Again, with today’s media column now online (linked here), we move the chains forward:
==Say, did ESPN’s John Clayton really “break” the story Thursday about Dante Culpepper’s retirement? Not likely, the AOL Fan House says in a story it broke Thursday (linked here).
==Larry Kahn’s syndicated Sports USA Radio network (linked here) starts its eighth full season of college football with 19 regular-season and five bowl games and seventh season of NFL games with 34 regular-season contests, reaching more than 300 affiliates across the U.S. and Canada. The company this year built a studio in Simi Valley for Brian Golden and Rod Van Hook to do their pre-, post- and halftime shows, plus in-game updates during the college and NFL game coverage, joined by former Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist on Sundays.
Kahn and Howard David continue to do play-by-play on almost all NFL doubleheaders, which are broadcast on KFWB-AM (980), except for the first two games involving the San Diego Chargers this Sunday and on Sept. 28 (schedule linked here). Coverage starts Sunday with Jacksonville at Tennessee (10 a.m., with David and Dan Fouts).
Kahn also did Monday’s UCLA-Tennessee contest (not hear in the L.A. market because of UCLA rights) with former Bruins coach Terry Donahue and former USC coach John Robinson as his analysts. Robinson will continue to do games for the network on Saturdays when his schedule permits, but his main focus will be to work with John Madden on the NBC NFL Sunday night broadcasts). Tom Dillon and Gary Barnett will be the primary college football game broadcasters (continuing with Saturday’s Stanford-Arizona State), as Kahn reports that his network has officially passed Westwood One as far as the number of stations for college games (link here to the schedule, which for now does not have a regular L.A. affiliate)
==Sirius XM Radio also starts its fifth year carrying all home and road team broadcasts, as well as national radio broadcasts, of the NFL schedule (schedule linked here).