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Pelicans Move Flagship To ESPN 100.3 In New Orleans

“As part of their broadcast agreement, ESPN New Orleans will carry all summer league, preseason, regular season and postseason games.”

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It’s the start of a new era for the New Orleans Pelicans on the court after drafting Zion Williamson, and on the radio, partnering with a new play-by-play voice and flagship affiliate.

Earlier this month it was reported Todd Graffagnini would take over for Sean Kelley as the New Orleans Pelicans radio play-by-play announcer.  The organization made the official announcement regarding Graffagnini’s hire on Tuesday June 25th and one day later, announced their new radio home for the 2019 – 20 season, ESPN New Orleans 100.3.

The Pelicans multi-year agreement with Coastal Broadcasting’s ESPN 100.3 marks the end of their partnership with iHeart’s News Talk WRNO 99.5, which served as the team’s flagship station since 2015.

“The excitement of this new era with Zion (Williamson) and the Pelicans begins with ESPN New Orleans being named their new flagship station,” Coastal Broadcasting Owner Jerry Gisclair said in a press release. “I want to personally thank the Pelicans organization for having the confidence in ESPN New Orleans to deliver their team to the fans.”

As part of their broadcast agreement, ESPN New Orleans will carry all summer league, preseason, regular season and postseason games.

“We could not be more excited to begin this new era of Pelicans basketball with our new flagship radio partner and its devoted listening audience,” said Pelicans President Dennis Lauscha. “ESPN New Orleans offers a tremendous daily sports lineup with a significant focus on the Pelicans, along with all of the local professional, collegiate and high school teams. This is an outstanding and natural alliance for our city and region.”

The Pelicans flagship station will now be ESPN New Orleans 100.3, but their radio network of affiliates includes multiple markets across three states, Louisiana, Florida and Mississippi. 

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 Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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