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SiriusXM Presenting Sports Decade Special Across 11 Channel

“Each channel will produce episodes featuring hosts and guests talking about the chosen moments. An accompanying video series will also be available via the SiriusXM app.”

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SiriusXM is planning to highlight some of the most important moments in sports from the 2010. The presentation is going to be big, so big in fact that 11 of the satellite network’s sports channels will be involved.

The moments span the sports spectrum, and will be relived on their corresponding channels. Each channel will produce episodes featuring hosts and guests talking about the chosen moments. An accompanying video series will also be available via the SiriusXM app.

“Over the past 10 years, SiriusXM has aired so many of these great moments live, and we’ve covered all of these important stories and trends, across our channels, more extensively than anyone else in radio.  We’re proud to be the place where all fans can not only hear all about their favorite sport, but can call in and talk about it as well,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “Now as the decade comes to a close we have a great opportunity – with our dedicated 24/7 sports channels – to relive and retell these stories, and do it in a really special way that will be both comprehensive and focused.”

The full list of channels and moments is as follows:

Mad Dog Sports Radio

Debut: December 24 (6:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/MDSRonSXM

Defining moments include: The Chicago Cubs’ break a 100-plus year World Series drought, the U.S. Supreme Court clears the way for legalization of sports betting in America; the NCAA establishes the College Football Playoff to determine a national champion; LeBron James’ impact on the NBA and free agency; and more.

SiriusXM NFL Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (7:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NFLonSXM

Defining moments include: The New England Patriots and the ageless Tom Brady continue their greatness with three more Super Bowl wins in five appearances; Dynamic quarterback play from future Hall of Famers and young stars; and the defining plays and playmakers throughout the decade.

MLB Network Radio

Debut: Dec 24 (4:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/MLBSXM

Defining moments:  Cubs win the World Series; Mike Trout arrives; the Wild Card play-in; the rise of the home run; and more.

SiriusXM NBA Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (1:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NBAonSXM

Defining moments include: Player empowerment; LeBron’s “Decision”; the rise and fall of team dynasties; the role of three-point shooting and pace in the evolution of the game; and more.

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

Debut: Dec. 25 (10:00 am ET) – SiriusXM.com/GolfonSXM

Defining moments include:  The ups and downs of Tiger Woods’ career; golf makes its debut in the Olympic Games; controversial rulings cost two of the sport’s biggest stars – Dustin Johnson and Lexi Thompson – major championships and these events lead to changes in the reporting and application of rules.

SiriusXM NHL Network Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (5:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NHL

Defining moments include: Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at the Vancouver Olympics; Connor McDavid gets drafted into the league; Alex Ovechkin wins his first Stanley Cup.

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Debut: Dec. 25 (11:00 am ET) – SiriusXM.com/NASCARonSXM

Defining moments include:  Jimmie Johnson’s seven championships; the evolution of the car; Danica Patrick winning the Daytona 500 pole; the retirement of some of the sport’s biggest stars and the emergence of new young talent; and more. 

ESPNU Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (2:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/ESPNUonSXM

Defining moments include: The creation of the College Football Playoff; the realignment of college conferences; a #16 seed upsets a #1 seed for the first time ever in the NCAA Tournament; and more.

SiriusXM Fight Nation

Debut: Dec. 24, with three separate specials on pro wrestling (9:00 am ET), boxing (12:00 pm ET) and MMA (3:00 pm ET) –SiriusXM.com/FightNationSXM

Defining moments include: The passing of Muhammad Ali; the rise of Conor McGregor; Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao; the women’s revolution in pro wrestling, WME-IMG purchases UFC; the formation of All Elite Wrestling; and more.

SiriusXM FC

Debut: Dec. 24 (4:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/SiriusXMFC

Defining moments include: Dominant performances by the U.S. Women’s National Team; the FIFA corruption scandal; the retirement of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson; and more.

SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (6:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/FantasySportsRadio

Defining moments include:  The emergence and impact of Daily Fantasy Sports; the rise in popularity of fantasy sports among pro athletes, celebrities and the media; changes in on-field play and their effect on the approach to fantasy sports play. 

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Kevin Shockey Named Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015.

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KJR Assistant Program Director Kevin Shockey has been named the new Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio in Denver.

“I’m leaving a station that I love and going to a new station with talent that I believe in and I can’t wait to work with,” Shockey said in a Facebook post announcing the move. He added that it’s time “for a new challenge and a step up. That also means it is time to step out and take a risk.”

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015. He will fill the seat vacated by Dave Tepper, who became the Program Director of KOA earlier this summer.

His final day at KJR will be Wednesday. He’s expected to start working in Denver in the next few weeks.

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Dan Le Batard: What 790 the Ticket Did to Jonathan Zaslow Was Horrifying

“But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz used its local hour portion of their podcast to discuss the folding of Miami’s 790 the Ticket. A large portion of the show staff previously worked at The Ticket and had many memories and thoughts on the end of an era for the brand.

Le Batard began by saying that it feels like they’ve grieved four different things in relation to the station, but it still stirred something when the news became official. Le Batard asked Stugotz, one of the founders of the station, what he felt when the switch happened.

“I wasn’t as sad as I thought I would be for a couple of reasons,” Stugotz said. “One: super proud of what we accomplished and built there. Secondly, and I’m serious about this, it probably lasted 17 years longer than what I thought it was going to last and for that I am thankful.”

The show went on to talk about one of the last pillars of the station, Jonathan Zaslow, being let go recently and how it was the final connective tissue that many had to the station where they began.

“My connection point (to 790 the Ticket) was the people there,” began Mike Ryan Ruiz. “The final nail in the coffin was when they let (Jonathan) Zaslow go, who was one of the original 790 hires. They did so in a crude fashion, I felt but…”

“Oh it was crude. It was crude,” Le Batard jumped in. “And that is what got stirred for me. That’s what got stirred for me when, it seemed 790 was dead to me because of some of the stuff that happened with the Local Hour at the end that I found disrespectful. But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful. The awful part of this awful radio business.”

Ruiz said that Zaslow should have been given an explanation and it wouldn’t have taken much.

“In fact, the explanation Zaslow should have gotten was ‘we’re consolidating both stations and don’t worry, we’ll tell the Miami Heat for you,’. Should have been a nice little human touch in regards to the Zaslow thing.”

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Kayla Anderson Added to 104.5 The Zone Morning Show

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor to WKRN-TV in Nashville.

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Kayla Anderson has been added to the 104.5 The Zone morning show, newly titled Ramon, Kayla, and Will, joining Ramon Foster and Will Boling on the Nashville station.

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor on WKRN-TV in Nashville. A graduate of Washington State University, she has also worked at television stations in Spokane, Missoula, Tucson, and Columbus in addition to her time in Nashville.

“After spending the last 15 years in local TV covering sports, I’m thrilled to venture into Sports Talk radio, joining 104.5 The Zone in the mornings with Ramon, Will and producer Jonathan Shaffer,” Anderson said. “I’m truly looking forward to hanging with this talented crew, talking sports, interacting with the listeners, and having lots of fun doing it!”

Anderson said on Twitter she is “so excited to join this group!”

Boling had been the interim host of the morning show after the August departure of Jason Martin.

Ramon, Kayla, and Will will be heard from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM each weekday morning.

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