The Washington Capitals and Entercom’s 106.7 The Fan announced they’ve extended their broadcast agreement through the 2020 -21 season.
Following a one-year hiatus where the Capitals partnered with iHeartRadio, the team returned to 106.7 The Fan in 2017 just in time for their Stanley Cup season. After two-years back with The Fan, the Capitals and Entercom have reached an agreement for 106.7 to continue serving as their flagship radio station for at least two more seasons.
“We are thrilled to bring Capitals hockey to DC’s top-rated sports station 106.7 The Fan,” senior VP/market manager Phil Zachary said in a press release. “In addition to all games, the station will provide fans with full coverage of the team through premiere programming on air, online and on demand. Capitals fans nationwide now have more resources than ever to stay up-to-date with the team and we look forward to continue serving as their hub for everything Capitals.”
As part of their extended agreement, longtime announcers John Walton and Ken Sabourin will remain in the Capitals radio booth to call the action. A 15-minute pregame show and 45-minute postgame show will border each game, both of which are hosted by Ben Raby. Pre and postgame shows will continue to feature player interviews and the head coach’s press conference.
The Fan’s weekday schedule will offer Capital-focused programming which includes player interviews with Brett Connolly on Grant and Danny Thursdays at 1:30pm and John Carlson on Chad Dukes vs The World Wednesdays at 3pm. Head coach, Todd Reirden can be heard on The Sports Junkies every other Wednesday at 7am and a weekly Caps focused show, Crashing the Net hosted by Ben Raby airs Wednesday’s at 6:30pm.
“We are extremely pleased to extend our partnership with Entercom,” Washington Capitals CMO Hunter Lochmann added. “106.7 The Fan has been a great partner for us and has provided our fans with terrific original programming and coverage of our team. The powerful signal the station provides is a great benefit to our fans.”
In addition to 106.7 The Fan, the Capitals Radio Network includes 13 stations spanning from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. Games can also be heard on Caps Radio 24/7, the team’s 24-hour audio channel available via the TuneIn Radio app and capsradio247.com.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.