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Lindahl To Join Altitude Sports Radio Afternoon Show

“Lindahl parted ways with iHeart’s Denver operation in February after a 20 year run in the building.”

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Nate Kreckman’s new partner will be a familiar voice to Denver sports fans. Former Broncos sideline reporter and Orange and Blue 760 host Andy Lindahl took to Twitter on Friday to announce starting Monday he will partner with Kreckman in afternoon drive on Altitude Sports Radio.

Altitude Sports Radio acknowledged the news in a Tweet back to Lindahl.

Lindahl parted ways with iHeart’s Denver operation in February after a 20 year run in the building. This past season was his tenth and last as the sideline reporter with the Broncos.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining Altitude Sports Radio,” said Lindahl. It was excruciating not being on the radio the last three months, and I’m really excited to get a chance to work with Nate Kreckman, who I’ve known for a long time. Along with talking Broncos and Rockies, I look forward to talking about the Avalanche and Nuggets, as the Avs especially have been one of my favorite teams for a long, long time. I have so many longtime friends at this station including Vic Lombardi and Marc Moser, as well as Scott Hastings and Ryan Harris, so I am thrilled to get to work with all of them. Monday is a new chapter in my career, and I cannot wait to get started.”

The search for Kreckman’s partner was done methodically. It began in October when former partner Ryan Harris moved to mid days to join Josh Dover and Scott Hastings. The addition of Andy Lindahl completes a lineup full of names and voices familiar to the Denver market for Altitude Sports Radio.

“Andy brings an entertaining, knowledgeable and a recognizable Denver voice following over 20 years as a Denver radio host that includes a decade as the sideline reporter and pregame and postgame host with the Broncos Radio Network” added program director Dave Tepper. “After months of searching in and out of Denver and considering some very talented hosts, we’re thrilled to add Andy to our lineup feeling he was the best fit for Nate and the overall direction of Altitude Sports Radio 92.5!”

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Doug Franz Launching Sports Betting Podcast, ‘Props Arizona,’ With Sean Lockhart

“I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

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Following his dismissal from Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Doug Franz has found a new gig. Franz will join sports gambling expert Sean “Papa Bear” Lockhart to host a new podcast for Props.com titled Props Arizona.

Franz was a mainstay on Phoenix sports talk radio, co-hosting The Doug and Wolf Show in the market for 15 years. Parent company Bonneville Phoenix said Franz would be moved to a “digital role” in shuffling the Arizona Sports daily lineup last August.

But Franz said he was effectively fired. Soon after leaving 98.7 FM, he launched a daily podcast titled Doug Franz Unplugged.

Lockhart has been a mainstay in Arizona, consulting on sports betting and sales since graduating from Arizona State. He’s provided analysis for several sports betting podcasts and digital shows, in addition to his own website, for several years.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside Sean on this new podcast,” said Franz in the official announcement from gambling media company American Affiliate. “I appreciate Doug & Wolf listeners more than they’ll ever know, and I’m excited for them to experience my new podcast Props Arizona.”

For American Affiliate, which has several sports betting and investment properties in its portfolio including BetPrep and Wagers, Props Arizona is the first regional (or state-exclusive) spinoff of its Props City podcast.

Props Arizona is set to launch at the end of January. The show will be available on all major podcast platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. A teaser for the show is currently online for download.

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Michael Irvin: ‘Shan & RJ Start National Conversations’

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

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Michael Irvin makes regular appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He is one of the many stars associated with the Dallas Cowboys that make time to talk to the hosts on the team’s flagship station. On Thursday morning, The Playmaker joined Shan & RJ and told them to be careful with the words they choose.

Irvin came on following a discussion of Mike McCarthy’s final conversation with the media for the season. During the segment, one of the host’s said it was the Cowboys’ coach’s “final conversation.” Irvin said that statement needed some clarity.

“You should have added ‘of this year’,” he said. “Because the national guys, they’ll pick it up and run with that.”

It isn’t just a matter of what was said. Michael Irvin says that the national media will pay attention to who said it was McCarthy’s final conversation with the media and jump to conclusions.

“Y’all stir the pot a lot on the national scene. Every time I’m out there I gotta hear ‘Jerry said on Shan and RJ 105.3’.”

The hosts laughed as Irvin made the declaration. Maybe they enjoyed the characterization. Maybe they knew he was telling the truth.

Plenty of national headlines have been generated by appearances from Jerry and Stephen Jones on the station. Although, to be fair to Shan & RJ, K&C Masterpiece has been at the center of plenty of those conversations too.

That didn’t stop Michael Irvin distilling Shan & RJ’s role in the national media conversation about the Cowboys to a simple sentence: “Y’all starting mess out here.”

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Jeff Rickard Out At WEEI

“In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.”

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Jeff Rickard’s tenure in Boston did not last long. Chad Finn of the Boston Globe tweeted yesterday that the WEEI brand manager has left Audacy and intends to return to Indianapolis.

Rickard was announced as the new brand manager of the legendary Boston sports talker in August. He left his role as morning show host and PD at The Fan in Indianapolis at that time.

In the memo, new Audacy Boston market manager Mike Thomas says that the station will be naming a new brand manager in the future.

In the meantime, Ken Laird has been promoted to operations manager for the station. Laird announced yesterday that this means he is leaving the Greg Hill Show, which will be on the lookout for a new producer.

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