Tony Kornheiser’s annual summer vacation leaves an annual programming void during ESPN 980’s weekday schedule. This year, the station is filling much of that void with a new program, “NFL This Morning.”

Hosted by Fox 5 acting sports director Dave Ross, the show will run during Kornheiser’s weekday 10-noon slot and “cover everything Redskins and the entire NFL,” according to the station. The show will originate from Redskins Park and be on the air for five weeks, featuring daily Redskins guests and reports about every NFL team.

“It is nearly impossible to quench fans thirst for the NFL,” VP of Programming Chuck Sapienza said in a news release. “Giving those fans two hours for daily coverage will keep Redskins fans and NFL fans in general up to date with all the latest information and breaking news.”

“Redskins coverage is our wheelhouse and this show will continue our dominance in that area,” Red Zebra President and CEO Rick Carmean said in the release.

Incidentally, while I plan on writing 5,000 items about Redskins training camp over the next month, the new all-NFL show won’t likely please J.P. Finlay, who opined thus about D.C. sports radio for Washingtonian:

This week marks the first day of training camp for the Washington Redskins, and both sports-talk radio stations in town decided to go all Skins, all the time.

So we’re clear, local sports radio wants to cover football practice over a baseball team in first place. A Nats team that just completed arguably the most important series in team history.

To be clear, both stations have done plenty of Nats talk in recent weeks, far more than in past seasons.


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