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1620 The Zone Announces Morning and Midday Show Changes

“Mike’l Severe returns after a five-year absence to join the morning show. Gary Sharp takes over the midday slot vacated by Nick Bahe.”

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1620 The Zone in Omaha is making changes to its weekday lineup. The moves which go into effect on Thursday August 15th will bring a change to morning drive and middays.

The Zone is welcoming back Mike’l Severe after a five-year absence. Severe will join long-time morning co-host Damon Benning to create “Severe and Benning in the Morning” from 6a-10a weekdays. Severe had recently hosted “The Bottom Line”, heard on the website of the Omaha World-Herald and KXSP-AM.

“Benning and Severe will offers listeners a new blend of morning sports radio” said NRG Omaha Market Manager Mark Shecterle. “Benning, a former Nebraska football national champion, and Severe, a well-known local TV and radio sports personality, will be able to give listeners an intense focus on Nebraska Football, UNO and Creighton Athletics and all other local sports. We are excited to bring back Mike’l Severe to the NRG family”.

The change in mornings opens the door for former morning show co-host and “Broadcaster of the Year” Gary Sharp to take over the mid-day slot recently vacated by Nick Bahe. “The Gary Sharp Show” will air 10a-2p weekdays, giving Sharp an opportunity to fully exhibit his expertise in sports analysis and his legendary interviewing skills, Shecterle said.  Shecterle added, “Gary has deserved his own show for a while and we are thrilled that he will be anchoring our mid-day slot. By moving to mid-days, we truly believe we have a sports-talk line-up second to none”.

“Unsportsmanlike Conduct” with John Bishop and Josh Peterson, remains in afternoons unaffected. The program will continue airing weekdays from 2p-6p. In addition, KOZN’s Nebraska football post game show, “Big Red Over Reaction”, which airs immediately after the conclusion of each Nebraska game, will now simulcast on sister station KOOO 101.9 The Keg.

With The Zone starting its 20th year, Shecterle said the changes will put everything in place for continued success in ratings and revenue.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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