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Is Red Zebra Broadcasting Downsizing?

Jason Barrett

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Are big changes on the horizon for Red Zebra Broadcasting in Washington D.C.? DCRTV reports that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who owns and operates Red Zebra Broadcasting, which serves as the parent company to ESPN 980, is in talks with Radio One to sell as many as four stations to the urban radio company.

As part of the proposed sale, Red Zebra would unload 92.7 WWXT, 950 WXGI, 570 WSPZ and 94.3 WWXX. According to the report, ESPN 980 WTEM-AM is not part of the package because the asking price from Snyder is said to be too high. However, if Snyder adjusts the price, talks could be rekindled.

Fueling further speculation of a major shakeup are some of the company’s moves over the past year. Tony Kornheiser left last year to start his own daily podcast. Since then, 980 has parted ways with market veterans Andy Pollin and Thom Loverro, and upcoming broadcasters Tim Murray and Nick Ashooh. Pollin, Loverro and Ashooh all landed roles with 106.7 The Fan, while Murray picked up an opportunity at WTOP.

Additionally, Red Zebra made a deal a few months ago with Cumulus’ WMAL to air Redskins games this season on 105.9 and 630. Redskins games had previously aired exclusively on Red Zebra’s own signals.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

Jordan Bondurant

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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