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FOX Sports ‘The Gambler’ is Launching in Philadelphia

“In addition to nationally syndicated content, the radio station is expected to feature Sean Brace”

Brandon Contes

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A new sports radio station is coming to Philadelphia. This one though will offer a local program that focuses on sports betting related content. 

The new station which is being billed as ‘FOX Sports Radio – The Gambler’ will air on 102.5 FM and 1480 AM and feature a mixture of nationally syndicated programming and local coverage led by Philadelphia sports media personality, Sean Brace. Brace is the founder of Philly Influencer, a sports and culture website. He spent over nine years at 97.5 The Fanatic including hosting alongside current WIP afternoon host Jon Marks. His new program The Daily Ticket is expected to air weekdays from 3pm to 6pm RET.

“I’m not picking winners, I’m not telling you who to take. My goal is to give you as much information as I can and try to be entertaining at the same time,” Brace told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I’m not taking calls. No calls. Just straight information about the games that matter and talking about the odds, the prop bets, the futures. All of that.”

iHeartMedia’s move into into the market with a different type of content spin makes sense given the legalization of sports betting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. FOX Sports also announced plans to launch FOX Bet in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, so there should be some natural synergies for the two companies to explore.

“Whether you’re heading to Atlantic City or one of our four local sports books, we’ll have what you need to keep you informed,” Senior VP of Sales Jeff Moore, said in a release. “It’ll be a great mix of national sports talk icons with the local edge to inform and entertain the gambling audience in a groundbreaking way.”

In addition to installing Brace in afternoons, the station’s remaining lineup to start off will feature Fox Sports Radio’s national shows. Here’s the full schedule.

  • 6 a.m. – Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis
  • 9 a.m. – The Dan Patrick Show
  • 12 p.m. – The Herd with Colin Cowherd
  • 3 p.m. – The Daily Ticket with Sean Brace
  • 6 p.m. – Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell
  • 7 p.m. – The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker
  • 10 p.m. – The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon
  • 2 a.m. – The Ben Maller Show

An interesting nugget provided by Brace’s website mentioned that ‘The Gambler’ plans to air 97.5 The Fanatic midday host Anthony Gargano’s weekly syndicated Fox Sports Radio show The Fellas, which he hosts with former Pro Bowler Lincoln Kennedy. Given the increase in local sports radio competition, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see The Fanatic or Gargano re-evaluate that situation in the near future.

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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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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