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Denver Sports 760 Is Going All-In on The Denver Broncos

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Denver Broncos generate strong interest from Denver sports fans. Serving football content on sports radio is a winning formula, and this year Denver Sports 760 is ramping up their coverage to further excite local listeners.

The iHeartMedia station is re-branding and adopting the position of Orange and Blue Radio, which includes an on-air content strategy change. 760 is throwing all of its weight behind the Broncos, making them the featured part of all on-air conversation. That means the Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche and local College Sports teams are left on the outside looking in.

“We’re excited to further strengthen our partnership with the Denver Broncos,” said Tim Hager, Region President for iHeartMedia Denver. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to serve our community’s listeners and advertisers with unique and exclusive Broncos content.”

In accordance with the new programming initiatives, the radio station is making a bigger commitment to its weekday lineup. 760 had recently relied on one local afternoon show and FOX Sports Radio programming to occupy their weekday programming hours but that’s about to change.

The station’s morning show will consist of Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus. The duo will host M-F 7a-12p MT. Polumbus spent three of his eight seasons in the NFL playing for the Broncos including contributing to the team’s Super Bowl championship in 2015. He is the team’s new radio sideline reporter, and previously spent time working for local market competitor 104.3 The Fan. Lindahl, has spent the past two decades working in Denver, including serving previously as the Broncos radio sideline reporter. He had recently been hosting 760’s afternoon show.

After Lindahl and Polumbus, the voice of the Broncos Dave Logan takes over. Logan spent nine years in the NFL before becoming a mainstay on the Denver radio airwaves. He has been a featured voice on 850 KOA for nearly 30 years, and behind the microphone for Broncos broadcasts for the past twenty. He has also coached over 23 seasons of high school football, making 21 post season appearances, and winning seven state championships. He is one of only three players, to be drafted by the NBA, NFL, and MLB. Logan’s new show will air weekdays from 12p-1p MT.

Sandwiched in between Logan and the afternoon show will be a new midday program featuring Brandon Krisztal and former Broncos safety Steve Atwater. Krisztal has spent the past decade in Denver, developing his skills as a reporter, anchor, and host. He’s also 760’s Executive Producer. Atwater on the other hand is beloved by Broncos fans for his ten years of on the field production. During his playing days he earned a reputation for being one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL.

Taking listeners home in the afternoon will be the combination of Andrew Lopez and Cory Lopez. Mason has spent 17 seasons covering the NFL, including the past 12 working the Broncos beat. He’s also contributed previously to NFL.com, The Sporting News, The New York Times and CBSSports.com. Lopez, has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting news and sports. He has worked for KOA, the Broncos flagship station, as host of PrimeTime Sports, and is the play-by-play voice of the CU Women’s Basketball team.

“Orange and Blue Radio will quickly become the preeminent destination for Broncos fans,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “In addition to AM 760 and 103.5 HD2 along the Front Range, Orange and Blue Radio will reach Broncos fans around the globe via our iHeartRadio App.”

“Our longstanding partnership with iHeartMedia Denver continues to evolve and we are committed to finding new ways to engage Broncos fans across the fast-changing media landscape,” Broncos Chief Commercial Officer Mac Freeman said. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to bring Broncos fans more content, more often, in more places.”

760 hasn’t yet announced its plans for nights and overnights. As more information trickles in, we’ll pass it along.

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Greg McElroy: ‘Kayvon Thibodeaux Offended Me’

“McElroy, while offended, decided to offer some friendly competition to Thibodeaux.”

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Top NFL Draft Prospect, Kayvon Thibodeaux, had some harsh comments for the Crimson Tide in his interview with FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt on Monday.  The Oregon defensive end claimed the difference in the quality of education between Oregon and Alabama was the reason he ultimately chose to head to Eugene out of high school.

“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux said in an interview with FOX’s Joel Klatt. “So now, do you know the stigmatism of Alabama education? It ain’t the West Coast. It ain’t Harvard.” 

Thibodeaux continued to bash the Southern institution’s quality and reputation. 

