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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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Lane Kiffin: ‘I’m Sure I Increased Michael Wilbon’s Ratings’

“The offensive-minded head coach told Patrick that people asked if he had wronged Wilbon before.”

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Courtesy: The Dan Patrick Show

ESPN’s Michael Wilbon and Ole Miss Football head coach Lane Kiffin made news throughout this week, and Kiffin gave his first on the record thoughts regarding the media scuffle to Dan Patrick.

Kiffin appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to discuss his team’s massive game against Alabama this weekend, but Patrick wanted to get some back story on why Wilbon has such a big problem with Kiffin. 

Wilbon went off on Kiffin’s career during a Pardon The Interruption segment earlier this week. He labeled Kiffin “a clown,” while saying he “has been an embarrassment everywhere he goes,” and summed him up as nothing more than “a cute little story for guys like us who have to talk about sports every day.”

“Yeah, it’s interesting from a guy I’ve never met,” Kiffin said to Patrick when asked about the comments. “So, someone sent it to me. I was like, ‘wow, that’s pretty aggressive,’ that was more kinda like a chat room or a Tennessee fan or something like that, not a national media member.”

Kiffin clapped back at Wilbon on Twitter Tuesday with an angry-face and praying emoji to ensure Wilbon that he is keeping him in his holy thoughts.

“And way to go out on a limp and pick the number one team in the country at home who is a huge favorite,” Kiffin continued on Twitter. “How long did you watch film to come up with that surprise pick??? Really Newsworthy captain obvious.”

The offensive-minded head coach told Patrick that people asked if he had wronged Wilbon before. 

“People are like, ‘did you do something wrong to this guy?’ I’ve never met him,” Kiffin claimed. “So whatever, I’m sure it increased his ratings.”

Kiffin is one of the most active college football coaches on Twitter, and it seems to be working as this week, #12 Ole Miss reached its highest ranking in either the AP or Coaches Poll since Oct. 2016.

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Bonneville Takes Over Operations Of The Zone Sports Network

The KSLSports Twitter handle sent out a video hyping the new partnership as “Utah’s Sports Powerhouse.”

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The Utah Jazz and Bonneville International have a deal that sees the broadcast company take over daily operations of The Zone Sports Network. The deal also comes with a simulcast. All Jazz games will air on The Zone and on KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City.

“Bonneville is proud to partner with the Utah Jazz, and we are grateful for the trust the Jazz have placed in us with their radio assets,” Darrell Brown, president of Bonneville International Corp, said in a statement on the KSL website. “Our two companies are uniquely aligned, sharing deep roots in Utah and a focus on serving local audiences with a commitment to high-quality content and operations. We look forward to bringing The Zone Sports Network together with KSL NewsRadio, KSL TV, and KSLSports.com to create a new Utah sports powerhouse.”

The KSLSports Twitter handle sent out a video hyping the new partnership as “Utah’s Sports Powerhouse.”

“Our radio and streaming alignment with the KSL platform for Utah Jazz games is a tremendous opportunity to bring our team to more fans over a much larger broadcast footprint,” said Jim Olson, president of the Utah Jazz. “The Zone has been the top-rated sports radio station in the market, and this partnership with KSL’s digital assets, equipment and experience will only further enhance the listening experience for Jazz and sports fans.”

Smith Entertainment Group acquired The Zone after purchasing the Utah Jazz earlier this year. The sale of the radio station was completed in May.

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Ariel Epstein Leaving SportsGrid

“I am forever grateful for what this network has done for me,” she wrote in a note to her followers.

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Ariel Epstein announced via Twitter that her time at SportsGrid is coming to an end. She will host the Thursday edition of her show The Morning After and that will be her final assignment for the company.

“I am forever grateful for what this network has done for me,” she wrote in a note to her followers.

She described finding the network and connecting with its President, Lou Maione, via LinkedIn. Epstein admitted that she thought SportsGrid seemed “sketchy” at first, but after her first audition she knew that it could be a dream come true for her.

During her time at SportsGrid, Epstein hosted Pro Football Today on Sundays during the NFL season. She moved to the network’s morning show The Morning After which included the addition of a popular segment,Til Bet Do Us Part.

Ariel has already lined up her next gig. She did not say specifically what it is, but noted that she’s excited to make that announcement soon.

“For now, I just want to say thank you to SG & all our viewers/listeners. You guys are the best. TIL BET DO US PART!!!” her message concluded.

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