A month after switching flagship radio stations for the first time in franchise history, the Jaguars announced another big change Tuesday, naming Jacksonville media veteran Frank Frangie as their new play-by-play announcer.
Frangie replaces Brian Sexton, who had called all 392 games in Jaguars history and will now be a senior correspondent for jaguars.com, providing video, audio and written content.
Former Jaguars players Jeff Lageman and Tony Boselli will remain in the game-day booth as analysts. Rick Ballou — who is paired with Frangie on 1010XL’s daily afternoon drive-time show — is the new sideline reporter.
The Frangie-for-Sexton move had been circulating locally since the Jaguars switched from WOKV to 1010XL.
“From the day they announced they were changing stations, I kind of got the sense they were going to go all-in with 1010, and I’ve been a WOKV guy since the beginning,” Sexton said. “But I didn’t know they would give me such a great opportunity on the digital side. I’m excited about it.”
Sexton was informed of the Jaguars’ decision three weeks ago.
“I had that time to prepare for it and get ready for it, but when I saw the tweets and got the texts [Tuesday], there was a little feeling of loss,” he said.
Sexton recently called Frangie to offer assistance for the transition.
“Pretty amazing,” Frangie said. “I’ll remember that call the rest of my life, and I told him that the other day.”
Frangie called the new gig “a dream come true. I’ve grown up here. I was born in Jacksonville, raised in Jacksonville and came back after [attending Florida]. It’s a pretty cool thing.”
Frangie will make his NFL play-by-play debut Aug. 8 against Tampa Bay and will no longer do college football games for Touchdown Radio, a position he held for the last seven years.
Frangie will prepare for the season by talking to colleagues David Steele (Orlando Magic), Mick Hubert (University of Florida), Gene Deckerhoff (Florida State and the Buccaneers) and Brian Barnhart (University of Illinois), veteran broadcasters who are accustomed to calling all of their team’s games.
“I’ve done different teams each week forever; this will be a learning process for me,” Frangie said.
Frangie said he won’t have trouble balancing his two roles — a talk-show host during the week and the play-by-play voice on Sundays.
“I don’t worry about that at all,” he said. “I’m not particularly caustic by nature. I think I’ve always tried to be fair. One of the things [Jaguars president] Mark Lamping said when we got the rights was, ‘We want you guys to be yourself.’ ”
Sexton has been told he will cover every game. Only Sexton, director of football technology and facilities Mike Perkins and director of team security Skip Richardson have attended every Jaguars game.
“The thing I’m excited about is the opportunity to share my opinion,” Sexton said. “In my play-by-play role, I’ve always deferred the opinion to [the analysts]. Now it’s my turn to have my opinion and provide some analysis.
“People might read this and say, ‘Oh, he’s just saying this,’ but I’m excited to do some of the work in the digital field.”
Sexton will fill a role created by NFL Now, which will debut in July as an online component and will have each team contribute video reports.
“We had a need because of this additional video demand, and we had a person very qualified for the role,” Jaguars senior vice president of communications Dan Edwards said. “It made a lot of sense.”
Assignments have also been finalized for the weekly programming on the Jaguars Radio Network. On Monday nights, Boselli will join J.P. Shadrick of jaguars.com and Pete Prisco of CBSsports.com; on Thursdays, Lageman will host the first hour with coach Gus Bradley and then be joined by Boselli and former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell for the second hour.
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