Absolute's Premier League signings
Absolute Radio have announced the line-up for their Barclays Premier League programming.
Joining the station will be former Arsenal and England footballer and much-loved radio and TV broadcaster Ian Wright MBE, esteemed football commentator Jim Proudfoot and respected voice of football Russ Williams.
These broadcasters are the back-bone of Absolute's new football and entertainment coverage: Rock & Roll Football, a mix of goal highlights and punditry, will remain alongside a new feature; Rock & Roll Football ‘Live', the station's exclusive 3pm Saturday afternoon Barclays Premier League Football commentary. This will be broadcast on the station's newly launched service Absolute Radio Extra - the pioneering premium ‘red button' style content service on digital radio.
The new Barclays Premier League programming on Saturday afternoons, which kicks off on Saturday 14th August, will look like this:
1.30pm: Absolute Radio Extra. Russ Williams will anchor the station's pre-match build-up from 1.30 - 3pm on Absolute Radio Extra.
3pm - Absolute Radio. Russ Williams will host Rock & Roll Football in a new slot between 3pm and 5pm on Absolute Radio, as well as fronting the station's Rock & Roll Sport Podcast. Russ has previously been the host of Sky TV's Soccer AM as well as providing commentary on ITV's Premier League football coverage.
3pm - Absolute Radio Extra. Jim Proudfoot will hold the mantle of match commentator from 3 - 5pm on Absolute Radio Extra exclusively. Proudfoot's credentials include commentating on Sky's Premier League highlights programme ‘Goals on Sunday' and ‘Football First' as well as Setanta Sports and EPSN Sports. Jim was the lead Champions League commentator and the principal commentator at the 2010 FIFA World Cup for talkSPORT.
5pm - Absolute Radio & Absolute Radio Extra. Ian Wright the former England and Arsenal forward and respected radio and TV broadcaster will anchor post-match commentary and analysis from 5 - 6.30pm on Absolute Radio and Absolute Radio Extra, accompanied by Jim Proudfoot, Russ Williams and guests. Since his retirement from football, Ian has featured as a pundit on BBC Sport's International Match of the Day as well as appearing on the panel for Euro 2004 and the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Wright also co-hosted the Drive -Time slot on talkSPORT with Adrian Durham.