Fox Sports Radio
The Fox Sports Radio Network, based in Los Angeles, California, is a division of Premiere Networks in partnership with Fox Sports. With studios in New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tulsa and Las Vegas, the Fox Sports Radio Network can be heard on more than 400 stations, as well as FoxSports.com on MSN and iHeartRadio. Clear Channel Communications sold its stake in Sirius XM Radio in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013; as a result, nine of Clear Channel's eleven XM Satellite Radio stations, including Fox Sports Radio, ceased broadcast over XM on October 18, 2013. Fox Sports Radio returned to the Sirius XM radio lineup on January 20, 2017; as the network concentrates on sports news, highlights and opinion at any time of the week, many of its affiliates opt out to air their own local show or provide live coverage of play-by-play games. As a result, several shows. All Times are Eastern Standard Time The Ben Maller Show Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis The Dan Patrick Show The Rich Eisen Show or The Herd The Doug Gottlieb Show Straight Outta Vegas w/ R.
J. Bell The Odd Couple w/ Chris Broussard and Rob Parker The Jason Smith Show w/ Mike Harmon The Jonas Knox Show The Fellas w/ Anthony Gargano & Lincoln Kennedy The Big Lead w/ Jason McIntyre Fox Sports Saturday w/ various anchors Straight Outta Vegas w/ Bernie Fratto The Jonas Knox Show Fox Sports Sunday w/ various pairs of anchors Fox Sports Radio Update: One-minute recaps of sports news and stats updated every hour, similar to ESPN Radio SportsCenter This is a partial station listings for local affiliates of Fox Sports Radio. Fox Sports Radio
Jim Quinn is an American radio talk show host based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania hosting Quinn in the Morning on WYSL/Avon, New York and WAVL/Apollo, Pennsylvania. Until its cancellation in November 2013, his program, The War Room with Quinn and Rose, was aired on 12 stations across the U. S. and was heard on XM Satellite Radio Channel 244 from 6–9 a.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Before beginning his political morning show, Quinn spent a number of years at KQV in the 1960s and 1970s, where he would befriend his eventual political mentor Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh worked at KQV and WIXZ/McKeesport, PA as a disc jockey under the name Jeff Christie. Quinn is best remembered in the Pittsburgh area as the vociferous nighttime host on KQV radio in the 1960s, during the station's peak as a Top 40 power. Quinn had an immediate impact on the market. In 1968, he jumped at an opportunity to take a job at WIBG Radio 99 in Philadelphia, but was back at KQV in less than a year, he stayed until 1972 spent time in New York City at WPIX-FM.
He moved to Buffalo, New York where in the late 1970s he became known to listeners throughout the northeast on WWKB, a 50,000 watt station that took requests from as far away as Norway. Quinn's final hour included a trivia game called "Stump The Audience," where the answers had been kept "in a sealed envelope on Funk and Wagnalls' doorstep since noon today." In an emotional farewell as he returned to Pittsburgh, Quinn said, "May I get lockjaw if I forget how much I appreciate the people who listen." A Pittsburgh station, 13Q or WKTQ, lured him back in 1977 to capture the adults who had grown up listening to him on KQV. During his tenure at 13Q, Quinn issued a parody 45-record of the Top 40 hit "Undercover Angel" entitled "Undercover Pothole". In 1979 Quinn moved to the midday slot at WTAE radio, an adult contemporary station in Pittsburgh, under the aegis of General Manager, Ted Atkins. In 1983, he became half of "The Quinn and Banana Show" alongside Don Jefferson on B-94 FM, which ran in Pittsburgh, PA, until 1992.
Their format was bathroom humor. After a course of conduct, wherein they implied that News Director Liz Randolph was promiscuous, she sued the station and Quinn and Banana for defamation and sexual harassment. On Valentine's Day, 1990, Ms. Randolph won on all counts, a jury awarded her $694,000. Three years his FM morning show was canceled. Quinn credits this lawsuit with "opening his eyes" and inducing his conversion to political conservatism. After Quinn's program was canceled on B-94, he moved to WRRK in 1993 where he adopted his conservative political talk format; the program started out in music format with Quinn as D. J. as Quinn in the Morning. But during breaks in music and during news reading he would editorialize. With the positive response he got from callers, with increased ratings vs. the dominant a.m. radio The DVE Morning Show on WDVE, the format became a talk, focusing on conservative views of current events, remained the only talk show on an otherwise music radio format. The program moved to WPGB radio in 2004 when that station adopted an all talk format that included conservative nationally syndicated shows like The Rush Limbaugh Show.
