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USC Football Reveals Radio Plans

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Radio and online coverage of USC’s 2014 football games will be the school’s most wide-ranging ever, including comprehensive pre- and post-game shows.

Game broadcasts will again be on ESPNLA 710 Radio and will begin with a pre-game show four hours prior to kickoff, with longtime Trojan voice Pete Arbogast joined by Steve Mason and Harvey Hyde for the first half of the show and then Mason, former USC football/baseball Academic All-American John Jackson and Trojan social media director Jordan Moore taking over until kickoff. Arbogast (play-by-play), Jackson (analyst) and Moore (sideline) will handle the game broadcast, as they did last season. For two hours after the game, locker room interviews with head coach Steve Sarkisian and various players will be followed by a post-game show hosted by a pair of former Trojan standouts new to the USC broadcast this year: football All-AmericanShaun Cody and volleyballer Kelli Tennant.

For USC home games, the pre- and post-game shows will originate from the America’s Tire Stage outside the Coliseum peristyle and will feature special guests, former players and coaches, and fan interaction. USC men’s basketball play-by-play announcer Chris Fisher will fill in for Tennant when she has broadcasting conflicts, while Ron Pivo will substitute on the pre-game show for Arbogast during road games.

The ESPNLA 710 Radio game broadcast also can be heard live on six other stations on the Trojan Radio Network–KSPA-AM 1510 in Ontario/San Bernardino County/Inland Empire, KXPS-AM 1010 in Palm Springs, KSZL-AM 1230 in Barstow, KSHP-AM 1400 in Las Vegas, KALZ-FM 96.7 in Fresno and KRZR-AM 1400 in Visalia–as well as on USCTrojans.com and ESPNLA.com, and on SiriusXM satellite radio. Fans also can use the TuneIn Radio app to listen to the live broadcast on their mobile, desktop or home devices.

All USC home games except the Colorado contest also will air live on ESPN Radio on up to 280 ESPN affiliates nationally, with the announcers to be named.

At 8 a.m. on Sundays following football games, ESPNLA 710 Radio will air the two-hour “Trojan Brunch” show, hosted by Arbogast and Hyde.

Also, the popular “Trojans Live” show returns for its second season on the new All-Sports KFWB 980 radio station, with Jackson and Moore as the hosts. The hour-long program airs Tuesdays at 6 p.m. from The Lab gastropub across the street from USC and features weekly in-season interviews with Sarkisian, as well as with coaches and student-athletes from various Trojan teams. It also streams live on USCTrojans.com, KFWB.com and FOXSportsWest.com, can be heard via the TuneIn app and is archived on YouTube.com/USCAthletics.

USC’s innovative online TunnelVision pre-game show, which emanates from the base of the Coliseum tunnel and features pre-game analysis, coach and player interviews and special featurettes, will run during the hour prior to kickoff. It will air live on USCTrojans.com and also will be shown live on the Coliseum videoboard. Hosts Katie Boggs and Danny Page will be joined on an alternating basis by three members of USC’s 2004 national championship team: Cody, Lawrence Jackson and Thomas Williams.

“We are pleased to continue our valued partnerships with both ESPNLA 710 and KFWB 980,” said Dan Shell, general manager/vice president of USC Sports Properties. “We have added compelling, behind-the-scenes content for Trojan fans tuning in to our games on the radio and online, with an exceptional lineup of broadcast talent complementing the shows.”

This story was published on the USC Trojans website

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Sarah Spain Leaving ESPN Radio

Spain had been with ESPN Radio for 12 years, hosting shows nationally over the course of the last eight. She began her radio career in 2010 at ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

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ESPN Radio host Sarah Spain will be hanging up the headphones for the worldwide leader, the host announced Monday.

Spain revealed on Twitter that her last show with Spain and Fitz co-host Jason Fitz will be on December 1.

Spain had been with ESPN Radio for 12 years, hosting shows nationally over the course of the last eight. She began her radio career in 2010 at ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

Spain added that she’ll remain at ESPN, so she’s not leaving completely, but more details of what’s next for her at the company will be coming soon.

She reminisced about her time on the network with photos of several iterations of her evening shows.

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Laurence Holmes: Ben Watson Let Peter Burns Know He Was Out of Line

“You just let him understand that he went too far, and you had to yoke him up a little bit and grab him in his collar.”

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SEC Network analyst Ben Watson didn’t take kindly to a joke made by Peter Burns on the air over the weekend, and it was evident. Watson and Burns have appeared to put the exchange behind them, with Watson saying Burns owes his wife an apology.

On Chicago’s 670 The Score, host Laurence Holmes said while it’s unclear whether Watson laid hands on Burns during the commercial break, Burns needed to learn that his joke was too much.

“I feel like this is what we like to call a correction,” Holmes said. “You just let him understand that he went too far, and you had to yoke him up a little bit and grab him in his collar.”

“Had he been punched or slapped by Benjamin Watson, they couldn’t have taken that picture together without us actually seeing the remnants,” he added.

While the hatchet appears to be buried, Holmes thinks Burns will give it a second thought before taking things to a more personal level.

“I hope that it was just one of those moments that now Peter knows that he was out of line,” he said. “He stepped over a line and maybe he got told to not do that anymore.”

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Matt Volk to Exit BetQL, Mitch Rosen and Danny Freisinger Earn Internal Promotions

“SVP of Sports Matthew Volk will be leaving the company.”

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Behind the scenes changes are coming to the BetQL network. The Audacy owned sports betting operation will have different leadership in place to guide day to day strategy and execution entering 2023.

In an internal note sent out earlier by Audacy EVP of Programming Jeff Sottolano, it was revealed that SVP of Sports Matthew Volk will be leaving the company. Volk has been offered a C-level position back home in Boston which allows him to return to his first love, sports television.  

Sottolano said of Volk’s exit, “It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that Matt Volk will be leaving Audacy at the end of this year. I hired Matt less than two years ago primarily to oversee the build out of our BetQL Network. He has done exactly that, helped cement a long term investment from BetMGM in the network and led the successful launch – surrounded by a talented team – of our 2400Sports podcast network this year.”

To help fill the void, Sottolano shared that Danny Freisinger will be elevated to VP of Sports and have operational oversight of the 2400Sports podcast network. The former 95.7 The Game Assistant Program Director and ESPN 1320 PD will also lead the company’s sports editorial and video content teams and team with Sports Format VP Spike Eskin on new multi-platform content development for internal and external distribution platforms. Sottolano added that 2400Sports VP/Executive Producer Lena Glaser will remain in charge of prestige/national podcast shows, talent and content development.

Additionally, 670 The Score PD Mitch Rosen will be elevated from Director of Operations to VP of the BetQL Network. Part of his responsibility will include overseeing BetQL Brand Manager Andrew Williams and leading the network’s team of talent, producers and writers. Sottolano also said shared that Rosen will work closely with Mike Dee to grow the network’s sports book relationships and increase external distribution of the network. His involvement with BetQL will not affect his status as The Score’s brand manager.

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