“If I would have went to Alabama … I don’t know if my degree would mean anything,” Thibodeaux said.

National championship quarterback, media personality, and Alabama alum Greg McElroy took issue with the statements.

“I just take real personal offense, man,” McElroy said Thursday on JOX 94.5’s McElroy & Cubelic. “I genuinely do. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think so little of us, don’t come. Fine by me, because I know the people that live in this state. I chose Alabama, because I love Alabama. If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can potentially provide you, it’s on you. You’re missing out.”

Cole Cubelic and McElroy also brought up the fact that Thibodeaux said “stigmatism” when he meant “stigma.” 

“He says he doesn’t like the stigma that athletes are dumb jocks, and yet, he sounds like a dumb jock,” McElroy said. 

McElroy, while offended, decided to offer some friendly competition to Thibodeaux.

“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to cut down Alabama,” McElroy said. “And as someone who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’ll just come at him with this — if he’d like to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he’d like to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will put my degree up against his any day of the week.”

McElroy was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship in 2010. The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award for 102 students to attend the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. 

“I’d like to show him the offers, because I would be willing to bet that Harvard didn’t offer him,” McElroy said. “I think they probably would have taken him, but Harvard did offer me — as did Yale, as did Princeton, as did almost every Ivy League school along with Duke, Stanford, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. And I chose Alabama, so put ‘er there Kayvon Thibodeaux.”

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Howard Eskin Tells Joe DeCamara & Jon Ritchie That Tom Brady Dyes His Hair

“Brady is leaking oil.  The fact that he’s leaking oil and he’s not the same and his age shows a little bit, other than his hair which he colors, he’s really good but anybody can be beaten.”

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Howard Eskin joined Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on 94 WIP to preview the upcoming Bucs vs Eagles game.  Eskin gave his thoughts on why the Eagles had a realistic shot to win. For Philadelphia sports talk legend, a lot of it came down to Tom Brady.

“Brady is leaking oil,” Eskin said. “The fact that he’s leaking oil and he’s not the same and his age shows a little bit, other than his hair, which he colors, he’s really good but anybody can be beaten.”

That statement caught DeCamara and Ritchie a little off guard.  They weren’t convinced that Brady is using any artificial enhancement to keep his locks chestnut brown.  Howard Eskin would not back down and told the hosts to check the archives.

“Look at the pictures over the years, there’s no question,” Eskin said. “He’s so vain so that just kind of falls into place.  He’s a terrific quarterback but he doesn’t want people to realize he’s 44 or 45.”

Maybe Eskin is right, and the fountain of youth is starting to dry up for Brady.  Or maybe, as he has done before, he’ll prove everyone wrong and win another Super Bowl.  Only time will tell.

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97.1 The Ticket Lets Fans Sound Off On Matthew Stafford With Playoff Watch Party

“The former Lions quarterback remains a polarizing figure in the city, so Costa and Riger are giving fans the chance to get whatever sort of closure they need with a playoff watch party.”

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Jim Costa and Jeff Riger aren’t just hosts at 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. They are also Detroit sports fans. That means they have strong feelings about Matthew Stafford.

The former Lions quarterback remains a polarizing figure in the city, so Costa and Riger are giving fans the chance to get whatever sort of closure they need with a playoff watch party. The pair will host the virtual event, which will stream on The Ticket’s website and Facebook page.

“It’s the rare chance to settle a sports debate,” Jim Costa, who still supports Stafford, told BSM. “It gives fans of Detroit closure on Matthew Stafford. People are still so emotionally invested in him even though he doesn’t play here anymore with both sides still believing they’re right about why he didn’t win a playoff game with the Lions.”

Other hosts from 97.1 The Ticket will pop in to watch along with Costa and Riger. They will play drinking games and place prop bets throughout the game.

With Jim Costa and Jeff Riger having strong, opposing feelings on Stafford, the final result will yield a punishment for the loser. Someone will have to take a “shot of reality,” which Costa promises will be “really gross”.

Matthew Stafford and the LA Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL’s first-ever Monday night playoff game this week. It will be the conclusion to the league’s Super Wild Card Weekend.

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