Given the nature of his politics, the show was always locally controversial based on political affiliation. By 2008, Quinn's inflammatory language had earned him notoriety; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that as of Monday, November 18, 2013 Quinn & his radio partner, had been removed from the WPGB lineup. Quinn is a proponent of a constitutional government that adheres to the guiding principles of the nation's founders, he champions free markets. He equates modern Left Liberalism with Marxism, he refers to "Quinn's Laws," a collection of statements that sum up his world view, such as "Liberalism always generates the exact opposite of its stated intent"." He has many personal views he is fond of voicing, such as "liberty is the solution to the human condition". The show, broadcast with co-host Rose Somma Tennent, aired live weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. EST on certain affiliates and on XM Satellite Radio Channel 244, it can be heard worldwide on the Internet via Quinn's radio show abruptly ended in a contract dispute with Clear Channel radio in November 2013.
Quinn authored a so-called "liberal version" of The Ant and the Grasshopper in 1994. After unsuccessfully negotiating to bring his show to WJAS in Pittsburgh, Quinn agreed to resume his morning show on one of his former affiliates, WYSL, a station located outside of Rochester, New York. WRRK morning host points to lawsuit as turning point in philosophy, career by Dmitri Vassilaros in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Glenn Lee Beck is an American conservative political commentator, radio host and television producer. He is the CEO, owner of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his television and radio network TheBlaze, he hosts the Glenn Beck Radio Program, a popular talk-radio show nationally syndicated on Premiere Radio Networks. Beck hosts the Glenn Beck television program, which ran from January 2006 to October 2008 on HLN, from January 2009 to June 2011 on the Fox News Channel and airs on TheBlaze. Beck has authored six New York Times–bestselling books. In April 2011, Beck announced that he would "transition off of his daily program" on Fox News, but would continue to team with Fox. Beck's last daily show on the network was June 30, 2011. In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named Beck on its Digital Power Fifty list. Beck launched TheBlaze in 2011 after leaving Fox News, he hosts an hour-long afternoon program, The Glenn Beck Program, on weekdays, a three-hour morning radio show. Beck is the producer of For the Record on TheBlaze.
Beck's supporters praise him as a constitutional stalwart promoting limited government, low taxes, gun rights, free speech and defending traditional American values, while his critics contend he promotes conspiracy theories and employs incendiary rhetoric for ratings. Glenn Lee Beck was born in Everett, the son of Mary Clara and William Beck, who lived in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, at the time of their son's birth; the family moved to Mount Vernon, where they owned and operated City Bakery in the downtown area. He is descended from German immigrants who came to the United States in the 19th century. Beck was raised as a Roman Catholic and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Mount Vernon. Glenn and his older sister moved with their mother to Sumner, attending a Jesuit school in Puyallup. On May 15, 1979, while out on a small boat with a male companion, Beck's mother drowned just west of Tacoma, Washington, in Puget Sound; the man who had taken her out in the boat drowned. A Tacoma police report stated that Mary Beck "appeared to be a classic drowning victim", but a Coast Guard investigator speculated that she could have intentionally jumped overboard.
