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Denver Sports 760 Is Going All-In on The Denver Broncos
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Denver Broncos generate strong interest from Denver sports fans. Serving football content on sports radio is a winning formula, and this year Denver Sports 760 is ramping up their coverage to further excite local listeners.
The iHeartMedia station is re-branding and adopting the position of Orange and Blue Radio, which includes an on-air content strategy change. 760 is throwing all of its weight behind the Broncos, making them the featured part of all on-air conversation. That means the Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche and local College Sports teams are left on the outside looking in.
“We’re excited to further strengthen our partnership with the Denver Broncos,” said Tim Hager, Region President for iHeartMedia Denver. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to serve our community’s listeners and advertisers with unique and exclusive Broncos content.”
In accordance with the new programming initiatives, the radio station is making a bigger commitment to its weekday lineup. 760 had recently relied on one local afternoon show and FOX Sports Radio programming to occupy their weekday programming hours but that’s about to change.
The station’s morning show will consist of Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus. The duo will host M-F 7a-12p MT. Polumbus spent three of his eight seasons in the NFL playing for the Broncos including contributing to the team’s Super Bowl championship in 2015. He is the team’s new radio sideline reporter, and previously spent time working for local market competitor 104.3 The Fan. Lindahl, has spent the past two decades working in Denver, including serving previously as the Broncos radio sideline reporter. He had recently been hosting 760’s afternoon show.
After Lindahl and Polumbus, the voice of the Broncos Dave Logan takes over. Logan spent nine years in the NFL before becoming a mainstay on the Denver radio airwaves. He has been a featured voice on 850 KOA for nearly 30 years, and behind the microphone for Broncos broadcasts for the past twenty. He has also coached over 23 seasons of high school football, making 21 post season appearances, and winning seven state championships. He is one of only three players, to be drafted by the NBA, NFL, and MLB. Logan’s new show will air weekdays from 12p-1p MT.
Sandwiched in between Logan and the afternoon show will be a new midday program featuring Brandon Krisztal and former Broncos safety Steve Atwater. Krisztal has spent the past decade in Denver, developing his skills as a reporter, anchor, and host. He’s also 760’s Executive Producer. Atwater on the other hand is beloved by Broncos fans for his ten years of on the field production. During his playing days he earned a reputation for being one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL.
Taking listeners home in the afternoon will be the combination of Andrew Lopez and Cory Lopez. Mason has spent 17 seasons covering the NFL, including the past 12 working the Broncos beat. He’s also contributed previously to NFL.com, The Sporting News, The New York Times and CBSSports.com. Lopez, has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting news and sports. He has worked for KOA, the Broncos flagship station, as host of PrimeTime Sports, and is the play-by-play voice of the CU Women’s Basketball team.
“Orange and Blue Radio will quickly become the preeminent destination for Broncos fans,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “In addition to AM 760 and 103.5 HD2 along the Front Range, Orange and Blue Radio will reach Broncos fans around the globe via our iHeartRadio App.”
“Our longstanding partnership with iHeartMedia Denver continues to evolve and we are committed to finding new ways to engage Broncos fans across the fast-changing media landscape,” Broncos Chief Commercial Officer Mac Freeman said. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to bring Broncos fans more content, more often, in more places.”
760 hasn’t yet announced its plans for nights and overnights. As more information trickles in, we’ll pass it along.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
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106.7 The Fan Extends Deal to Remain Washington Nationals Flagship
“We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future…”
106.7 The Fan has announced it has reached a multi-year extension with the Washington Nationals to remain as the MLB club’s radio flagship.
Nationals fans will continue to hear game broadcasts on the station, and those living inside the club’s broadcast territory will be able to stream the radio broadcasts on the Audacy app.
“Opening Day is finally here and we’re thrilled to celebrate the return of baseball season by extending our partnership with the Washington Nationals,” said Audacy Washington D.C. Senior Vice President and Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith. “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve as the home for everything Nats for the foreseeable future and give the team’s fans a front row seat to the action on the field and top storylines throughout the year.”
