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VSiN Exiting SiriusXM To Pursue Broader Audiences on Free Audio Platforms

“VSiN’s free audio programming will become available starting January 1st. Their partnership with SiriusXM will end on December 31st.”

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VSiN has its sights set on expanding its national footprint by distributing their content on free audio platforms. To do so, the sports betting content company will soon be leaving SiriusXM, with additional announcements to come regarding the network’s terrestrial plans.

Since arriving on the scene in 2017, VSiN has produced high quality sports betting audio, video and written content. The company has hired a number of top personalities including Brent Musburger, Mike Lombardi, Mitch Moss, Pauly Howard, and Mike Pritchard, just to name a few. The network has partnered with groups such as SiriusXM, MSG, NESN, Marquee Sports Network, Rogers SportsNet, the English Premier League and iHeartMedia, as well as many of America’s sports radio stations as a result of producing daily Action Updates.

But to increase its audience and path to larger revenues in legalized sports betting states, a bold move had to be made. VSiN made the difficult decision to leave satellite radio, and is now focused on ramping up their podcasting and “betcasting” efforts, while also gearing up for terrestrial expansion.

VSiN’s free audio programming will become available starting January 1st. Their partnership with SiriusXM will end on December 31st. The two companies have been partners since February 2017, 18 months before the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing states to legalize sports betting.

“We’re ready to take things to the next level and are close to announcing a deal that will even further expand that reach by making VSiN available to significantly more people and on more devices for free, across the globe” said VSiN founder and CEO Brian Musburger in an internal memo. “Additional reach on more devices will also mitigate some of the new challenges brought by the pandemic, specifically the fact that more and more people are listening from home instead of during their daily commutes to and from work.”

SiriusXM was an important part of VSiN’s launch. Musburger said he appreciates the company offering his brand a platform when it was the first and only network dedicated to sports betting. The exposure on SiriusXM helped VSiN ignite its exponential growth over the past nearly 4 years, but now the company must expand its offerings in order to reach the next phase of its growth. 

With sports betting now legal in 22 states, and others expected to follow suit, VSiN is well positioned to attract interest from radio operators across the country. Currently, the network distributes seven podcasts through the iHeartRadio platform. Expect more news on the company’s expansion plans in the near future.

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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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