Rich Herrera

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Rich kicks the evening off in style at 7p.m. along with Jeff ‘Pants’ Pantridge and Rollergirl! Each night, they’ll feature local sport stars and big names on the national scene just as well the day’s headlines. You’ll want to be sure to tune when the show starts to catch great interviews, insight, and more!

As Tampa Bay Rays fans can attest, Rich has been a fixture at Tropicana Field for seven seasons as the team’s pre and post-game show host (also filling in as play-by-play) announcer since 2005. Rays fans could always hear Rich as he conducted on-field player interviews after a Rays win, before he began his post-game show from the stadium’s Brew House and then later upstairs from the Batters Eye.

Rich brought the Rays Republic inside every Rays locker-room celebration in team history. He was the first to talk to Joe Maddon on the radio during the Rays landmark run in 2008, when they clinched the AL East that year in Detroit, and for all champagne bath in Chicago after the Rays beat the White Sox to advance to the ALCS that season.  Fans listened to Rich during the highs and lows of the ‘08 ALCS battle against Boston, including the crushing Game Five loss at Fenway and the Rays finest moment: newcomer David Price coming in to beat the BoSox and send the Rays to the World Series. Rich has a wealth of big-league baseball knowledge, rooted in covering three different big league teams: the Rays, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics. And he continues to cover the MLB beat as a featured host on MLB Network Radio.

But here’s something you might not know about Rich:  He’s one of the most versatile sports radio hosts in the country, with experience in both major market and national sports radio. He worked in both San Francisco at KNBR the No. 1 sports station in the U.S. at the time, but also was a fixture in the Southern California market–named one of the Top 10 sports hosts by the Los Angeles Daily News. Rich’s national work includes shows on Sports Fan Radio Network and Prime Sports Radio, and he was one of the original hosts at Fox Sports Radio when the network launched in 2000.

His resume includes being a sideline reporter covering the NFL and NCAA football for Sports USA Radio for eight season. He has also patrolled stadium sidelines in the NFL from Raymond James to Lambeau Field to Arrowhead.  On the NCAA beat, he has worked games at the Swamp, Doak Campbell, the Orange Bowl, the Horseshoe in Ohio, and LSU’s Death Valley. For a short time, Rich was even a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

He has covered the NBA (hosting the Warriors post-game show), championship fights in Vegas, the PGA tour, and the NHL. Outside of his disdain for soccer, there are very few sports in America that he hasn’t been around – including NASCAR.

Rich lives in St. Petersburg with his wife Elizabeth and middle schooler Rigney. He is involved in many local charities including Northeast Little League, the Children’s Dream Fund and the Wounded Warrior Foundation, among many others.

RICH’S VIEW: “I’m thrilled to have the chance to have a daily dialogue with Bay Area sports fans and be part of this fantastic winning lineup on 98.7 The Fan. Sit back and tune in – we’re going to have a blast!”

Got a question for Rich? Email him: rich@987thefan.com

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Get Pumped Video – Fight for National Championship

Last week I posted some great videos before the FSU UM game. This week I wanted to share some more great videos with you as well. If this doesn’t get you inspired well nothing will. […]

98.7 The Fan–11/18/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich Herrera says the UF Football Program is Irrelevant

Is the University of Florida Football Program still relevant??? Rich doesn’t think so. Pants disagrees. Listen to their web-only podcast here:

98.7 The Fan–11/17/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Would Marcus Mariota be a Good Fit for the Bucs??? Rich and Pants Discuss

The Bucs won!!! Can you believe it??? Are the Bucs turning things around??? Or were the Redskins that bad. Rich and Pants discuss this and whether Marcus Mariota would be a good fit for the […]

98.7 The Fan–11/17/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich and Pants give you their Bucs-Redskins Preview

Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge preview this Sunday’s Bucs/Redskins game. Can the Bucs finally get that elusive 2nd win??? The boys let you know…

98.7 The Fan–11/13/2014

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(WEB-ONLY PODCAST) Rich and Pants Give You the Headlines Of The Day

There will be no “Out Of Bounds” on 98.7 The Fan tonight, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be an Out Of Bounds PODCAST! Listen to Rich Herrera and Jeff Pantridge give you all of […]

98.7 The Fan–11/13/2014

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(PODCAST) Is Bigger Better when it Comes to Smartphones? Rich Herrera and Nick Mokey from Digital Trends discuss

Is Bigger, Better when it Comes to Smartphones? Rich Herrera and Nick Mokey from digitaltrends.com discuss this as well as an array of other hot tech topics.

98.7 The Fan–11/13/2014

The U

It’s All About The U

98.7 The Fan–11/12/2014

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FSU at Miami Video Highlights

Normally I write a blog in this space about the big story of the day. But today I am going to call an audible. I wanted to share some of my favorite moments from the […]

98.7 The Fan–11/12/2014

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Rollergirl’s Video

OK Noles fans I don’t want to be a total you know what … and because I love Rollergirl so much here are so FSU Videos

98.7 The Fan–11/12/2014

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 09:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons is lifted into the air by Ryan Schraeder #73 after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on November 9, 2014 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

THE BIG FAJITA IS NOT HAPPY

I need to get something off my chest. My blood pressure is building, my frustration is growing, and for a guy who just had open heart surgery that is not a good thing. No I […]

98.7 The Fan–11/11/2014

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