Beginning the last week of August, ESPN Radio will transition to the college and NFL football schedule of long-form programming. These are in addition to the daily shows like "Mike and Mike," 6-10 a.m.; "Tirico and Van Pelt," 1-3 p.m.; "Scott Van Pelt," 3-4 p.m.; "The Insider Sportsline/Statewide," 4-6 p.m.; "SportsNation/PTI," 6-7 p.m.; "Football Tonight," 7-8 p.m. and "The Pulse," 8-11 p.m., daily on ESPN 930 AM in Huntington. Here are some key dates for local football fans to remember for ESPN Radio (some ESPN Radio programs interrupted for local shows can be heard live at espnradio.com).
ESPN Radio has special programming coming up in addition to daily shows with Colin Cowherd, Mike & Mike and Mike Tirico, heard on both ESPN 930 AM in Huntington and ESPN 1490 AM in Charleston. photo from ESPN Radio.com
Wednesday, August 20, 4-6 p.m. The Insider Sportsline and Insider Statewide (also heard 5-6 p.m. on Charleston's ESPN 1490 AM) will be live from the Embassy Suites for the annual Marshall pep rally, "Paint The Capital City Green," with Marshall University guest leading up to the Kanawha Valley's best Thundering Herd party!
On Thursday, August 28, 4-6 p.m.. the local sports show on ESPN 930 AM in Huntington and ESPN 1490 AM in Charleston is live from Pullman Square for the Thundering Herd Tailgate Party, getting ready for the opening game on August 30 with Illinois State. At 7 p.m., the show shifts to Gino's Pub on Fifth Avenue for the first Mark Snyder Coach's Show of the year, heard on the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network, including ESPN 930 AM, The Dawg, 93.7 FM and WKAZ 107.3 FM in Charleston. At 8 p.m., Coach Snyder and Herd supporters return to Pullman Square for the pep rally, with an All-Star Band for the final edition of the Summer Concert Series in downtown Huntington.
On Friday, August 29, at 4:00 p.m., the Insider Sportsline/Statewide will be live from the Marshall University Student Center, talking with the new class of the Marshall Hall of Fame who will be inducted at the 7 p.m. banquet that night. ESPN Radio gets ready for the college football season with a special expanded version of ESPN Radio College Game Day Countdown that will be joined at 6 p.m., and all programming with the exception of SportsCenter will be branded as a special extended version of Countdown through Saturday, August 30th, at 6 a.m.
ESPN 930 AM will cut to St. Albans, W.Va., and Crawford Field, the home of the Red Dragons, at 7 p.m. for the first Spring Valley Timberwolves game of 2008. Eliot Parker brings all the action of the 'Wolves all season long, live on ESPN 930 AM, with a pod cast available after the games at www.wrvc.am on the world-wide web. Following the Spring Valley sign-off, 930-AM joins MetroNews Gamenight until Midnight, as Fred Persinger and Jeff Jenkins update scores from all games in West Virginia High School football, with interviews with both coaches, radio broadcast teams, writers and fans from 9:30 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Saturday August 30th, from 10 a.m. until Noon, it is the premiere of "ESPN Radio College Game Day Countdown" hosted by Jon Stashower. The show features former Marshall coach Jim Donnan, who joined the MU Hall of Fame last night and will be introduced before the Marshall game with Illinois State later Saturday afternoon. At Noon, it is the premiere of "ESPN Radio College Game Day" with Ryen Russillo, Trevor Matich and Todd McShay, taking you up to the "Tailgate Show" from the West Parking Lot of the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Join Woody Woodrum, Rocky Smith and Greg Cyrus of the Marshall radio network and Greg Perry of Herd Insider for the start of each the Marshall broadcast at two hours before kickoff, the first game at 2:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., Woody and Steve Cotton, the voice of the Herd, will talk with players and Coach Mark Snyder and take you up to the kickoff of the 2008 season when the Thundering Herd hosts the Redbirds of Illinois State at 4:30 p.m. Stay tuned after the game for the post-game wrap-up and call-in show, all heard on ESPN 930 AM, The Dawg 93.7 FM and WKAZ 107.3 FM in Charleston. Then its back to ESPN Radio for Game Night, looking at all the scores around the nation.
ESPN will debut "ESPN Radio Football Tonight" on Saturday, September 6, heard at midnight on ESPN 930 AM in Huntington photo from espn.com
On Saturday, September 6, following Spring Valley football and MetroNews Gamenight, it is the premiere of "ESPN Radio Football Tonight" with Erik Kuselias, Chris Mortensen and Keyshawn Johnson at midnight. On Sunday September 7th, at 10 a.m., it is the premiere of "Countdown to Kick-Off" with Mike Salk and Michael Smith. ESPN Radio will then join Sports USA Radio at 12:30 p.m. for the first of a full season of doubleheaders from the National Football League heard on ESPN 930 AM. Westwood One coverage starts at 11 a.m. on WCMI 1340 AM, and presents a triple-header every Sunday, with games at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
At 7 p.m. on ESPN 930 AM on Sundays, it is the premiere of "NFL on ESPN Radio." It follows the second game of our doubleheader and will include updates on all of the National Football League games that day with interviews, analysis and debate. The show is hosted by Freddie Coleman, Jeremy Green, Eric Allen and others every Sunday evening.
On Monday, September 8, it will be the premier of the Insider Sportsline/Statewide shows live from The Union on Fourth Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Huntington. Join Woody Woodrum and guests as they review the Herd, college, high school and pro football and other sports from the weekend and get you ready for Monday Night Football at The Union. At 6-8:30 p.m., it is the premiere of "Monday Night Countdown" with John Seibel. Westwood One presents MNF on WCMI 1340 AM every Monday night on the radio, while on ESPN 930 AM, from 8:30 p.m. to the conclusion of that nights Monday Night Football game, it will be the premiere of "Monday Night College Football Insider" with Doug Gottlieb, followed by a complete recap of the MNF game on "SportsCenter" at midnight on ESPN 930 AM.
Doug Gottlieb, heard on "The Pulse" on most nights at 8 p.m., will now host "Monday Night College Football Insider," beginning on September 8 at 8:30 p.m. photo courtesy of espn.com
Stay with ESPN 930 AM for all your coverage of the Marshall Thundering Herd, Spring Valley Timberwolves, National Football League plus NASCAR Trucks, NCAA Football and Basketball, the College World Series, Major League Baseball and playoffs up to the World Series and a whole lot of sports talk all day and night, on the Tri-State's sports leader, ESPN Radio and 930-AM, WRVC.