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KNBR Program Director Jeremiah Crowe To Exit in Mid-July

“KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe informed his staff on Monday that he’ll be leaving the station in mid-July. Crowe and his family are moving to Las Vegas.”

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After enjoying five great years with San Francisco’s sports radio ratings king KNBR, Jeremiah Crowe is ready for a new adventure. The sports leader’s program director informed his staff on Monday that he’ll be leaving the station in mid-July. Crowe and his family are moving to Las Vegas, creating a PD vacancy that should become one of the crown jewel programming opportunities in sports radio.

Crowe joined KNBR’s programming team in May 2016. He initially ran KNBR 1050 and served as KNBR 680’s Assistant Program Director before being elevated to the top job in July 2016. Prior to joining KNBR, Crowe spent four years as the Assistant Program Director for KNBR’s local competitor 95.7 The Game. He was recognized as the 7th best PD in the format in BSM’s Top 20 of 2020.

“After five successful years at Cumulus San Francisco, I’ve decided to move on from my post as KNBR’s Program Director,” said Crowe. “I’d like to thank Dave Milner, Bruce Gilbert, Justin Wittmayer and Larry Blumhagen for their support in entrusting me to lead one of the most prestigious and dominant brands in sports radio history. The privilege of working alongside the best staff in all of radio while experiencing the Bay Area’s rich culture has truly been the experience of a lifetime. I’ll always cherish the deep friendships made around The Sports Leader’s studios, and plan to visit often. Our family looks ahead to our next chapter in Las Vegas, ground-zero for the ever-expanding sports betting industry.”

After accomplishing everything he hoped to in the Bay Area, Crowe has his sights set on making an impact in the sports betting space. The category is one which Crowe is both experienced in and passionate about. He told BSM he’ll begin exploring his professional options once he settles into his new Las Vegas residence. With nearly a decade of programming experience in a top five market, and another ten years spent previously working on the national circuit for ESPN Radio, Crowe should have no problem finding suitors for his services.

Sports radio this year has seen a number of programming changes at top markets and stations. Spike Eskin is leaving WIP in Philadelphia to lead WFAN in New York. Eskin’s exit leaves WIP searching for a new PD, a situation that WEEI in Boston is also going thru. With Crowe leaving KNBR, Cumulus SVP of Sports Bruce Gilbert and new GM Larry Blumhagen immediately begin scouring the nation for the right person to guide the sports leader to future wins. With a strong FM/AM signal, the San Francisco Giants and 49ers play by play rights and a talented staff in place, the next programmer chosen to lead KNBR is stepping into a great situation.

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WynnBET, Cumulus Announce Partnership

“WynnBET will hold multiple studio sponsorships for Cumulus’s local clusters. Hosts in those markets will also be providing live endorsements.”

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WynnBET is now one of Cumulus’s largest marketing and advertising partners. The two companies announced a deal today that will give the mobile betting app a major presence on Westwood One sports programming and on the Jim Rome Show.

Local stations will see the benefits as well. WynnBET will hold multiple studio sponsorships for Cumulus’s local clusters. Hosts in those markets will also be providing live endorsements. Messaging supporting the app will also be a part of digital products, including podcasts, station streams, and social media.

Cumulus Media’s unique advanced targeting technology allows WynnBET to customize multiple brand messages and deliver tailored content to different markets and demographics across hundreds of radio stations.  

“With Wynn’s focus on exceptional quality and high-touch customer experiences, we believe WynnBET will be a leader among the sports betting apps, and we are excited to deploy our unique assets to grow its business,” Cumulus Media CEO Mary G. Berner said in a press release. “The sports betting market is now the fastest growing advertising category, and this innovative partnership solidifies Cumulus’s position in this exciting arena.”

The deal will also see Cumulus create original, WynnBET branded content.

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Pat McAfee: ‘People Attacking Simone Biles Are Insane’

Pat McAfee was effusive in his praise for Olympic gymnast Simone Biles who recently withdrew from an event.

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Olympic phenom Simone Biles was the talk of the Olympics for the American side coming into this year’s games. She has also become the largest story so far after bowing out of the team competition, citing her mental health. This has drummed up significant conversation on social media and sports radio. Most of the feedback has been supportive of Biles, but plenty of detractors questioned the 4-time gold medalist’s and 19-time world champion’s mental toughness. Pat McAfee took to his SiriusXM show to loudly object to those talking points.

“People attacking her for that is insane to me,” McAfee said. “She was going through something and said I’m not going to be the reason that these Olympic dreams are f***** completely.”

McAfee knows first-hand what it is like to compete at the highest level, having punted for the Indianapolis Colts before getting into a meteoric podcasting career. The Pittsburgh-native has been quite vocal on Twitter in support of Biles, with numerous clips from the show also echoing that sentiment.

“We need her to remember that she is Simone f****** Biles,” he said. “She’s conquered more than anybody else in this sport. She’s been through adversity in the past and stood on the other side victorious, and she’ll do it again.”

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680 WPTF Becomes New Tar Heels Flagship

UNC Tar Heel football and men’s basketball will move from iHEARTMEDIA’s WTKK to Curtis Media Group’s WPTF.

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are beginning a new era with their basketball program following the retirement of Roy Williams giving way to his successor Hubert Davis. The football program is experiencing a bit of a resurgence by going back to a coach of old as Mack Brown has injected new life into the program in his second stint in Chapel Hill. Both programs will now have their games heard locally in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill market on WPTF moving forward, per a release from the station.

“As the largest privately owned radio group in North Carolina, we understand the power of the Carolina brand,’’ said Curtis Media Group President and COO Trip Savery. “We are very pleased to welcome Carolina alumni and fans to listen to Tar Heel football and basketball on WPTF this fall.”

Tar Heel games could previously be heard on iHeartMedia’s WTKK. The new deal comes from an agreement with Learfield and will see Jones Angell transition over to continue calling UNC action.

“We are excited about this partnership with Curtis Media Group, which will help us tell the great stories of Carolina athletics in the Triangle area and across the state,’’ said UNC Associate Athletic Director for External Communications Robbi Pickeral Evans. “We know that Carolina fans are excited about the year to come, and Curtis Media’s wide reach will help us connect and stay connected with our supporters.”

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