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CBS Sports Radio Rolls Out New Weekday Lineup

“DA’s move to morning drive opens the door for CBS Sports Radio to add Pat McAfee in middays.”

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The CBS Sports Radio Network hasn’t generated a lot of industry excitement over the past few years. But heading into 2020, that could be changing.

With the network recently losing Taz and Bill Reiter, and Marc Malusis expected to move over to WFAN, it’s created an opportunity to reset the weekday lineup. What network executives came up with is a lineup that should give local stations more of a reason to consider adding CBS Sports Radio programming.

Kicking off the broadcast day in morning drive as of January 2nd will be Damon Amendolara. ‘The DA Show‘ has been well received by program directors over the past few years. It began on the network in early evenings, and moved up to middays before being earning the bump to morning drive. Amendolara and producer/on-air contributor Shaun Morash have built great on-air chemistry, and their lighter approachh should help the show earn clearance consideration from local stations looking for an alternative to the current options available on the national sports radio circuit. With the move to mornings, Morash will focus full time on the show, increasing his on-air role. He’ll no longer produce on WFAN or host a weekend show on the network. They’re expected to host weekdays from 6a-10a ET.

With DA moving into mornings, CBS Sports Radio will add The Pat McAfee Show in middays. McAfee has been rapidly rising in the sports media industry over the past few years. His show is currently distributed by Westwood One, which also handles ad sales for CBS Sports Radio. By adding McAfee, the network gains another high profile talent with strong national presence. The move also sends a message to McAfee that Westwood One and CBS Sports Radio view him as an important part of their future plans. McAfee’s show will air on the network weekdays from 10a-12p ET.

No changes have been announced for Jim Rome’s program, the afternoon show with Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber, late nights with Scott Ferrall or the overnight program with Amy Lawrence. However, Bill Reiter’s old time slot will feature a new voice. Zach Gelb, who recently worked for SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio and SiriusXM NFL Radio, and previously hosted on CBS Sports Radio and WFAN, returns to the network to solidify the M-F lineup. Gelb, who is just 25 years old, has displayed great command on the mic during his stints in New York, Philadelphia, and Trenton, NJ. He’s expected to host weeknights from 6p-10p ET.

The full schedule for CBS Sports Radio as of January 2nd is as follows:

  • 6A-10A – The DA Show
  • 10A-12P – The Pat McAfee Show
  • 12P-3P – The Jim Rome Show
  • 3P-6P – Tiki & Tierney
  • 6P-10P – The Zach Gelb Show
  • 10P-2A – Ferrall On The Bench
  • 2P-6A – After Hours with Amy Lawrence

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo: I Don’t Do As Much Prep As You Think

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you.”

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo would much rather go with the flow for his radio show than try and put everything together ahead of time and hope it comes out well.

Russo was the featured guest on the Golf Digest podcast The Loop, and hosts Christopher Powers, Alex Myers and Steve Hennessey first congratulated Mad Dog on his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame last year. Russo mentioned how he had written a short speech but decided against that after seeing the other inductees run long with their speeches.

Mad Dog was asked about preparing for his SiriusXM sports talk show every day, and he said he really doesn’t put a ton of work into putting a show together.

“On certain days a little more, because on Mondays I do that NFL recap so that takes a little while to put that together at 5 o’clock – probably a couple of hours,” Russo said. “Outside of that not as much as you’d think. I mean obviously I’m gonna follow what’s going on.”

“Sometimes the radio show is a lot better when it’s a little more spontaneous and you can craft it in your imagination as the day moves along, instead of having it programmed in front of you,” he added. “This segment do this, this segment do that. Sometimes when you sort of ad lib it, and you figure it out as you’re moving the program into the second hour and the third hour, it’s a better show.”

Mad Dog talked about how he likes that his radio show is the reverse of when he does First Take on ESPN or High Heat on MLB Network. He likes not having a rundown packed to the gills for his radio show.

“The radio is more of a host’s medium,” he said. “So it’s up to me what we’re going to do.”

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Stetson Bennett IV Fires Back at Steak Shapiro Over Parade Criticism

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro.”

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Georgia walloped TCU last week to win their second straight national championship, and the Bulldog community came together toward the end of the week to celebrate with a parade.

Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV took part in the parade, but 92.9 The Game host Steak Shapiro wasn’t thrilled with how Bennett acted during the celebration.

Shapiro on Tuesday took a shot at Bennett, who appeared to spend some time fiddling with a cell phone during the parade.

Tuesday night, Bennett responded first with a quote tweet.

Bennett followed that up with a longer statement he posted under his quote tweet explaining the situation.

“I appreciate your concern with my image/intentions/loyalties/obligations (as well as your willingness to reach out to me to confirm them),” Bennett wrote. “You obviously thought quite deeply about some motives I might’ve had.”

Bennett said ultimately he was trying to soak up the moment with his teammates, and he was just trying to make sure the celebratory mood was set with the right music on his phone.

“So to finish it off nice and neat: I was controlling the aux and playing bangers so sed and Chris and I could have a blast on our last ride into Sanford,” he said. “That’s pretty much the gist of it.”

Bennett finished with a little dig of his own at Shapiro.

“P.s.: I don’t like you very much mr Steak “and shake” Shapiro,” he said. “But to be fair, I’m not a fan of your work either.”

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Ryan Edwards Moves to The Sports Zoo on KOA

“Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.”

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Ryan Edwards is staying with KOA, but his hours are about to change. The Denver sports radio staple is moving off of Broncos Country Tonight to join Alfred Williams and Dave Logan on The Sports Zoo in afternoon drive.

“I am thrilled to join radio and football legends Dave Logan and Alfred Williams on The KOA Sports Zoo,” Edwards said in a press release. “I look forward to bringing a fans’ perspective to the Denver Broncos and all things Denver sports.”

Edwards has been on the radio in Denver since 2009. He spent eight years with 104.3 The Fan. He also did a short stint at Mile High Sports Radio.

He joined iHeart Denver in 2017. He was on Orange & Blue 760 before the company replaced the station with a conservative talk format. He moved to KOA in 2019, where he has worked on Broncos Country Tonight with Benjamin Albright.

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