Staff Bios

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KEYSHAWN, JAY and ZUBIN

Keyshawn Johnson is a Super Bowl champion and All Pro wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson is a Los Angeles-based NFL analyst who appears on SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL studio shows. He joined the company in 2007 as an analyst the same day he announced his retirement from the National Football League. Since 2016, Johnson has been the daily host for ESPNLA 710 AM, ESPN’s owned radio station in Los Angeles. Johnson was a member of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown shows from 2007-2015. During that time he also contributed to Super Bowl week coverage and other events. In 2016, the Southern California native and resident transitioned to his new Los Angeles-based role. Johnson made his ESPN debut as a guest analyst (while still a member of the Carolina Panthers) on the main set during the 2007 NFL Draft. He has served as a guest host on ESPN and ESPN Radio programs. His on-air contributions have extended beyond football through personality and issue-oriented features and as part of major event coverage on both ESPN and ABC, including the SportsCenter Who’s Now series in 2007 during which he, Kirk Herbstreit and Michael Wilbon helped determine the “Ultimate Sports Star.” The top overall pick by the New York Jets in the 1996 NFL Draft, Johnson played for four teams – Jets (1996-99), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004-05) and Panthers (2006) – during his 11 NFL seasons. One of the most productive receivers of his era, Johnson had 814 receptions for 10,571 yards and 64 touchdowns in 167 games. The three-time Pro Bowler helped lead the Buccaneers to a win in Super Bowl XXXVII. In his final season in 2006, he caught 70 passes for 815 yards and four touchdowns, becoming just the 16th player in league history with 800 career receptions. A Los Angeles native, Johnson grew up near the USC campus and was a two-time All-American at Southern Cal under legendary head coach John Robinson. (He also served as a Trojans ball boy for six years during his youth.) Johnson ranks among USC’s all-time great receivers with 168 catches for 2,796 yards and 16 TDs. He had a school-best 17 100-yard receiving games during his career, including 11 consecutive regular season games, still an NCAA record. He led the Trojans to a Cotton Bowl victory his junior year and a Rose Bowl victory his senior year – earning back-to-back bowl MVP honors. During his senior year in 1995 he caught a Pac-10 record 102 passes. Johnson was inducted into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2007, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in December 2008, and the USC Hall of Fame in May 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from USC in 1996. Prior to USC, Johnson was a Junior College All-American at West Los Angeles College. In addition to his ESPN analyst role, Johnson is CEO of First Picks Management, a development company that focuses on franchise businesses in the foodservice and hospitality industries, and he is CEO of Keyshawn Capitol Development, a real estate company with projects in both residential and commercial space in the Los Angeles area. In 2008, the Michael Awards named Johnson the “Best Dressed Man” of the year. A year later, Johnson added interior design to his resume with “Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design,” an 11-episode reality home design series on A&E. He also appeared in an episode of the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as a celebrity guest judge in February 2009, and he started his own wine label, KJ1, in 2012. Johnson previously hosted a weekly radio show, “Taking it to the House,” on Sirius Satellite Radio, and wrote the book “Just Give Me the Damn Ball!: The Fast Times and Hard Knocks of an NFL Rookie” with ESPN’s Shelley Smith. He remains active in various charitable organizations, along with educational and political causes, through both time and monetary donations. He returns frequently to USC to make guest appearances in the classroom and on the football field.

