Hall of Famer Kurt Warner Debuts as New Lead Analyst on Monday Night, September 10
Boomer Esiason to Join Kevin Harlan in Booth for One Last Hurrah on Opening Night, September 6
New York, NY – September 4, 2018 – Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., kicks off its 32nd consecutive year as the exclusive network radio partner of the National Football League with the Opening Night game on Thursday, September 6, when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. Boomer Esiason will join Kevin Harlan in the booth for his farewell broadcast after 18 seasons in the booth for Westwood One.
Hall of Famer and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner makes his debut as Westwood One’s new lead analyst on Monday, September 10 when the Los Angeles Rams visit the Oakland Raiders in Game Two of the Monday Night doubleheader. Game One will feature the New York Jets at Detroit Lions. Rounding out Westwood One’s coverage on Opening weekend will be the game on Sunday Night September 9 between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers from Lambeau Field.
Westwood One will provide play-by-play coverage of the NFL’s 2018-2019 national regular season package of primetime games and all postseason games, including Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Millions of passionate listeners and football fans can hear each of Westwood One’s NFL broadcasts on nearly 500 terrestrial radio stations nationwide, as well as on SiriusXM, the TuneIn app, and on NFL Game Pass.
“Our unsurpassed NFL coverage continues to be one of the crown jewels at Westwood One,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP Marketing for Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Throughout our longstanding partnership with the NFL we have expanded our fan base of engaged listeners and loyal advertisers with compelling content and activation opportunities. We are ready to kick off a new season for our NFL partners with passion and pride!”
This season’s upcoming primetime package consists of the following 69 nationally featured games:
- Opening Night game
- 17 Monday Night games (including one doubleheader)
- 17 Sunday Night games
- 13 Thursday Night games (not including Opening Night or Thanksgiving night)
- 2 Sunday Morning London games
- 2 Saturday doubleheaders
- Thanksgiving Day tripleheader
- 12 Postseason games, including the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl LIII
2018 NSMA Sportscaster of the Year Kevin Harlan and Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner are the new lead broadcast crew for Monday Night Football. This marks Harlan’s ninth full season behind the microphone and Warner’s fifth season as an analyst for the network, but first in the lead role on Monday nights. Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton returns to Westwood One after a year’s absence, and will fill in on select Monday Night games. Jim Gray will anchor the pregame and halftime portions of Monday Night Football and the Super Bowl for the 18th straight season. Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald return as contributors and will join Jim each Monday night.
Kevin Kugler will once again be the voice of Sunday Night Football, his sixth straight year in that role. Hall of Fame defensive end Jason Taylor returns for his second season as the primary analyst for the Sunday night package. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock and Super Bowl-winning Coach Mike Holmgren will fill in on select games.
For the 11th consecutive season, Ian Eagle will call all the action on Thursday Night Football. Tony Boselli will serve as the primary analyst for this package of games for the third year in a row.
Scott Graham returns as the pregame/halftime/postgame host of all the remaining games in the primetime package, his 10th with the network.
In addition to live game coverage, Westwood One Sports also offers the features NFL Insider, NFL Today, NFL Preview, and Fantasy Football Forecast.
For more information, including a complete schedule of games, announcer bios, and audio links, click here.
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