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Entercom Stations To Air Mental Health Special

“NFL players, Solomon Thomas and Chris Hubbard will join a group of athletes, musicians and celebrities to share personal stories about mental health while participating in Sunday’s show.”

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On Sunday, September 8th at 7am, Entercom radio stations nationwide will air a two-hour live, commercial-free broadcast to raise awareness for mental health and signal the beginning of National Suicide Prevention Week.  Titled I’m Listening, the two-hour Sunday morning special will be heard on more than 235 radio stations and live-streamed on RADIO.com.

“Mental health and suicide prevention are year-round initiatives at Entercom and we are doing our part to end the stigma by encouraging people to talk,” Chief Programming Officer of Entercom, Pat Paxton said in the press release.  “Like millions of others, my family has been impacted by mental health issues and the effect it has on friends and families is devastating  ‘I’m listening’ is when our cast network of radio stations and digital platforms unite on the same day, at the same time, to ultimately save lives.  If we help just one person, our time will have been well spent.”

NFL players, Solomon Thomas and Chris Hubbard will join a group of athletes, musicians and celebrities to share personal stories about mental health while participating in Sunday’s show.  

“We’re afraid to say that something’s going on,” Cleveland Browns offensive tackle Chris Hubbard said.  “You’re afraid of what they might say behind closed doors.  You’re afraid of what other people might say. Those are some of the things that you worry about and go through in your head,” Hubbard explains of the hurdles he’s faced. “I’ve dealt with those things, but it’s time to save other people as well.”

Mental illness affects people in all walks of life, being prominent in sports, both on the field and in the broadcast booth.  Last year, Entercom sports broadcaster, Josh Lewin launched a website to assist people dealing with depression and anxiety, OkayTogether.com.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 50 percent of people in the US will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point during their life.  

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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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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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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