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‘Entourage’s’ Ferrara fields radio gig

Sirius Radio taps thesp to anchor fantasy football show

After years of playing the sidekick, Jerry Ferrara is happy to step into the spotlight, even if it’s on a different wavelength.

Ferrara, who plays Turtle on HBO’s “Entourage,” recently pacted with Sirius Satellite Radio to host a show dedicated to the booming world of fantasy football.

A lifelong sports fan (his heart lies with the New York Giants) and fantasy football addict, Ferrara eagerly pursued an on-air job when he heard Sirius was creating a channel dedicated to fantasy sports leagues.

“I had a gig with Fox Sports radio doing something similar years ago, but when I heard what Sirius was doing I called my agent and had them pitch the idea to Sirius,” Ferrara says. It wasn’t a hard sell.

“I guess you could say I’m just a lucky bastard to be able to do this,” he said.

Fantasy football has evolved over the years from a hobby of sports junkies to a lucrative business with bigtime winnings at stake. Ferrara describes his role on the show, which airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET during pigskin season, as a sort of therapist who tries “to talk people off the ledge” from making a bad mistake on their own fantasy football roster.

“Ferrara’s Fantasy Football” is squarely aimed at the hardcore football fan. But he said he plans to eventually mix it up a bit with celeb guests, including visits from some of his “Entourage” pals.

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