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Seth Payne: ‘Greg Gumbel May Have To Have A Tough Conversation With Himself’

“You start making little errors like that here and there and you can just tell that you aren’t what you once were.”

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It is safe to say that outside of Western Pennsylvania and the Carolinas, there weren’t a lot of people paying attention to the Steelers’ win over the Panthers on Sunday. The television call of the game has become a story that has people in media circles talking though after Greg Gumbel misidentified Mitch Trubisky multiple times on a single drive.

Gumbel, who was on the call alongside Adam Archuleta for CBS, referred to the Steelers’ quarterback by Sam Darnold’s name. Darnold was in the game, but he was playing for the Panthers.

Thursday morning, the mistakes were a topic of discussion on Payne & Pendergast on Houston’s Sports Radio 610. Host Sean Pendergast noted that Greg Gumbel has had a storied career, but he is getting older now and wondered if that played a role in the mistakes. He also wondered why CBS allowed it to keep happening.

“At some point, don’t you kind of elbow him and say ‘It’s Trubisky’?” he asked his partner Seth Payne.

Payne said he wouldn’t expect Archuleta or a CBS producer to correct Gumbel in the middle of a play. He added that overall, he didn’t think it was such a big deal, but it is worth asking some tough questions.

“He’s not known for that,” Payne said. “He might have to have a conversation with himself.”

Greg Gumbel is 76-years-old. He began calling NFL games for CBS in 1988. He has called the on-field action for Super Bowls and for the Olympics and hosted studio coverage of countless events. His face is well-known to American sports fans.

Payne said that fact could play into how Gumbel feels when he watches the tape back. He knows how these moments have affected other broadcasters closer to the end of their career than the beginning.

“I’m not doing this to protect anybody, but as a show of respect to some veteran broadcasters who do play-by-play who retired. They said they could sense they weren’t as sharp as they used to be and they didn’t want to go down that road where you start making little errors like that here and there and you can just tell that you aren’t what you once were.”

He reiterated that he did not think it was a particularly big deal that Greg Gumbel misidentified Mitch Trubisky, particularly because Sam Darnold was a part of the game. Little mistakes do happen. He added that he hoped that rather than it being a wake up call that it is time to retire, Gumbel would view it the way aging athletes do an realize that his self care routine my have to change in order for him to be as sharp as the audience is used to seeing him.

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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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