limelight recently after the announcement he’ll be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame later this year, and on the latest edition of the Marchand and Ourand Podcast, Andrew Marchand said Russo might have surpassed his former co-host in the annals of sports radio history.

“I feel like when you look at Russo and Francesa, Russo has surpassed Francesa,” The New York Post sports media columnist surmised. “He’s kinda Tom Brady’d to Peyton Manning of Francesa. They had their legendary, iconic, run in New York. They came up at the right time when sports radio exploded. They had tremendous chemistry and it was a great show. And so they’ll always have that, and that’s what they’ll always be most known for.”

While Francesa has bounced back and forth between retiring and hosting a show on WFAN, his digital show Mike’s On, and The Mike Francesa Podcast, Russo has hosted his afternoon show on his SiriusXM channel Mad Dog Radio. He also started a weekly appearance on ESPN’s First Take, and that, according to Marchand has put Russo past Francesa.

“A new generation is seeing Russo at work with Stephen A. (Smith). Russo, you could probably make the argument, he’s the best sports talk show host of all time. And the reason is he’s missing a screw. But for sports radio hosts, it’s a good screw to be missing,” Marchand joked.

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