ESPN LA and ESPN Deportes 1330 Announce Commentating Teams for 2016-17 Los Angeles Rams Broadcasts
ESPNLA & ESPN Deportes Gameday Broadcasts Kick Off with Rams-Cowboys on Saturday, Aug. 13
ESPNLA 710AM and ESPN Deportes 1330, the flagship Los Angeles radio stations for the Los Angeles Rams, will feature experienced and knowledgeable English and Spanish radio commentating teams for the 2016-17 season. The teams’ first game will be Saturday, Aug. 13, as the Rams face the Dallas Cowboys.
Commentator J.B. LONG, analyst and former NFL runningback MAURICE JONES-DREW and reporter D’MARCO FARR will describe the action of every Rams game live on ESPNLA 710, the Rams’ official home and flagship English radio partner. Entercom’s The Sound 100.3FM, the Rams’ official FM home, will simulcast the broadcasts.
Long, Jones-Drew and Farr debuted at the Rams’ inaugural Family Day, which was held last Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
On gamedays, ESPNLA 710 will broadcast a three-hour pregame show featuring STEVE MASON, KIRK MORRISON and ERIC DAVIS and a two-hour postgame show with TRAVIS RODGERS, Morrison and Davis. JEFF BIGGS will report during halftime.
MARIO SOLIS and TROY SANTIAGO will serve as play-by-play announcers on KWKW 1330 AM/ESPN Deportes, the Rams’ official Spanish language flagship radio station.
Affiliates carrying the English or Spanish radio broadcasts are listed below.
“We are excited for these two dynamic teams — J.B., Maurice and D’Marco on ESPNLA and Mario and Troy on ESPN Deportes – to bring our games to fans across the region in our first season back in Los Angeles which begins August 13,” said Rams COO Kevin Demoff. “All of these announcers combine unique experience, passion for the game and ties to Southern California, creating winning broadcast teams to connect all fans with Rams football and this historic year.”
“We could not be more thrilled about the broadcast team who will be bringing Rams games to life for listeners in Southern California and beyond,” said Scott McCarthy, vice president and general manager, ESPNLA . “J.B., Maurice, and D’Marco are experienced and outstanding play-by-play broadcasters, and they are the perfect on-air team to help welcome the Rams back to Los Angeles. We look forward to hearing them on ESPNLA 710, during Rams games and also during the week.”
“Mario Solis and Troy Santiago are admired by the Latino sports enthusiasts for their professionalism and the profound emotion which they bring to each and every broadcast,” said Juan Rodriguez director of programming for ESPN Deportes 1330.
In addition to the KSWD/100.3FM simulcast, ESPNLA’s broadcast of Rams games will air on the following affiliates:
- KKBZ/105.1 FM – Fresno, CA
- KHTY/970AM – Bakersfield, CA
- KBAD/920AM – Las Vegas, NV
- KPLY/630AM – Reno, NV
- ESPN/103.9FM – Palm Springs, CA
- KTIE/590AM – Riverside/San Bernadino, CA
- KWDJ/1360AM – Ridgecrest, CA
- KSMA/1240AM – Santa Maria, CA
- KMET/1490AM – Banning, CA
ESPN Deportes’ game broadcasts will air on the following affiliates:
- KWKW/1330 – Los Angeles
- KTMZ/1220 – Pomona
- KWAC/1490 – Bakersfield
- KGST/1600 – Fresno
- KMJE/980 – Sacramento
- KENO/1450 – Las Vegas
- KCAL/1410 – Riverside/San Bernardino
- KXLM/102.9FM/KOXR 910AM – Oxnard/Ventura
About J.B. Long
Long joined Pac 12 Network in 2012, where he has been doing play-by-play on football, basketball and baseball. Previously, he was an anchor/reporter for Tampa Bay Buccaneers coverage on Bright House Sports Network. His additional play-by-play credits include the World Baseball Classic on MLB Network. Long was also one of the founding members of Bleacher Report, helping build the site in its infancy. Additionally, he is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and began his broadcasting career as a sports anchor with WHBF-TV in the Quad Cities.
About Maurice Jones-Drew
Jones-Drew retired in March of 2015 after nine seasons in the NFL in which he amassed 8,167 rushing yards and 81 total touchdowns in his career. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Jones-Drew spent eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and holds the franchise record for single-season rushing yards (1,606 in 2011) and total touchdowns. Jones-Drew spent the 2014 season with the Oakland Raiders. He joined NFL Media in August of 2015 as an analyst. Born in Oakland, California, Jones-Drew played running back at powerhouse De La Salle High School in Concord before enrolling at UCLA. After a three-year career at UCLA, Jones-Drew entered the 2006 NFL Draft and was selected in the second round.
About D’Marco Farr
Farr played seven seasons (1994-2000) in the NFL, all with the Rams. He recorded 36.5 career sacks and went to the Pro Bowl following the 1999 season, one in which he played a key role on the defense of the Super Bowl XXXIV Champions. After his playing career, he jumped into media gaining experience on television and radio, serving as a part of Rams’ broadcasts for years. Farr played high school football at John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, California. In college, he was a member of the undefeated 1991 University of Washington team that won the CNN/USA Today NCAA National Championship.
About Mario Solis
Solis is an award-winning weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter with more than two decades of sports broadcasting experience. He has covered nearly every major sporting event, including the Olympic Games and the World Cup. Joining NBC LA in 2002, Solis had previously worked for the Telemundo Network and its owned Southern California station KVEA 52, KCBS in Los Angeles, and Univision. Solis has been a sideline reporter for NBC’s coverage of Arena Football, the play-by-play announcer for Fox’s NFL Sunday-Latin America, covered Major League Soccer on Telemundo and served as host/analyst for Major League Baseball telecasts on KVEA. A Los Angeles native, Solis earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California.
About Troy Santiago
Santiago has more than fifteen years of experience in sports media, including as the current host of National Network Show “SuperGol” on ESPN Deportes radio. His other experience includes serving as the Host/Sports anchor for Fox Sports en Español; Viernes Futbolero on Azteca TV; play-by-play for Fox Sports NFL broadcasts; UFC voice and play-by-play since 2007; and commentator for the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS. Santiago was part of the FOX Sports Spanish broadcast team for Super Bowl XLVIII. In addition, he has also worked as a reporter and sports collaborator with Univision Radio doing play-by-play of NFL and Mexican Soccer. Troy was born in Los Angeles, CA, grew up in Mexico City and graduated from Tepeyac University, Mexico, where he attended with a football scholarship.