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Portland Plans For Cowherd Exit

Jason Barrett

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One of the longest-running sports radio voices in the Portland market will be moving to a new home.

Colin Cowherd, whose sports talk radio career started at Portland’s KFXX (1080 The Fan), is leaving ESPN, the network’s president, John Skipper, announced Thursday.

Despite ESPN’s attempts to keep him, Cowherd will apparently move to Fox, the Big Lead reports. His role in the company, which could include a daily presence on Fox Sports 1, is unclear.

Cowherd’s radio show, “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” has been broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio, including weekdays from 7 to 10 a.m. on KFXX. In a way it gave KFXX a continuous voice in the time slot for almost 15 years.

After coming to Portland as a TV sportscaster for KGW, Cowherd really made his name in sports talk radio with a local version of “The Herd” that started as an afternoon show on KFXX in late 1998, then moved to a 6-9 a.m. slot in 2002.

Cowherd has been in that slot since. When he signed with ESPN in 2004 to do a radio show in place of the departing Tony Kornheiser, KFXX simply picked up the national feed for “The Herd.”

If Cowherd does a radio show for Fox, it’s unlikely KFXX would be able to carry it immediately because of its association with ESPN Radio. Another Portland all-sports station, KPOJ (620 AM, also known as Rip City Radio), carries Fox Sports Radio content.

KPOJ is the lone Portland-market sports radio station that airs a locally-produced morning show, “Rip City Mornings,” hosted by Taylor Danforth and Andy Bunker. KFXX, however, considered “The Herd” to almost be essentially local because of its origins and listeners’ familiarity with Cowherd.

“I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision for Colin, or ESPN,” KFXX program director Jeff Austin said via e-mail. “All of Colin’s radio moves have made him a Fan host. It’s too soon to know how this one will conclude.”

Credit to OregonLive who originally published this article

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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