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Learfield & DGital Media To Deliver College Sports Podcasts

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College sports podcasts are about to increase in volume, courtesy of a new partnership between collegiate sports rights holder Learfield, and audio-on-demand provider DGital Media. The two companies will team up to highlight many of the nation’s most recognizable collegiate athletic programs. Among the programs included are the Alabama Crimson Tide, North Carolina Tar Heels, Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys. Others are also expected to join the lineup.

The podcasts will focus on behind-the-scenes insight, guest interviews and conversations from local radio sportscasters associated with the teams. They will not involve play by play. New episodes will be released each Tuesday and Friday on Apple iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play.

This is the first entry into the podcasting space for Learfield, which owns play-by-play rights for 120 college and university sports programs and arenas, including the Big Ten and other college athletic conferences.

“The major college sports marketplace in the United States is insatiable when it comes to consuming content, and this partnership is a great example of where we can help many colleges go by creating a compelling and engaging on-demand audio platform for their millions of fans,” Chris Corcoran, chief content officer, DGital Media, said in a news release. “All the platforms we engage on are the exact ways in which college fans, especially younger, engaged millennials, are consuming media, so we know this has huge potential.”

With 72% of millennials listening monthly to digital audio and 46 million overall podcast users in the past 30 days, the podcast space continues to grow and Learfield says this was an obvious next step for its company and partners. “Not only can they (podcasts) extend their reach with fans week to week with added value for that overall experience, but it’s content they won’t get anywhere else,” said Tom Boman, Learfield’s VP of broadcast operations.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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Gabe Kuhn To Take Over Afternoon Drive On 92.9 ESPN

“Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.”

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Former University of Memphis offensive lineman Gabe Kuhn will soon be making his debut on 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis.

Kuhn, who had hosted at competitor Sports 56 the last two years, will host The Gabe Kuhn Show from 4-7 p.m. central starting Monday.

Gabe Kuhn is a 2017 Memphis graduate with a degree in journalism. He played under Justin Fuente, Barry Odom and Ryan Silverfield.

“Love this city, can’t wait to talk to y’all everyday,” the newest addition to 92.9 ESPN tweeted. “Let’s get this thing going!”

92.9 ESPN is an Audacy station.

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Jeff Thurn To Exit ESPN Sioux Falls To Join ESPN Radio

“I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level?”

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ESPN Sioux Falls host Jeff Thurn will depart the station for a new national position with ESPN Radio.

The host of Overtime from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM on ESPN Sioux Falls, Thurn has been with the station for more than a decade.

Thurn thanked executives at Results Radio — owner of ESPN Sioux Falls — as well as listeners and guests for being so supportive during his tenure with the show and station during a thread posted to Twitter.

Thurn joined ESPN Radio as a fill-in host in February of last year.

“I’m so pumped to get to go out there and do something on a national level,” Thurn told Dakota News Now last year. “I get to stay here and do it from here. Who gets to radio from Sioux Falls on a national level? I think it’s really cool just growing up here, having that opportunity, to now do that on ESPN Radio throughout 2022…that’s pretty cool for me personally.”

His final show on ESPN Sioux Falls will be on Friday, February 3rd.

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