Beck has described his mother's death as a suicide in interviews during television and radio broadcasts. After their mother's death and his older sister moved to their father's home in Bellingham, where Beck graduated from Sehome High School in June 1982.[ Beck regularly vacationed with his maternal grandparents, Ed and Clara Janssen, in Iowa. In the aftermath of his mother's death and subsequent suicide of his stepbrother, Beck has said he used "Dr. Jack Daniel's" to cope. At 18, following his high school graduation, Beck relocated to Provo and worked at radio station KAYK. Feeling he "didn't fit in", Beck left Utah after six months, taking a job at Washington, D. C.'s WPGC in February 1983. While working at WPGC, Beck met his first wife, Claire. In 1983, the couple married and had two daughters and Hannah. Mary developed cerebral palsy as a result of a series of strokes at birth in 1988; the couple divorced in 1994 amid Beck's struggles with substance abuse. He is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, has said he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Beck admitted that the family problems ranging from the divorce to his substance abuse had a severe negative impact on his children. By 1994, Beck was suicidal, he imagined shooting himself to the music of Kurt Cobain, he credits Alcoholics Anonymous with helping him achieve sobriety. He said he stopped drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis in November 1994, the same month he attended his first AA meeting. Beck said that he had gotten high every day for the previous 15 years, since the age of 16. In 1996, while working for a New Haven area radio station, Beck took a theology class at Yale University, with a written recommendation from Senator Joe Lieberman, a Yale alumnus, a fan of Beck's show at the time. Beck enrolled in an "Early Christology" course, but soon withdrew, marking the extent of his post-secondary education. Beck began a "spiritual quest" in which he "sought out answers in churches and bookstores"; as he recounted in his books and stage performances, Beck's first attempt at self-education involved reading the work of six wide-ranging authors, constituting what Beck jokingly calls "the library of a serial killer": Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, Friedrich Nietzsche.
During this time, Beck's Mormon friend and former radio partner Pat Gray argued in favor of the "comprehensive worldview" offered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an offer that Beck rejected until a few years later. In 1999, Beck married his second wife, Tania. After they went looking for a faith on a church tour together, they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1999 at the urging of his daughter Mary. Beck was baptized by his old friend, current-day co-worker Pat Gray. Beck and his current wife Tania have had two children together and Cheyenne; until April 2011, the couple lived in New Canaan, with the four children. Beck announced in July 2010 that he had been diagnosed with macular dystrophy, saying "A couple of weeks ago I went to the doctor because of my eyes, I can't focus my eyes, he did all kinds of tests and he said,'you have macular dystrophy... you could go blind in the next year. Or, you might not.'" The disorder can make it difficult to read, dri
Alexander Emric Jones is an American radio show host and far-right conspiracy theorist. He hosts The Alex Jones Show from Austin, which airs on the Genesis Communications Network across the United States and online. Jones runs a website, Infowars.com, based on conspiracy theories and fake news, the websites NewsWars and PrisonPlanet. Born in Dallas, Jones began his career in the 1990s running a live public-access cable television program switching to radio, he has been the center of many controversies, including his promotion of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting conspiracy theories, his aggressive opposition to gun control in a debate with Piers Morgan. Jones has accused the US government of planning the Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11 attacks, falsifying some details regarding the Moon landing, he has claimed that several governments and big businesses have colluded to create a "New World Order" through "manufactured economic crises, sophisticated surveillance tech and—above all—inside-job terror attacks that fuel exploitable hysteria".
Jones has described himself as a conservative, paleoconservative and libertarian, terms he uses interchangeably. Others describe him as conservative, right-wing, alt-right, far-right. New York magazine has described Jones as "America's leading conspiracy theorist", the Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America". Asked about such labels, Jones said he is "proud to be listed as a thought criminal against Big Brother". Jones was born in 1974 in Dallas and grew up in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall and the city of Austin, Texas, his father is his mother a homemaker. In his video podcasts, he reports he is of Irish, Welsh English, Native American descent, he was a lineman on his high school's football team and graduated from Anderson High School in Austin in 1993. As a teenager, he read conservative journalist and conspiracy theorist Gary Allen's book None Dare Call It Conspiracy, which had a profound influence on him and which he calls "the easiest-to-read primer on The New World Order".
After high school, Jones attended Austin Community College but dropped out. Jones began his career in Austin with a call-in format public-access cable television program. In 1996, Jones switched to radio, hosting a show named The Final Edition on KJFK. Ron Paul was a guest on his show several times; when the Oklahoma City bombing happened in 1995 Jones began accusing the government of being responsible, saying, "I understood there's a kleptocracy working with psychopathic governments—clutches of evil that know the tricks of control". In 1998, he released his first film, America Destroyed By Design. In 1998, Jones organized a successful effort to build a new Branch Davidian church, as a memorial to those who died during the 1993 fire that ended the government's siege of the original Branch Davidian complex near Waco, Texas, he featured the project on his public-access television program and claimed that David Koresh and his followers were peaceful people who were murdered by Attorney General Janet Reno and the Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms during the siege.
