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Carton & Roberts Show Promise In First Show

“With sports as their launch pad, Carton and Roberts transitioned to celebrity Instagram feeds, Italian deli meats, mob movies, Harry Truman, standing next to Howard Stern at the urinal and also organically came up with the bit of DM’ing new Mets owner Steve Cohen.”

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When something is taken away, we tend to remember it differently as time passes. I try to remember Patrick Ewing for his ability to consistently carry the Knicks into the playoffs rather than his failed finger roll against the Pacers in 1995. 

Similarly, Craig Carton is remembered for his highlights and antics, most of which happen to not involve sports. But Carton has been off WFAN for three years and there’s a sentiment that he’s incapable of talking sports, despite spending a decade on one of the country’s premier sports radio stations. So when Carton and his new WFAN co-host Evan Roberts got started Monday afternoon, sticking to sports for their first segment was met with surprise.

In reality, it wasn’t unlike the way most shows began for Boomer and Carton from 2007-2017. Sports was always the starting point, but where they went from there was anyone’s guess. You might not get a full game breakdown involving sports-metrics and analytics, but discussion on whether Daniel Jones is the Giants quarterback of the future will be in play. 

With sports as their launch pad, Carton and Roberts transitioned to celebrity Instagram feeds, Italian deli meats, mob movies, Harry Truman, standing next to Howard Stern at the urinal and also organically came up with the bit of DM’ing new Mets owner Steve Cohen. Roberts deciding what to type was reminiscent of a high schooler attempting to find a prom date. 

It was awkward at times, but I’m not sure that aspect of the show needs to be eliminated, instead it can be integrated. Roberts is a self-proclaimed awkward person. His former radio partner Joe Benigno was bad at recognizing his dorkiness, instead leaving it up to WFAN’s morning show to point it out. Carton didn’t avoid poking fun at Roberts and neither did new afternoon show producer Tommy Lugauer. Lugauer is familiar with both hosts and frequently produced Roberts’ Saturday morning show in recent years. He has a good working relationship with Roberts and the pop culture acumen to match Carton.  

Carton and Roberts wasn’t a 50/50 split, but a fair divide is not required. They’re not Boomer and CartonMike and the Mad Dog or Benigno and Roberts, nor should they try to be. The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz needs Stugotz to be successful, but they don’t equally divide airtime for ESPN Radio. Carton and Roberts can similarly succeed with a split that gives Carton 50%, Roberts 40%, and the producers chiming in for the remaining 10%. 

Roberts new role can eventually morph into a smarter version of Stugotz’ character. His sports insight, opinions and arguments are intelligent, as is his ability to break down every president in the history of the United States. But Roberts will also undoubtedly leave the door open for Carton to mock him, and he has the self-awareness to let it happen. 

Five hours into their partnership, the jury may still be out on Carton and Roberts, but the show created enough intrigue to have listeners eager to check back in.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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