The Nationals have called 106.7 The Fan home since the 2011 season. Beyond game broadcasts, the station will welcome Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo to The Sports Junkies every Wednesday at 9:00 AM throughout the season. The station will also air segments titled “Nats Insider”, hosted by broadcaster Dan Kolko that feature player interviews and features. Those segments will air all along the Nationals Radio Network.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with Audacy in bringing Nationals fans even more of the interviews and exclusive access they love,” said Lerner Sports Group COO Alan H. Gottlieb. “From in-depth interviews with execs and top players, to off-the-field profiles and more Spanish and English bilingual content than ever before, Audacy offers a comprehensive look at our ball club from all angles.”
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Todd Markiewicz Departing 97.1 The Fan
“He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”
Longtime 97.1 The Fan Vice President and Market Manager Todd Markiewicz has announced he is leaving the sports radio station.
Markiewicz has been named the President of the 1870 Society, a Name, Image, and Likeness collective working with Ohio State athletics and Learfield to devise NIL strategy, fundraising, and logistics.
In an internal memo, Tegna Columbus President and General Manager John Cardenas credited Markiewicz for helping to establish the brand as “the powerhouse sports station in the country. He has left an indelible mark in the Columbus market and within the sports/talk radio world by building The Fan with excellent programming, dominant ratings, and overall market share.”
Markiewicz joined the station in 2010. Under his leadership, 97.1 The Fan has routinely ranked as the highest-rated station in the Columbus market.
His final day with the station will be Friday, May 26th.
Garrett Searight is the Editor of Barrett Sports Media and Barrett News Media. He previously was the Program Director and Afternoon Co-Host on 93.1 The Fan in Lima, OH. He is also a play-by-play announcer for TV and Radio broadcasts in Western Ohio. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gregg Giannotti: Doug Gottlieb Is ‘Using My Name’ To Deflect Blame From Himself
“I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there.”
Earlier this week, Doug Gottlieb revisited a gaffe he made on the set of CBS’s NCAA Tournament Selection Show a decade ago. On a set that included Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Greg Gumbel, and Kenny Smith, Gottlieb said that he was there to “provide the white man’s perspective.” Gottlieb owned that it was a poor attempt at humor, but Gregg Giannotti takes issue with the FOX Sports Radio host’s version of events that lead up to the televised misstep.
“If you’ll allow me, I’d like to clear my name for a little bit,” Giannotti said on Wednesday’s edition of Boomer and Gio on WFAN.
Gottlieb contends that he tried out a better rehearsed version of the joke in a number of other places before going on television and it was well-received. No one told him it was a bad idea or that if delivered in the wrong way, it could create problems. One of those places, according to Gottlieb, was CBS Sports Radio’s Gio & Jones.
One problem, the show did not exist in 2013.
“Here are my issues with this,” Gregg Giannotti said. “One, I wasn’t there. This was 2013 before the incident. I wasn’t even there. Two, he is placing blame now on whoever he told this to to stop him and say ‘Don’t do this on the set!’”.
Boomer Esiason, Giannotti’s WFAN partner said he can see how Gottlieb overlooked the reality that this joke would not land well with a general audience. Former athletes are used to joking with one another like this in locker rooms. Plus, being on a set with Barkley and Smith may have made Gottlieb think that he would get a little more leeway.
Esiason added that he can see how Gottlieb would assume Gio was there. The show on CBS Sports Radio that he was likely on was MoJo, which featured Brian Jones and Chris Moore. It became Gio & Jones in 2015 when Giannotti came to CBS Sports Radio from 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, where worked in 2013. More surprising to Esiason was the Gottlieb wanted to talk about this a decade after it happened.
“He’s still hanging on this,” Giannotti answered. “The issue I have is that he is using me, saying that he tried it out on me and that I found it hilarious but I should have stopped him from saying the joke when I wasn’t even part of this. I was talking about the god damn Penguins!”