Jay Williams is roundly considered one of the most prolific college basketball players in history, is an NBA analyst on ESPN’s longstanding NBA pregame show NBA Countdown and regularly contributes to several ESPN shows including Get Up, First Take and The Jump. Williams became an ESPN full-time game and studio analyst in 2008, after working for the network as a commentator in 2003. Williams joined at the start of the 2014-15 season as an analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay – the popular Saturday morning and evening college basketball program that originates from the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week telecasts. He was a constant on ESPN and ESPN2’s weeknight studio coverage, called select college games throughout the year and had previously called the ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series. Before joining ESPN, Williams was an analyst in 2007 for CBS College Sports Network, primarily working the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. He previously was a contributor to Fox Sports Radio 99.9 The Fan in North Carolina. As a starter for three years at Duke, Williams won the Naismith College Player of the Year award, the John R. Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Williams averaged 19.3 points per game, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds for the Blue Devils, while shooting .453 from the floor and .393 from 3-point range. He also led Duke to a 95-13 (.880) record and the 2001 NCAA National Championship. He averaged double figures as a freshman, which helped earn him the ACC Rookie of the Year award in 2000 and recognition as a first-team All-America player. In his sophomore season with the Blue Devils, Williams shattered several school and NCAA records. With 841 points and a 25.7 ppg average, he topped Dick Groat’s 49-year-old record for most points in a season. Williams also set an NCAA Tournament record for 3-pointers attempted with 66. His 132 3-point field goals amounted to the sixth-highest total in NCAA history; his conference-leading 21.6 ppg designated him as the first Duke player to lead the ACC in scoring since Danny Ferry in 1989. Williams’ 6.1 assists ranked second in the league, while he also ranked second in 3-point field goal percentage (.427) and first in 3-pointers made (3.4 per game). At the final game in his junior year, Williams’ No. 22 jersey was retired at Cameron Indoor Stadium. His jersey also has been retired and hangs from the rafters at his elementary school and high school, St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen, N.J. Williams was drafted second by Chicago in the 2002 NBA Draft, just behind No. 1 pick Yao Ming, and started 54 of 75 games for the Bulls in the 2002-03 season. During his first season in the NBA, his most memorable performance was a game against his hometown team, the New Jersey Nets, during which Williams scored a triple-double. He also played for the U.S. National team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship. An accomplished entrepreneur and spokesperson, Williams is the CEO and National Director of Special Events for Rising Stars Youth Foundation based in Long Island, N.J., using basketball as the vehicle to promote education and provide academic and financial assistance to students within the program. He is also the President and Chairman of his own company, Jay LLC. He is a member of the NBA Retired Players Association, a voting member of the John Wooden Awards Committee and sits on the board of USA Basketball, and has been the spokesperson for Athletic Advantage, a sports physical therapy and performance development center in Durham, N.C. In 2002, Williams was graduated from Duke with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and business, becoming the first athlete at the university to earn a degree in just three years.

Zubin Mehenti joined ESPN in 2011 as a studio anchor. He often hosts nighttime editions of SportsCenter on both weekends and weeknights and sometimes anchors SportsCenter on the Road segments from college football games or other big events. Prior to joining ESPN, he was a sports anchor/reporter at KDVR-TV (Fox) / KWGN-TV (CW) in Denver for six years. Before that, Mehenti was weekend sports anchor at WOI-TV in West Des Moines, Iowa (September 2001-September 2005) where he wrote, edited, produced, shot video and filed reports for various newscasts and two-locally produced sports programs on Central Iowa’s ABC affiliate. Prior to that, he was the weekend sportscaster at New Jersey’s WMGM-TV, and his first job out of college was as a producer at WPIX-TV in New York for former CBS News correspondent Melinda Murphy. A New Jersey native, Mehenti is a graduate of Rutgers University with B.A.’s in Journalism and Political Science.


KARRAKER AND SMALLMON

Randy Karraker

You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows more about St. Louis sports, or sports in general, than Randy Karraker. Randy has been part of the St. Louis sports media for more than two decades, but his super-fandom started years before as an usher for both the Cardinals and Blues.

“My favorite sports moment was the first NFL playoff game played in St. Louis, when the Rams scored on their first offensive play against Minnesota, a 77-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Isaac Bruce,” Randy says. “That’s followed closely by Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run on September 8, 1998 against the Cubs.”

Randy’s also involved in several St. Louis charities, including his annual golf tournament benefiting Every Child’s Hope. You can hear him holding court on Karraker & Smallmon every day from 7-10 a.m. on 101 ESPN.

