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University of Nebraska Omaha Re-Signs with The Zone

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NRG Media and 1620 The Zone have reached an agreement with the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks to continue their affiliation. The deal is for multiple years and was coordinated through the multimedia rights holder, Learfield Omaha Sports Properties.

As part of the Omaha Sports Network, overseen by Learfield, 1620 The Zone, and 1180 Zone 2 are committed to airing all hockey and basketball games along with select men’s and women’s soccer games and the UNO Maverick Minute shows (to be heard on 1180 AM, 1620 AM and 1290 AM) during hockey and basketball seasons. Details on the station’s respective sports coverage is as follows:

All hockey and men’s and women’s basketball games will air on 1180 Zone 2 and stream on www.1620thezone.com. In the event of a hockey conflict, any and all basketball games will be heard on 1620 The Zone (KOZN 1620 AM) or Newstalk 1290 KOIL and streamed on www.newstalk1290koil.com. Additionally, select men’s and women’s soccer games will be carried in Spanish on La Nueva KMMQ 1020 AM, and the broadcasts also will stream live on the station’s site www.lanueva1020.com.

“This continues to be a fantastic partnership for the 1620 The Zone platform as our listeners are deeply rooted in UNO Athletics as a hometown team, and this coverage will allow them to always stay in touch with the Mavericks,” said Andy Ruback, General Manager of 1620 The Zone and Market Manager for NRG Media in Omaha.

According to UNO Vice Chancellor of Athletics Trev Alberts, “We’re very happy to continue our relationship with NRG Media, a recognized leader in sports broadcasting in Omaha. Whether over the air or through streaming audio, NRG Media’s stations have provided a reliable home for Omaha Athletics, and our fans will be able to continue following our basketball and hockey teams when they can’t be at a game.”

1620 The Zone is the top-ranked sports radio station in the Omaha market. The Zone features Sharp and Benning in the Morning, Nick Bahe in middays and John Bishop and Josh Peterson on Unsportsmanlike Conduct in afternoons. All programming can be heard online at www.1620thezone.com and on the 1620 The Zone smartphone apps.

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Good Karma Brands Expands Two ESPN Wisconsin Shows to 1430 ESPN

“We are excited to integrate ESPN Wisconsin programming into our lineup with the launch of 1430 ESPN,” said Ryan Gabel, GM

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1430 Beaver Dam

Four days after flipping WBEV1430 to sports, Good Karma Brands is adding two programs, Wilde and Tausch and Scalzo and Brust, to it’s Beaver Dam, Wisconsin station 1430 ESPN. Both shows currently air in Madison and Milwaukee, are coming to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Wilde and Ausch airs 9a – Noon while Scalzo and Brust broadcasts from 4p-6p.

“We are excited to integrate ESPN Wisconsin programming into our lineup with the launch of 1430 ESPN,” said Ryan Gabel, GM. “Every morning, fans in Dodge County will hear from Packers Hall-of-Famer Mark Tauscher and award-winning Packers reporter Jason Wilde. In the afternoon, they can tune into former Wisconsin Badger basketball star Ben Brust and longtime ESPN Radio host Greg Scalzo. The versatility and analysis from each of the shows will make 1430 ESPN a one-stop sports station for our listeners.”

The new line-up in Beaver Dam starts August 22.

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Pat McAfee: ‘Hard to Believe, But Tom Brady on The Masked Singer Makes Sense’

“He’s gonna have a goat head on him obviously.”

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The absence of Tom Brady from training camp has had people buzzing this entire week. Most of the mainstream media speculation has centered on his health and what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are capable of without their quarterback.

That was until Friday when an internet theory that Tom Brady was fulfilling an obligation to FOX to appear on The Masked Singer started gaining steam. The theory has been fleshed out on reddit and shared by Kendall Valenzuela on The Fantasy Life Twitter account.

Pat McAfee took notice and talked about the theory on his show Friday afternoon. He noted that the details of Brady’s absence from Bucs’ camp work. He had a specific date he had to leave and was not able to tell the team when he would be back.

“What is something that has a beginning date that was planned, but doesn’t have an end date?” McAfee asked rhetorically.

The next season of The Masked Singer, a reality competition featuring celebrities in disguised competing in a karaoke contest, is set to debut in a month. McAfee says it isn’t hard to guess how FOX would dress Tom Brady if he were participating.

“He’s gonna have a goat head on him obviously.”

Part of the theory details the business relationship between FOX and Brady. When his playing career is over, the quarterback will start a ten-year contract with FOX that will see him in the booth alongside Kevin Burkhardt for the top NFL game on the network each week and have him serve as an ambassador for the network. The deal pays Brady $375 million and many believe this is the first of his duties under the terms of the contract.

“That seems, like, not possible, but maybe,” McAfee said. He noted that whether it was negotiations or a demand, FOX telling Tom Brady that they need him for The Masked Singer in the middle of the NFL preseason is hard to imagine.

“Fox has literally survived off the NFL, so I would love to hear the conversation between FOX and Tom Brady going ‘We’re paying you $375 million at some point, right? You’re gonna do The Masked Singer in the middle of training camp.’ That’s what would have had to have happened, right, for that to take place?”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect Tom Brady back in time to start the regular season. FOX has not said whether or not it has given Brady a date that it expects him in the broadcast booth.

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Tim Allen Joins 97.3 The Game

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It took Tim Allen just over 24 hours to find a new job after being laid off by 1250 The Fan‘s during Audacy’s round of cuts.

Allen tweeted he’s joining iHeartMedia’s 97.3 The Game to continue his long running Milwaukee Brewers postgame shows. Allen worked for 1250 The Fan for 17 years before being cut Tuesday.

97.3 The Game announced this news this morning during The Steve Czaban Show.

“It has been a crazy few days. I will just say that,” Allen said during his appearance. “Change is something that people handle a little bit differently and, man, what a run. It really was…I’m excited for this change.”

Bill Schmid noted how influential Allen was in starting his career. Schmid also said when he got the news of Allen’s departure from 1250 The Fan, he sent a text to his boss that just said “Tim Allen” and Allen’s phone number.

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