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ALBANY, NY – The Albany Empire announce that ‘The State of The Empire’ weekly radio show will return to the Recovery Sports Grill East Greenbush location for the 2019 season.  The show will be taped on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm beginning at the start of training camp and continue throughout the duration of the season. 

Fans can then listen to the taped and edited version of the show every Saturday morning from 11-11:30am on 104.5 The Team, ESPN radio all season long.  The show will once again be hosted by AJ Kanell, the Voice of the Albany Empire, who will frequently be joined by Empire Head Coach, Rob Keefe, Empire players, and special guests. 

“As we prepare for the 2019 season, we are pleased to announce the return of this partnership with Townsquare Media and the Recovery Sports Grill,” said George Manias, Albany Empire Chief Operating Officer.  “Through this partnership, the Empire is able to reach our fans both live and in person at the Recovery Sports Grill on Thursday nights and over the airwaves on 104.5 The Team on Saturdays, prior to gamedays.  We encourage fans to come out to the Recovery Sports Grill in East Greenbush on Thursday nights and meet our players, coaches and dance team members.” 

The taping of the show each Thursday will be open to the public and feature Albany Empire ticket and merchandise giveaways, meet and greets with players, team mascots Mac and Jack, and members of the Albany Empresses dance team, and food and beverage specials from the Recovery Sports Grill.

 ‘The State of The Empire’ will breakdown the previous Empire game from the weekend, look ahead to the next matchup, provide in-depth interviews with the guests, and discuss up to date team and League news.  Aside from hosting the weekly radio show, Kanell will also return as the radio play-by-play announcer for all Albany Empire games throughout the 2019 season.

“Townsquare Media is thrilled to be continuing its media partnership with the Albany Empire for the 2019 Season and once again airing the popular ‘State of the Empire’ Show on 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio,” said Kevin Rich, Market President of Townsquare Media Albany.  “The Empire provides fans in the Capital Region with tremendous access to their players and coaches, and ‘The State of the Empire’ Show is another fine example of that.  We can’t wait to join the rest of this community in cheering on the Empire this season!”

Interested in season tickets for the 2019 season?  Fans can secure season tickets for the Albany Empire by calling 518-533-2200, by going to, or by stopping by the Empire office located in the Times Union Center.  A limited number of great seats are still available!  Want to bring your organization to a game, fundraise, or perform on the field? Group experiences are now on sale.  Call 518-533-2200 for additional information.

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About Albany Empire

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About Arena Football League

The Arena Football League will enter its 32nd Season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the Arena Football League has showcased a fast-paced and exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets across the country. Teams slated for 2018 include: Albany, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. CBS Sports Network nationally broadcasts AFL games each week, culminating with the ArenaBowl. The AFL launched AFLNow, the League’s streaming “Over-the-Top” network to give fans even more access to the League on For all the latest news and discussion on the Arena Football League follow the AFL on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@aflarenaball) 

About Times Union Center

Albany’s Times Union Center, formerly Pepsi Arena, continues to have great success. Renamed in January 2007, the Times Union Center is “Upstate New York’s Premier Sports and Entertainment Facility. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the world’s largest private management firm for public assembly facilities, the Times Union Center has an adaptable seating capacity between 6,000 and 17,500. Since Frank Sinatra christened the building on January 30, 1990, more than seven million patrons have walked through the turnstiles. As a multi-purpose facility, the Times Union Center has hosted a variety of events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events, averaging 165 events each year. 

About CDPHP®

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