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Welcoming Christian Ponder To Minnesota In Style

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 29, 2011 – 11:37 am

On Thursday morning I woke up 14 hours before the start of the 2011 NFL Draft unsure of whom the Vikings would select with their 1st-round pick. Just a few hours into Friday morning, though, I not only knew who the Vikings selected at #12, I also met him at the airport and welcomed him to Minnesota while riding back to Winter Park.

Ponder and offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave

Yes, Vikings Entertainment Network, with the help of Paul Martin and the Vikings operations staff, was there to swoop Ponder up at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport late Friday morning and deliver him to Winter Park, where the QB met with the Vikings coaching and personnel staff. VEN Videographer Jordan Struck was there to record all the action, and we’ll have an entertaining and informative piece about Ponder up on the site momentarily.

Ponder arrived right on time at MSP and was promptly met by representatives from Brooks Brothers, so he could try on a suit coat and tie for his press conference later today. After a quick fitting and the selection of a purple and white-striped tie, Ponder and the VEN clan headed back to the limo for a ride back to Winter Park.

Inside the limo on the way back, we had a chat with Ponder about his time at Florida State, the draft-day experience and phone conversations with Frazier and Spielman, his thoughts on living in Minnesota, why he’s so driven to do well in school and pursue advanced education, what charities he wants to support while with the Vikings and some of his other interests and hobbies.

Ponder even took the time to call in to AM 1130 KFAN and join Paul Allen’s 9-noon radio show. It was a great trip with Ponder and I could clearly see that he’ll be a good fit in Minnesota. He never once seemed impatient with the suit fitting or with having to wear a microphone for the VEN piece. He was smiling a lot and was enthusiastic about being in Minnesota. He wasn’t checking his cell phone constantly and there were no awkward silences in the car. He was thoroughly happy to be chosen by the Vikings and I think he’s going to win a lot of fans over very quickly.

Ponder with Frazier and Spielman

Be sure to check back frequently to vikings.com today because we’re going to carry Ponder’s press conference live. We’re also going to have a sit-down interview with Ponder on vikings.com later today as well as comprehensive coverage of the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Also, don’t forget to look for the “Meet Christian Ponder” piece that Jordan and the rest of the VEN video guys are working on right now.


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Vikings-Lions Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 2, 2011 – 8:32 am

Unable to score tickets to this Sunday’s Vikings-Lions game in Detroit? No problem, because there are several other ways to take in the action.

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.

– The game will be televised by FOX as Bryan Biederman will handle play-by-play duties and John Lynch will be the game analyst.

–I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM for the game to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.


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Join The Conversation On AM 1130 KFAN This Morning

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 28, 2010 – 7:16 am

Paul Allen is the voice of the Vikings Radio Network and will be calling the action from Lincoln Financial Field tonight as the Vikings challenge the Philadelphia Eagles. Before that, though, “PA” will host his weekday 9-noon radio show on KFAN from “The Linc” and I’ll be on-air with him for a few segments.

Be sure to tune into AM 1130 KFAN from 9-noon this morning to listen to us break down all things Minnesota sports, specifically tonight’s Vikings-Eagles game. I’ll be joining PA and his producer – Joe Nelson – for a couple of segments right off the bat, then I’ll take a break while he addresses other Minnesota sports issue and then I’ll come back on-air and help him wrap up the show.

There’s obviously a lot to talk about after the last few days for the Vikings, so we hope you tune in and join the conversation.


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Vikings-Bills Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 3, 2010 – 9:10 am

Unable to score tickets to this Sunday’s Vikings-Bills game? No problem, because there are several other ways to take in the action.

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.

– The game will be televised by CBS, featuring Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Solomon Wilcots calling the action.

– There will be no national radio broadcast.

–I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.


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Vikings-Redskins Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 26, 2010 – 8:56 am

This weekend’s game will take place in Landover, Maryland, which means Vikings fans who don’t live in that area must find ways to take in the action via radio and/or television. Here is the pertinent info you need…

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.

