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Pacers Make TV Changes

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The Indiana Pacers’ broadcasts on Fox Sports Indiana will have a different look this season.

Brooke Olzendam, the Pacers TV host and sideline reporter since 2011, has been replaced by Jeremiah Johnson. The change in the broadcast team, with Johnson hosting the pregame and postgame shows, will be seen when Fox Sports Indiana airs its first of two preseason games on Oct. 15.

On Friday, Jamie Berns, Vice President of broadcasting for Pacers Sports and Entertainment, said the team and the network decided not to renew Olzendam’s contract during the offseason.

“Brooke’s contract was up and we had discussions with Brooke’s agent about her coming back,” Berns said, “but in the end, the Pacers and Fox decided to go in a different direction.”

Johnson, a Peru, Ind. native and Ball State graduate, returns as an on-camera talent after spending last year behind the scenes producing pregame Pacers shows as well as collecting postgame interviews in the locker room.

“I’m excited, I grew up in Indiana as a lifelong Pacers fan. I always had a passion for the teams in Indiana,” Johnson told The Star. “This is a dream job and I’m thrilled about the opportunity.”

Previously, Johnson worked at Fox 59 in Indianapolis as a sports anchor and reporter for nearly nine years and has done sideline reporting for IHSAA events.

“He’s been in the market for a long, long time, (a) very experienced sports journalist,” Berns said, “and he did a great job for us last year as the pregame producer.”

Fox Sports Indiana will broadcast 80 of the 82 regular-season games this season. The Pacers are scheduled to play twice on TNT, so the cable network has exclusive rights to the pair of games on Jan. 29 (New York Knicks at Pacers) and April 14 (Washington Wizards at Pacers). Also, Fox Sports Indiana will televise two preseason games – the meeting with the LeBron James’ led Cleveland Cavaliers in Cincinnati and the Oct. 18 home game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Besides the switch with announcers, Berns said that former NBA player Scot Pollard will split pregame and postgame analyst duties with Fever head coach Stephanie White. Pollard played 11 seasons in the NBA including the three with the Pacers from 2003-2006.

For more visit the Indianapolis Star where this was originally published

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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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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.”

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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.

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