Beginning next week, WFAN’s Mike Francesa is gaining a half hour of terrestrial airtime, but losing a full hour of exclusive digital space.
With the news of Francesa increasing his daily WFAN segment by 30 minutes, Neil Best of Newsday reports the 5 – 6 pm RADIO.COM exclusive portion of his show will be put on hiatus for now. The Sports Pope will host weekdays on FAN from 6 – 7 pm, an hour that will be simulcast by RADIO.COM.
When Francesa left his afternoon drive post in December for a reduced schedule of one digital hour on RADIO.COM, followed by 6 – 6:30pm on WFAN, his half hour show was expected to serve as a lead-in for Yankees pregame. With COVID-19 forcing a sports hiatus, there’s room in the lineup to increase his WFAN show, but if MLB returns in July, Francesa will likely have to give up the 6:30 – 7pm half hour in favor of Yankees pregame. Whether or not he’ll return to a RADIO.COM exclusive at that time remains to be seen.
According to Best, Francesa told the station he preferred to start his show on WFAN. Beginning his daily show on terrestrial radio will allow for his opening monologue to be heard on WFAN. Since January, Francesa is already two-thirds of the way through his daily show when beginning his WFAN segment, which encompasses most of his audience.
Some of his strongest opinions came during the RADIO.COM portion of his show in recent months, including when he chastised President Trump’s handling of COVID-19 seven weeks ago. The rant went viral, garnering close to three million views, but much of his WFAN audience heard it for the first time after Francesa was already off-air.
For the RADIO.COM Sports Digital Network which launched last summer, the lineup has now mostly dissipated. The morning show Home and Home with Ross Tucker and Dave Briggs ended in February, Scals and Pals’ most recent show was April 2, You Better You Bet has been off-air since April 29, and Francesa’s 5pm hour will now be on hiatus. That leaves Swings and Mrs. with Jennifer and Cody Decker, who continue to produce shows each Monday and Friday, with the most recent being May 18.
Obviously the recent COVID-19 induced sports stoppage has negatively impacted the entire industry, but Entercom has not announced new plans for the less than year old digital sports network.
Clay Travis & Todd Fuhrman Launch Get Rich, Kids Podcast
”You’ll always be in good hands. I’m the greatest gambler who’s ever lived.”
Outkick has announced a new gambling podcast. Every Monday and Thursday at 5pm EST, Clay Travis and Todd Fuhrman will be sharing their best bets for the upcoming College Football and NFL week ahead.
This show, called Get Rich, Kids, should come as no surprise to viewers. Clay Travis used the introduction to the debut show to remind his followers that he is no stranger to sports betting. Travis is a panelist on Fox Bet Live and has worked with Fuhrman, who is a frequent guest on the FS1 show for a long time.
Get Rich, Kids! aired for the first time on YouTube Thursday, with much of the discussion being on the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Giants and Washington.
Travis, one of the early adopters of sports gambling content in the mainstream media, added this in the latest promo video for the new show ”You’ll always be in good hands. I’m the greatest gambler who’s ever lived.”
Uncle Chaps Signs Extension With Barstool
“The Marine worked as a bomb-sniffing K9 handler during the Iraq War.”
Matthew Mitchell is signing with Barstool Sports for the next four years. More commonly known by his nickname, Uncle Chaps, Mitchell extended his current deal with the company on Thursday.
The comedic voice is an Iraq War veteran who has hosted podcasts and blogged for the company since 2016.
“Personal News: signed a 4-year contract extension with Barstool this morning. Glad to continue working at a place that allows me to be me without reservation. Viva.” Chaps tweeted on Thursday.
The host makes appearances on Pardon My Take from time to time and is also the host of Zero Blog Thirty and The Podfathers. The Marine worked as a bomb-sniffing K9 handler during the war. He fought in over 40 gunfights and carried out over 100 raids before being medically discharged after being shot in the arm.
Uncle Chaps received a Purple Heart Medal for his bravery and landed his dream job at Barstool.
“I first started reading Barstool when I was at Marine Corps Base Quantico about 7 years ago,” Chaps wrote in his debut article for Barstool five years ago. “So I’m f*cking amped to be writing here now. Despite what this first post makes it seem like, I’m not here to be the token military barstool bro. That’s the last thing I want, and I’m sure it’s the last thing the readers want as well.”
His first day at Barstool just happened to coincide with his “Alive Day.”
“Alive Days, in some circles, are celebrated more than birthdays,” Chaps wrote in his initial blog. “Alive Days are the days when people who were wounded in combat celebrate being, well, alive. For me, that day is July 31st.”
Barstool hired Uncle Chaps around the same time they moved headquarters from Boston to NYC and now he is staying around for another extended stretch.
LeBron James Creating Exclusive Content For Clubhouse
“Clubhouse users had to be either invited or pushed through a waitlist up until last month when the app became available to everyone.”
SpringHill is rolling out various shows and rooms on the platform aimed at elevating the conversations happening in and around sports.
“Clubhouse and SpringHill share a focus on empowering creators and celebrating culturally relevant moments,” says Sean Brown, Head of Sports at Clubhouse. “I’m proud to welcome SpringHill to the Clubhouse family and partner with them to bring their distinct perspectives on sports culture and inspiring conversations to the global community at Clubhouse.”
Clubhouse is a live audio app that allows users to create “rooms” and discuss topics with interested users. The platform is similar to Twitter Spaces and Spotify’s GreenRoom, which used to be a sports-focused version of this platform and has expanded to all topics.
The project begins on Thursday, Sept. 16, when UNINTERRUPTED’s Certified Buckets show hosts a live room previewing the 2021-22 NBA season. Next up is a show on Monday, Sept. 20, focusing on the evolution of black quarterbacks from a varied group of former black quarterbacks.
The Monday and Thursday show schedule picks back up with a discussion on new music releases everyone is talking about with a roundtable of hip-hop minds. They also have other shows planned diving into “Everything You Need to Know About NCAA NIL” and “Life Begins When The Game Ends,” diving into how athletes transition from life in the pros to life as a civilian.
Clubhouse users had to be either invited or pushed through a waitlist up until last month when the app became available to everyone. Now, they have inked a deal with two of the most influential NBA voices in James and Maverick Carter.
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