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Media notes: Fox Sports Southwest hires Pudge Rodriquez as studio analyst

Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer to be lead football voices for new SEC network
Oklahoman Published: March 12, 2014

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, one of Major League Baseball’s all-time greatest catchers and a member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame, has joined Fox Sports Southwest as an analyst on “Rangers Live” pregame and postgame coverage.

Rodriguez will work several games in 2014, joining former Rangers second baseman and teammate Mark McLemore and hosts John Rhadigan and Dana Larson.

Fox Sports Southwest will televise 129 Rangers games in 2014. Rodriguez will make his broadcast debut Opening Day in a special one-hour pregame show at 1 p.m. March 31 when the Rangers take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

“This will be another way for me to further my role with the Texas Rangers organization, which I very much enjoy,” Rodriguez said in a press release.

Fox Sports Southwest begins its Rangers coverage this week with spring training games at 8 p.m. Thursday against San Francisco and 3 p.m. Saturday against Oakland.

Short takes

•Veteran announcer Brent Musburger will be joined by college football analyst Jesse Palmer in the booth every Saturday on the SEC Network when it launches next fall. The pair will kick off the season with Texas A&M at South Carolina on Aug. 28. Chris Fowler, host of ESPN’s “College GameDay,” is expected to become the new lead voice for ESPN’s college football coverage.

•Fox Sports and CBS Radio’s WFAN-AM/FM, have reached a multiyear, multi-media agreement that brings Mike Francesa’s radio show to the nation’s newest sports networks. “The Mike Francesa Show” will air noon to 3 p.m. on Fox Sports 1 and 3 to 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 2 beginning March 24.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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