Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman couldn’t ask for a platform to launch his new national sports talk radio show.
“Steve Gorman Sports!” begins Monday (Jan. 27) on the Fox Sports Radio network to take advantage of the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 2 in New Jersey. The three-hour show — co-hosted by Gorman’s cousin Jeffrey, a onetime Crowes aid de camp and most recently with the Indianapolis Colts — will air at 3 p.m. EST weekdays, and confirmed first-week guests include hall of fame quarterbacks Bart Starr and Joe Montana, as well as active National Football League stars such as Jamal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III. Gorman also plans to talk to a number of musicians for the show.
“It’s going to be us talking sports, but from a little bit of a different perspective,” Gorman — who will also be playing a Super Bowl eve show with the Crowes for Fox Sports on Feb. 1 in New York’s Central Park — tells Billboard. “We’re sports fans; we’re not experts and don’t claim to be. We’ll have a lot of guests from outside the world of sports. My passions for as long as I can remember are music and sports. (Talking about sports) is something I do all the time anyway, so I might as well have a microphone in front of me.”
Gorman has, in fact, been talking about sports on air since 2008, when he was featured on Nashville’s 104-5 The Zone (WGFX) before starting his own podcast in 2010. In 2011 he moved to WPRT (The Game). He’s also been a frequent guest on Fox’s “Jay Mohr Sports” program.
“When I got to Nashville I thought if there’s ever going to be a town where you can get a show going with a bunch of musicians talking about sports, it’s gonna be Nashville,” he says. “It didn’t exist, so I figured I was going to be the guy to do it.”
After Super Bowl week, Gorman’s show will air from Nashville, and when on the road he’ll do the show from Fox affiliates.
Gorman says there’s “nothing to report at all” about the Crowes, who are on hiatus after touring most of 2013. His other band Trigger Hippy — with Joan Osborne and Crowes guitarist Jackie Greene — just finished a run of dates that included a showcase performance in New York City. The group released its first EP for Record Store Black Friday in November and is hoping to have a full-length album out before the end of the year.