LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FOX Sports Radio and DIRECTV, one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services, announced today a partnership to launch The Rich Eisen Show into national radio syndication. Eisen, one of the most well-known names in sports broadcasting, will debut as part of FOX Sports Radio’s national weekday lineup in the noon to 3 p.m. ET timeslot, beginning November 3. FOX Sports Radio/Premiere Networks will also provide exclusive radio ad sales representation for The Rich Eisen Show.
Originating from DIRECTV’s headquarters in Los Angeles, The Rich Eisen Show features the NFL Network host’s engaging blend of insightful sports analysis, breaking sports news and offbeat mix of humor and pop culture, with celebrity guests from the worlds of sports and entertainment.
The DIRECTV-produced daily talk show, which premiered on the Audience Network on October 6, will join FOX Sports Radio’s leading lineup of sports entertainment programs including: The Ben Maller Show (2 - 6 a.m. ET); FOX Sports Daybreak with Andy Furman & Mike North (6 - 9 a.m. ET), The Dan Patrick Show (9 a.m. - noon ET), Jay Mohr Sports (3 - 6 p.m. ET), Steve Gorman Sports! (6 - 8 p.m. ET), JT “The Brick” with Tomm Looney (8 - 11 p.m. ET) and FOX Sports Tonight with Jason Smith (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.).
“I’ve always been told I have a face for TV. Now I get to try it on radio,” Eisen said. “I’m honored to be part of the iHeartMedia family and humbled that they are entrusting such a crucial portion of their day-part to me.”
“I’m thrilled to continue our relationship with Premiere Networks and FOX Sports Radio, and look forward to six hours of the best sports radio in the country with Dan Patrick and Rich Eisen back to back!” shared Chris Long, DIRECTV Senior Vice President, Original Content and Production.
“This is a fantastic day for sports fans,” said Bruce Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sports Operations at Premiere Networks and iHeartMedia. “Rich Eisen sandwiched between Dan Patrick and Jay Mohr gives FOX Sports Radio a best-in-class lineup to educate and entertain fans wherever they consume sports. We’re so thrilled to have Rich join our team.”
The Rich Eisen Show is a natural progression for the host whose weekly podcast on NFL.com garnered 16 million downloads over its four-year run. In addition to the new show, Eisen entered his 11th season at NFL Network and continues to host Sunday’s Emmy-nominated show NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive NFL pregame show on television, and anchor NFL Network’s special on-location coverage of the NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and Super Bowl.
A three-time Sports Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Studio Host category, Eisen was NFL Network’s first on-air talent when the network launched in November 2003, and the original host of NFL Total Access, which provides exclusive inside access to all 32 teams, including the latest news, information and live reports coast-to-coast. In 2010, Eisen expanded his presence with the network to include “The Rich Eisen Podcast” on NFL.com which became a staple among athletes, actors, entertainers and football fans across the country. Eisen is represented by CAA.
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