In the same year, he was removed from a George W. Bush rally at Texas. Jones interrupted governor Bush's speech, demanding that the Federal Reserve and Council on Foreign Relations be abolished. Journalist David Weigel, reporting on the incident, said Jones "seemed to launch into public events as if flung from another universe." In 1999, Jones tied with Shannon Burke for that year's "Best Austin Talk Radio Host" poll, as voted by The Austin Chronicle readers. That year, he was fired from KJFK-FM for refusing to broaden his topics, his views were making the show hard to sell to advertisers, according to the station's operations manager. Jones stated: It was purely political, it came down from on high I was told 11 weeks ago to lay off Clinton, to lay off all these politicians, to not talk about rebuilding the church, to stop bashing the Marines, A to Z, he began broadcasting his show by Internet connection from his home. In early 2000, Jones was one of seven Republican candidates for state representative in Texas House District 48, an open swing district based in Austin, Texas.
Jones stated that he was running "to be a watchdog on the inside" but withdrew from the race after a couple of weeks. In July, a group of Austin Community Access Center programmers claimed that Jones used legal proceedings and ACAC policy to intimidate them or get their shows thrown off the air. On July 15, 2000, Jones infiltrated the Cremation of Care, which he called "a ritualistic shedding of conscience and empathy" and an "abuse of power". In 2001, his show was syndicated on 100 stations. After the 9/11 attacks, Jones began to speak of a conspiracy by the Bush administration as being behind the attack, which caused a number of the stations that had carried him to drop his program, according to Will Bunch. On June 8, 2006, while on his way to cover a meeting of the Bilderberg Group in Ottawa, Jones was stopped and detained at the Ottawa airport by Canadian authorities who confiscated his passport, camera equipment, most of his belongings, he was allowed to enter Canada lawfully. Jones said about the reason for his immigration hold, "I want to say, on the record, it takes two to tango.
I could have handled it better."On September 8, 2007, he was arrested while protesting at 6th Avenue and 48th Street in New York City. He was charged with operating a megaphone without a permit. Two others were cited for disorderly conduct when his group crashed a live television show featuring Geral
The Jesus Christ Show
The Jesus Christ Show is a syndicated radio program that airs every Sunday from 6 to 9 a.m. Pacific Time, it is carried on a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, Inc.. AM 640 KFI in Los Angeles serves as the flagship station, it is billed as "Hosted by Jesus Christ." Jesus is played by the show's producer, Neil Saavedra, who wears many hats at KFI, including hosting "The Fork Report," a Saturday afternoon food show, as well as selling advertising for the station. Saavedra refers to himself on-air as "your holy host." He does not believe that he is Jesus Christ. The show describes itself as "...interactive radio theater designed to teach people about themselves and the historical person of Jesus." The premise is presented on the air as "What if you could talk to Him, laugh with Him, learn from Him?" The show became a part of Premiere Networks on June 1, 2008, is syndicated to radio stations in the U. S. including WGST in Atlanta, KOGO in San Diego, KSTE in WRNO-FM in New Orleans. The Jesus Christ Show began as a short segment on KFI's The Bill Handel Show, when Saavedra was invited to play the role of Jesus as a serious guest for an Easter program segment.
Craig Saavedra, brother of Neil a media producer Official website The Jesus Christ Show at Premiere Radio Networks The Jesus Christ Show at KFI
Sirius XM Satellite Radio
Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. doing business as Sirius XM Satellite Radio, is a broadcasting company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City that provides three satellite radio and online radio services operating in the United States: Sirius Satellite Radio, XM Satellite Radio, Sirius XM Radio. The company has a minor interest in SiriusXM Canada, an affiliate company that provides Sirius and XM service in Canada. At the end of 2013, Sirius XM reorganized their corporate structure, which made Sirius XM Radio Inc. a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. Sirius XM Radio was formed after the U. S. Federal Communications Commission approved the acquisition of XM Satellite Radio Holding, Inc. by Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. on July 29, 2008, 17 months after the companies first proposed the merger. The merger brought the combined companies a total of more than 18.5 million subscribers based on current subscriber numbers on the date of merging. The deal was valued at $3.3 billion, not including debt.
