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Now that all the main cable and satellite providers in the Columbia area other than Mediacom are officially on board with the SEC Network, it’s time to move on to a different medium.

When fall rolls around, it’s not only the television outlets that see their sports schedules burst at the seams. Radio stations also roll out a full slate of programming. In Mid-Missouri, that means Zimmer and Cumulus stations are ready to hit us with more than just afternoon sports talk and Major League Baseball.

Zimmer’s KTGR again will be home to the area’s University of Missouri coverage. Matt Michaels has taken over for the departed Will Palaszczuk on almost all fronts for KTGR. In addition to sharing duties on “The Big Show” from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays with new producer Brandon Kiley, Michaels will host “Tiger GameDay,” airing three hours before the kickoff of each Missouri football game on all KTGR frequencies. “GameDay” will be moved back into the studio from the set outside Memorial Stadium this year, “allowing us to take calls,” Michaels said.

That leads into programming from Learfield Sports’ Mizzou Sports Properties, with Zimmer’s KCMQ/96.7 FM added to KTGR’s 103.1 FM and 1580 AM as the flagship station for “Tiger Tailgate” two hours before kickoff, “Tiger Pregame” an hour before kickoff, the game itself and then “The Wrap-Up Show” postgame. KTGR’s 100.5 FM will provide regular ESPN programming during both MU football and basketball games this year.

Once again, Brad Tregnago will handle “Tiger Tailgate” duties, with analyst Mike Kelly and color man Howard Richards joined by sideline reporter Chris Gervino during the “Tiger Pregame” and game broadcasts and Gary Link and Kurtis Gregory taking over for “The Wrap-Up Show.”

On Mondays during football season, Michaels will break down the previous Saturday’s game and hit on any other MU news from 8 to 9 a.m. on KTGR on “Mizzou Mondays.”

“The exception is Week 1, where we’ll do it on Tuesday, Sept. 2, because of Labor Day,” Michaels added.

And on Monday nights, starting Aug. 25, Mike Kelly will again host MSP’s “Tiger Talk” at 7 on KCMQ and KTGR alongside Coach Gary Pinkel and/or assistants and players live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia.

MSP General Manager Bob Welch added that there’s the possibility of an SEC preview show being added as conference play approaches.

“Once we get through the early part of the schedule, we’ll start eyeballing what the SEC looks like,” Welch said. “Nothing’s confirmed, but it’s something a lot of fans have asked us to do. It’s just a matter of putting it to paper.”

KTGR also will again be bringing Mid-Missouri the Rams — though not in the preseason — and a weekly high school game featuring Rock Bridge, Hickman and/or Battle, beginning with the Bruins’ contest with Rockhurst at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.

And Jon Ingram continues to host “The Sports Wire” from 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday.

Cumulus, meanwhile will deliver plenty of NFL football. In addition to the Chiefs airing on KBBM/100.1 FM, Cumulus will offer games on Sunday afternoons and Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights through Westwood One.

Sunday afternoon doubleheaders will air on KZJF/104.1 FM, while Sunday and Thursday night games will be on 104.1 FM and KFRU/1400 AM. Monday night games will air on 1400 AM and KLIK/1240 AM, and the “Chiefs Kingdom” recap show lands on 104.1 FM at 7:06 p.m. Mondays.

The first broadcast is Packers at Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Chris Kellogg, operations manager for Cumulus in Columbia and Jefferson City, added that Cumulus also will feature a national college football game of the week on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM each Saturday during the season. The schedule includes the following games featuring SEC teams: Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13; LSU at Auburn, Oct. 4; Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 18; and Florida at Florida State, Nov. 29.

Missouri State football games with air on KJMO/97.5 FM in Jefferson City. And on the high school front, Jeff City’s games again will be on 1240 AM.

George Young and Bryan Fulcher continue to co-host “The Closers” weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM — MU football media days also will be covered on both stations on Mondays — and NASCAR Sprint Cup races are on 1240 AM whenever they are run.

There of course will be much shuffling in the coming months, with Zimmer carrying the Cardinals and Cumulus the Royals, creating a need to shift programming to different stations under each company’s umbrella.

