Former FOX 6 reporter Jen Lada will launch a new ESPN radio show, "Jorge & Jen," starting tonight.
Former FOX 6 reporter Jen Lada will launch a new ESPN radio show, "Jorge & Jen," starting tonight.

Former FOX 6 sports reporter Jen Lada launches national ESPN radio show

Since joining ESPN almost a year ago, former WITI-TV FOX 6 sports reporter and anchor Jen Lada has appeared on a number of radio and TV shows for the network.

Starting tonight at 8 p.m. locally, Lada is launching a new national radio show on ESPN radio called "Jorge & Jen," co-hosted by Jorge Sedano.

With more than 15 years of radio broadcast experience, Sedano hosted "Sedano & Stink" with Mark Schlereth when he joined ESPN in 2013. Since March, he has hosted "The Sedano Show" at 6 p.m. on the syndicated network.

The placement of "Jorge & Jen" in the later time slot means more exposure on more stations that switch to the national shows when they don’t have local shows of their own. That means, Lada, who was a regular contributor on 540 ESPN, will have a chance at a much larger audience.

After moving on from FOX 6, Lada was an anchor and reporter in the Chicago area for Comcast SportsNet. Being in a Top 5 market, she was able to gain the national exposure needed for a gig with cable television’s largest sports and entertainment outlet.

"Jorge & Jen" is part of a new lineup for ESPN, starting today on ESPN affiliated radio stations, ESPNradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn. The show will air on 540 ESPN, except when local and national play-by-play coverage pre-empts it. 

The rest of the schedule is (CDT):

5-9 a.m.: Mike & Mike

9 a.m.-noon: The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz

Noon-3 p.m.: Russillo & Kanell

3-6 p.m.: The Right Time with Bomani Jones

6-8 p.m.: Jalen & Jacoby

8-10 p.m.: Jorge & Jen

10 p.m.-1 a.m.: The Freddie Coleman Show

1-5 a.m.: SportsCenter All Night with Jay Reynolds

The "Mike & Mike" show broadcast from Wisconsin this morning in Green Bay, getting ready for the Packers’ Monday Night Football game on ESPN. There’s no doubting that Lada will be talking about the Green and Gold on her show this evening.

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"Star Wars Rebels" might help you hold off your anticipation of "The Force Awakens."
"Star Wars Rebels" might help you hold off your anticipation of "The Force Awakens."

Animated "Star Wars" DVDs help build excitement for "The Force Awakens"

We have to wait several more months before "The Force Awakens" unleashes itself upon the world, likely nabbing pretty much every box office record in the galaxy in the process. 

In the meantime, there’s plenty of "Star Wars" related home entertainment to keep our spare time engrossed in the universe. One such offering, "LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles," came out on DVD last week. The animated adventures take viewers to the light-er side where bricks come to life as some of the famous heroes.

In four episodes, Yoda and the ghost of Obi-Wan unearth sacred crystals called Holocrons. The Jedi masters send out a call to Han, Luke, Leia, C-3PO and others to gather the mysterious, glowing bricks.

While the writing has enough light-hearted jokes to keep the youngest viewers entertained, there’s enough peppered in to amuse adults as well. The jabs are not as crass as the Emmy-winning "Star Wars" projects done by the writers and animators at "Robot Chicken," but they still hold their own.

For example, in one segment, the ghost of Qui-Gon Jinn answers Yoda’s call for help. The problem for Yoda and Obi-Wan: They don’t need him. Yoda keeps Qui-Gon preoccupied by trying to open a jar of pickles. In the best imitated voice from Liam Neeson from the "Taken" movies, the ghost proclaims that he has "a particular set of skills."

While you don’t need to know every character in the many worlds of "Star Wars" to enjoy the film, it will help to know who Jek-14 is. The film also does a nice callback to previous other LEGO films, including the one where a young "Ian" is someone else everyone knows but has a wonky nametag.

Bonus: Check out the DVD special features for an alternate ending to one of the episodes where everything goes Darth Vader’s way.

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Earlier in September, Disney released the complete first season of the new cartoon series "Star Wars Rebels" on Blu-ray.

The two-disc set has all 15 episodes of the series, including the ac…

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Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. will be broadcast on a special Time Warner Cable channel.
Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. will be broadcast on a special Time Warner Cable channel. (Photo: CBS News Facebook)

Time Warner Cable creates channel to follow Pope's visit to the U.S.

As Pope Francis travels in the U.S., Time Warner Cable has launched a special cable channel to air more of the global church leader’s events this week.

"Pope Francis’s visit is one of the most important events in the United States this year," said Steve Paulus, senior vice president of news and local programming for Time Warner Cable, in a statement. "As part of our dedication to our community and Time Warner Cable customers, we’re proud to cover all aspects of the trip that promise to be of significance to our viewers."

The coverage on channel 199 started over the weekend with the Pope’s trip and Mass in Havana, Cuba. The cable outlet will share more from Cuba and in the U.S., and we here in Milwaukee will be able to see former Archbishop and current Cardinal Timothy Dolan with a special broadcast from New York on Thursday.

More events to come include:

  • Tuesday: Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Farewell ceremony at Santiago de Cuba’s International Airport   
  • Wednesday: Official welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House
  • Thursday: Address to joint session of Congress and service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
  • Friday: United Nations General Assembly Address, a multi-faith event at the World Trade Center Site and Mass at Madison Square Garden
  • Saturday: Mass at Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Philadelphia, an address at Independence Mall and a visit to the Festival of Families
  • Sunday: Papal meeting with bishops from World Meeting of Families at St. Martin’s Chapel, Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and the Pope’s departure for Rome

During the week, the Papal Visit Channel will air "The Call," a live news call-in show telecast from New York. Viewers can call in to discuss issues on the program that will run throughout the day. Also, a nightly recap program will air at 9 p.m. and encore presentations will air during the off hours while the …

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