In recent news, Time Warner Cable announced that they have signed a multi-year programming agreement with Sportsnet and ESPN Radio Los Angeles 710AM to broadcast the Thompson & Trudell show and Mason & Ireland show, which are two of the most popular sports shows on the networks. The five-hour programming will start on Wednesday, August 3, and the programs will be broadcasted from Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT on both TWC Sportsnet and ESPN LA 710 Radio.
Mychal Thompson and Mike Trudell co-host the Thompson & Trudell show, which will be aired from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon PT from Monday to Friday. Mychal Thompson has been a radio commentator for the Lakers on ESPN LA 710 for the past 13 seasons and he is entering into his 14th season.
Thompson is the Sports Ambassador for native Bahamas, and he was also one of the members of the Los Angeles championship teams in 1987 and 1988. Trudell, a Minnesota native, serves as the Lakers side reporter for both the companies. Before serving as a reporter, Trudell had played for the Wildcats in Division 1 soccer.
The Mason & Ireland show is co-hosted by Steve Mason and John Ireland, and is the longest running sports show in LA. The program will be aired from noon to 3.00 p.m. PT from Monday to Friday on both the channels.
John Ireland serves as a Lakers commentator and also works as a pre- and post-game reporter for Sportsnet. Steve Mason is one of the broadcasters for this year’s Olympic Games.
Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Time Warner Cable Sports said, “We’re excited to add the Thompson & Trudell and Mason & Ireland shows to our programming block. Not only are both shows highly entertaining, but they’re also a great fit to our programming lineup, especially given our existing relationship with John Ireland, Mike Trudell, Mychal Thompson and the Lakers.”
Scott McCarthy, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN LA said, “We are thrilled to work with Time Warner Cable Sportsnet to increase the shows’ exposure, allowing Los Angeles sports fans to see another side of our fantastic personalities. The synergy of our Lakers broadcast relationships makes this a natural fit and will provide fans compelling content on a daily basis.”
Time Warner Cable Sportsnet is available to subscribers on AT&T U-Verse or DirecTV packages, Bright House Networks, Catalina Broadband, Charter, Cox Communications, Hawaiian Telcom, Frontier Communications, and Time Warner Cable TV guide.