“We’ll move things around as best we can,” Kellogg said. “We’re fully committed to NFL stuff. That takes priority. But it’s a good problem to have.”

For more on this story visit the Columbia Tribune where it was originally published

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iHeartMedia Extends with Pittsburgh Steelers Through 2028 Season

“We teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

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iHeartMedia Pittsburgh announced an extension of their audio partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will now include the newly established “Steelers Audio Network” through 2028.

The “Steelers Audio Network” will offer a wide range of content, including game day broadcasts, additional shows, digital audio, podcasts, and social media posts. Fans can access the “Steelers Audio Network” and its programming throughout the year on various platforms such as 102.5 WDVE, Fox Sports Pittsburgh (970AM), the Steelers mobile app, the iHeartRadio mobile app, as well as on the team and station’s websites.

Additionally, 102.5 WDVE will continue to be the home of the Steelers game broadcasts, as they have done since 1999.

“We are excited to announce the continuation of our long-standing partnership with iHeart Media and our flagship station, 102.5 WDVE,” said Ryan Huzjak, Steelers Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a release. “We’ve teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartSports. “Our renewed agreement, now known as ‘Steelers Audio Network’ encompasses a comprehensive range of audio offerings, delivering an exceptional listening experience for Steelers fans. Additionally, we’re excited to provide promotional support and further brand awareness across all six iHeartMedia Pittsburgh stations and digital sites. Our longstanding partnership continues to thrive, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together!”

“iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and the Steelers have had a longstanding partnership,” said Tim McAleer, Market President, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to continue to give Steelers fans access to Steelers audio broadcasts and unique Steelers programing content for years to come.”

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Nick Cattles To Fill In on 98.5 The Sports Hub

“No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

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Nick Cattles, who was last heard on the air at the end of June 2023 at Sactown Sports 1140 in Sacramento and has been hosting podcasts, will get a chance to fill in Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. Cattles posted about the assignment on his LinkedIn account.

“The wait is over,” he wrote. “It’s been almost a year since the last time I walked into a radio studio. I’m back. This Monday morning from 6a-10am, you can listen to myself, Ryan Johnston, and Kendra Middleton on 98-5 The Sports Hub. No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

Cattles was part of the Cattles and Ramie show in Sacramento and upon leaving said, “It’s just, we love our family more. Since moving to Cali, we’ve had to overcome a lot personally. Those challenges have been amplified the last two months. It’s no longer tolerable to be 3,000 miles away. Once we settle the home situation, we’re heading back.” He had started with Sactown Sports in 2021 and also had the program director title for a period of time.

Cattles worked at The Sports Hub from in 2017 and 2018, taking part in The Adam Jones Show in the evenings and hosting on the weekends. Cattles had other stints in Boston, Virginia and with ESPN Radio.

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Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael Celebrate 5 Years Together on 92.9 The Game

“To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.”

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It was a milestone week for Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael, hosts of 92.9 The Game’s The Midday Show with Andy & Randy in Atlanta. It was this week five years ago they permanently took over the midday slot replacing John Michaels and Rick Kamla who had been released earlier that year.

The show celebrated on remote at a party with several listeners, friends and family members and spent time talking about their time together. “People listening right now, thank you, we appreciate that,” said Bunker. “We wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t listening and if you hadn’t been listening the last five years…Making it five years on a radio show is not normal. I know it seems normal at 92.9 because we are a radio station that has a lot of stability. Dukes and Bell have been on for 10 years. The morning show that’s on right now is doing great, and the show before them was on for a lot of years.”

Bunker later added, “To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.” McMichael replied, “It has been a fun five years.”

Bunker had been hosting the evening show for three years prior to partnering with McMichael, and had previously been in sports radio in Seattle, Portland and Boston. McMichael had been with the station for about four years at the time, after an 11-year career in the NFL. Prior to that he was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia.

The show amassed an 8.3 share for the most recent quarter, retaining their fourth place ranking it had in the fall. The show airs from 11a-2p EST.

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