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Hubbard Minneapolis Announces The Arrival of SKOR North

“Hubbard Radio is launching SKOR North, a digital-first sports content brand for Minnesota sports fans.”

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Hubbard Radio is changing the game in Minneapolis. The company has announced the forthcoming launch of SKOR North, a digital-first sports content brand which will officially launch on Tuesday January 15th.

SKOR North will create and distribute content across multiple traditional and digital platforms including 1500 AM, 94.5 FM HD 2, streaming, a dedicated SKOR North app, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The brand will debut with daily online sports stories and columns on SKORNorth.com, social media content, and over 15 original podcasts, including the Purple Podcast, Reusse Unchained, Judd with Lou Nanne, Myron Medcalf on Hoops, The Scoop with Darren “Doogie” Wolfson, and the Twins Touch ‘Em All podcast.

“The media landscape is changing and sports fans have never had more options to get sports content. Today’s fans want sports information and opinions on their radio, mobile phone, desktop computer and smart speakers at home,” commented Dan Seeman, Vice President and Region Manager for Hubbard Radio Minnesota. “SKOR North is a content company first. We will create great sports content that will be distributed on multiple platforms so Minnesota sports fans can listen, watch or read about Minnesota sports teams when they want it, where they want it and how they want it.”

To kick things off on radio, SKOR North will feature local programming M-F from Noon to 7pm CT on 1500 AM and 94.5 FM HD2. Among the shows to be featured in the lineup are Purple Daily, a 52 week per year program focused on the Minnesota Vikings, SKOR North Live with Matthew Coller, and the Mackey and Judd Show with Ramie Maklouf who recently joined the station after a decade in Milwaukee at 105.7 The Fan. ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo and The Dan Le Batard Show will occupy mornings and middays.

In order to capture the sights, sounds, and daily sports developments in the Twin cities, SKOR North will invest in a strong reporting team. Derek Wetmore will cover the Twins, Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad tackle the Vikings, Dane Moore and Danny Cunningham will track the Timberwolves, and Jonathan Harrison, Jake Depue, Daniel House and others will follow the Golden Gophers and MNUFC. Zulgad will also spend time with the Wild.

And that’s not all.

Adding to SKOR North’s content on a regular basis will be a star studded cast of local sports experts and contributors. Included in that mix are Myron Medcalf and Courtney Cronin from ESPN.com, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels, Star Tribune Columnists Patrick Reusse and Chip Scoggins, former Twins player and current analyst, Roy Smalley, and hockey legend Lou Nanne.

With the tagline, “Minnesota Sports. Anytime. Anywhere”, SKOR North promises an active social media presence, sharing sports news and opinions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

“We’re excited to entertain and connect with Minnesota sports fans on multiple platforms – in addition to radio,” said director of content Phil Mackey. “And we hope people will find our shows, personalities, written work and social media to be a combination of fun, creative, intelligent and audience-inclusive.”

SKOR NORTH WEEKDAY LINEUP:
5am-9am         Golic and Wingo, ESPN Radio
9am-12n          Dan Le Batard, ESPN Radio
12n-1pm          Purple Daily, SKOR North
1pm-2pm         Purple Daily (hour 2), SKOR North Twins Show or SKOR North Wolves Show (depending on season)
2pm-4pm         SKOR North Live with Matthew Coller
4pm-6pm         The Mackey & Judd Show with Ramie, SKOR North
6pm-7pm         SKOR North Twins Show or SKOR North Wolves Show or Reusse Unchained, or The Beer Show

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Craig Carton Making Responsible Gambling Content For FanDuel

“He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.”

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FanDuel announced yesterday that it has hired its first ever “responsible gaming ambassador”. WFAN’s Craig Carton has agreed to take on the role. He has been open about his gambling addiction and advocated for those that believe they have a problem to seek help on air since returning to New York radio last year.

The content he creates for FanDuel will have a very specific focus. A press release says Carton will promote messages of “advocacy, prevention awareness and content development focused on the importance of wagering within limits”.

Craig Carton was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a ponzi scheme to defraud investors of money they were told was being invested in tickets for resale. In reality, Carton was using the money to repay some of his gambling debts.

