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Cavs Reveal AM/FM Simulcast

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In another significant move entering into the 2014-15 season, the Cavs have signed a second iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) powerhouse to serve as the official broadcast home of Cavaliers basketball. The longtime partners have agreed on a new multi-year contract for WTAM 1100 AM as the radio home of the Cavs, that includes the addition of its FM sister station, 100.7 WMMS. All 82 Cavs regular season games, as well as the seven preseason games and all playoff games will be simulcast live on the two Cleveland stations. The 50,000-watt WTAM and 34,000-watt WMMS will serve as flagship stations for the 24-station Cavs Radio Network.

“iHeartMedia is proud to extend our long standing partnership with the Cavaliers,” said Gary Mincer, Cleveland market president of iHeartMedia. “In addition to hearing every game on Newsradio WTAM 1100 AM, we are also excited to now include 100.7 FM WMMS as a second Cleveland flagship station. iHeartMedia looks forward to being a part of the Cavaliers bright future!”

The new agreement makes the Cavs only one of five teams in the NBA that airs its games on both an AM and FM station. (The others are the Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers.)

“Our continued relationship with iHeartMedia will ensure Cavs fans get the same quality broadcasts and Cavs programming that ranks among the best in the NBA,” said Len Komoroski, Cavaliers CEO. “Fans know when they tune in they can count on getting comprehensive game coverage delivered by a team of top broadcasters in the NBA who are experienced Cavaliers insiders.”

Cavs fans can look forward to enjoying complete coverage during the season before, during and after every game. In addition, the Cavs and iHeartMedia will collaborate to develop new content on multiple platforms to engage and interact with fans in all new ways as the team and stations move into an exciting future together.

Veteran broadcaster John Michael will return for his fourth season as play-by-play announcer and will be joined by Cavalier Legend Jim Chones, who will be back for his fifth season as color analyst. Returning for his 23rd year is studio host Mike Snyder, who will anchor all pregame, halftime and postgame shows. Former OSU great and NBA player Brad Sellers is back for his fifth year as postgame studio analyst, while producer and locker room reporter Scott Zurilla is back for his 21st season.

Each broadcast on the Cavaliers Radio Network begins with “The First Merit Tip-Off Show,” an inside look at the upcoming game. Hosted by Snyder, the show airs 30 minutes prior to game time. It is a comprehensive look at what is happening around the NBA, including interviews, highlights, game reports, injury updates and a preview of the Cavaliers game with Head Coach David Blatt and John Michael.

Following each game broadcast, fans can participate in the “Postgame Call-In Show.” Snyder will be joined by Chones and Sellers to provide game analysis, and review the stats and highlights. Fans will hear comments from players in both locker rooms, Coach Blatt’s postgame press conference, live reports and highlights from other games around the league, as well as comments from Cavaliers fans everywhere.

Fans can also hear the “Discount Drug Mart Cavs Insider Radio Show,” every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on Newsradio WTAM 1100 and the Cavaliers Radio Network. The “Discount Drug Mart Cavs Insider Radio Show,” hosted by Snyder offers fans the most up-to-date information on the Cavs and will feature Head Coach David Blatt, players, coaches and others in the Cavs front office, along with newsmakers around the NBA and other special guests.

Also, every Monday through Friday morning at 8:25 a.m., fans can listen to host Bill Wills and Snyder on WTAM 1100 AM for the Cavs Daily Update. They will be joined on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by John Michael or Jim Chones. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, coaches and members of the front office, along with other Cavalier Legends will appear with Wills and Snyder. Michael will also host the daily “Cavaliers Update,” which is broadcast mornings and afternoons on WTAM 1100 and the rest of the Cavaliers Radio Network and features the latest news on the Cavaliers, including game recaps, previews and other NBA features.

Credit to the Cleveland Cavaliers website where this story was originally published.

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Boomer Esiason: ManningCast Proves Peyton Manning Can Never Be a Coach

“He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

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Don’t expect to see Peyton Manning on an NFL sideline. He may be one of the best quarterbacks the league has ever seen, but Manning isn’t cut out to be a coach according to Boomer Esiason.

On Tuesday morning, Esiason and the rest of the Boomer & Gio cast listened to highlights of the previous night’s ManningCast. They enjoyed the audio of Peyton Manning losing his temper after Cowboys kicker Brent Maher missed his third extra-point attempt of the night.

The clip, which has since gone viral, includes Manning asking if a kicker can be cut at halftime of a playoff game.

“This is why Peyton can’t coach,” Esiason said in response to the audio. “He’s got no patience whatsoever.” 

The chemistry and authenticity of Peyton and Eli is often cited as the appeal of the ManningCast. Esiason noted that was what is on display in moments the brothers cannot control.

Boomer Esiason was a guest on the week eight ManningCast, which featured his former team, — the Cincinnati Bengals — playing Cleveland Browns. Esiason said at the time that while it was a distracting way to try and follow a game, being a part of the show is a lot of fun. He echoed that praise Tuesday morning.

“Those things are really unbelievably done. I mean, they are funny.”

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NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.

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SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.

Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.

The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.

NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.

The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.

“Hockey fans are among the most passionate sports fans, and our long-term relationship with the NHL enables us to deliver those fans across North America comprehensive access to the league, offering them live broadcasts of every game and the only 24/7 NHL channel in audio,” said SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“Live sports, coupled with great, in-depth sports talk, is one of the key elements of our programming and we are very pleased to be extending our content agreement with the NHL for many more years.”

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Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.

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The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.

Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.

Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.

The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.

The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.

While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.

“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”

Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”

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