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Colin Cowherd Launches The Volume Podcast Network

“Renee Paquette, better known to wrestling fans as “Renee Young,” will move her interview series Oral Sessions to The Volume. There will also be shows hosted by Aqib Talib, Danny Parkins, LaJethro Jenkins and Dragonfly Jones, and Alex Monaco”

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Colin Cowherd is officially a media mogul. The FOX Sports Radio superstar is working with iHeart on a new podcast network. Cowherd will own the company, called The Volume. He will choose the shows and the talent. iHeart will sell the advertising.

Plenty of star power is coming along too. Renee Paquette, better known to wrestling fans as “Renee Young,” will move her interview series Oral Sessions to The Volume. There will also be shows hosted by Aqib Talib, Danny Parkins, LaJethro Jenkins and Dragonfly Jones, and Alex Monaco.

“I can age more elegantly if I curate talent,” Cowherd told Bloomberg. “I want to create this really smart, thoughtful podcast network where I do for young people what somebody did for me.”

He also told Bloomberg that the idea for the podcast network is rooted in the success The Herd experienced during the Pandemic. Cowherd said that iHeart told him that inventory on his show was sold out even with no sports and nearly no one still commuting to work.

With the content created for The Volume, iHeart now has 2000 more hours of Cowherd approved content to sell. Cowherd will be the sole owner of the company.

FOX Sports Radio and FS1 have done a good job of making Cowherd’s sports takes available on social media since he joined their companies in 2015. He says that now more people find him on YouTube than on traditional radio and television each day.

“It’s my job to figure out ways to get to you,” Cowherd said. “It used to be I didn’t care about that; you had to come get me. Now you control the experience.”

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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