“My story and personal history with gambling has been well documented,” said Carton. “More than ever, I want to use my experience and platform to shine a meaningful spotlight on the issue of problem gambling. It was important to me that I find a real partnership with a company that shared my passion for this issue. It became clear FanDuel shared the same goals and was comfortable working transparently with me for the sole purpose of protecting people.”

FanDuel is planning to utilize Carton in a number of ways. He will help shape the company’s responsible gaming policy, play a role in FanDuel building AI that can spot problematic gambling patterns, and host events in which he will help younger bettors understand what an addiction looks like.

He will also create audio and video for FanDuel’s Play Safe Campaign. FanDuel will help Carton’s WFAN program “Hello, My Name is Craig” find a bigger audience. The show airs on weekends and features Carton discussing his addiction and offering advice to others seeking help.

“We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Craig to place even more emphasis on responsible gaming behaviors,” said Mike Raffensperger, FanDuel Group’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Everyone at FanDuel understands the importance of protecting our customers who are also our family, friends, neighbors and community members. Craig’s powerful personal story will help fuel our mission of making sure no bet placed results in hurting a loved one.”

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Marc Malusis: Stephen A Smith Spouting ‘Complete & Utter BS’

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

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WFAN’s Marc Malusis wants Stephen A. Smith to acknowledge that he either has inside information regarding the Nets or that he completely made up a trade rumor on First Take earlier this week. Smith said on First Take that the Brooklyn Nets would trade Kyrie Irving to Philadelphia if it meant they got Ben Simmons back in return, but the idea has been nixed by Kevin Durant.

Stephen A. Smith accused some in the media of lying about his report. He tried to claim that he what said on First Take was that the Irving for Simmons deal is a trade the Nets could do. That was enough to sett Malusis off.

“This is just complete and utter BS,” he shouted. “I mean, get the boots on!”

Marc Malusis claims that the idea of an Irving for Simmons trade isn’t totally absurd. Having James Harden on the roster would allow Brooklyn to bring in someone that does everything well but shoot. Still, he says Smith framed his stance as something he knows happened and Malusis is adamant it didn’t.

He was even more upset that Smith would say people in the New York media “lied” about what Smith had said. Marc Malusis pointed out that when you are the local media, you have to dive into a rumor like that. It doesn’t just get to be something that was said on ESPN.

“Listen, I get he’s on ESPN and we’re doing out thing here, but it’s affecting a team we cover on a day-in-day-out basis with the Brooklyn Nets with Kyrie Irving, who is a very polarizing figure in this city.”

It sounds like Malusis’s greatest objection is to Smith’s indignation at the idea that someone took his trade rumor seriously.

“Don’t all the sudden start waking back and saying ‘everyone’s spewing lies about what I had to say yesterday’ because you know what? We had to weed through the BS of what you said yesterday.”

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104.5 ESPN’s Matt Moscona Sets Up $100K Donation to Local High School

”It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

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Guaranty Media and 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge recently invited a local Athletic Director from South Lafourche High School Brian Callais to come and promote an upcoming fundraising event host by Central High School on After Further Review with Matt Moscona.

During the phone interview, Callais informed listeners of the impact that Ida had on their school, including major damages to the high school that there are no funds to repair. Additionally, the school’s sports teams will be forced to travel for every game this season as their facilities are not fit to host other schools.

Little did Callais know, Matt Moscona had invited the founder of a Baton-Rouge-based cryptocurrency business called Game Coin to join him in the 104.5 ESPN studio to surprise Callias with a donation of $100,000 dollars to the school.

“This will go a long way,” said Callais after learning of Game Coin’s donation to his program. “Our [senior] student-athletes have not had a normal high school year since their freshman year…Their sophomore year, they were hit with the pandemic, and we’re looking forward to a regular senior year for them. It’s been tough on these kids, and this will definitely help us.”

Gamecoin is one of the few cryptocurrencies that is not totally for profit, as 4% of their 10% transaction fee goes to charitable donations to help youth sports groups.

“Growing up, I didn’t have everything that I thought I should have,” said founder of Game Coin David Mahler on Moscona’s radio program. “I just always wanted to be able to provide for people…and since I’m able to do that now, I added that as a part of Game Coin.”

Mahler also said in the interview that three more similar donations are already arranged and they will be announced within the next two weeks.

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