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ESPN 102.5 The Game, Preds Expand Smashville Live Coverage this Season

Radio Show Airs Wednesday Nights and Features Preds Players, Alumni or Local Celebrities as Guests

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville (September 25, 2019) - Starting Oct. 2, ESPN 102.5 The Game's feature show "Smashville Live" will broadcast Wednesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. throughout the 2019-20 NHL regular season. Every show will be on location at a local establishment, giving fans the opportunity to get an autograph or picture with the star guests. "Smashville Live" will be hosted regularly by ESPN 102.5 The Game host Braden Gall (Morning Drive, weekdays, 6-10 a.m.); it will also feature Hal Gill and other Predators broadcast personalities throughout the season.

In previous seasons, "Smashville Live" only broadcasted a select number of times throughout the regular season, featuring various Nashville Predators players. This season, the weekly show will feature a rotation of Predators players, executives and alumni, as well as local celebrities. The season premiere on Oct. 2 will feature Predators General Manager David Poile and Assistant General Manager Brian Poile, live from Brewhouse South in Cool Springs.

Smashville Live will be a staple on ESPN 102.5 The Game's Wednesday night lineup that already features Preds Insiders from 6-7 p.m. and Penalty Box Radio from 8-9 p.m. With the expansion of Smashville Live, Slap Shot Radio moves to Monday nights on ESPN 102.5 The Game.

"To be able to team up with the Predators and deliver even more unique content on a weekly basis is a big win for us," ESPN 102.5 The Game Program Director Ryan Porth said. "Smashville Live has been wildly popular in recent years and we're excited for it to be bigger and better than ever before. We have a lot of great plans in store that will get fans excited to interact with the show every week."

Smashville Live Schedule:

Oct. 2: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guests: Preds GM David Poile and AGM Brian Poile)

Oct. 9: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guests: Dan Hamhuis and Kyle Turris)

Oct. 16: BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse in East Nashville (Guest: Preds alumnus J-P Dumont)

Oct. 23: Drake's in Cool Springs (Guests: Dante Fabbro and Rocco Grimaldi)

Oct. 30: BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse in East Nashville (Guests: Ryan Johansen and Colton Sissons)

Nov. 6: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guest: Preds alumnus Mike Fisher)

Nov. 13: Scout's Pub in Franklin (Guests: Olympic Champion Scott Hamilton and Preds alumnus Cody Hodgson) 

Nov. 20: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guests: Mikael Granlund and Juuse Saros)

Dec. 4: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guest: Mattias Ekholm)

Dec. 11: BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse in Bellevue (Guest: Preds President & CEO Sean Henry)

Dec. 18: Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in Downtown Murfreesboro (Guest: Professional wrestler Eric Young)

Jan. 1: Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX (Guest: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman)

Jan. 8: Brewhouse 100 in Bellevue (Guests: Player significant others Ida Bjornstad and Julie Turris

Jan. 15: Brewhouse 100 in Bellevue (Guest: Country music superstar Vince Gill)

Jan. 22: BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse in East Nashville (Guest: Preds alumnus Stu Grimson)

Feb. 5: Brewhouse 100 in Bellevue (Guest: Former Preds coach Brent Peterson)

Feb. 12: BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse in Bellevue (Guests: Matt Irwin and Yannick Weber)

Feb. 19: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guests: Craig Smith and Austin Watson)

Feb. 26: BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse in East Nashville (Guests: Korbinian Holzer and Jarred Tinordi)

Mar. 4: Drake's in Cool Springs (Guest: Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern)

Mar. 11: Barrel House at Bridgestone Arena (Guest: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey)

Mar. 18: Brewhouse South in Cool Springs (Guest: Roman Josi)

Mar. 25: Brewhouse 100 in Bellevue (Guests: Preds broadcasters Pete Weber and Terry Crisp)

*Dates, locations and guests subject to change

ESPN 102.5 THE GAME and 94.9 GAME 2 are locally owned by Bayard "Bud" Walters and are sister stations to: heritage rock station, 102.9 THE BUZZ; 93.3 CLASSIC HITS; and 102.1 THE VILLE, the soul of Music City. Cromwell Group, Inc. operates 31 stations: 5 in Nashville, 8 in Kentucky and 18 in Illinois. All stations can be heard nationwide on the app, "iGoRadio".

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