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810 The Spread Debuts In San Francisco

The Cumulus-owned station will air a mix of sports talk and sports betting programming, billing itself as “The Bay’s Best Bet on Sports”.

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After abruptly ending news/talk programming last week, 810 KGO debuted as 810 The Spread Monday.

The Cumulus-owned station will air a mix of sports talk and sports betting programming, billing itself as “The Bay’s Best Bet on Sports”.

“810 The Spread joins our sports brands KNBR 680AM/104.5FM and 1050 KTCT for a trifecta of dynamic sports content across four signals and streaming everywhere,” Cumulus San Francisco Vice President and Market Manager Larry Blumhagen said. “We are excited about this new chapter and look forward to serving the Bay Area’s passionate sports fans in an incomparable way.”

Blumhagen added the decision wasn’t an easy one to end news/talk programming on KGO, which had once been a staple in the Bay Area.

“This is a bittersweet day for us, as it’s hard to say goodbye to the legendary KGO, which has been a part of listeners’ lives for so many years. We want to thank all the people who have been a part of KGO’s historic run these many years – and the listeners who loyally tuned in to the station. Times change, and we must change with them.”   

The weekday lineup of 810 The Spread includes:
6:00 AM-9:00 AM: BetQL Daily
9:00 AM-12:00 PM: The Jim Rome Show
12:00-4:00 PM: You Better You Bet
4:00-8:00 PM: BetMGM Tonight

The station will air CBS Sports Radio programming from 8:00 PM-6:00 AM.

Sports gambling in California is on the ballot this November under Proposition 26 and 27. Proposition 26 would allow in-person sports betting at Native American casinos and horse racing tracks in the state. Proposition 27 would allow online spots betting. According a recent report from The Los Angeles Times, neither measure is expected to pass.

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What Can the iPhone Teach us About the Future of Radio Sales?

“Jobs gave a masterclass in salesmanship. He didn’t just sell a product; he sold a vision of the future.”

Jeff Caves

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Have you ever tried to sell a new show, promotion, or event out of the box? Have you ever done it before a skeptical buyer looking for the negatives in what you are selling? Read on. 

In 2007, smartphones could access the internet, type messages, and still act like a phone. Many of us used Blackberries and carried iPods for music. It was a little clunky, but the combination worked. 

One person thought to change the world forever and combine all this technology into one device. His pitch sold us on ditching multiple devices. He explained why Nokia phones were clunky and hard to hear and the expensive Blackberry had no integrated camera or audio player. It was also horrible for lefties. 

Sixteen years ago, he sold a picture of a world where his smartphone would simplify life and change how we communicated, worked, and played. The audience he was presenting to was in Silicon Valley and was loaded with techies, journalists, industry insiders, and hustlers. He told a compelling story. He didn’t give some lackluster demo. He showed off how sleek the product was, its intuitive touch-based surface, and how easily it could surf the web. He even called a person in the audience and showed off the quality of the phone with an impromptu call. The audience roared with laughter. 

He knew he was getting the audience to invest in the product emotionally. He spoke about how his company had reinvented the phone, emphasizing their commitment to design and innovation. He created a sense of anticipation and excitement that captured the room. As he reached the climax of his presentation, he uttered the now-famous words, “Today, we are going to reinvent the phone.” 

The audience erupted in applause and the anticipation was everywhere in the room. Then, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and the crowd was in awe. 

More than 1 billion consumers currently use iPhones. 

Jobs gave a masterclass in salesmanship. He didn’t just sell a product; he sold a vision of the future. He made people believe they needed something they didn’t even know they wanted. It all started with Jobs’ ability to sell innovation like no one else. If you are still on the fence about selling the future of radio- get on board the digital train. Start selling the future of radio and make money right alongside it. Digital revenue is skyrocketing. Revenues will increase by 6.5% in 2023, 6% in 2024 and over 5% per year from 2025 until 2028. So, for every $10,000 of digital you sold in 2022, you will sell $13,720 in 2028. That’s a 37% jump in 5 years. The future is now! Get on The Energy Bus for Digital Radio sales. Sell the future. 

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Matt Jones Places Kentucky’s 1st Legal Bet on Wildcats to Win NCAA Tournament

“I think it’s going to be great for the state and give us money into the state, rather than giving it over to the other states that are around us.”

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Online sports betting is now officially live in Kentucky, and Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones had the honors of placing one of the first legal wagers in the commonwealth on Thursday.

Jones hosted his show from The Mint Gaming Hall in Williamsburg where he bet $100 on the University of Kentucky winning the 2024 college basketball national championship.

He told WYMT-TV that now that online betting is live, Kentuckians everywhere can get in on the fun of having an added incentive to watch games.

“It’ll be added revenue for the state and it’s something fun for people when they want to watch games outside of just a Kentucky game that they’re interested in,” he said. “And the fact that you can do it from your phone makes it easy.”

Up until Thursday, betting was legal in neighboring states Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Jones added that legal betting in Kentucky keeps that money within state borders.

“I think it’s going to be great for the state and give us money into the state, rather than giving it over to the other states that are around us,” he said.

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Toronto Blue Jays to allow Radio Crew to Travel to Road Playoff Games

“Wagner had been calling road games for the Blue Jays remotely all season.”

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The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t officially back to the postseason yet, but by weekend’s end Toronto will know whether or not they’re headed to either Tampa or Minnesota for the wild card round. When the Jays do hit the road for October baseball, the team’s radio crew will also be making the trip.

The Toronto Sun reported on Thursday that allowing radio play-by-play voice Ben Wagner and analyst Chris Leroux to travel for the best of three series is part of Sportsnet’s all-in approach to the playoffs.

Wagner had been calling road games for the Blue Jays remotely all season. Grounding the radio broadcast crews was originally a measure taken due to COVID restrictions and the U.S./Canada border being closed during the pandemic. The team abandoned radio broadcasts of games in the shortened 2020 season and for more than half the 2021 season.

But since Wagner was brought back, Sportsnet has continued to keep him calling road games from a Toronto-based studio. The company has viewed it as a cost-cutting measure.

The Blue Jays crew isn’t the only one that was held back from road games. Earlier this year the Toronto Maple Leafs radio crew didn’t travel with the team for its first round Stanley Cup playoff series. It wasn’t until a mistake was made in the call of the series-clinching goal that the company decided to send Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph on the road for the second round.

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