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Boomer & Gio Sign Extensions At WFAN

“Since taking over for Don Imus in 2007, Boomer Esiason has been a force in morning drive, partnering first with Craig Carton and now with Giannotti.”

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Spike Eskin may have some programming moves in mind as he prepares to take the reigns at WFAN, but mornings isn’t something he has to worry about. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti have new deals that will keep them with the Audacy station through 2023.

The move is no surprise. Since taking over for Don Imus in 2007, Boomer Esiason has been a force in morning drive, partnering first with Craig Carton and now with Giannotti. Boomer and Gio topped the New York ratings in the most recent book.

Marchand speculates that the extensions are about more than just Boomer and Gio. He notes that while he is 60, there is no reason to believe Boomer Esiason will call it quits anytime soon. Still, “it sets up the idea that Gio will one day be the first name on the show with a to-be-determined partner.”

WFAN is the originator of the sports talk format. No one would argue that it remains one of the most important sports talker in the country. Spike Eskin still had to have some doubts about leaving WIP, a station he has lead for more than a decade, for New York. Walking into a situation where your juggernaut of a morning show is locked into a long term deal and your afternoon show is turning into a juggernaut in its own right is enough to calm anyone’s nerves.

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Colin Dunlap Wants Predictions For Colleague’s First Pitch

“The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA.”

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KDKA morning man Larry Richert is throwing out the first pitch at PNC Park on Thursday. The struggling Pirates will host the Cincinnati Reds for a matinee at 12:35 pm Eastern.

No matter how bad the home team is, it is an honor when representatives ask you to throw out the first pitch. Colin Dunlap recognizes that. The morning show host at 93.7 The Fan celebrated his Audacy co-worker’s honor on Twitter.

Dunlap’s request for predictions on how the pitch would go was met with plenty of jokes. Many were at the Pirates’ expense. Some were based on Pittsburgh sports clichés. There were plenty of well wishes and congratulations fort Richert too.

Larry Richert has been in morning drive on KDKA since 2001 and has been on the air in Pittsburgh, either in TV or on radio, since the 1980s. Despite the news background, his voice is well-known to sports fans. He is the public address announcer at Heinz Field. He also hosts the pregame show for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and began narrating NFL Films in 1985.

The Pirates invited Richert to throw out the first pitch in celebration of his 20th anniversary with KDKA. The station posted a video last week of Richert getting loose and tossing a practice pitch.

If the pitch on Thursday is anything like the one in the video, Colin Dunlap has nothing to worry about. It doesn’t look like Richert is destined for the same low light reel that includes Baba Booey, 50 Cent, and Carly Rae Jepson.

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1300 The Buzz Drops Sports Talk

“Conservative talk can now be heard on 1300 AM.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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