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NBC Sports Radio and Dial Global have announced that current MLB Network and Showtime host Brian Kenney will serve as its mid-morning host when the network launches its 24/7 line-up on April 1st.
Kenny, who has also worked at ESPN, will host the 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. ET time slot.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the team at NBC Sports Radio and Dial Global and I am excited to be back on the airwaves.” said Kenney, ”We look forward to building a show that fosters intelligent sports conversation with in-depth analysis. It’s going to be a blast.”
“I’ve always enjoyed Brian’s unique perspective on sports and his incredible interview skills.” said Chris Corcoran, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Dial Global, ”He’s going to make listeners think outside the box and will deliver one of the most intelligent national sports talk shows to the scene.”
With the final piece to its weekday schedule in place, here is the complete NBC Sports Radio Network schedule:
WEEKDAY (MONDAY-FRIDAY) LINEUP
6am-9am, ET- The Erik Kuselias Show
9am-12n, ET- The Brian Kenny Show
12n-3pm, ET- Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs
3pm-7pm, ET- Under Center with McNabb & Malone
7pm-10pm, ET- The Jon Stashower Show
10pm-1am, ET- Amani & Eytan
1am-6am, ET- The Dan Schwartzman Show
7am-9am, ET- Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison
9am-12n, ET- The Clay Travis Show
12n-3pm, ET- The Anita Marks Show
3pm-6pm, ET- The Brian Webber Show
6pm-9pm, ET- TBA
9pm-1am, ET- The Jason Page Show
1am-5am, ET- The Rob Buska Show
5am-8am, ET- The Jim Daniels Show
8am-9am, ET- Speaking of Sports with Rob Simmelkjaer
9am-12n, ET- TBA
12n-3pm, ET- The Anita Marks Show
3pm-6pm, ET- The Brian Webber Show
6pm-9pm, ET- The Chris Mannix Show
9pm-1am, ET- The Jason Page Show
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Scruggs to Host Voices of the Game Middays on NBC Sports Radio- NBC Sports Radio has announced that weekend sports talk host Newy Scruggs will host a 12:00-3:00p.m. ET weekday show beginning April 1st. Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs will feature a recognizable sports “voice” during the entire second hour of the show. Personalities will include Chipper Jones (Tuesdays), Stan Van Gundy (Fridays), Bobby Valentine (Thursdays) and Chris Mannix (Wednesdays).
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Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone to Co-Host Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio- NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone will co-host the afternoon drive show on NBC Sports Radio beginning April 1st. Under Center with McNabb & Malone will air between 3:00-7:00pm ET Monday-Friday.
ESPN Preps for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show- ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the announcement of the 64 teams in the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Basketball Championship this Monday. The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One airs Monday at 7:00p.m. with Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo.
NBC Sees Record Ratings for WGC-Cadillac Championship- NBC Sports reports the viewership for last weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Championship were record setting. The Golf Channel had a 1.5 rating for the second round on Friday, making it the most-watched second round in the history of the tournament. Final round coverage on NBC earned a 3.7 rating, up 33% from 2012.
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Returns Next Week- The latest edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air on HBO Tuesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT. Among the topics will be a profile of former boxing champion Mike Tyson; the stroy of transsexual college athlete Gabrielle Ludwig; a look at how extreme are Extreme Sports; and an update on Olympic track star Lolo Jones.
ESPN to Provide Multi-Platform Coverage of U.S. Men’s Soccer- ESPN will provide coverage across its varied platforms of two U.S. Men’s Soccer FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. The first match takes place next Friday, March 22, with USA vs. Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m. ET outside Denver, andthe second on Tuesday, March 26th, in Mexico City, with Mexico vs. USA at 9:30 p.m. ET Both matches will be aired live on ESPN and WatchESPN with Ian Darke, Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas have the English-language call.
