ESPN Radio may be in for another change. The lineup has undergone a series of shuffles in the last 12 months. Another one may be coming to morning drive.
Outkick’s Bobby Burack reports that ESPN has had discussions about moving Zubin Mehenti off of Keyshawn, JWill, and Zubin. He has been absent from the network’s morning drive show a lot lately to focus on his health. Zubin Mehenti recently learned he has diabetes.
Burack speculates that moving back to SportsCenter could be a more manageable for both Mehenti and ESPN.
The network declined comment, but Alan Hahn is expected to get serious consideration for the role on a full time basis. He has filled in for Zubin Mehenti fairly regularly lately. If that is the move, it would leave a second hole to be filled. The network would have to pivot its search to a new partner for Bart Scott in the 12-2 pm time slot.
1300 The Buzz Drops Sports Talk
“Conservative talk can now be heard on 1300 AM.”
Tulsa has been a very busy market in terms of sports radio news recently. It was good news two weeks ago when Griffin Communications announced the debut of The Blitz 1170. The news is worse today as iHeartMedia has decided to get out of the sports radio competition in the market.
Conservative talk can now be heard on 1300 AM. What was once The Buzz has been rebranded as The Patriot.
The Patriot offers all syndicated programming including Glenn Beck, Clay Travis and Buck Sexton, and the Joe Pags Show. Lee Mathews’s show from sister station KTOK in Oklahoma City airs on The Patriot from 5 until 7 pm.
“We are really excited to launch this new format in Tulsa and deliver compelling conservative content to our very active audience,” said iHeartMedia Oklahoma Area President Jon Phillips in a press release. “Having Lee Mathews anchor the 5-7 p.m. slot will be a great addition, as he is closely aligned with everything that happens at the capital in Oklahoma City.”
710 ESPN Seattle Extends Deal With Mariners
“As part of the new deal, the station will launch new programming around the team’s games. Those shows and features will debut with a new season.”
The Seattle Mariners have signed a multi-year extension with 710 ESPN Seattle, which is set to begin next season. The team and the station have been in business together for 32 years and that isn’t coming to an end any time soon.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Bonneville to bring Mariners baseball to our fans throughout the region,” Kevin Martinez, the team’s SVP for Marketing & Communications, said. “Bonneville’s commitment to developing innovative content will result in a wide array of new programs across all dayparts as well as their digital platforms. Fans will be able to listen to more Mariners programming than ever before.”
As part of the new deal, the station will launch new programming around the team’s games. Those shows and features will debut with a new season.
“Continuing our long-standing broadcast partnership with the Seattle Mariners is phenomenal” said Bonneville’s Seattle Market Manager Cathy Cangiano added. “At Bonneville, we are committed to delivering high-quality, innovative and entertaining local content to our audiences and this extension aligns with our vision and goals. We appreciate the Mariners’ confidence and have already begun working together to expand our weekly coverage of this exciting team.”
Danny O’Neil Joins Mitch Levy’s Podcast As Contributor
“O’Neill recently lost his radio timeslot on 710 ESPN in Seattle and didn’t take long to find a new home for his takes and banter.”
Danny O’Neill is working with another former-Seattle sports radio host. O’Neill is joining the Mitch Unfiltered podcast with Mitch Levy.
Levy had O’Neill on his show and convinced him to join the crew.
“I committed to doing this, and I didn’t weasel out,” O’Neill said on the show. “You thought I was starting to weasel, and if I say I’m gonna do something, I’ll do it, and honestly, let me think about it, but that is interesting. If I do it, there is only one way… If the Danny O’Neill Index is included, because for years there was a point where I really wanted to use that.
O’Neill recently lost his radio time slot on 710 ESPN in Seattle and didn’t wait long to find a new home for his takes and banter. He is joining Levy every Thursday on his show. Levy hosted morning drive on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle for over 20 years, beginning in 1996.
Levy expanded on the most stressful aspects of that time in his career on the podcast website.
“No question – the challenge of coming up with 4 hours of material 5 days a week,” Levy said. “There is no worse feeling than being empty at 10 p.m. on a weeknight with the alarm set to sound in 6 hours.”
Levy also expanded on why the sports talk radio medium means so much to him as he transitions into the podcasting world.
“All you need is for a listener to approach you and express gratitude for entertaining him every morning while he drove his child for cancer treatments,” Levy said. “The show carries different meaning to all sorts of people who are experiencing life’s tough stretches. So, when the light went on, I never took that fact for granted.”
Fans can support the new venture that includes appearances from Peter King, Jason La Canfora, and Randy Mueller at mitchunfiltered.com.