O'Connell is on the right - photo courtesy Deseret News

O’Connell is on the right – photo courtesy Deseret News

I received this release via email from 95.7 FM “The Game” while I was at San Francisco Giants media day:

95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM), The Bay Area’s New Sound for Sports, announced the addition of Sean O’Connell, who will join Matt Steinmetz for a new Mid-Morning Show, heard weekdays from 10:00am-12:00pm, effective February 21, 2013.

O’Connell, an accomplished MMA Fighter with a 13-4 career record, is a die-hard Bay Area sports fan who joins 95.7 The GAME from 1320 KFAN-AM in Salt Lake City, where he hosted Morning Drive & Midday shows.  Prior to his radio career, O’Connell played NCAA College Football at the University of Utah, where he was a teammate of San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith and was coached by Urban Meyer (now with Ohio State).  He was part of the undefeated 2004 team, which won the Fiesta Bowl and finished the season ranked #4 overall.

After finishing his playing days, O’Connell began competing in MMA and is no stranger to television, having been part of the cast of the UFC’s “Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 on Spike TV.

“To say that Sean O’Connell is a unique talent would be a tremendous understatement,” said Jason Barrett, 95.7 The GAME Program Director. “Bay Area sports fans are going to love his passion, plus, now we also have a guaranteed bodyguard at future events, which will come in handy since our hosts have a tendency to fire up the fan base.”

“Having grown up following Bay Area sports teams, it goes without saying that the Bay Area is one of the truly great American sports markets,” said O’Connell. “I’m ecstatic to work with a pro like Matt Steinmetz and look forward to getting in the ring with the new sound for sports at 95.7 The GAME.”

From what I noticed, Roxy Bernstein seemed to be Steinmetz’s co-host fairly often after Chris Townsend replaced Brandon Tierney for the FM station’s 3-7 pm show with Ric Bucher. In short, I don’t have a lot of information on this hire. I don’t think I’ve heard O’Connell before, but maybe he was one of the co-hosts I heard with Steinmetz on some January morning and I didn’t know who he was.

So I’ll turn to the “experts” when it comes to sports talk: the audience. Have any of you heard Sean O’Connell on the air. Or, heard of him … period? He played linebacker and fullback in college, and his fight nickname was “The Real OC.” That’s about the extent of what I was able to find out.

It sounds like this latest addition may mean more in the way of MMA content on the FM station, which is a niche KNBR hasn’t really focused on all that much. I guess we’ll just have to see hear.

One last thing: it appears The Game has done away with “The Pulse” as the name for their 10-to-noon show.