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Shan and RJ Respond to Being Called Out By Stephen A. Smith

“I think he wants us to bring him up to Jerry Jones as much as possible. Because anytime we bring him up to Jerry Jones, they’re going to play it.”

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During First Take yesterday, Stephen A. Smith called out 105.3 The Fan morning hosts Shan and RJ for posing questions to Jerry Jones about the ESPN personality, and not having him as a guest on their show. Today, the Dallas duo pondered why Smith would bring that up on national television.

“That was out of nowhere. Out of nowhere. Which makes me very curious and skeptical,” Shan Shariff said. “Why did Stephen A. do that? Any theories?”

“I don’t have a theory because I doesn’t make any sense,” RJ Choppy said. “That’s the ultimate stray of strays. It’s like he wanted to get that in at some point during the show because he didn’t get enough of it in the day before. He was unprepared for the comment that was made, I guess.”

“My theory is that he wants the radio station — he knows that we’re the home of the Cowboys and Jerry Jones comes on twice a week — my theory is he sat back and thought ‘I can get even more exposure if I call ’em out again, they talk about me’, I think he wants us to bring him up to Jerry Jones as much as possible. Because anytime we bring him up to Jerry Jones, they’re going to play it. That raises his profile. That makes him look more important to Jerry Jones.”

A texter into the show then asked what the pair was scared of and why they don’t just have Smith on their show. They explained they have attempted to book him as a guest, but he has never responded. However, after he initially didn’t answer their call Thursday morning, Smith called back.

The show asked Smith what his point of contention with Cowboys fans is, which he said was their complete lack of humility. They also asked if it was guaranteed to raise the ratings of First Take, would Smith welcome a Cowboys Super Bowl victory?

“No. Let me tell you something right now. My worst nightmare — I will openly confess — is the Cowboys winning a championship,” Smith said. “They’re great for business; I’m not denying that. I believe in me personally. And I believe — without the Cowboys — I’m gonna have ratings.”

Before questioning Smith’s motives, the hosts mentioned they dislike when national talent fail to credit local radio stations for their work while introducing audio clips, with one person in particular catching their ire.

“Colin Cowherd is the king of it. Every week, I regret not punching Colin Cowherd in his little pig nose at the Super Bowl in Houston when that doofus was sitting there — like a weirdo — trying to push past us and elbow through us to try to talk to people,” Shariff said. “He is the snob of snobs in terms of saying ‘Hey, this came from this radio station’. Molly Qerim tries to say it on First Take. I think Dan Patrick does a decent job.”

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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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