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ESPN 1000 Giving Away $50,000 Ad Campaign To Local Business

The station helped Breaking Bread Catering and Deli survive the pandemic last year.

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Courtesy: ESPN Chicago

2021 is turning into a charitable summer for ESPN 1000 in Chicago. The station announced another edition of their “Supporting Small Business” campaign this year after helping Breaking Bread Catering and Deli survive the pandemic through last year’s program.

To receive the $50,000 advertising campaign on ESPN 1000, area small business owners must complete a form on the Good Karma Brands website along with a 300 word or less explanation as to why their business should win. 

The contest is open to businesses who meet the following criteria: 30 or fewer full-time employees, annual revenue of fewer than five million dollars, located in Illinois, SE Wisconsin, NW Indiana, or the Quad Cities and has been in business for at least two years.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with First Midwest Bank to help a local small business see success,” ESPN 1000 market manager Mike Thomas said. “Supporting local businesses in our community is central to both ESPN 1000 and First Midwest Bank, and this is a great way for us to introduce the passionate sports fans in our area to a small business.” 

The campaign figures to keep another local business from going under after the pandemic walloped that sector of the economy over the past 18 months.

“This past year has reminded us of the importance of small businesses and the role they play in creating employment opportunities and momentum for economic growth in their local neighborhoods and across Chicago,” said First Midwest Bank Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Jim Stadler. “We are proud to partner with ESPN Chicago for the second year to bring valuable and well-deserved public exposure to these important businesses.”

The announcement comes weeks after host David Kaplan confirmed a 24-mile walk alongside the CEO of Bernie’s Book Bank, Darrin Utynek, raising awareness and donations for Bernie’s Book Bank. Those festivities are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 23, throughout the city of Chicago. To find out more information on the “Supporting Small Business” campaign click here.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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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 ESPN.

“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.

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