As the NFL Playoffs continue their path towards Super Bowl LVII, scrutiny against game announcers will become louder and louder. WFAN morning host Gregg Giannotti believes one in particular will get flack as the playoffs progress.
During Boomer & Gio Monday, Giannotti predicted FOX analyst Greg Olsen will blasted for his work after the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl.
“He is going to be crushed on Twitter,” Giannotti said of Olsen. “That’s my prediction, because I don’t know if people are really paying attention during the regular season to what the announcers are saying. During the Super Bowl they do. He’s going to get crushed.
“This guy points out every obvious thing that happens during the game, provides zero insight during the game, and sometimes points out things like there’s five-year-old watching the game. ‘Alright, there’s two minutes and three seconds left on the clock. This is the last play before the two-minute warning.’ Oh thanks, Greg. I’m really glad that you pointed that out,” Giannotti sarcastically concluded.
His comments came after mentioning that he thought very highly of FOX NFL play-by-play announcer — and former WFAN co-hort — Kevin Burkhardt. Giannotti said the two shared a text exchange before the broadcast where he wished Burkhardt well.
Super Bowl LVII will mark the largest assignment for both Burkhardt and Olsen, who both rose to the network’s top spots before the season. However, Olsen is slated to be replaced in the number one analyst role when Tom Brady ends his playing career. During an appearance on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina in December, Olsen admitted there are areas of broadcasting he can improve.
“My problem is — and this was also something when I was a player — you see so much that you find interesting,” the former NFL tight end said. “On any given play, it could be a 25-yard pass completion down the middle. The easy thing to point out is great throw by Patrick Mahomes and what a great catch by Travis Kelce. I’m always in the belief like ‘No shit, everyone at home saw that’. What element to why that was a good play can you provide the audience? The problem is do you want to pick what they did to the coverage, do you want to find the back who did a good job in pass protection.”
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.”
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.”
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.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.