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Learfield Expands Aggies Network

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Concurrent with the 2015-16 collegiate athletic season kicking off, NM State fans will recognize numerous enhancements and upgrades to their radio listening experience as unveiled today by Learfield Sports, NM State Athletics’ multimedia rights partner.

Enhancements for radio listeners include Learfield securing KDSK 1240 AM/93.7 FM in Albuquerque as the new home for Aggie football, men’s basketball and coaches’ shows. Gallup’s KYVA 1230 AM also will air select football games, men’s basketball games and coaches’ shows. Additionally, football fans will hear brand-new, specially produced pre-game feature segments, coupled with live studio college football updates.

“One of Learfield Sports main strengths is their knowledge of radio and broadcast production as well as their ability to build strong statewide radio networks!” said NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. “We asked them to deliver the Aggies across the entire state of New Mexico and in an unbelievably short period of time they have made great strides. While we are always looking at expanding (El Paso, northern New Mexico and Spanish language broadcasts) we are pleased with their strong start out of the gate. I am also pleased that our Olympic sports will receive coverage over the air as well which will continue the emphasis we place on their importance.”

Returning for his 36th year is NM State Hall of Famer Jack Nixon, who Learfield retained as the iconic ‘Voice of the Aggies’ handling play-by-play duties for football and men’s basketball. Fans will be able to hear Nixon’s calls on Aggie Sports Network, and all radio broadcasts will be streamed on the official athletic website, NMStateSports.com. This year’s flagship stations include 570 KWML-AM/104.5 K283CG-FM in Las Cruces (football, men’s basketball, coaches’ shows) and 91.5 KRUX-FM in Las Cruces (women’s basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball). Additionally, fans can hear the Aggies on 103.7 KNMZ-FM in Alamagordo (football, men’s basketball) and Carlsbad – 1240 KAMQ-AM (football, men’s basketball, coaches’ shows).

Beginning this fall, Learfield also introduces a new concept with affiliate partner KRUX-FM to benefit NM State students. As part of an initiative to create and feature student-generated content, the two parties will collaborate on an extensive program to train and provide students with opportunities for live radio play-by-play and color analyst experiences during select women’s basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball broadcasts.

“This is a wonderful profession that delivers a special enthusiasm to radio listeners during games, and I think it’s outstanding that Learfield Sports and KRUX are offering up this platform to future broadcasters,” said Nixon. “I have enjoyed sharing Aggie athletics and unforgettable moments over the airwaves for nearly four decades, and what a terrific hands-on opportunity this will be for the next generation of broadcasters and analysts.”

NM State students who are part of the Student Media department will be hired as broadcasts analysts and work closely with Learfield and 91.5 on the inaugural venture.

“We’re off and running with this partnership and couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for fans this year,” said Chris Lahey, General Manager of NM State Sports Properties, Learfield’s local entity that oversees the Aggies’ rights.

Credit to New Mexico State’s website where this story was originally published

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Sports Radio 610’s John Lopez Releases OG Sauce At Texas Star Grill Shops

“John Lopez has been making his OG Sauce for friends and family for years. Now, listeners and other meat enthusiasts can own a bottle themselves for $6.99.”

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If you’re in Texas, you can put a little Houston sports radio in your belly. Sports Radio 610’s John Lopez announced on Twitter that his name will be on a line of grilling sauces available through the Texas Star Grill Shops.

The announcement was met with real enthusiasm. John Lopez spent the day retweeting photos and answering questions relating to how to buy and use the sauce.

A rival even gave into the excitement. ESPN 97.5 & 92.5’s Jake Asman tweeted that he had purchased a bottle of OG Sauce.

Sports Radio 610 boss Armen Williams has been doing his part to support the effort too. He tweeted that he had purchased plenty for himself. He also updated his followers on the stock at various Texas Star Grill Shop locations.

John Lopez has been making his OG Sauce for friends and family for years. Now, listeners and other meat enthusiasts can own a bottle themselves for $6.99.

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JR ‘SportBrief’ Jackson Gets New Deal From CBS Sports Radio

“Recently, Jackson completed a 25 city tour in conjunction with the Special Olympics and Experian.”

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JR Jackson and Audacy have reached an agreement on a new, multi-year contract. He will continue to host JR SportBrief weeknights on CBS Sports Radio. He will also host a Saturday afternoon show on WFAN in New York.

Jackson joined the network in March of 2020. He came from Audacy’s Atlanta stations V-103 and 92.9 The Game. He also built an online following thanks to his YouTube sports commentaries.

He is thankful for his regular listeners and wants them to know that they played a role in the CBS Sports Radio show’s growth.

“This is really the people’s show,” JR Jackson told BSM in a text message. “I’m unabashed in sharing my thoughts and opinions, but want to know what the listeners coast to coast think as well. The JRSportBrief Show is really by a fan, for the fans.”

Recently, Jackson completed a 25 city tour in conjunction with the Special Olympics and Experian. He spoke on college campuses about the changing landscape of the sports media. He says a second leg of the tour is coming “Covid permitting”.

The new deal with Audacy is just part of what the future holds for JR Jackson.

“Look for a major announcement regarding JRSportBrief Productions,” he teased.

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Adam Schein: ‘Writers That Didn’t Vote For Bonds Make Me Sick’

“Don’t you dare, you fraudulent, hack gatekeepers, don’t you dare tell me my era of baseball didn’t exist.”

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If you caught Wednesday’s edition of Schein on Sports, you heard Adam Schein go off on the writers with a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame that chose not to give their vote to Barry Bonds.

He described that group as “hey-look-at-me gatekeepers” and declared that they are “everything that is wrong with our industry.”

The Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2022 class will only include David Ortíz. The Red Sox slugger was the only eligible player to receive more than the required 75% of votes for induction. Bonds received 66%. He and Roger Clemens are among those that did not get in after ten seasons of eligbility. That means their names will come off the writers’ ballots in the future. If they are inducted, it will be by their peers on the Today’s Game Committee.

Bonds and Clemens have both been tied to performance enhancing drugs in the past. That is the moral objection some writers have to voting them into the Hall of Fame. Adam Schein reminded his listeners that Ortíz was tied to the same thing.

“Let me let you in on a little secret because I’ve been teasing this for five years after Big Papí retired. The fact that David Ortíz got in on the first ballot with a steroid taint and Clemens and Bonds didn’t get in is disgusting,” he said. “It’s disturbing. It’s wrong.”

Schein was adamant that Ortíz is worthy of induction, but given that he has the same issues Bonds does, the reason Ortíz got in and Bonds didn’t is clearly because Ortíz “knows how to work a room.”

In closing, Schein said this felt very personal to him. At 44 years old, Bonds and Clemens were part of the majority of his favorite years in baseball.

“Don’t you dare, you fraudulent, hack gatekeepers, don’t you dare tell me my era of baseball didn’t exist.”

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