Kuselias to host Morning Show on NBC Sports Radio- NBC and Dial Global announced today that Erik Kuselias will be the morning drive talk show host when NBC Sports Radio launches its full time schedule on April 1st. Kuselias had been host of the weekday 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. slot. That program time will now be filled by Sunday morning host Jon Stashower.
Acta Joins ESPN- ESPN announced today that former Major League manager Manny Acta has joined the network as a baseball analyst. Acta will appear on a number of ESPN programs; including Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, SportsCenter and other studio programming. He will also contribute to ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. Acta served as manager of both the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians.
NBA Double Header Wednesday on ESPN- ESPN will produce a NBA double header this Wednesday night. At 8:00p.m. ET the Utah Jazz take on the Oklahoma City Thunder with Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox on the call. At 10:30p.m. ET Mike Breen and Jon Barry have the call of New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets.
NASCAR Nationwide Series this Weekend from Bristol on ESPN- The next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will take place this Saturday from the Bristol Motor Speedway. Alan Bestwick will be joined by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree for the call of the race while Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch report from the pits. Action begins at 1:30p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown with Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.
HBO to Produce Road to Rios/Alvarado II- As part of its continuing series to go behind-the-scenes of upcoming boxing matches, HBO Sports will produce its latest Road to series leading up to the second fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Road to Rios/Alvarado II will debut this Saturday at 12:15a.m. ET/PT.
Terry Francona to Join Bob Costas Wednesday on MLB Network- The next edition of Studio 42 with Bob Costas will feature an interview with former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona. The interview will air Wednesday at 9:00p.m. ET. MLBN will air a second Studio 42 with Bob Costas Thursday at 9:00p.m. ET as Costas sits down with David Robinson, son of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.
Tim Brando’s Radio Show Shifts to Sirius XM Radio- Sirius XM Radio announced today that The Tim Brando Show will now have an exclusive home on its network. The show had been part of Yahoo! Sports Radio. The program will begin airing on Sirius XM College Sports Nation, channel 91, beginning next Monday at 9:00a.m. ET.
McNabb Added as Major Contributor to NBC Sports Radio- Dial Global and NBC Sports have announced that former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been added as a regular contributor on NBC Sports Radio. McNabb will appear on the network beginning this week at the Super Bowl and will also be part of a new soon-to-be-announced Monday-Friday show to be launched on April 1st.
ESPN Announces Next Two 30 for 30 Film Releases- ESPN has scheduled the debut for the next two films in it’s 30 for 30 documentary series. Survive and Advance, from director Jonathan Hock , will debut on March 17 at 9:00p.m. ET and looks at Jim Valvano and the ’82-’83 season of the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Elway to Marino, from NFL Films and director Ken Rodgers, will debut on April 23rd at 9:00p.m. ET and offer an in-depth examination of the 1983 NFL Draft that was highlighted by a record six quarterbacks being taken in the first round, including future Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino.
NBA Action this Week on ESPN- ESPN will have NBA double header action this Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET the Heat will take on the Nets with Mike Breen, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard. at 10:30p.m. ET Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Heather Cox will cal the Lakers at Suns. Friday at 7:00p.m. ET the Heat are at the Pacers with Mark Jones and Jon Barry. Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin and Heather Cox will call the Lakers at Timberwolves at 9:30p.m. ET.
NBA TV to Present Mid Season Report Card- NBA TV will produce a program this week looking at the 2012-2013 NBA season at the mid-way point. Midseason Report Special on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. ET. Rick Kamla and Dennis Scott (analyst) will be joined by NBA.com writers Steve Aschburner, Scott Howard-Cooper and Sekou Smith to review all the grades and assess each team. NBA TV insider David Aldridge will also contribute to the show.
U.S. Men’s Soccer vs. Canada- ESPN2 will have coverage of the first match featuring the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team this year. Glenn Davis and Taylor Twellman will have the call with sideline reporter Mónica González. Alexi Lalas will provide halftime commentary. Kick-off is tomorrow night at 9:00p.m. ET