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ESPN 980 Makes Weekday Lineup Adjustments

Jason Barrett



ESPN 980 WTEM in Washington D.C has announced changes to its weekday lineup. These are the first moves under the leadership of new Program Director Chris Johnson, and Red Zebra management, and they put the radio station in position to offer seventeen hours of local programming per day. The changes will go into effect May 2nd.

Here is the brand new lineup.

  • 5-7 a.m.                       “The Morning Blitz” with Al Galdi
  • 7-11 a.m.                     “Cooley and Kevin” with Chris Cooley and Kevin Sheehan
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.               The Tony Kornheiser Show
  • 1-4 p.m.                       “Inside the Locker Room” with Doc Walker, Brian Mitchell and Scott Jackson
  • 4-7 p.m.                       “The Sports Reporters” with Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin
  • 7-10 p.m.                    “DMV Game Time” with Tim Murray and Nick Ashooh

“We are very excited about the new lineup at ESPN 980, including the debut of ‘Cooley and Kevin’ in the morning,” said Terry Bateman, Chairman of Red Zebra Broadcasting. “We have an extremely talented group of hosts that will provide our listeners with the best sports talk in the Washington, D.C. market.”

The most noticeable moves are in drive time where ESPN 980 is once again dropping ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” in favor of a local program, this time moving Cooley out of afternoons, and Sheehan from middays, to form a new show. They’re hoping a locally focused program with a heavy dose of sports conversation will give the radio station a bigger lift in mornings.

Another key move includes Galdi leaving afternoons to serve as an early morning drive show lead-in. The departure of Cooley and Galdi from the afternoon show opens the door for a reunion of Steve Czaban and Andy Pollin. The two men hosted “The Sports Reporters” on the station for over a decade, and have excellent on-air chemistry. They’ve kept their friendship and on-air relationship intact by hosting a podcast together. Pollin has also served as a regular contributor, and fill-in host on the radio station.

The one name not included in the new lineup is Thom Loverro. He’d been co-hosting “The Sports Fix” with Sheehan. It appears that his time with the radio station has come to an end.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.



Joy Taylor

On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.



Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”



Dennis Eckersley

On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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