Are you ready for some football? Yes, I know, football season is over, but the NFL Draft is fast approaching and Sirius XM (NASDAQ:SIRI) will be there to cover every angle. Sirius XM Radio will provide listeners nationwide with comprehensive coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, taking place April 26-28, and will broadcast every selection from every round. The coverage will include live on-site commentary from SiriusXM NFL Radio, SiriusXM’s 24/7 NFL talk channel, and Mad Dog Radio, SiriusXM’s all-sports channel.
It all begins on Thursday, April 26, when Sirius XM NFL Radio (ch. 88 on Sirius and XM Premier) will begin its live coverage from NFL Draft headquarters at Radio City Music Hall at 7 pm ET and will cover every selection from that night’s first round. On Friday, April 27, Sirius XM NFL Radio’s on-site Draft coverage will resume at 7 pm ET and will cover every pick from rounds two and three. On Saturday, April 28, the channel will broadcast every selection from rounds four through seven from 12 pm ET through the final pick.
In addition to the live announcements of all 32 teams’ selections, Sirius XM listeners will hear one-on-one interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and dozens of draftees, general managers and coaches from around the league. SiriusXM NFL Radio’s on-site broadcast team at Radio City Music Hall will include Gil Brandt, the former VP of Player Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys; Pat Kirwan, a former NFL scout, coach and front-office executive; Tim Ryan, a former Chicago Bears defensive lineman and former captain and two-time All-American at USC; and veteran SiriusXM NFL Radio voice Adam Schein. Former Indianapolis Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian, who joined SiriusXM NFL Radio in January, will also contribute to the channel’s Draft coverage.
Throughout Draft week, Sirius XM NFL Radio will broadcast live from a number of different venues and events, delivering listeners the latest news and interviews with NFL legends, current players and prospects. The channel will air a series of shows from the NFL Shop at Draft, the NFL’s pop-up store in midtown Manhattan. On Saturday, April 21, former NY Giants receiver Amani Toomer and Zig Fracassi will host The Endzone (6-9 pm ET). On Sunday, April 22, former NFL linebacker Keith Bulluck and Fracassi will host The Endzone (12-4 pm ET). From Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, The Sirius XM Blitz (11 am-3 pm ET), with Adam Schein, and Movin’ The Chains (3-7 pm ET) with Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan, will originate from the NFL Shop at Draft. And on Sunday, April 29, Toomer and Fracassi will be back at the store to host Day After Draft (12-4 pm ET).
On Wednesday, Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Bob Papa and Ross Tucker will broadcast live from the NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park (9-11 am ET). That night, Alex Marvez and Jim Miller will host from the NFL Draft Eve party at Tao (8-11 pm ET).
Mad Dog Radio (ch.86) will also cover the NFL Draft with live on-site broadcasts with hosts Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo and Dino Costa. Russo will host his daily show, Mad Dog Unleashed, live from Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 26 (2-7 pm ET), where he will interview Commissioner Goodell and preview the Draft’s first round. Immediately following Mad Dog’s show, The Dino Costa Show will broadcast live from inside Radio City with Costa reporting on all the news from round one, conducting interviews with some of the players in attendance and talking with fans at the venue to get their reaction to team selections. After the Draft ends, Costa will continue on air from the Sirius XM studios until 1 am ET, giving fans around the country a place to call in and discuss the first round.
Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, Sirius XM’s 24/7 fantasy sports talk channel (channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premier) will offer listeners extensive coverage of the Draft from a fantasy football perspective. On Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am ET, Sirius XM Fantasy Sports radio hosts, which include John Hansen and other experts, will break down the first three rounds, providing in-depth fantasy analysis on draft picks. On Saturday, April 28 (1:00-4:00 pm ET), Hansen and Sirius XM NFL Radio host Jim Miller will host live from the NFL Shop at Draft.
Sirius XM airs live play-by-play of every NFL game from the pre-season through the Super Bowl.