--Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell and The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker Join Weekday Lineup on Monday, September 17--
LOS ANGELES, September 16, 2018 – Premiere Networks announced today the launch of two new programs as part of FOX Sports Radio’s (FSR) weekday lineup. Beginning Monday, September 17, Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell will broadcast Monday through Friday from 6 - 7 p.m. ET, marking the historic debut of the first-ever national daily radio show focused on sports betting.
Hosted by Las Vegas personality and founder/CEO of Pregame.com RJ Bell, the one-hour program will give fans a real-time Vegas perspective on each upcoming game’s kickoff, opening tip, and first pitch. Featuring FOX Sports Radio personality Jonas Knox, as well as famed betting experts Brad Powers and Steve Fezzik, the program will inform and entertain sports fans with on-the-ground reporting – including breaking news and changing odds – right up until game time. The weekday launch of the program marks a successful year-long run for Straight Outta Vegas as part of FSR’s weekend lineup on Friday and Saturday evenings.
“Sports betting is quintessentially American, and Las Vegas odds literally create the framework for much of sports talk,” said Bell. “FOX Sports Radio’s understanding of this reality has been nothing less than visionary, and their commitment to Straight Outta Vegas made my decision an easy one. This is the pregame show America has always wanted, airing on hundreds of FSR stations from coast to coast. The promise of the show is simple: bettors can’t afford not to listen, and all sports fans will learn things others are missing.”
FOX Sports Radio is also excited to announce that The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker will debut as a weekday show from 7 - 10 p.m. ET beginning September 17. The FSR and FS1 personalities, who first partnered on FSR in March 2018 to host The Odd Couple on Sundays, will continue to provide listeners with a dynamic discussion as the two polar opposites take listeners through the biggest hits in sports.
“Rob has been a great friend and respected colleague for several years,” said Broussard. “Despite his tremendous journalistic record, his takes are often zany and off-the-wall, providing the perfect counter to my sound and logical reasoning. Opposites do indeed attract. This is going to be fun.”
“I'm excited and thrilled to team up with Chris five days a week,” said Parker. “He's smart, funny and loves sports like I do. His opinions are half-baked. That's why I'm here. It will be fun and informative.”
“This historic new lineup further solidifies FOX Sports Radio’s standing as the preeminent sports network in the nation,” said Don Martin, SVP Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, and Scott Shapiro, VP of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks, in a joint statement. “It’s now crystal clear that when you’re looking for the best, live sports-talk, this is the place to tune in. Listeners who want to be entertained, informed, and emotionally invested with the most-compelling personalities and storytellers in the industry will be rewarded with every listening occasion.”
As part of the changes to FSR’s weekday programming lineup, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon has been extended from three to four hours, now broadcasting from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ET, Monday through Friday.
Below is FOX Sports Radio’s new weekday lineup:
Monday through Friday (ET/PT):
6am-9am/3am-6am Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis
9am-12pm/6am-9am The Dan Patrick Show
12pm-3pm/9am-12pm The Herd with Colin Cowherd
12pm-3pm/9am-12pm The Rich Eisen Show
3pm-6pm/12pm-3pm The Doug Gottlieb Show
6pm-7pm/3pm-4pm Straight Outta Vegas with RJ Bell
7pm-10pm/4pm-7pm The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker
10pm-2am/7pm-11pm The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon
2am-6am/11pm-3am The Ben Maller Show
For more information, please visit www.FOXSportsRadio.com. For affiliations, please call Kurt Kretzschmar at 818-377-5300.
About RJ Bell
RJ Bell is the founder/CEO of https://pregame.com/, the largest American digital media organization covering sports betting - and the exclusive odds provider for The Associated Press. Bell is the only sports bettor on Forbes’ list of “Gambling Gurus” and has earned unmatched mainstream coverage, with appearances and content featured on SportsCenter, Pardon The Interruption, CNN, CNBC, CBS This Morning, Nightline, The Herd, The Dan Patrick Show, SiriusXM, NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, USA Today, and a featured cameo on HBO’s Ballers. Bell has authored weekly columns for ESPN.com and Grantland, and was a solo presenter at the South by Southwest Festival. Bell was a key contributor in Sports Illustrated’s exposé of the point shaving scandal at the University of San Diego and later went on to serve as an expert witness for the U.S. District Court case surrounding the incident.
About Chris Broussard
In addition to co-hosting FOX Sports Radio’s The Odd Couple with Rob Parker, Chris Broussard is an FS1 NBA analyst. The award-winning journalist previously worked for ABC and ESPN television, where he contributed to many studio shows including SportsCenter, as well as ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. Broussard co-starred with Magic Johnson on the “KIA NBA Countdown Show” during the 2011-2012 season, and was named one of the 100 Black History Makers of 2012 by Thegrio.com, the African-American news arm of NBC. Broussard, who worked at The New York Times from 1998-2004, is the founder and president of a national Christian men's organization called The K.I.N.G. Movement, and is a frequent speaker at churches, schools, fundraisers and youth-related events. In addition, Broussard is an advisory board member of Write-On Sports, a sports journalism program for teenagers, and Athletes in Action. For his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint (Mich.), Mayor Dayne Walling issued a public proclamation declaring September 17, 2010 “Chris Broussard Day.”
About Rob Parker
In addition to co-hosting FOX Sports Radio’s The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard, longtime sports writer Rob Parker is a regular analyst on FS1’s Skip and Shannon: Undisputed and other programs. Parker also currently writes a column for TheShadowLeague.com. His career started with a bang. At 22, he was a full-time sports writer at the Daily News in New York. Along the way, Parker was a trailblazer, becoming the first African American sports columnist at the Detroit Free Press (1993) and at Newsday in New York (1995). In 1993, Parker was the first African American beat writer to cover the Cincinnati Reds for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He was also an award-winning sports columnist at The Detroit News for nine years. In Detroit, Parker had long-running radio show, “Sports Night with Parker and The Man.” On TV, he worked for WDIV Local 4 for 20 years as an analyst and fill-in anchor. At WXYZ TV, he was the 10pm sports anchor in 2016. Parker, a New York native, graduated with a degree in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and went on to receive a Master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. In 2018, he was named National Association of Black Journalists Sports Journalist of the Year. Parker is also an adjunct professor at USC.
About FOX Sports Radio
The FOX Sports Radio Network, based in Los Angeles, Calif., is a division of Premiere Networks in partnership with FOX Sports. All entities have combined their considerable resources to develop a turnkey, personality driven sports programming network for radio stations nationwide. The FOX Sports Radio Network reaches 11 million monthly listeners on more than 400 radio stations, and can also be heard on iHeartRadio and FOXSportsRadio.com. Fans can also follow the network on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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