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Orange & Blue 760 Flipping To News Talk

“As of today, KDSP has changed its call letters to KDFD. The station is simulcasting on a translator at 93.7 FM and stunting with songs that contain the word freedom in the title.”

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A Denver radio station that promised all Broncos talk all the time is no more. iHeartMedia announced today that it was flipping formats on Orange and Blue 760.

KDSP-AM began carrying the sports format in December 2015 under the name Denver Sports 760. Any discussion of the areas other teams on the station’s airwaves ended in July 2017 when the station adopted the Orange and Blue name.

As of today, KDSP has changed its call letters to KDFD. The station is simulcasting on a translator at 93.7 FM and stunting with songs that contain the word freedom in the title. iHeart purchased the translator from Hunt Broadcasting, which had used it to carry a classic hits format. AllAccess reports that the KDFD simulcast is expected to carry a conservative talk format under the name Freedom 93.7.

Nikki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports that the new station will be headlined by Rush Limbaugh’s syndicated show, which comes over from sister station KOA.

Michael Roberts of Westword, an independent paper and digital news site based in Denver, has speculated that the Broncos’ lack of success over the last two seasons may have lead to the format flip. Whether or not that is true is hard to tell, but talking about a single team 24/7 can create a content challenge even when a team is winning. Certainly building a station around a losing team couldn’t have been easy.

Orange & Blue 760 morning man Benjamin Allbright hinted that the station’s story isn’t over yet in a post on Twitter earlier today and that he and his co-host Ryan Edwards are still employees of iHeart Denver.

https://twitter.com/AllbrightNFL/status/1148297071809703936

Edwards has verified that and says the duo will be on KOA tonight, as they usually are when the Rockies are off.

Orange & Blue 760’s old website now hosts a message thanking listeners and Broncos fans for their support and reminding them that sister station KOA still covers the team. The format flip leaves Denver with three local sports brands: Bonneville’s 104.3 the Fan, KSE Radio Ventures’ Altitude Sports Radio, and Nate Lundy’s Mile High Sports Radio. Altitude and The Fan also have AM frequencies which carry ESPN Radio’s and Fox Sports Radio’s national lineups respectively.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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