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Westwood One Lays Out Super Bowl Pregame Plans

“The Westwood One Sports Crew has been conducting interviews for shows leading up to The Big Game, including Road to Super Bowl LIII, Super Bowl Preview, Super Bowl Insider and Super Sunday.”

Brandon Contes

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For the 32nd consecutive year and 46th time overall, Westwood One will broadcast the Super Bowl.  After spending the week on Radio Row in Atlanta, Westwood One has jam-packed pregame programming for NFL fans.

The Westwood One Sports Crew has been conducting interviews for shows leading up to The Big Game, including Road to Super Bowl LIIISuper Bowl PreviewSuper Bowl Insider and Super Sunday.

Scott Graham will continue to host Westwood One’s weeknight show, Road to Super Bowl LIII through Saturday night, as he has throughout the entire week from Atlanta.  For Sunday’s Super Bowl Preview, Graham will partner with NFL Hall of Famer, Kurt Warner which will be followed by Super Bowl Insider featuring Graham, Tony Boselli and Ian Rapoport.

On Radio Row Scott Graham has interviewed the McCourty Twins, Rob Gronkowski, Brandin Cooks, CJ Anderson, Andrew Reed, Gene Steratore and more to help fans get ready for the Super Bowl.  Exclusive programming will also feature a conversation between Graham, Warner and Super Bowl winning head coach, Mike Holmgren.  

Westwood One’s Hall of Fame reporter, Ed Werder interviewed Ndamakong Suh and Todd Gurley during the week.  Werder will serve as a sideline reporter for Westwood One’s radio coverage of the Super Bowl, along with Tony Boselli who will also be reporting from the field during The Big Game on Sunday.  

Super Bowl Preview will begin at 2pm ET Sunday, followed by Super Bowl Insider at 3pm ET and the Super Sunday pregame show at 4pm ET, all leading into The Big Game broadcast which begins at 5pm ET.  Super Bowl LIII will be broadcast by Westwood One to millions of listeners across more than 700 radio station nationwide.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jim Rome: ‘Al Michaels Was Only Talk2 Guest That Didn’t Cancel After Jim Everett Fight’

“People don’t want to associate or be attached to you if they think you’re toxic like that, and he didn’t cancel.”

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Jim Rome has different, deeper conversations on The Jim Rome Podcast than he does on his CBS Sports Radio show. The latest episode features former Notre Dame and NFL star Manti Te’o.

The interview is a promotion for Netflix’s latest Untold documentary, The Girlfriend That Didn’t Exist. In the episode, Te’o talked about the friends that stood by him while so many were laughing at him being the victim of a catfishing scheme.

Rome related. He took Te’o back to 1994.

Right after his infamous interview with Saints quarterback Jim Everett aired on his ESPN2 show Talk2, Jim Rome says he was labeled as toxic and he and his producers felt the consequences.

“All the sudden, no athletes wanted to talk to me initially and people were cancelling their appearances on the show,” he said.

One person that didn’t cancel was Al Michaels, who was working for ABC at the time.

Not only did Michaels not cancel, but he was on Talk2 the night after the infamous interview, which turned into a physical altercation aired.

“I said ‘Al, I cannot tell you how much this means to me,. Why did you not cancel?’. He said ‘Because you’re a friend and I knew you needed it and I knew it would make a difference.’ You never forget stuff like that, do you?”

Rome told Te’o that he understands that Michaels, whether he knew it or not, was taking a risk. The broadcast legend showing up was proof that he was in Rome’s corner and helped Rome regain some credibility that he was worried could have been lost forever.

“People don’t want to associate or be attached to you if they think you’re toxic like that, and he didn’t cancel.”

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Joe Starkey, Voice of the Cal Golden Bears and of “The Play,” To Retire After 2022

“It has been an incredible privilege to have the best seat in the house to watch Cal football since 1975,” Starkey said.

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Joe Starkey will call it a career after the 2022 season, his 48th as voice of the California Golden Bears.

Starkey, best known for his call of “The Play” during the 1982 Cal/Stanford game, will turn 81 in October.

California will have a memorable season for Starkey’s final one with the team. Cal plays Notre Dame for the first time in 55 years. They will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of “The Play” when the two teams square up in the 125th edition of the Big Game.

“It has been an incredible privilege to have the best seat in the house to watch Cal football since 1975,” Starkey said. “My first position in sportscasting was in 1972, and I have had some truly special assignments. But of all the places I have worked, the one constant has been Cal football.

Cal will celebrate “Joe Starkey Day” for the team’s regular-season finale against UCLA. Starkey began his career at Cal in 1975 and has been on the call for 538 of the 545 Cal football contests since. He celebrated his 500th Cal game against Oregon on Sept. 29, 2018.

“Joe Starkey’s commitment and service to Cal football have been unwavering for nearly a half-century,” Cal’s Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said. “I’m excited to celebrate and honor all of Joe’s great work over the years and make 2022 his best season yet with the Bears. He will always have a home in Berkeley and with Cal football.”  

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Andrew Williams Named Brand Manager of BetQL Network

Williams will be based in Washington DC and will oversee all producers, talent, and audio content for the network.

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Audacy has announced Andrew Williams as the Brand Manager of the BetQL Network, the company’s sports betting platform.

Williams comes to BetQL after working as the Senior Producer for SiriusXM FC. He has also spent the past year as the Executive Podcast Producer for Chicago Fire FC.

“I am delighted and honored to join the BetQL Network and the Audacy family,” Williams said. “The opportunity to join the leaders in Wagertainment is something that I could not pass up. My family and I are extremely excited about this next chapter.”

“Andrew possesses a proven track record of creatively reaching audiences through the creation and development of rich multimedia content, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to BetQL Network as that is one of the core principles of the network,” said Matthew Volk, Audacy Senior Vice President of Sports. “We look forward to welcoming him and his leadership to our brand, which has seen rapid growth across all platforms over the last year, and watching his experience and expertise help continue to grow the network.”

BetQL Network distributes roughly 100 hours of original content per week on the Audacy and BetQL digital platforms, and features shows like BetQL Daily, You Better You Bet, The Daily Tip, and BetMGM Tonight.

Williams will be based in Washington DC and will oversee all producers, talent, and audio content for the network.

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