‘Washington Football Today With Julie Donaldson’ set to launch on NBA Sports Washington

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Julie Donaldson reckons she’s taken two days off since being hired in July as senior vice president of media for the Washington football team. On Tuesday, she will debut one of the many projects that have consumed her during this time.

“Washington Football Today with Julie Donaldson” will premiere on NBC Sports Washington at 5:30 p.m. EST, with a new episode airing every weekday. The half-hour, year-round program will include interviews with players and fans, including community leaders and celebrities who are cheering on Burgundy and Gold, as well as movie breakdowns, updates update on the name change and a glimpse into the players’ lives off the pitch. .

“I’ve had a pretty good pulse on the fanbase, and what I think they’ll like, and hopefully I’ll be able to provide them with a product that will give them really good access that they don’t just hadn’t had before,” Donaldson said in a phone interview. “I feel like before this team was still so protected. … We do the opposite, we reverse the situation and we say: ‘Here we are going to give you everything you want to know about the players, maybe even more than you asked for.’ »

Julie Donaldson wants to be the voice she needed years ago

“Washington Football Today with Julie Donaldson” replaces “Redskins Nation,” which former team voice Larry Michael had hosted since 2008. Michael retired in mid-July, a day before being named in a Washington Post article that detailed a culture of sexual harassment in the franchise.

Donaldson, who described his first two months on the job as “uninterrupted, in a good way,” said the new show will engage fans through social media and won’t shy away from addressing topics like social justice and activism.

“We’ll do it on the spectrum related to the Washington football team, the players and the employees and how they deal with it, but we’re going to be topical,” Donaldson said.

Fans who have grown accustomed to watching Michael predict a win in Washington every week — often thanks to his guaranteed edge in the ‘Skintangibles’ category he invented — might notice the homerism in the team’s coverage will be remembered. under Donaldson, who spent the previous decade as a reporter and anchor with NBC Sports Washington.

“When I do interviews, I plan to ask the tough questions,” Donaldson said. “I think people respect that and the fans are hungry for that. They want fair reporting on the team they love. I’m not just going to harass them if they’re doing poorly, but if they’re not performing well, we need to discuss it and explain why. I think that’s going to be a big difference, too. It won’t be all sunshine, rainbows and roses. »

In addition to “Washington Football Today,” Donaldson will host a weekly coaching show featuring a player and, depending on the day, coach Ron Rivera, offensive coordinator Scott Turner or defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. Donaldson will spend her game days in the radio booth alongside the new broadcast team she has assembled, which includes Bram Weinstein and analyst DeAngelo Hall. Former NFL Network reporter Tiffany Blackmon and former Washington wide receiver Santana Moss will host the pre-game show, while longtime The Team 980 host Scott Jackson and former Washington London linebacker Fletcher will handle post-game duties.

Donaldson said Team 980 host Doc Walker, a regular on Washington football shows for years, and former Washington cornerback Fred Smoot will both be featured on radio before or after the game this season. Walker will also host a new digital series called “The Legacy,” which will feature interviews with NFL big names, and segments will be featured on “Washington Football Today.” Smoot, Donaldson and a third rotating guest will host an interactive show and podcast on Monday after each game titled “Go Off, Washington,” which will give fans the opportunity to weigh in on the latest team developments.

NBCSW’s hour-long pregame and postgame shows, which have been rebranded as “Washington Football Kickoff Live” and “Washington Football Postgame Live”, return this year, starting with the opening of the Sunday’s season against the Philadelphia Eagles. Donaldson’s former role as host will be filled by Jordan Giorgio, while Brian Mitchell, Trevor Matich and JP Finlay will return as lead analysts. Special guests who will appear throughout the season include Maryland coach Mike Locksely, former Maryland Ravens and Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith and former Washington football players Jason Campbell and Lorenzo Alexander.

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