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103.7 The Game Adds Astros Baseball

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For the first time in over a decade the Houston Astros will be on the radio in Acadiana. Delta Media Corporation announces 103.7 The Game is the home for the defending American League Wild Card Champions for the upcoming 2016 Major League Baseball season.

“We are thrilled to be the exclusive providers of Astros baseball on the radio in Lafayette,” said Delta Media Corp General Manager Chuck Wood. “The Astros have such a young and exciting team, 103.7 The Game will be there for what can be an incredible season.”

Astros coverage on 103.7 The Game begins on Opening Day, April 4 at 12:05PM when Houston takes on the New York Yankees. Houston radio broadcasters Robert Ford & Steve Sparks are entering their fifth season together in the booth. 103.7 The Game will air over 100 Astros games this season with the remaining (LSU conflicts) games airing on sister station 1330 KVOL.

“It’s been a major priority for the organization to grow the Astros radio footprint throughout Texas and Louisiana,” said Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan. “There are a lot of Astros fans in Lafayette and this partnership with 103.7 The Game ensures Astros baseball with be easily accessible to them on the radio.”

103.7 The Game, the LSU Tigers Radio Network local affiliate and Acadiana’s exclusive home to the NFL and SuperBowl 51, airs SportsChat w/Dave Schultz weekday mornings at 6:00 AM, The Alan Michael Show, at 9:00 AM, The Jordy Hultberg Show, weekday afternoons at 2:00 PM and Bumper to Bumper Sports with Ben Love weekday afternoons at 4:00 PM.

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Ryan Hoppe Joins Beckles and Recher on WDAE 95.3 in Tampa

Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining WDAE as the new executive producer for Beckles and Recher.

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On Thursday, popular Tampa podcaster Ryan Hoppe announced that he would be joining the iHeartRadio team as the new executive producer for the station’s afternoon drive show, Beckles and Recher.

95.3 WDAE confirmed the news in a retweet with a welcome message.

Hoppe is also the host of popular local podcast, Hoppe Hour which was nominated for Best Local Podcast. Hoppe has been nominated for Best Radio Personality as well by The Best of the Bay magazine.

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Toucher and Rich: There’s No Way Dennis Eckersley is Retiring

“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that this season would be his last with NESN, the Boston Red Sox and in baseball broadcasting. However, some in Boston don’t think Eckersley will truly be done once the season ends.

On Toucher and Rich, co-host Rich Shertenlieb said this can’t be the end of the broadcasting career of Dennis Eckersley.

“He’s way too young to be truly retiring, I think,” said Shertenlieb. “This can’t be it for him. There’s no way this is it. He’s too into it, he loves it too much, he’s good at it and he’s not old.”

“It’s a lot of travel, that’s the thing,” added co-host Fred Toucher.

Shertenlieb chimed back that he could have options in regards to his schedule.

“You could be somebody that’s just doing home games,” offered Shertenlieb. “You could also be someone who could be at a desk.”

Shertenlieb was adamant that Eckersley would have a chance to make it somewhere else, somewhere perhaps more national.

“There’s got to be some sort of gig waiting for him. And to be quite honest, maybe NESN was just small potatoes for a guy like Dennis Eckersley,” said the Toucher and Rich co-host. “Maybe he’s just outgrown it and he’s just too talented to only be at a regional network.”

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Chicago Bears Reportedly Leaving WBBM After 2022 Season

Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights.

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears will have a new radio home after the 2022 season when their deal with WBBM ends.

Sources tell the Sun-Times the decision has been made that WBBM, after airing the Bears since 2000, are giving up the rights. The source said the Audacy-owned station loses money on the Bears.

“We are focused on having a great 2022 season with WBBM and Audacy,” said Bears Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications Scott Hagel said.

The report also says it’s likely the radio rights go to either Good Karma Brands-owned ESPN 1000 or iHeartMedia’s Rock 95.9 landed the rights.

Play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak and color commentator Tom Thayer are both expected to keep their positions with the Bears. Joniak is the Sport Director at WBBM.

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