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Hoffar and Frandsen Take Over Nights on KNBR

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After developing an entertaining morning show together on KNBR 1050, Drew Hoffar and Kevin Frandsen have demonstrated they’re ready for a larger platform. That chance is about to come their way thanks to Cumulus Media who have named the two Bay Area natives as hosts of KNBR 680 AM’s new evening show, KNBR Tonight.

The new program featuring Hoffar and Frandsen debuts Monday, August 14th. KNBR Tonight will air weeknights from 7p-10p PT or immediately following weekday San Francisco Giants postgame programming. KNBR says the program will also be available nationally on the KNBR app and via live video stream at KNBR.com.

Frandsen, a San Jose native and graduate of San Jose State University, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2004. He played for San Francisco from 2006-2009, before joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010), Philadelphia Phillies (2012-2013) and Washington Nationals (2014), before ending his 10-year MLB career with the hometown Giants in 2015.

Hoffar, grew up in San Leandro and has over 12 years of hosting experience. In addition to hosting mornings on KNBR 1050, he spent time as an anchor and host at crosstown rival 95.7 The Game, and worked in Sacramento at Sports Radio 1140 KHTK.

Jeremiah Crowe, Program Director of KNBR 680AM and KNBR 1050AM, said: “Drew and Kevin are primed to make a huge impact in their new roles within KNBR Tonight. Their work ethic is unmatched and both are committed to the smallest of details that will generate a great listener experience. They are Bay Area natives whose personalities are relatable to the common fan, yet they each possess a vast knowledge of the overall sports landscape. I’m equally excited to see what they will provide us digitally and I applaud Cumulus San Francisco for putting them in a position to shine. Bay Area sports fans will find unmatched opinion, insight and humor each evening when they tune in from 7:00-10:00pm.”

Frandsen said: “In my time as a major leaguer, I prided myself on performing in several roles as a utility player. Since arriving at KNBR. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the format’s most established personalities across a variety of timeslots. This evening post on KNBR Tonight is a chance to advance my relationship with one of the best young talents in radio, connect with the best sports fans in the country and move the KNBR brand forward into the digital age. Drew and I are looking forward to starting on August 14th and KNBR 680 fans can expect a local-born show with established chemistry out of the gates.”

Hoffar said: “As a lifelong KNBR 680 listener and San Leandro native, I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to reach so many die-hard Bay Area sports fans on a nightly basis. Hosting evenings on KNBR carries a responsibility to serve fans the quality content they deserve as the daily news cycle hits a close. On KNBR Tonight, Kevin & I will provide a unique perspective on the games and will look to entertain/inform listeners every time we open the mics. I can’t wait to get started on August 14th!”

Hoffar and Frandsen’s move into evenings fills the vacant evening slot which previously had been occupied by Ray Woodson. The sports radio veteran was let go recently after two decades with the station.

 

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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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