– The game will be televised by FOX, featuring Dick Stockton (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman Charles Davis calling the action. Charissa Thompson will handle sideline reporting duties.

– There will be no national radio broadcast.

–I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.


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Vikings-Packers Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 19, 2010 – 4:18 pm

The Vikings and Packers rivalry is obviously one that’s recognized locally, but this week it’ll be on a more national stage because FOX has sent its #1 team to broadcast the game.

There are several ways you can take in Sunday’s Vikings-Packers game…

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so be sure to join us.

– FOX’s broadcast will feature Joe Buck (play-by-play) and Troy Aikman calling the action. Pam Oliver will handle sideline reporting duties.

– National radio will be handled by Sports USA Radio Network, with Larry Kahn calling the action and Ross Tucker analyzing it. Troy West is the sideline reporter.

– But if you’re going to follow the game on the radio, I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 10:00 a.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.


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Winter Park Wednesday Returns!

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 17, 2010 – 8:23 am

A few weeks ago our buddy and Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen debuted what we refer to as “Winter Park Wednesdays,” a bit where he broadcasts his weekday 9-noon show on Am 1130 KFAN right from Sports Authority Studios at Winter Park on Wednesdays.

The experiment was a hit previously, so it’s happening again today and should be a ton of fun.

I join PA every Wednesday at 9:20 to talk Vikings football and I’ll be doing the same today, so tune in to KFAN around that time and join the conversation. Also, vikings.com’s very own Ryan Cardinal will be on right after me for extended Vikings talk and then some deep Gopher hockey analysis as well.


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Winter Park Wednesday Returns

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 27, 2010 – 6:56 am

Last week our buddy and Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen debuted what we’re calling “Winter Park Wednesdays,” a bit where he broadcasts his weekday 9-noon show on Am 1130 KFAN right from Sports Authority Studios at Winter Park on Wednesdays.

The experiment was a hit last week so it’s happening against this week and should be a ton of fun.

Last week I joined PA at 9:20 to talk Vikings football and I’ll be doing the same today, so tune in to KFAN around that time and join the conversation. Also, vikings.com’s very own Ryan Cardinal will be on right after me for extended Vikings talk and then some deep Gopher hockey analysis as well.

 


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Vikings-Packers Broadcast Info

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 23, 2010 – 11:13 am

The Vikings and Packers rivalry is obviously one that’s recognized locally, but this week it’ll be on the national stage as NBC’s weekly Sunday Night Football broadcast. There are several ways you can take in Sunday night’s Vikings-Packers game…

– As usual, we’ll have a live chat here on vikings.com during the game. We’ll launch the chat just before kickoff, so head to this page at that time to join in on the chat.

– NBC’s broadcast will be on KARE 11 locally, with Al Michaels (play-by-play) and Cris Collinsworth calling the action. Andrea Kremer will handle sideline reporting duties.

– National radio will be handled by Westwood One, with Dave Sims calling the action and James Lofting analyzing it. Hub Arkush is the sideline reporter.

– But if you’re going to follow the game on the radio, I recommend tuning in to either KFAN-AM 1130 or KTLK 100.3 FM to hear Paul Allen call the action and Pete Bercich handle the analysis. Greg Coleman is the sideline reporter. Also, Mike Mussman will anchor the pre-game show, which begins at 5:20 p.m. CT.

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 5-state Vikings Radio Network.


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Winter Park Wednesday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 20, 2010 – 8:47 am

Our friend Paul Allen, voice of the Vikings Radio Network, hosts a daily radio show from 9-noon on AM 1130 KFAN and today’s he’s broadcasting live from Sports Authority Studios at Winter Park.

PA is calling it “Winter Park Wednesday” and is excited about being on the inside as the Vikings kickoff preparations for this weekend’s showdown with the Green Bay Packers. Hopefully this becomes a weekly ritual for him.

Here’s a photo of PA inside of Sports Authority Studios at Winter Park, just before going on the air.


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