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Fox Sports Radio Adds Covino & Rich To Weekday Lineup

“They’re so talented we had to make room for them in what is the best sports talk lineup in the nation.”

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Fox Sports Radio has announced the addition of Covino & Rich to its daily lineup.

Steve Covino and Rich Davis will begin airing from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM ET weekdays on Monday, September 26th. In the lineup shuffle, The Doug Gottlieb Show will drop from three hours to two. In turn, Gottlieb will host a new original daily podcast, interviewing the biggest newsmakers in sports. Also, the network has ended Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell, the one hour betting show that previously aired from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM ET.

Covino and Rich will add a dynamic punch to an already rich roster,” said Don Martin, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Sports and Scott Shapiro, FOX Sports Radio Vice President of Sports Programming, in a joint statement. “They’re so talented we had to make room for them in what is the best sports talk lineup in the nation. We can’t wait to share this one-of-a-kind duo with even more listeners across the country.”

Covino & Rich — which originally debuted in 2004 for SiriusXM’s Maxim Radio — joined the Fox Sports Radio weekend lineup in 2021. The pair have also worked at ESPN Radio before the COVID-19 pandemic forced budget cuts and their contract wasn’t renewed. They also hosted a show on SNY from 2013-2015. They will continue to host the Covino & Rich Podcast, which is available for subscribers on Patreon.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Don, Scott and the entire FOX Sports Radio team,” shared Covino and Rich. “We all share the same vision and can’t wait to bring the fun and energy every day! To quote every athlete in 2022, ‘Let’s F’n Go!’”

The pair both have backgrounds in music radio. Covino continues to host nights on SiriusXM’s Turbo, after a run at KROCK in New York City. Davis hosts from 12:00 PM-6:00 PM ET on SiriusXM’s Pop2K and was previously heard on Hits1. He also worked at Z100 in New York, Q102 in Philadelphia, and Hot 107.9 in Syracuse.

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    Kurt E Gottschalk

    September 27, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Have listened off and on for a few days now. You should have left Gottlieb alone and cut an hour of the odd couple. Now you have 5 hours I won’t be listening to your station

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      Rev. John E.A. Clarke

      October 1, 2022 at 4:19 am

      I agree with you 100%. I thoroughly enjoyed “Straight Outta Vegas” and finding out how points were set, home field advantage and other trends and what they meant. Informative as well as entertaining. I’d much rather hear RJ and his takes than Gottleib or the odd ones.

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        Jared Fisher

        October 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

        Outside of Lavar, RJ was the only one on FSR I’d go out of my way to listen to. Well, guess it’s time to find another podcast, because the last few days that hour of radio has been a no thanks see ya later.

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Mike Rhyner Introduces Dallas to 97.1 The Freak

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

There’s a new radio station in Dallas which features a number of personalities familiar to local sports radio listeners. 97.1 The Freak made its much anticipated debut and the first voice to be heard belonged to the ”Old Grey Wolf” Mike Rhyner.

97.1 The Eagle stopped regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, a technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming and prepare them for new content. The station began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them before transitioning into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history switched into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

Rhyner went on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

97.1 The Freak is off and running with a lineup that includes “The Speakeasy,” with Jeff Cavanaugh, Kevin “KT’ Turner, Julie Dobbs, and Matt Cather in mornings (7-11am), “Ben & Skin Show” in middays (11am-3pm) and “The Downbeat” in afternoons (3p-7p) featuring Mike Rhyner alongside Mike Sirois and Michael “Grubes” Gruber.

The station is positioning itself as a lifestyle brand but given its talent connection to local sports radio and the strong interest in Dallas sports, it’s likely the talent will weave sports talk into their on-air discussions. Sports Radio 1310/96.7 The Ticket and 105.3 The Fan have enjoyed good ratings with the male 25-54 demographic and The Freak is expected to challenge them and every other brand that produces spoken word content.

“We’re beyond excited to introduce 97-1 the Freak – the level of talent is insurmountable, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further connect with Dallas Fort Worth,” Patrick Davis, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming Dallas, shared in an announcement.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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