Michelle Smallmon

Belleville native and a lifelong passionate St. Louis sports fan, we are glad to have Michelle Smallmon back on our St. Louis 101ESPN team! Most recently Michelle was Producer of Bernie Miklasz’s show weekday mornings. Before Michelle returned to St. Louis in 2018 she was located at the ESPN National Headquarters & Studios in Bristol, CT. During her time at ESPN Headquarters she was Producer of the successful “Ryen Rusillo Show” on the ESPN radio network as well as Producer for the weekday evening radio show called “Jorge & Jen”. Michelle’s work and on-air presence earned acclaim for cultivating popular podcasts and video segments for ESPN’s national site.

Prior to her experience at ESPN’s headquarters, Michelle spent four years with 101ESPN in St. Louis from (2009-2015), where she produced and did some on-air work with Miklasz on the “The Bernie Miklasz Show” and “The Fast Lane” with veteran broadcaster Randy Karraker, former St. Louis Rams player D’Marco Farr and former St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Brad Thompson.

Michelle is happy to be back on the St. Louis airwaves with 101 ESPN. In her own words, “I’m so thrilled to be reunited with my 101ESPN family. Getting the opportunity to work at ESPN in Bristol was a dream come true, and I’m so grateful for my time there and to all the amazing people I met at the network. But St. Louis is my home, and it feels great to be back in the community that means so much to me.”


SCOOPS WITH DANNY MAC

Dan McLaughlin serves as the television play-by-play voice of St. Louis Cardinals baseball on FOX Sports Midwest. The 2020 season is McLaughlin’s 23nd in the Cardinals TV booth.

A St. Louis native, McLaughlin called his first major league game at age 23. His play-by-play work on Cardinals baseball has earned him three Mid-America Emmy Awards and 10 nominations.

McLaughlin also regularly calls SLU Billikens and Missouri Valley Conference basketball game telecasts. He has served as a play-by-play announcer for the NFL and other MLB games on FOX Sports as well. Earlier in his career, he served as host for St. Louis Blues hockey coverage. He contributes to FOX Sports Midwest’s offseason coverage of the Cardinals too.

McLaughlin is involved in several local charities and hosts the Dan McLaughlin Golf Tournament to benefit the Special Education Foundation, which has raised more than $4 million for children with disabilities.

McLaughlin is a 1996 graduate of Lindenwood University, where he played baseball on scholarship. He is an avid golfer and outdoor sportsman. McLaughlin began his professional broadcasting career at KMOX Radio. Dan, his wife Libby and four children make their home in St. Louis.


RIVS AND BK

Jamie Rivers

101 ESPN welcomes former St. Louis Blues defenseman and NHL player, and the current host of the live Blues Pre and Postgame shows on FOX Sports Midwest, as co-host on Rivs & BK middays from 11am-2pm, Monday-Friday. Jamie is still heavily involved in the hockey world as he is the owner of Synergy Hockey, and is tasked with representing the St. Louis Blues as one of the premier Skill Development companies which involves planning, designing and conducting on-ice skills practices with both forwards and defensemen for youth and NHL hockey players. Also conducts private lessons, coaching clinics, etc.

Jamie is also very active with the St. Louis Blues Alumni Association. He is the Founder of Rivers Edge JDF (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation) and is a spokesperson for Shriners Hospital, St. Louis Special Olympics, and Responder Rescue, as well as a keynote speaker for the Salvation Army.

Brandon Kiley

Brandon Kiley is the better half of 101 ESPN's midday show, Rivs & BK. He arrived at 101 ESPN in 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri.

He spent three years as a host, reporter and producer at Mizzou's flagship station, KTGR, in Columbia before moving to St. Louis to produce at 101 ESPN. BK spent three years in St. Louis before taking a 1-year hiatus in his hometown of Kansas City at 610 Sports Radio. BK returned to 101 ESPN early in 2020 and has decided to make St. Louis his new home.

