Hall of Fame Quarterback Partners with Monday Night Football’s Kevin Harlan to Break Down the Weekend’s Quarterback Play

NEW YORK, October 23, 2017The Westwood One Podcast Network has developed a one-stop, all-inclusive platform that provides a full-service suite of invaluable tools and services for podcasters, content creators, distributors, producers, and brands. The network is proud to welcome The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast to the lineup. Westwood One is the exclusive network radio partner of the NFL.

In partnership with the National Football League, the network has created The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast, which features an analysis and review of the weekend’s quarterback play. The podcast is hosted by Kurt Warner, newly-inducted Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and Westwood One and NFL Network analyst, plus Kevin Harlan, the voice of Westwood One’s coverage of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl. The Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast will be available to football fans every Tuesday morning throughout the 2017-2018 NFL season via Apple Podcasts and NFL.com/podcasts.

“Adding the Kurt Warner Quarterback Podcast to our ever-expanding portfolio fortifies our commitment to our fans and our partnership with the NFL,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Kurt and Kevin are resident pros and natural storytellers. Our podcast allows them to go deep with analysis and play off of one another more than they can in a live game broadcast. The results are quite insightful – a must-listen for football fans and a boon for brands.”

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If you are an advertiser, podcast content creator, or distributor and want to learn more about the benefits of being in the Westwood One Podcast Network, contact khurley@westwoodone.com. For podcast insights and trends, Westwood One’s Podcast Download Fall 2017 Report is available for download on WestwoodOne.com.

About Kurt Warner @kurt13warner
Kurt Warner is a Monday Night Football analyst for Westwood One. His unique path to the National Football League started with several seasons of play in the Arena Football League and NFL Europe. He signed as free agent with the St. Louis Rams in 1998 and saw only brief action in the last game of the season when injuries ravaged the Rams quarterbacks.

Warner was abruptly handed the reins as the starting quarterback in 1999 when Trent Green, the Rams’ big free agent acquisition in the offseason, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason. Warner made the most of the opportunity and began a “Cinderella Story” for the ages. With Warner at the helm, he led an explosive offense that scored 526 points. Warner passed for 4,353 yards and a league-leading 41 TDs to post a 109.2 rating, the first of two career passing crowns. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player that year as the Rams posted a 13-3-0 mark. The team cruised through the playoffs and capped the magical season with a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner set a Super Bowl record with 414 passing yards and threw a pair of touchdowns to lead the Rams to their first Super Bowl title and was named the game’s MVP.

He recorded another MVP season two years later when he guided the Rams back to the Super Bowl. His season totals included a league-leading and career-high 4,830 yards and 36 touchdowns to post a 101.4 passer rating.

Warner made a third trek to the Super Bowl during the 2008 season when he led the Arizona Cardinals to the franchise’s first division title since 1975 and its first-ever Super Bowl appearance. He sparked the Cardinals attack that season as he established numerous club records when he completed 401 of 598 passes for 4,583 yards, 30 TDs, and 96.9 passer rating. Warner then guided the Cardinals through the playoffs as he engineered wins over the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers. He then led Arizona to a thrilling 32-25 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game as he completed 21 of 28 passes for 279 yards and 4 TDs. He followed that performance by throwing for 377 yards and 3 TDs in a narrow loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. He was the only quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in three Super Bowls and the three single-game totals still rank as the top three Super Bowl passing marks.

Named first-team All-Pro twice and selected to four Pro Bowls, Warner racked up 32,344 career yards, threw 208 touchdowns and recorded a 93.7 career passer rating. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fames’ Class of 2017.
(Courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame)

About Kevin Harlan @kevinharlan
Kevin Harlan is in his eighth season as the full-time voice of Monday Night Football on Westwood One. A veteran football and basketball broadcaster, this NFL season marks his 33rd consecutive season broadcasting the NFL. Harlan teams up with Boomer Esiason and Kurt Warner Westwood One Radio Sports as the lead announce team, including all the playoffs, a Conference Championship game, and the Super Bowl. Last year he called his seventh consecutive Super Bowl. Again this season, Harlan will broadcast more NFL games than any other broadcaster for the eighth consecutive season. This upcoming NBA season marks his 31st broadcasting the NBA. Harlan also has called play-by-play for Turner Sports’ coverage of the NBA Playoffs since 1996. He has called regular-season action for TNT and TBS since the 1997-98 season and has served as play-by-play announcer for TBS’s coverage of the 1998 Goodwill Games and several college football bowl games. For five seasons, Harlan broadcast NFL pre-season games for the Chicago Bears on WBBM-TV. He began broadcasting the Green Bay Packers’ pre-season games in 2003 and will continue again this season. Harlan also called pre-season games for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins and NFL Network.

Harlan spent nine seasons (1985-93) as the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs and was the voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons as well. Harlan also called the Final Four on Westwood One from 2003-2007.

Kevin Harlan joined the CBS Television Network’s NFL broadcast team as a play-by-play announcer in 1998, after four years of broadcasting the NFL on Fox Sports. He has called NFL action for NBC Sports and college football for ESPN, as well as college football, college basketball and championship boxing for the Mutual Broadcasting System. In addition, Harlan has been the voice of the NBA’s “2K” video games series since 2006, the last six years with CBS Sports colleague Clark Kellogg as analyst.

About Westwood One
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