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Golden Gophers Stick With iHeart For Flagships

“Under the agreement, KFAN FM 100.3, 1130 KTLK-FM / FM 103.5 and KFAN Plus 96.7 FM will continue to serve as flagship affiliates for Gophers athletics through the 2022 – 23 seasons.”

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The University of Minnesota athletics will continue its longtime partnership with iHeartMedia following an extension of their broadcast agreement between the radio stations and Learfield IMG College’s Gopher Sports Properties.

“We at iHeartMedia are thrilled to continue our broadcast partnership with University of Minnesota Athletics and the Golden Gophers,” said Jeff Tyler, iHeartMedia Minneapolis Division President. “This is an exciting time for Gophers athletics, as well as the many alumni and fans who listen to and sponsor the broadcasts. iHeartMedia is looking forward to the big things on the horizon for the student-athletes, teams and coaches.”    

In addition to carrying football, basketball and men’s hockey, the new broadcast agreement beginning this year will also feature coverage of select Olympic sports.  Under the agreement, KFAN FM 100.3, 1130 KTLK-FM / FM 103.5 and KFAN Plus 96.7 FM will continue to serve as flagship affiliates for Gophers athletics through the 2022 – 23 seasons.  

“iHeartMedia Minneapolis has been an outstanding broadcast partner. All of the additional coverage added to this new agreement made for an easy decision to continue working together,” said Greg Gerlach, VP and General Manager of Gopher Sports Properties. “We’re excited to keep the extended live game coverage, as well as add some Olympic sports broadcasts in this new term.”   

Gopher football and their weekly coaches’ show featuring P.J. Fleck will continue to be heard on KFAN 100.3.  Select in-conference men’s basketball games for the Gophers will broadcast on KFAN, with the majority of their broadcast schedule airing on 1130 KLTK.  

Women’s basketball games can again be heard on 96.7 KFAN Plus, while Gopher Basketball Weekly, featuring head coach of the men’s team, Richard Pitino will air on KFAN 100.3.  Men’s hockey games and their coaches’ show, featuring head coach Bob Motzko will both broadcast on 1130 KLTK.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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ESPN 103.7/104.1 Unveils New Lineup; Dawson Eiserloh Gets Solo Midday Show

“Can’t wait for this new challenge that’ll begin live from SEC Media Days next month.”

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ESPN 103.7 in Lafayette, Louisiana and 104.1 in Lake Charles have announced a new, all live and local weekday lineup. Local programming will now be heard from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Starting on Monday, July 15 former LSU basketball player Jordy Hultberg will move The Jordy Hultberg Show to morning drive and go from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. He will be followed by Footenotes with Kevin Foote from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The lunchtime show will still feature RP3 and Meche, hosted by Raymond Partsch III and James Meche and it will air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. That show had also previously featured Dawson Eiserloh, however, he will now move to the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. slot to host his own show which will be called The Lohdown with D-Loh.

Eiserloh posted on his X account, “Really excited to announce I’ll be getting a solo show weekdays from 1-3 pm on ESPN Southwest Louisiana. Can’t wait for this new challenge that’ll begin live from SEC Media Days next month.”

After Further Review with Matt Moscona will follow in afternoon drive and airs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The station also carries play-by-play for LSU athletics and the Houston Astros.

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Howie Rose to Host on WFAN Monday to Commemorate 50 Years in Broadcasting

Rose will be in the studio with Evan Roberts and Tiki Barber for their afternoon drive program on Monday from 5 to 6 p.m.

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New York Mets radio play-by-play announcer Howie Rose, who served as an original radio host at WFAN when the sports radio station launched in 1987, will make his return to the station airwaves on Monday. Rose will be in the studio with Evan Roberts and Tiki Barber for their afternoon drive program on Monday from 5 to 6 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., he will host solo for the ensuing hour-and-a-half, welcoming special guests such as broadcaster Marv Albert and former Mets all-star third baseman David Wright.

Rose has called Mets games since 1995, originally starting his time with the organization in the television booth. When Bob Murphy retired from broadcasting games on the radio in 2003, Rose started to work with Gary Cohen on the broadcasts on WFAN. Cohen moved to television upon the launch of the SportsNet New York regional sports network in 2006, while Rose remained on the radio broadcasts. Over the years, he has worked with a variety of partners, including Tom McCarthy, Wayne Hagin, Josh Lewin, Wayne Randazzo and Keith Raad. The Mets are currently broadcast on Audacy-owned WCBS Newsradio 880, which has been the flagship station for the team starting with the 2019 season.

Over the last several years, Rose has cut back on his workload with the Mets, calling approximately 101 games this season. He began to limit his travel during the 2022 season after being diagnosed and treated for bladder cancer. Rose entered the season planning to call all home games, the two Subway Series road games at Yankee Stadium, select National League East road games and a road trip in St. Petersburg, Fla. and St. Louis, Mo. If the team makes the postseason, Rose would call all games, according to Neil Best of Newsday.

Outside of his work with the Mets, Rose formerly called hockey games for the New York Islanders on MSG Networks. Before that time, he was a radio play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers and famously called the Game 7 clinching goal by Stéphane Matteau in double overtime to send the team to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final.

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Tom Crean Added to SiriusXM NBA Draft Coverage

The former Marquette, Indiana, and Georgia men’s basketball coach will co-host SiriusXM’s NBA Draft Preview Show, alongside Eddie Johnson and Justin Termine.

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The 78th edition of the NBA Draft will be the first to be held over two days. The first round will take place on Wednesday June 26 and will be followed by the second round on Thursday June 27. The draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. SiriusXM will provide full coverage on SiriusXM NBA Radio channel 86, and they have announced Tom Crean will take part in a preview show prior to each round.

The former Marquette, Indiana, and Georgia men’s basketball coach will co-host SiriusXM’s NBA Draft Preview Show, alongside Eddie Johnson and Justin Termine, on Tuesday, June 25 on Wednesday, June 26 prior to Round 1 at 4 p.m. ET, and on Thursday, June 27, prior to Round 2 at 2 p.m. ET.

Crean returned to ESPN as a college basketball analyst in December 2022 after having worked for them previously during the 2017-2018 season. Crean was fired after four seasons at Georgia, prior to his ESPN return.

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