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.
Boomer Esiason: Joe Benigno Was Just Doing His Job
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is. That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point.”
Former WFAN host Joe Benigno continues to make headlines after he revealed sensitive text messages he had with New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh. Despite the controversy, Boomer Esiason believes Benigno was simply doing what was necessary.
After Boomer & Gio played a clip of Saleh saying he “still likes Joe B.”, Esiason argued that Benigno was doing his job by revealing that Saleh “didn’t like” Jets quarterback Zach Wilson.
When fill-in update anchor Chris Lo Presti pointed out that Saleh wouldn’t call Benigno by name — referring to him as “Joe B.” — Esiason said “That’s cause everyone knows who he is”.
“Good for Joe B. for letting everyone know who he is,” Esiason said. “That was his job. And I guess still is his job to some point. But man, I would think that Rob Saleh was pretty floored by all of that, I’d imagine.”
Co-host Gregg Giannotti agreed, questioning if Jets owner Woody Johnson spoke to Saleh about ceasing texting with the former WFAN host.
After originally revealing the text messages, Benigno has shared he wishes he hadn’t mentioned the comments made by Saleh in private. He later clarified that he took the coach’s statements out of context and misinterpreted them.
Anthony Lima: People Will Watch NFL Games No Matter Who the Quarterbacks Are
“The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
As the NFL begins week 14 with a Thursday Night Football matchup that pits a pair of backup quarterbacks against one another, 92.3 The Fan morning hosts Ken Carman and Anthony Lima agree it doesn’t matter who’s under center, fans will still be tuning in.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are slated to face the New England Patriots as Mitch Trubisky and Baily Zappe will start at quarterback for each team. During The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima Thursday, the hosts agreed they’ll still watch the broadcast.
“Do you think fans are bored by the league with this or are they more interested?,” Carman asked, referencing the Steelers-Patriots matchup.
“Well the ratings don’t show that,” Lima said. “The ratings show that people are going to watch no matter who the quarterbacks are; no matter how bad the teams are.”
Indeed for its Week 13 Thursday night game, Amazon Prime Video recorded an all-time high average of 15.26 million viewers, according to data from Nielsen Media Research. The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys marked the 11th consecutive week of year-over-year, double-digit viewership growth for the property, and helped engender a 29% increase from last year’s 11-week average viewership.
Carman offered an analogy pertaining to wrestling, conveying how many people are interested in the sport when they are younger. He enjoyed the sport in his youth but it then began to phase out until he went to middle school and became interested again. These phases, however, do not seem to apply when it comes to the game of football.
“We line up for years,” Carman said of football. “There’s people who haven’t missed Monday Night Football no matter what incarnation [it is] for 30+ years. Is it an enjoyable thing to sell all the quarterbacks down?”
Lima is cognizant of what has happened at the quarterback position this year and feels that it makes him want to watch a game less, affirming that the starters on Thursday night will need to earn his attention.
“I think I’ll give it a quarter,” Lima said. “I might even be a little late… [but] I’ll put it on and see where the game’s at.”
Fred Toucher: What Did Joe Benigno Think Would Happen By Revealing Robert Saleh Texts?
“He’s on Zoom and he looks like he’s in his bedroom from like 1962. It looks like a little kid’s bedroom.”
Earlier this week, former WFAN host Joe Benigno raised eyebrows by revealing that New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh “doesn’t like” quarterback Zach Wilson. 98.5 The Sports Hub morning host Fred Toucher was dumbfounded by the entire situation.
During his morning show Thursday, Toucher questioned the motive behind Benigno sharing the text exchange, saying the former New York host “crossed the line” by revealing the coach’s texts.
“So what is it what is Joe Benigno thinks gonna happen? He comes on the air, he says he’s texting with Robert Saleh. He’s not lying,” said Toucher. “So if you’re Robert Saleh, you have this maniac old man texting you… You gotta be like ‘Alright dude, thanks. I shared with you my vulnerability and this is how you pay me back, you unempathetic prick. I expressed vulnerability to you, I showed you that I was concerned.'”
Fred Toucher did note that he actually likes Benigno and considers him a friend of the program, despite calling him a “psycho”.
“He’s an old guy. He’s a big-time Jets fan. Like, he loves the jets. Like really, really loves (the Jets),” Toucher said. “He’s on Zoom and he looks like he’s in his bedroom from like 1962. It looks like a little kid’s bedroom. There’s Jonathan Vilma jersey, it’s like tacked up hastily.”
Toucher concluded by noting he felt bad for Saleh, and hoped the revelation from Benigno didn’t cost him his job.
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