With the addition of Spokane’s KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM, FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced on Thursday that the network has reached the 600 affiliate mark for the first time in history.
The addition comes just in time for the NCAA Tournament. KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM is the radio flagship of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are undefeated and ranked #1 in this year’s tournament.
As noted in the release, KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM will air FOX Sports Radio’s 24/7 lineup, including The Herd with Colin Cowherd, The Dan Patrick Show, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis, The Doug Gottlieb Show, The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker, Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon and The Ben Maller Show. “FOX Sports Radio 103.5 The Game” will debut tomorrow, March 19, at 6 a.m. with The Dan Patrick Show.
“As the flagship station for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, we are thrilled to add the wall-to-wall sports coverage provided by FOX Sports Radio,” said Kent Jones, Operations Manager of Stephens Media Group Spokane, Wash. “This is an exciting time for Gonzaga and Spokane. FOX Sports Radio’s amazing lineup of talent with their coverage of the tournament and everything sports allows us to provide the best sports programming for Spokane, both now and throughout the year.”
FSR celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2020 and in the last few months has hit a number of milestones on the digital front. According to FSR, the network experienced double and triple-digit gains across multiple platforms in January and February 2021 with total podcast listens for the FOX Sports Radio Podcast Network growing +66% year-over-year in February, and unique visits to FOXSportsRadio.com increasing by +180% year-over-year. January also marked FSR’s best streaming month in history with +33% year-over-year growth.
“As FOX Sports Radio continues to experience record-setting growth across multiple platforms, we’re excited to partner with the radio home of the #1 team in college basketball,” said Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks and Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio, in a joint statement. “There couldn’t be a better time to collaborate and grow together, while celebrating this historic milestone. We’re proud of the entire FOX Sports Radio team who made this possible, and we appreciate the incredible support of all our partners.”
Kate Constable is a daily news writer for BSM. She has worked on-air and behind the scenes for a number of media outlets including Stadium, NBC Sports Chicago, KAAL and KARE television, and The Daily Iowan. You can find her on Twitter @KateConstable.
ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group
“The programming on the station does not change.”
Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1.
“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”
The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.
“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”
Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.
SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage
“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”
SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.
A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.
Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.
“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.
“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”
ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.
Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.
SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.
BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week
“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”
BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII.
Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.
The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.