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Titans Extend Flagship Deal With 104.5 The Zone

The extension runs through the 2025 NFL season.

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Courtesy: 104.5 The Zone

The Tennessee Titans radio broadcasts aren’t going away from 104.5 The Zone anytime soon. Cumulus Media and the team agreed on a multi-year extension, keeping Tennessee’s game broadcasts on 104.5 The Zone through the 2025 NFL season.

Play-by-Play voice Mike Keith and color analyst Dave “Coach Mac” McGinnis are sticking in their normal roles during the gridiron action. They are also handling Pre- and Post-Game programming along with weekly shows throughout each NFL season.

The station is airing a bevy of programs surrounding the team and their search for a Lombardi Trophy. 104.5 The Zone offers Titans fans access to top players and coaches via exclusive interviews on The Mike Vrabel ShowTitans Tonight, and MAC TALK, and weekly players shows featuring the current Titans roster.

“The Tennessee Titans and 104.5 The Zone are among the best marriages in the NFL,” 104.5 The Zone program director Paul Mason said in a press release. “We are excited to continue as the flagship station for Titans Radio. I am thrilled that our listeners will hear Mike Keith, Coach Dave McGinnis, Rhett Bryan, and Amie Wells on The Zone and Titans Radio for years to come.”

The duo in the booth has had four years to build rapport as Keith and McGinnis get set for their fifth season calling games together.

“The Tennessee Titans and 104.5 The Zone have had a long-standing partnership,” Tennessee Titans senior vice president Gil Beverly said in the press release. “We are excited to continue with a brand that shares our vision for the Titans. The Zone has established itself as preeminent Middle Tennessee sports leader, and the Titans Radio Network will continue to create an incredible offering for passionate fans across the state.” 

The 2021 game broadcasts get rolling on Friday, August 13, in a preseason matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”

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The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.

“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.

“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”

Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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