ESPN Names Host For 2015 ESPYS Broadcast

Courtesy: ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

Audiences now know who will host this year’s installment of ESPN’s annual ESPYS.

Joel McHale, host of E!’s The Soup, will emcee this year’s awards show, which will air live July 15th at 8pm ET on ABC. This year is not the first time that he has appeared on The ESPYS. he has also served as a presented on the annual awards program. Regarding that appearance and his love for the sports world and ESPN, ESPYS Executive Producer Maura Mandt said “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Joel on previous projects, including when he presented at The ESPYS, and he’s an enthusiastic fan whose talents will bring a new spin to the night’s celebration.”

Along with his previous appearance on The ESPYS, McHale also hosted the annual White House Correspoondent’s dinner last year. Conner Schell, Senior VP of ESPN Films and Original Content heads ESPN’s annual ESPYS broadcast. He explained the reason for choosing McHale noting his talent and love for sports. “Joel is an extremely talented performer, a unique voice and a huge sports fan,” he said. “His experience as a comedian and love of sports make Joel the perfect host for The ESPYS inaugural broadcast on ABC.”

McHale was originally a member of the University of Washington’s football team while in college before eventually being recruited for its rowing program. He kept the mood light in discussing the announcement of his appointment saying, “I’m thrilled to be hosting The ESPYS. Just ecstatic. After my stunning victory in the Iditarod this year by only using six Bichon Frises and a lamb, I think the sports world saw me as the logical host.”

ESPN will precede its annual ESPYS broadcast with a special broadcast of SportsCenter at The ESPYS from 6 – 7pm ET and The ESPYS Countdown Show Presented by Capital One from 7 – 8pm ET. Fans that want to attend this year’s ESPYS can purchase tickets online now at AXS.com. More information on this year’s ESPYS broadcast is available online now via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ESPYS.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Appearing On E!’s ‘Chelsea Lately’ Tonight

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus will appear on E!’s Chelsea Lately tonight.

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Cyrus will present his new single ‘Achy Breaky Heart PT. 2’ and its companion video when he makes his appearance tonight at 11pm.  The new single is, for those that haven’t yet heard, a hip-hop re-mix of the song that made Cyrus a star in the early 1990s.  The video for the new re-mix, featuring hip-hop star Buck 22, is available online via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72WhEqeS6AQ.

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Along with his new re-mix, Cyrus has another single currently playing at radio stations across the country called ‘Hope is Just Ahead.’  The song features veteran R&B vocalist Dionne Warwick.  The song was recorded at Jamie Foxx’s L.A. studio.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of the single will go to benefit the “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign To Stop Violence.”  The campaign’s aim is to help promote peaceful living among young people across the country.  The video for the single can be viewed via YouTube now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyQfyMIH5Uk.

More information on Billy Ray Cyrus is available online at http://www.facebook.com/BillyRayCyrus and http://www.billyraycyrus.com.  His new album Change My Mind can be downloaded now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/change-my-mind-radio-edit/id556706143 and ordered via Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Change-Mind-Billy-Ray-Cyrus/dp/B0093QZ0P2/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1382385004&sr=1-1&keywords=billy+ray+cyrus+change+my+mind.

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