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Lou Merloni: ‘No One On WEEI Is Ripping Cole Strange’

“Fauria asked if he should believe Pats head coach Bill Belichick when he said that Strange would’ve come off the board before their next selection.”

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The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft had plenty of fireworks, as teams made trades to secure the most optimal position to grab their top targets. In New England, there was plenty of head-scratching after the first round. The Patriots traded down from 21 to get the 29th pick in the first round, then selected offensive lineman Cole Strange out of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

The vast majority of Boston media were taken by surprise at the choice. On WEEI, Lou Merloni and Christian Fauria broke down some of the more notable reactions.

“You won’t find anybody who was like, ‘Oh this was exactly what I thought they were gonna do,'” Fauria said.

Sound from NBC Sports Boston and even draft night programming on WEEI was played, and Merloni wanted to clear up the fact that nobody is trying to take shots at Strange. The reaction is more centered on the timing of the selection, coupled with the fact that the Patriots had traded their best offensive lineman in Shaq Mason prior to the draft then drafted an o-lineman.

“I’m not ripping the kid. I’m ripping the decision of when to take the kid, where to take the kid. He could be a great guard,” Merloni said. “But you created this hole, you moved down, you had your eye on this guy. He was the third guard in the draft.”

Fauria asked if he should believe Pats head coach Bill Belichick when he said that Strange would’ve come off the board before their next selection. Merloni explained that he should, and Fauria explained that Strange checked all the necessary boxes for the Pats to make the call at 29th overall.

“If you’re going to bitch about when they took him, then you can say, ‘Okay fine, so they actually believed that they couldn’t afford to trade out of that position again because that was the number one guy on their board,'” Fauria said.

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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 ESPN.

“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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