NBC SPORTS RADIO: Chipper Jones, Stan Van Gundy, Bobby Valentine & Chris Mannix Join Newy Scruggs for "Voices of the Game"
NEW YORK, NY, March 19, 2013 – NBC Sports Radio announced today that weekend talker Newy Scruggs will expand his duties with a new show premiering on Monday, April 1, the day the network rolls out 24/7 programming. Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs will air during the Noon-3p ET Monday-Friday slot. Newy will be joined each day by a major renowned and recognizable sports “voice” during the entire second hour of the show. Personalities will include Chipper Jones, Stan Van Gundy, Bobby Valentine and Chris Mannix.
Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs brings a proven top-market radio host together each day with an added expert voice and perspective. Newy gets the conversation going and is then joined every second hour with a major guest host, live, who will appear consistently each week.
Tuesdays’ guest host will be recently-retired Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones; Wednesdays’ guest host will be Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Radio’s Chris Mannix; Thursdays’ guest host will be former Major League Baseball manager and ESPN MLB analyst Bobby Valentine; and Fridays' guest host will be former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy. Newy’s Monday guest host will be announced soon.
Jones will begin baseball season in this hourly role on Tuesdays and then move into a weekly major contributor role as NBC Sports Radio's MLB Senior Analyst once baseball season is fully underway. Mannix, Valentine and Van Gundy are already part of the NBC Sports Radio roster and are expanding their roles.
All four “voices” are known for their candor, humor and insight, adding a refreshing take on sports talk. Newy will broadcast from a studio in Dallas and the "voices" will be situated in studios around the country, sitting in live as co-host for the entire second hour.
Newy Scruggs is the Sports Director and weeknight sports anchor at KXAS-TV (NBC 5) in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and former host of The Newy Scruggs radio show on 105.3 The Fan, in Dallas. Newy is a multiple Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and a 20-year TV, radio and print veteran with major market stops in Austin, Texas, Cleveland and Los Angeles.
Newy Scruggs said, “I am excited to bring NBC Sports Radio listeners into daily conversations with some of the most honest, opinionated, and in-the-know people in American sports. I want our listeners to feel like they are sitting at their favorite watering hole getting the inside scoop on the biggest topics and sports opinions of the day."
Chipper Jones said, "I am very excited to be working with NBC Sports Radio, Dial Global and Newy. This will bring new meaning to the saying 'coming out of retirement.' I think we will bring a new, fresh voice to sports radio that will let the fans get into the clubhouse and behind the scenes into a life that I have lived for the last 22 years in professional baseball. It is truly a new and exciting chapter for me."
Chris Corcoran, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Dial Global, adds, “Hands down, 'Voices of the Game' is going to be special. Not only is Newy one of the smartest and most reputable personalities around, but our unmatched and incredible daily guest hosts are going to deliver such a unique and informative show for affiliates, listeners and advertisers.”
Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports Ventures, says “We have put together a unique roster of opinionated journalists, respected and outspoken former coaches, and a future Hall of Fame player to team with Newy on a show that will provide listeners with something different every day. As we begin our 24/7 coverage on April 1, they provide credible and relevant voices during midday, which will lead nicely into our recently-announced 'Under Center with McNabb and Malone.'”
NBC Sports Radio will launch its full 24/7 talk programming on April 1, 2013. There will be more announcements to come.
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