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Chris Carlin Launching Night Show On ESPN New York

“Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.”

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Four months after being let go by WFAN, Chris Carlin is returning to the New York sports radio scene. 

While filling in on ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show Tuesday afternoon, Carlin announced he’s officially joining the station as their weeknight host beginning Jan. 2, 2020. 

Carlin was paired with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott on Entercom’s WFAN two years ago to replace Mike Francesa in afternoon drive. When Francesa abruptly returned four months after his departure, Carlin, Maggie and Bart were squeezed into the station’s 1 – 3pm timeslot.

As WFAN began preparing for Francesa to leave afternoon drive for a second time in two years, the station let Carlin go prior to the start of the fall ratings book. The former Mike and the Mad Dog producer and longtime New York sports radio personality will now join ESPN New York in a full-time capacity.

Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.

With Stephen A. Smith departing his nationally syndicated 1 – 3pm show, ESPN New York will fill the void with local content featuring Hahn. The station has not officially announced the new 1 – 3pm show, but while welcoming Chris Carlin to the station via Twitter, Michael Kay also confirmed Hahn’s move to early afternoons.

https://twitter.com/RealMichaelKay/status/1207091673026707456

The addition of Carlin and shift of Hahn were both previously reported by The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand. Marchand also stated Carlin’s old radio partner, Bart Scott is departing Entercom and WFAN for ESPN New York where he’ll join Hahn daily from 1 – 3pm in 2020. 

Scott is still under contract with Entercom through the end of the year and remains on WFAN’s schedule for two days this week, Dec 18 – 19. ESPN can’t announce Scott will be joining the station until he’s no longer with Entercom, but Hahn not so subtly confirmed the former Jets’ linebacker will be his new co-host.

https://twitter.com/alanhahn/status/1207088837698166785

While ESPN New York has caught WFAN in the ratings race during afternoon drive, they’ll now attempt to do the same with their other weekday shows. Beginning next month, ESPN New York will now be local from 10am – midnight.

10am – 1pm – Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg
  1pm – 3pm – Alan Hahn and Bart Scott
  3pm – 7pm – The Michael Kay Show
  7pm – 10pm – Chris Carlin

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iHeartMedia Extends with Pittsburgh Steelers Through 2028 Season

“We teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

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iHeartMedia Pittsburgh announced an extension of their audio partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will now include the newly established “Steelers Audio Network” through 2028.

The “Steelers Audio Network” will offer a wide range of content, including game day broadcasts, additional shows, digital audio, podcasts, and social media posts. Fans can access the “Steelers Audio Network” and its programming throughout the year on various platforms such as 102.5 WDVE, Fox Sports Pittsburgh (970AM), the Steelers mobile app, the iHeartRadio mobile app, as well as on the team and station’s websites.

Additionally, 102.5 WDVE will continue to be the home of the Steelers game broadcasts, as they have done since 1999.

“We are excited to announce the continuation of our long-standing partnership with iHeart Media and our flagship station, 102.5 WDVE,” said Ryan Huzjak, Steelers Vice President of Sales and Marketing in a release. “We’ve teamed up with iHeart to build a new platform that allows Steelers Nation to connect with the team – where they want and on their terms.”

“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartSports. “Our renewed agreement, now known as ‘Steelers Audio Network’ encompasses a comprehensive range of audio offerings, delivering an exceptional listening experience for Steelers fans. Additionally, we’re excited to provide promotional support and further brand awareness across all six iHeartMedia Pittsburgh stations and digital sites. Our longstanding partnership continues to thrive, and we look forward to celebrating many more victories together!”

“iHeartMedia Pittsburgh and the Steelers have had a longstanding partnership,” said Tim McAleer, Market President, iHeartMedia Pittsburgh. “We are thrilled to continue to give Steelers fans access to Steelers audio broadcasts and unique Steelers programing content for years to come.”

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Nick Cattles To Fill In on 98.5 The Sports Hub

“No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

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Nick Cattles, who was last heard on the air at the end of June 2023 at Sactown Sports 1140 in Sacramento and has been hosting podcasts, will get a chance to fill in Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston. Cattles posted about the assignment on his LinkedIn account.

“The wait is over,” he wrote. “It’s been almost a year since the last time I walked into a radio studio. I’m back. This Monday morning from 6a-10am, you can listen to myself, Ryan Johnston, and Kendra Middleton on 98-5 The Sports Hub. No future guarantees, but it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to get back to do what I love to do.”

Cattles was part of the Cattles and Ramie show in Sacramento and upon leaving said, “It’s just, we love our family more. Since moving to Cali, we’ve had to overcome a lot personally. Those challenges have been amplified the last two months. It’s no longer tolerable to be 3,000 miles away. Once we settle the home situation, we’re heading back.” He had started with Sactown Sports in 2021 and also had the program director title for a period of time.

Cattles worked at The Sports Hub from in 2017 and 2018, taking part in The Adam Jones Show in the evenings and hosting on the weekends. Cattles had other stints in Boston, Virginia and with ESPN Radio.

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Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael Celebrate 5 Years Together on 92.9 The Game

“To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.”

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It was a milestone week for Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael, hosts of 92.9 The Game’s The Midday Show with Andy & Randy in Atlanta. It was this week five years ago they permanently took over the midday slot replacing John Michaels and Rick Kamla who had been released earlier that year.

The show celebrated on remote at a party with several listeners, friends and family members and spent time talking about their time together. “People listening right now, thank you, we appreciate that,” said Bunker. “We wouldn’t be doing this if you weren’t listening and if you hadn’t been listening the last five years…Making it five years on a radio show is not normal. I know it seems normal at 92.9 because we are a radio station that has a lot of stability. Dukes and Bell have been on for 10 years. The morning show that’s on right now is doing great, and the show before them was on for a lot of years.”

Bunker later added, “To make it five years, we are proud of it because in the grand scheme of things in radio it is unusual.” McMichael replied, “It has been a fun five years.”

Bunker had been hosting the evening show for three years prior to partnering with McMichael, and had previously been in sports radio in Seattle, Portland and Boston. McMichael had been with the station for about four years at the time, after an 11-year career in the NFL. Prior to that he was a three-year letterman at the University of Georgia.

The show amassed an 8.3 share for the most recent quarter, retaining their fourth place ranking it had in the fall. The show airs from 11a-2p EST.

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