iHeartMedia announced a partnership with a second franchise from the newly formed Alliance of American Football league, the Memphis Express.
iHeart’s 101.9 Kiss FM will be the radio home for Express football during their 2019 inaugural season with Greg Gaston serving as the broadcast’s play-by-play voice.
Gaston is a veteran play-by-play announcer having worked on the University of Memphis football and basketball broadcasts, also calling games on ESPN, Comcast and Fox Sports. Gaston will continue to co-host the midday show on Sports 56 in Memphis.
“We at iHeart Media Memphis are so excited about being part of the Memphis Express with Kiss 101.9,” said Kevin Klein, area president Memphis/Mississippi Region, iHeart Media. “The partnership with the Express and iHeart is a perfect fit for both our brands. We look forward to starting some rivalries with the Birmingham, Atlanta and Orlando markets.”
Each broadcast will have 30-minute pre and postgame shows featuring Express head coach Mike Singletary as well as some of the team players.
“Our goal is to create a unique experience for all Memphis Express fans,” said Kosha Irby, team president, Memphis Express. “We feel our partnership with iHeart allows us to build on their broadcast and special event expertise.”
The Alliance of American Football League was founded by NFL Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian and TV producer Charlie Ebersol, son of former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol. The league kicks off with eight teams playing a 10-week regular season schedule beginning February 9th on CBS.
Danny Parkins To Texas Governor: ‘Kiss My Ass’
“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur.”
The mass shooting that took place on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas captured the attention of the nation.
Remarks from Texas Gov. Greg Abbot in the aftermath of the tragedy got the attention of Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel on 670 The Score in Chicago.
Gov. Abbot brought up the fact that Chicago has a gun violence problem even though gun laws in the city are among the strictest in the country.
Parkins took issue with the Texas governor trying to score political points by dunking on Chicago in a moment of tragedy.
“You don’t care about Chicago, you are using Chicago as a red herring, as a slur,” Parkins said. “And if we want to talk about Chicago, we can talk about Chicago with facts…What about Chicago? Kiss my ass, Greg Abbot. I can’t stand it, man. It’s so insulting.”
What about Chicago is often a talking point from one side of the gun control issue that suggests despite having such tough laws on firearm ownership, thousands of people each year in the city end up shooting victims. Therefore gun control laws don’t work to prevent mass shootings.
Parkins used that phrase for good last year, putting on the What About Chicago Radiothon. The station fundraiser in 2021 raised more that $660,000 for Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest.
Parkins explained Wednesday that the problems in the Windy City are multi-faceted. Yes, gun violence issues exist, but Parkins said “it is a problem that many, many, many, many people care deeply about and are trying to solve, but it’s a separate problem.”
Mike Breen Explains How The Knicks, Heat Rivalry Affected Him and Eric Reid
“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA. For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid.”
Mike Breen and Eric Reid have history. But it’s a good history.
Breen was in Miami for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which he called for ESPN/ABC. Talking to Jonathan Zaslow on WQAM in Miami on Wednesday, Breen said he didn’t like being called the voice of the NBA because there are so many other great broadcasters, like Reid, out there.
“I’m just one of the voices of the NBA” explained Breen. “For example, for Miami Heat fans, there’s only one voice of the NBA, and that’s my buddy Eric Reid. We’re all part of a great fraternity and all thrilled to be calling games. That’s for sure.”
Reid has been part of the Miami Heat radio crew since the team’s inaugural season. He took over as the play-by-play voice of the team’s radio call in 1991.
Zaslow, who has handled studio duties on the Heat’s radio broadcasts since 2010, told Breen that Reid had told him stories about the 1990’s battles between the Heat and the New York Knicks. He said he remembered things even becoming intense between the two broadcasters at times.
“Because the Knicks and the Heat used to fight, Eric and I had some nasty fights back in the day,” Breen joked.
WSJS Adjusts Format To News & Sports Mix In Winston-Salem
“Afternoon host Josh Graham will remain on staff. His show The Drive will continue to air from 3 until 6 pm.”
Truth Broadcasting isn’t sticking to sports. WSJS, which originates from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and also serves Greensboro, is transitioning from all sports talk to a mix of conservative talk and sports.
“While WSJS enjoyed providing the Piedmont Triad with a 24/7 sports format, so much was lost with our connection to the Triad community with little to no live and local talk, news features, guest host hours, award-winning talk shows and more. Now, we’ve remedied that. Just wait until you hear it!” Market Manager Tom Hamilton said in a press release.
Afternoon host Josh Graham will remain on staff. His show The Drive will continue to air from 3 until 6 pm. Nights will be filled by the Rich Eisen Show, followed by programming from CBS Sports Network. The station will also continue to carry local high school play-by-play and the Duke Blue Devils.
The station will add a local morning show featuring Jeffrey Griffin. Triad Today will air from 7-10 AM. WSJS will also feature syndicated shows from Brian Kilmeade, Todd Starnes and Charlie Kirk.
WSJS can be heard on 600 AM as well as four translators. The station’s new weekday lineup goes into effect on June 6. It is listed in full below.
5 AM-6 AM – First Light
6 AM-7 AM – America In The Morning
7 AM-10 AM – Triad Today With Jeffrey Griffin (9 AM-10 AM – Expert Hour)
10 AM-12 NOON – The Brian Kilmeade Show
NOON-2 PM – The Todd Starnes Show
2 PM-3 PM – The Charlie Kirk Show
3 PM-6 PM – The Drive With Josh Graham
6 PM-9 PM – THE Rich Eisen Show
9 PM-10 PM – THE Zach Gelb Show
10 PM-2 AM – JR Sportsbrief
2 AM-5 AM – Amy Lawrence