NFL Network continues to crank out the press release in the days leading up to its new morning show, NFL AM which premieres Monday, July 30 at 6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT. It will be the only major network TV morning show to be produced on the West Coast as most of the morning shows are based in New York.
NFL AM will have Brian Webber and Nicole Zaloumis co-host with Steve Wyche, Eric Davis and Mark Kriegel as contributors.
In this latest NFL AM press release, we get to know co-host Nicole Zaloumis who has worked previously at Comcast SportsNet New England, Big Ten Network, Fox Sports Net and several other outlets. Take a look.
Six days and counting until the premiere of NFL AM – a new, live weekday morning show on NFL Network!
Beginning Monday, July 30 at 6:00 AM ET, fans can start their day with the NFL like never before with a four-hour morning show featuring seasoned and opinionated talent who will report and debate news, and examine the personalities that play the game.
NFL AM co-host Nicole Zaloumis comes to an NFL Network with more than a decade of sports broadcasting experience, most recently at Comcast SportsNet New England since January 2011. Previously, Zaloumis worked for the Big Ten Network, where she co-hosted “The Friday Night Football Report” and “The Women’s Show,” and was a sideline reporter for football games. Earlier in her career, Zaloumis worked for Fox Sports Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix and the NBC affiliate in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about Zaloumis with this brief Q&A:
When did you know that sports broadcasting was the career you wanted to pursue?
“I always knew I wanted to go into broadcasting. As a young girl growing up, I loved pretending I was a host, and that started at a very early age in grade school…As a high school senior, my boyfriend at the time played football for a neighboring school and I filmed all of his games. I was in a television broadcasting class and I wanted to help him get into school so I edited a whole highlight reel for him. It got him into the Air Force Academy…In college it was a no-brainer I always wanted to major in communications or media studies. After several internships – I think I had seven in college – I didn’t want to do news at all. I only wanted to do sports.”
What was a memorable moment you covered?
“I was in Medford, Oregon and covered Kyle Singler, who was a big-time player for Duke, when he was a freshman in high school…After his team lost the state championship game, all of the beat writers had gone into the locker room but I had to stay out because I was female. I went in later and Kyle was sitting in his locker crying, sobbing and I had to do this interview with him. I just remember thinking to myself this is the just the beginning for this kid, but at that moment in time for him it was the most important thing that had ever happened to him. To be able to follow him throughout the years and watch him grow, watch his successes and his failures with Duke and then beyond, it’s special to me to follow people like that.”
Most people don’t know I…
“…Have a completely different name than what it is on-camera. My legal first name is Sarah, but I go by middle name Nicole. I’ve gone by Nicole my whole life.”
The thing about waking up for a show that airs at 6:00 AM ET (3:00 AM PT) is…
“…It’s motivating because not a lot of people would do it. But when I drive to work, I crank the music, I’m pumped up and I’m ready to go. When we get in here, I read stories that I missed while I was sleeping and I get excited to see the show rundown. When we’re out on-set and they’re playing music and we have the full hair and the makeup and the lights on and we’re all talking and our personalities are shining, it’s great to be a part of something so new and fresh. It’s invigorating.”
What is your must-have technology?
“I really am a huge fan of music so I would say any type of music device; if it’s a cell phone that’s playing music, if it’s a radio, a CD player – doesn’t matter. I need to have something that is playing music.”
What is the best piece of advice that someone has given you?
“Best advice came from my husband, which came to him throughout his minor league baseball career from one of his coaches: there are those that are humble, and those that are about to be. That rings true in life and especially in sports. If you’re not humble, then there will be an experience that does it for you.”
NFL AM’s talent roster also features 13-year NFL veteran Eric Davis, Mark Kriegel, Brian Webber and Steve Wyche. The show will be based at NFL Network’s Culver City, Calif. studios. No other sport is the sole focus of a show of this length each and every weekday morning.
And yes, there’s more coming! You can’t contain me!