Friday, August 11, 2006

Jim Williams: NFL preseason ready for liftoff

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Aug 11, 2006 5:00 AM (2 hrs 28 mins ago)
Current rank: # 1 of 7,741 articles

WASHINGTON - Preseason is not just a time for NFL players to get ready. It’s also a time for fans to begin fine-tuning their remote control proficiency because this weekend features a full plate of football.

The Redskins will be in Cincinnati Sunday night for a national TV game on NBC 4 at 8.

The new NBC Sunday Night Football crew of Al Michaels, John Madden and Andrea Kremer will be on hand to call the action.

Meanwhile, Triple X ESPN Radio will make its debut as the Redskins radio flagship. Larry Michael, Sonny Jurgensen, and Sam Huff will handle the broadcast with a four-hour pregame show beginning at 4 p.m. It kicks off with Michael doing a show called “Redskins Game Plan.”

Then at 5 p.m., Kevin Sheehan and Bram Weinstein anchor the live pregame show. The duo will also handle postgame coverage.

Across town, Sports Talk 980-AM has its award-winning Tailgate Show at 5 p.m. with Scott Linn and the entire team. The station has no plans for postgame coverage during the preseason but Redskins beat reporter Jerry Coleman will be in Cincinnati following the team for the pregame show and will also do reports for the station’s updates and local shows come Monday morning.

Lots more to come when the season begins.

On another front, I need your help. Much has been said about the lack of a strong signal provided by Triple X ESPN. Listen to the pregame show and game broadcast and e-mail me at to let me know how it went.

NFL Network is loaded

Beginning this weekend, the NFL Network will air 52 preseason games.

Some of the highlights will be the first-ever game at the Cardinals’ new stadium. Arizona hosts the defending Super Bowl champion Steelers on Saturday at 4 p.m.

You can also catch the Cowboys-Seahawks game Sunday at 5 p.m. The NFL Network’s weekend lineup is packed and you can get the entire schedule at

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.

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