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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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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Barry Jackson, a veteran journalist with the Miami Herald, reports that 790 The Ticket morning hosts Brendan Tobin and Leroy Hoard will move to that 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WQAM slot during the week of Oct. 3.

In more station movement, Joe Rose’s WQAM morning show with Zach Krantz now will be simulcast on The Ticket, replacing the Tobin/Hoard program. Audacy, which owns both WQAM and The Ticket, also simulcast Marc Hochman’s and Channing Crowder’s afternoon show.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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