Entercom is entering into a content distribution partnership with The Action Network. The agreement between the two companies will give the Action Network an opportunity to expose their talent and content to listeners on RADIO.COM Sports, and across 35 all-sports stations under the Entercom umbrella.
“We are committed to make RADIO.COM Sports and our local broadcast stations the #1 destination for fans to access the very best sports betting information available,” said Mike Dee, President of Sports, Entercom. “Nobody is better at informing the sports bettor in this fast-growing space than The Action Network. This partnership serves to align their personalities and best-in-class platform with the massive scale of our broadcast portfolio as well as our new highly targeted sports betting digital programming. The Action Network’s contributions to further enhance our You Better You Bet daily podcast will now take that show to the next level as the premier digital audio destination for sports betting enthusiasts.”
“We are thrilled to bring our extensive offering of dynamic sports betting and fantasy content to this partnership,” said Patrick Keane, CEO, The Action Network. “We believe in audio as a vehicle for fueling the growth of our brands and products. Entercom offered the unique blend of massive reach broadcast distribution combined with the expertise and track record in digital we believe will enable us to amplify what we do and reach more sports betting consumers who will ultimately become future Action Network subscribers.”
The new partnership will include the introduction of a new feature “The Action Network Daily Flash” during afternoon drive shows on RADIO.COM sports stations. The short feature will provide updates on the evening’s betting odds. Reports will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the regular season by hosts of You Better You Bet.
Additionally, weekly versions of “The Action Network Flashes” will be included within the streams of broadcast sports stations Wednesdays through Saturdays to lead into the weekend games. High-profile contributors from The Action Network will also appear on RADIO.com sports stations on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the season to discuss sports betting headlines and the latest betting lines for the upcoming weekend’s games.
The Action Network will also become a prominent content contributor within the RADIO.COM Sports Digital Network. Action Network personalities Stuckey and Collin Wilson will serve as weekly co-hosts of the You Better You Bet live show on Thursdays, producing a standalone college football podcast from 5p to 6:30p ET. The Sunday edition of You Better You Bet will include a branded hour “The Action Network – Countdown to Kickoff” from 12p to 1p ET, featuring Chad Millman and veteran bookmaker Bob Scucci.
As part of the partnership, RADIO.COM will also become a distribution partner for The Action Network’s podcasts, including The Action Network Podcast and The Favorites.
Jason Martin Exits 104.5 The Zone
According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from 104.5 The Zone’s morning show.
According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone morning show.
The station website now shows Ramon Foster as the sole host from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, while Twitter users claim the station’s Buck Reising said Martin is no longer with the station.
The morning show’s former Twitter handle @JMartAndRamon no longer exists, being replaced by @RamonAndWill, appearing to pair Ramon Foster with producer Will Boling.
Martin joined 104. The Zone’s morning show in August of 2020, and agreed to a multi-year contract in September of that year.
This is a developing story. More information will be added when available.
Portland Trail Blazers TV, Radio Broadcasts To Call Away Games Remotely
Rip City Radio 620’s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.
Portland Trail Blazers broadcasters will have a different vantage point for away games during the 2022-2023 season.
Rip City Radio 620‘s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.
“They will not be sending radio or television on the road with their team,” Jaynes said. “Also, what I’ve heard and I’ve tried to check this out, I have not found any other team in the league that’s doing this.”
On Twitter, a user asked Jaynes if potentially the broadcast crew asked to not travel, which Jaynes said did not happen while noting the broadcasters will “enjoy more time at home”.
Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd make up the Trail Blazers television crew on ROOT Sports, while Travis Demers serves as the radio play-by-play announcer. Rip City Radio 620 is the flagship of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.
97.5 ESPN Hosts Want Ian Eagle to Broadcast Deshaun Watson’s Return to Houston
“Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn? I don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely. I don’t want Tom McCarthy and Tiki Barber.”
The news of Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s 11-game suspension was the story of the day in sports talk radio on Thursday, and for good reason.
Watson will be eligible to return to the Browns in Week 13 following the team’s bye week. It just so happens that Cleveland is scheduled to play at Watson’s former team, the Houston Texans, in Week 13.
Call it fate, or call it a calculated move by the NFL. ESPN Houston host Brad Kellner said on The Wheelhouse on Thursday that the league knew what they were doing when they landed on an 11-game suspension for Watson.
“This is the umpteenth time that the NFL has made a decision for money and ratings,” Kellner said. “This is what they do. It’s why they’re king. Of course they’re opening themselves up to criticism. But oh my god, that game, the ticket sales and the TV ratings? It’s gonna be maybe the most-watched NFL game the entire year.”
With it being an AFC matchup, CBS will likely carry coverage of the much anticipated contest. Host Cody Stoots said those tuning in to watch everything unfold on television shouldn’t expect the network to shuffle the assignment deck and have its top broadcast team on the call.
“From a TV perspective, you’re not gonna get Nantz and Romo and Tracy Wolfson,” Stoots said. “They’re gonna do the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cincinnati Bengals that week, just looking at the schedule. But you gotta get the number two team to the Texans/Browns, though. Ian Eagle, Charles Davis and Evan Washburn? I don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely. I don’t want Tom McCarthy and Tiki Barber.”
Stoots, Kellner and Jake Asman both tossed around the idea of the game being flexed to NBC for Sunday night, but Kellner said the game will likely stay where it is on the schedule.
“They might just leave it at noon to try to minimize the headlines, even though they could’ve done that a lot better by giving him a full season suspension,” Kellner said.
Stoots added that having the game kick off at noon local time would probably be the smartest thing for the league to do in an effort to downplay Watson’s return. But the broadcast crew calling the game won’t be the bottom of the barrel either.
“They’re gonna act like it’s not a big deal, and you shouldn’t be focusing on this game, and then all of a sudden Ian Eagle is going to call his first Texans game all season, because they don’t want Spero Dedes and Jay Feely breaking it down,” Stoots said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.