Through Q2 2017, Sirius XM has more than 32 million subscribers. The proposed merger was opposed by those. Sirius and XM argued. In September 2018, the company agreed to purchase the competing streaming music service and this transaction was completed on the 1st of February 2019. Sirius Satellite Radio was founded by Martine Rothblatt, David Margolese, Robert Briskman. In 1990, Rothblatt founded Satellite CD Radio in Washington, DC; the company was the first to petition the FCC to assign unused frequencies for satellite radio broadcast, which "provoked a furor among owners of both large and small radio stations." In April 1992, Rothblatt resigned as CEO to start a medical research foundation. Former NASA engineer Briskman, who designed the company's satellite technology, was appointed chairman and CEO. Six months in November 1992, Rogers Wireless co-founder Margolese, who had provided financial backing for the venture, acquired control of the company and succeeded Briskman. Margolese renamed the company CD Radio, spent the next five years lobbying the FCC to allow satellite radio to be deployed, the following five years raising $1.6 billion, used to build and launch three satellites into elliptical orbit from Kazakhstan in July 2000.
In 1997, after Margolese had obtained regulatory clearance and "effectively created the industry," the FCC sold a license to XM Satellite Radio, which followed Sirius' example. In November 1999, marketing chief Ira Bahr convinced Margolese to again change the name of the company, this time to Sirius Satellite Radio, in order to avoid association with the soon-to-be-outdated CD technology. Having secured installation deals with automakers, including BMW, Chrysler and Ford, Sirius launched the initial phase of its service in four cities on February 14, 2002, expanding to the rest of the contiguous United States on July 1, 2002. In November 2001, Margolese stepped down as CEO, remaining as chairman until November 2003, with Sirius issuing a statement thanking him "for his great vision and dedication in creating both Sirius and the satellite radio industry." Joe Clayton, former CEO of Global Crossing, followed as CEO from November 2001 until November 2004. Mel Karmazin, former president of Viacom, became CEO in November 2004 and remained in that position through the merger, until December 2012.
The origin of XM Satellite Radio was a Petition for Rulemaking filed at the Federal Communications Commission by regulatory attorney and Founder of Satellite CD Radio Martine Rothblatt, to establish frequencies and licensing rules for the world's first-ever Satellite Digital Audio Radio Service. On May 18, 1990, Satellite CD Radio, Inc. filed a Petition for Rule Making in which it requested spectrum to offer Compact Disc quality digital audio radio service to be delivered by satellites and complementary radio transmitters. Following the Allocation NPRM, the FCC established a December 15, 1992 cut-off date for applications proposing satellite DARS to be considered in conjunction with CD Radio's application. One such application came from American Mobile Radio Corporation, the predecessor company to XM Satellite Radio. XM Satellite Radio was founded by Gary Parsons, it has its origins in the 1988 formation of the American Mobile Satellite Corporation, a consortium of several organizations dedicated to satellite broadcasting of telephone and data signals.
In 1992, AMSC established a unit called the American Mobile Radio Corporation, dedicated to developing a satellite-based digital radio service. Its planned financing was complete by July 2000, at which point XM had raised $1.26 billion and secured installation agreements with General Motors and Toyota. Scheduled for September 12, 2001, XM's service start date was postponed due to the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. XM Satellite Radio's first broadcast was on September 2001, nearly four months before Sirius. Gary Parsons served as chairman of XM Satellite Radio from its inception through the merger, resigned from the position in November 2009. Hugh Panero served as XM's CEO from 1998 until July 2007, shortly after the merger with Sirius was proposed. Nate Davis was appointed interim CEO until the merger was completed, at which point Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin took over as CEO of the newly merged company, Sirius XM. After years of speculation and three months of serious negotiations, the $13 b
Robert Quinlan Costas is an award-winning American sportscaster, employed by MLB Network, where he does play-by-play and hosts an interview show called Studio 42 with Bob Costas. He is known for his long on the air tenure with NBC Sports from 1980 through 2018, many Emmy awards, he was the prime-time host of 11 Olympic Games from 1992 until 2016. Costas was born in Queens, New York City, grew up in Commack, New York, he is the son of Jayne, of Irish descent, John George Costas, an electrical engineer of Greek descent. His father's ancestry can be traced back to the island of Kalymnos in the Aegean Sea in Greece; as Costas stated on Ken Burns' Baseball, he had a poor relationship with his father. Costas graduated from Commack High School South and attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, he graduated with a communications degree in 1974 from their S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. In 1973, Costas began his professional career at WSYR TV and radio in Syracuse, while still completing his communications degree at the S.
