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Dan Patrick: ‘I Wasn’t Getting Better At ESPN’

“Patrick joined Kyle Brandt of The Ringer and spoke about that decision for this week’s episode of 10 Questions.”

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Dan Patrick is one of the top sports radio hosts in the country, and he didn’t get to where he is today without taking a gamble on himself and his career.

That gamble happened in 2007 when he turned down a new contract and left ESPN at a time where it was seemingly unheard of for an anchor to willingly leave the network on his or her own.

Patrick joined Kyle Brandt of The Ringer and spoke about that decision for this week’s episode of 10 Questions. It’s a podcast that mixes trivia questions and discussions about a celebrity or athlete’s life and career.

The episode opened with Patrick talking about his early life and decision to get into sports media. Like so many, Patrick knew from a young age that he wanted to get into the industry.

Patrick remembers being in college when cable TV, and ESPN first debuted. He told a story about how at the time he and his housemates had to choose whether they would get cable TV or have heat during the winter. They chose the cable, and that choice ultimately set him on his career path.

“Cable changed me, because I saw ESPN,” he said. “And I thought, I have to go there. That was nirvana to me.”

Patrick said he adlibbed a five-minute sportscast and sent Bob Ley, one of the original SportsCenter anchors, a tape and asked for critiques. Little did Dan know that years down the road he would be working alongside Ley.

Later in the podcast, the subject of Rick Reilly’s reaction to Patrick leaving ESPN came up. Reilly compared Patrick’s departure to actress Shelley Long leaving the show Cheers calling it, one of the “top five one of the worst career mistakes in entertainment history.”

“It’s a good line, it’s just not an accurate line,” Patrick said. “I needed to leave ESPN because I wasn’t getting any better in my mind.”

A need to be closer to his children was also a big deciding factor for Patrick. He remembers calling his wife after deciding to quit ESPN and her telling him they would sell their house if they needed to. He said that was an impactful moment in his life and career.

“That’s when it hit me that she had perspective, I had none,” he said. “Thank God I came home.”

You can listen to the full podcast on Spotify.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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