He has no idea how to change a flat or fix anything around the house. Instead, he spends most of his free time running the trails in St. Louis or grabbing something to eat & drink at the local restaurants & breweries around the city. You can hear BK live weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 101 ESPN's Rivs & BK.

Alex Ferrario

Alex Ferrario was born and bred in "The Lou" and grew up living and breathing St. Louis sports. From age 5 on, he and his dad would attend every Blues game from fall to spring, and as many Cardinals baseball games as possible. As a Senior at Fox High School, he realized his career would be in sports, in some fashion. Two-years of community college led him to Lindenwood University where he became the "Voice of the Lions" for football, basketball, hockey and other athletics throughout his four years. He spent all of his free-time in the radio station or working in the television station, coming up with whatever sports shows he could think of.

During his time at LU, he was presented with the opportunity to be the Booth Assistant for the Blues to work with Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase. After three years, Alex joined KMOX in 2013 as a producer for various shows including Sports Open Line and hosting the pre/post games for the Blues & Cardinals. After one year as a producer, he received the opportunity to be KMOX's Sports Apprentice, covering and reporting on as many Cardinals and Blues games as time allowed.

Alex served the last 4 years as the host for Sports Open Line shows, as well as, Cardinals and Blues pre/post games. He co-hosted a weekly hockey show, Chili's Week in Hockey, for the Blues every Monday night throughout the 2017-2019 season.

If Alex is not on the air or at a sporting event, he can be found spending time with his wife, Katie, or volunteering with animal shelters around the St. Louis area. He is an avid animal lover, food enthusiast, and an aspiring "travel expert" (when time & money allows).


THE FAST LANE

Brad Thompson

You don’t have to have a resident World Series Champion for your afternoon drive show, but it sure doesn’t hurt, and Brad Thompson fills the role nicely on 101ESPN’s The Fast Lane.

Named 2005 “Cardinals Rookie of the Year,” Brad went on to contribute to the club’s 2006 World Series Championship and called St. Louis his baseball home until 2009. In addition to bringing his unique insight as a former player to the 101ESPN lineup, he also acts as pre and postgame Cardinals analyst with Fox Sports Midwest.

Brad’s unique brand of humor and analysis can be heard weekdays from 2-6 p.m. on The Fast Lane.

Chris Rongey

Chris Rongey joined 101ESPN’s The Fast Lane in 2017 after 14 on-air years in Chicago with sports station WSCR-AM 670 ‘The Score,’ the Chicago White Sox’ flagship through much of his time there. Rongey hosted Sox pre and postgame shows for 670 along with filling in as an alternate play-by-play man and color commentator, while also writing a sports column for suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald.

Rongey earned his mass communications degree from Illinois State University before becoming a weekend anchor with Bloomington, IL’s WJBC 1230 AM and heading to the Chicago sports scene in 2002. He now spends his professional time bantering with Fast Lane co-hosts, Anthony Stalter and Brad Thompson.

A Granite City native, “Ronge” brings a sharp eye back to his local pro sports market, along with the necessary sense of humor and sports IQ it takes to co-host 101ESPN’s The Fast Lane.

A Granite City native, “Ronge” brings a sharp eye back to his local pro sports market, along with the necessary sense of humor and sports IQ it takes to co-host 101ESPN’s The Fast Lane.

Anthony Stalter

Anthony Stalter joined 101ESPN in 2012 as a producer of the Fast Lane. Anthony then moved to middays with former Cardinal Chris Duncan. He now mans the helm for the Fast Lane every weekday from 2-6p.m.

Anthony is an all around sports guy who has passion and love for his topics, Anthony has written columns for “The League,” an NFL-based blog for The Washington Post and still contributes written analysis (and weekly football picks against the point spread) to 101ESPN.com. Prior to joining 101ESPN, he was on-site producer for the Detroit Pistons with WFDN in Detroit.