I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, his sportscasting career began while attending Syracuse University, serving as an announcer for the Syracuse Blazers minor-league hockey team playing in the Eastern Hockey League and North American Hockey League. After graduating in 1974 at the age of 22, Costas went to KMOX radio in St. Louis, calling play-by-play for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association in 1974, he was a prominent contributor to the ABA book Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association. He is extensively quoted on many topics; the book includes his reflections of ABA life during his tenure as radio voice of the Spirits of St. Louis. Costas would call Missouri Tigers basketball and co-host KMOX's Open Line call-in program, he did play-by-play for Chicago Bulls broadcasts on WGN-TV during the 1979–1980 NBA season. He was employed by CBS Sports as a regional CBS NFL and CBS NBA announcer from 1976 to 1979, after which he moved to NBC.
When Costas was hired by NBC, Don Ohlmeyer, who at the time ran the network's sports division, told the 28-year-old Costas that he looked like a 14-year-old. Costas would recite this anecdote during an appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Ohlmeyer based his reaction on boyish, baby-faced appearance. For many years, Costas hosted NBC's National Football League NBA coverage, he did play-by-play for National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball coverage. With the introduction of the NBC Sports Network, Costas became the host of the new monthly interview program Costas Tonight. On March 30, 2015, it was announced that Costas would join forces with Marv Albert and Al Michaels on the April 11, 2015, edition of NBC's primetime PBC on NBC boxing series. Costas was added to serve as a special contributor for the event from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, he would write a feature on the storied history of boxing in New York City. Costas has hosted NBC's coverage of the U. S. Open golf tournament from 2003-2014.
For baseball telecasts, Costas teamed with Sal Bando, Tony Kubek, Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker. One of his most memorable broadcasts occurred on June 23, 1984. Costas, along with Tony Kubek, was calling the Saturday baseball Game of the Week from Chicago's Wrigley Field; the game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals in particular was cited for putting Ryne Sandberg "on the map". In the ninth inning, the Cubs, trailing 9–8, faced the premier relief pitcher of the time, Bruce Sutter. Sandberg not known for his power, slugged a home run to left field against the Cardinals' ace closer. Despite this dramatic act, the Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the tenth. Sandberg came up again in the tenth inning. Sandberg shocked the national audience by hitting a second home run farther into the left field bleachers, to tie the game again; the Cubs went on to win in the 11th inning. When Sandberg hit that second home run, Costas said, "Do you believe it?!" The Cardinals' Willie McGee hit for the cycle in the same game.
While hosting Game 4 of the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics on NBC, Costas angered many members of the Dodgers by commenting before the start of the game that the Dodgers quite were about to put up the weakest-hitting lineup in World Series history. That comment fired up the Dodgers' competitive spirit. After the Dodgers had won Game 4, Lasorda sarcastically suggested the MVP of the 1988 World Series should be Bob Costas. Besides calling the 1989 American League Championship Series for NBC, Costas filled in for a ill Vin Scully, who had come down with laryngitis, for Game 2 of the 1989 National League Championship Series alongside Tom Seaver. Game 2 of the NLCS took place on Thursday, October 5, an off day for the ALCS. NBC decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterward, Costas flew back to Toronto. Costas anchored NBC's pre- and post-game shows for NFL broadcasts and the pre and post-game shows for numerous World Series and Major League Baseball All-Star Games during the 1980s.