-- WWE sent out the following today: "Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the NY/NJ/CT region, WWE and WrestleMania's host partners in New York and New Jersey have decided to cancel the WrestleMania On-Sale Celebration previously scheduled for Friday, November 9 at Bryant Park in New York City. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. For ticket sales information and updates on all things WrestleMania, please visit wrestlemania.com."
-- We noted yesterday that former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman now has his own nationally-syndicated radio show on on ESPN Audio called "Coach & Company." Former WWE announcer and current ESPN analyst Todd Grisham tweeted the following to "The Coach": "Big congratulations are in order for my friend @TheCoachESPN Has his own weekly national radio show 4-7pm @espnradio. Dream come true! " ESPN sent out the following yesterday…
ESPN Audio will debut the weekday afternoon drive time "Coach" & Company (M-F 4-7 p.m. ET) on Monday, Nov. 5, featuring ESPN studio anchor Jonathan Coachman.
"The Coach" will initially be joined by a rotating array of ESPN on-air personalities to present three hours of personality-driven opinion, analysis, humor and interviews covering the news of the day, as well as interact with listeners via e-mails, texts and calls.
"To say I am excited about ‘Coach' & Company would be an understatement, but it's going to be about our entire team – our production team and the team of fans at home – who will all have a hand in hopefully making it a successful show," Coachman said. "I am very serious about sports, but people can expect above all else a show that is fun. And, with my background in the WWE, I feel I can really bring an entertainment value to the show in a strong way."
In addition to traditional terrestrial affiliates, "Coach and Company" will be available on the ESPN Radio App, Sirius/XM (channel 84), TuneIn, Slacker, and espnradio.com, the most listened to stream in the world.
At ESPN, Coachman has shown his versatility by anchoring NBA Tonight, College Football Live, NASCAR Now, and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Previously, the McPherson College, (Kan.) graduate served for nine years as an on-air talent/character for Vince McMahon and the WWE, and as a sports anchor at MSG Network in New York (2007-2008), KMBC-TV in Kansas City (1999-2000), and KAKE-TV in Wichita (1997-1999).