Raiders find a new flagship station


The Raiders announced a few minutes ago that they have partnered with 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM) to be the team’s flagship radio station. They signed a multi-year agreement.
“We are delighted to begin this exciting new relationship with 95.7 The GAME and we look forward to working with
Compass Media to establish a broad affiliate network throughout California and beyond,” Raiders
chief executive Amy Trask said.
As for the station:
“The best NFL coverage in the Bay Area just got even better,” said Dwight Walker, Vice President/General
Manager of Entercom San Francisco. “We welcome the Raider Nation, one of the most passionate and engaged
fan bases in the NFL, to 95.7 The GAME.”


McKenzie says plenty of interest in No. 3 pick by other teams


General manager Reggie McKenzie is receiving plenty of “action” from teams inquiring about the prospect of the Raiders trading the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, but he isn’t the one doing the dialing of the phone.
The Raiders are without second- and fifth-round picks in this year’s draft. Trading away the No. 3 pick is a sure-fire way to acquire additional picks, be it in this year’s draft and/or next year’s draft.
“We want some guys that want to play for the Raiders,” McKenzie said of the kind of players he seeks. “We want some guys that are going to work, that are going to do everything they can to be the best football player.”
For now, McKenzie is standing pat, and he said he has a pretty good idea who the Raiders are going to take Thursday night if they hold on to the pick.
The Raiders have plenty of needs on a team that is fresh from a 4-12 season, boasts a new quarterback in Matt Flynn and jettisoned several starters.
To that end, McKenzie said he is intent upon finding difference-makers in this year’s draft, players that can “impact” games.
Using the No. 3 pick gives the Raiders their best shot at finding one of those types of players, be it one of three highly rated offensive tackles – Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson – defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd, linebacker Dion Jordan or defensive end Ezekiel Ansah.
McKenzie’s first pick in the 2012 draft came at the end of the third round. He said he feels a lot better going into this draft with a first-round pick at his disposal.
“I feel much more at ease to where we are and who I have in that room feeding me information,” McKenzie said.


GM McKenzie addressing the media today


Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is scheduled to hold a news conference today in Alameda to address the NFL draft, which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. The Raiders hold the No. 3 pick in the draft, and McKenzie certainly will shed some insight into whether the Raiders intend to keep that pick or trade down in an attempt to acquire more picks.
Soon after the news conference, we will provide some stories on what McKenzie said, what it means and where the Raiders stand moving forward.
We’ll also post the entire transcript from the question-and-answer sessions with Bay Area media. There also will be Tweets from the news conference, so follow @corkonthenfl and @jerrymcd


Former Raiders executive going global for good cause


Former Raiders executive John Herrera checked in to say he is enjoying his retirement after spending most of his adult life in the NFL, and most of that time with the Raiders. He also passed along some news about a venture he is taking part in later this summer. It’s worth the read and for a good cause. If you’re interested in helping out, there’s a mailing address within the story below.

World Vision and Clayton Community Church Members to Visit Africa for a Two Week Trip To Distribute Mosquito Nets, Check on Fresh Water Wells and Medical Clinics

On July 23, members of World Vision and The Clayton Community Church are embarking on a trip to Hamaundu, Zambia, with the goal of helping those in need.

A group of 12 specially selected people – all from Concord, Clayton and Pleasant Hill– will be leaving for a two-week trip to dispense mosquito nets, check on fresh water wells and medical clinics

Clayton Community Church has raised $76,000, which is earmarked for the purchase of mosquito nets that will be distributed to those in need in Zambia. The gift will be presented to the Zambians to assist them in their effort to to help fight malaria, an extremely common and deadly disease in Africa, where 555,000 people die from this sickness every year. This donation has the potential to help save the lives of thousands of people.

To help fund the trip, Clayton Community Church is hosting a silent auction Sunday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at The Diablo Valley Middle School in Clayton. Items up for bid include autographed memorabilia, artwork, vacations, wine and other valuable items. Those interested in contributing, but unable to attend the auction, are asked to mail their contribution to Clayton Community Church, 6055 Main Street, Clayton, Ca., 94517.

The team will visit the children they sponsor in Africa. John Herrera, a member of Clayton Community Church, is part of the 12-person contingent going to Zambia.

Several current and former Raiders, as well as other NFL luminaries, are expected to attend the event.

“I am grateful to everyone who donates to this cause” Herrera said. “I am proud to be an ambassador for such a great cause.”