Rich Eisen To Join Fox Sports Radio

Rich Eisen Show NFL Now DirecTV Fox Sports Radio PodcastOne Jay Mohr Steve GormanFox Sports Radio will soon add DirecTV’s Rich Eisen Show to its daily lineup.

Eisen, who has been the lead anchor of NFL Network since its launch, debuted his new daily 12-3pm talk show yesterday on multiple services. The program is currently available on DirecTV’s Audience Network, Root Sports regional television networks in Denver, Pittsburgh and Seattle, the NFL Now mobile app, and PodcastOne.com. The program is produced and owned by DirecTV Original Content just like the Dan Patrick Show that precedes it in the 9am-12pm timeslot and is also carried by Fox Sports Radio.

Eisen will move into the 12-3pm timeslot currently held by Jay Mohr on Monday, November 3. Mohr, who signed a contract extension last week, will move to the 3-6pm daypart while Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman moves to 6-8pm.

DirecTV sent out the following press release yesterday to hype the launch of the show:

Premiering today at noon ET, The Rich Eisen Show, a new, three-hour (Noon to 3 p.m. ET), daily talk show featuring NFL Network’s Rich Eisen will air exclusively on DIRECTV’s Audience Network and be available digitally on NFL Now. (nfl.com/now)

Produced and owned by DIRECTV Original Content, the show will also debut on DIRECTV’s ROOT Sports-branded regional sports networks in Pittsburgh, Denver and Seattle.

Originating out of a newly designed studio from DIRECTV’s headquarters in Los Angeles, The Rich Eisen Show is a natural progression for the NFL Network host whose weekly NFL.com podcast garnered 16 million downloads over its four-year run. In moving to a daily format, the new show allows Eisen to use his engaging blend of insightful football analysis with an offbeat mix of humor and pop culture, while continuing to attract the most recognizable names in sports and entertainment.

During the first week of the show, Eisen will talk with guests from the world of sports such as NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin and Saints Coach Sean Payton; Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen, 49ers CEO Jed York, MMQB writer Peter King and Dan Patrick, who will be the show’s initial guest. Additionally, many of the biggest names from film and television will be regular guests on the show and appear in studio, including actor/comedian Paul Rudd (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up); Vince Gilligan, Emmy Award-winning creator/writer of Breaking Bad; actor/comedian David Koechner (Anchorman); and actor David Boreanaz (BONES, FX).

In addition to Eisen, the show brings together executive producer Ted Mulkerin, a Peabody Award-winning writer who joins from ‘The Late Late Show,’ Chris Law and Chris Brockman, both longtime contributors to Eisen’s NFL.com podcast, and coordinating producer Drew Ohlmeyer, who spent 10 years with NFL Media as a producer and liaison to the 32 NFL Clubs prior to joining The Rich Eisen Show.

Every Thursday during the NFL’s regular season, The Rich Eisen Show will air from different stadiums across the country, as Rich travels with the NFL Network crew to the weekly Thursday Night Football game. This Thursday, October 9th, the show will be live from NRG Stadium in Houston, where the Texans will take on the Indianapolis Colts later that night. Eisen can also be found on Thursdays on NFL Network’s pregame show, NFL Total Access Kickoff (6 p.m. ET).

On Fridays during the remainder of the NFL season, the show will feature a celebrity guest host, as Rich finishes up Thursday Night Football. Confirmed Friday celebrity guest hosts include the Sklar Brothers (Actor/Comedians, Oct. 17); Jeff Schaffer (FX’s The League, Oct. 31); and Colin Hanks (actor, FX’s Fargo, Nov. 7).

On NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service, The Rich Eisen Show will be a part of the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. With game highlights, content from each of the 32 clubs, as well as news updates, live events, and press conferences, The Rich Eisen Show will join other NFL Media programming available on NFL Now including Finding Giants, and A Football Life. For more information, visit nfl.com/now.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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