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Hardwick Named Analyst of Chargers Radio Broadcasts

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iHeartMedia San Diego, the flagship radio broadcaster for the San Diego Chargers Radio Network, announced today the that Nick Hardwick will be the new Play-by-Play Color Analyst for the Chargers Radio Network starting with the 2016-17 NFL Season.

As part of the new Chargers Broadcast Team, Hardwick will join Josh Lewin, play-by-play announcer, in the broadcast booth.

“I’m so incredibly thankful and wildly excited for the opportunity to still be involved with the game I’m passionate about, and the team I love,” said Hardwick. “I plan to bring the same work ethic, curiosity, energy, and own brand of humor to the Chargers Radio broadcast as I did to the football field for more than a decade. I look forward to learning from my partner, one of the best in the game, Josh Lewin, and growing into a professional color commentator.”

Hardwick, a third-round choice in 2004 out of Purdue, spent 11 seasons as the San Diego Chargers’ center from 2004-2014. During his career, he was considered the anchor for a dynamic offensive line, developed into a fan favorite and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006.

“Josh and Nick will make a terrific broadcast team,” added Melissa Forrest, Region President for iHeartMedia San Diego/Riverside. ”Josh is one of the premiere play-by-play broadcasters in the business, and Nick is a respected former player, Chargers favorite and possesses intimate game-day knowledge. I am sure our fans will love this new combo.”

“We’re excited about Nick’s expanded role in the broadcast and really looking forward to hearing what Josh and Nick can do together,” said A.G. Spanos, President-Business Operations for the Chargers.

Mike Costa, co-host of the “Loose Cannons” on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego, will continue as sideline reporter.

Josh Lewin joined the San Diego Chargers radio play-by-play team in July 2005. Lewin also serves a play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets. In addition, he has worked as play-by-play announcer for   The NFL on FOX and NFL games on SportsUSA/Jones Radio.

All the games can be heard on Rock 105.3 FM and XTRA1360 Fox Sports San Diego. Listeners will get their first chance to hear the new Chargers Radio Broadcast Team when the San Diego Chargers host the Tennessee Titans in their pre-season opener on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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