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Tiki & Tierney Bid Farewell to Each Other on WFAN

“It was up to you guys to decide whether or not you embraced us and whether or not you trusted us, and you guys did.”

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As the clock moved closer to 2 p.m. EST on Friday, Brandon Tierney and Tiki Barber’s time hosting a sports talk show together was coming to an end. While their time on WFAN may have been ephemeral when comparing it to the run on CBS Sports Radio, it contained some of their best work and gave them a bonafide audience with whom to connect. Both Tierney and Barber wish that their show had made the move to New York radio far earlier in their 12-year hosting run, but cherish the memories they made together during that time.

Entering the final segment of Tiki & Tierney playing “TNT” by AC/DC, a song that has come to be identified with their show, Barber and Tierney engaged with final callers and then said their farewells. Show producer Pete Hoffman received several calls from listeners who wanted to thank him for his work behind the scenes. The contribution he made was not remiss to Tierney and Barber, both of whom took the time to show their appreciation for everything he did.

“You helped streamline us here,” Barber said. “On the national show, we literally did what we wanted to do…. You came and you helped us become more focused as a local show.”

After thanking executive producer Dov Kramer, a WFAN mainstay who has been with the station since its first year in 1987, the midday duo ensured they gave each other best wishes as a new chapter unfolds at the station. Tierney will be remaining in middays and pairing with Sal Licata, while Barber will move to afternoons and join Evan Roberts, sitting in the chair formerly occupied by Craig Carton.

“BT, I’ll be listening to you obviously,” Barber said to Tierney. “I’m going to miss you for sure. I’m going to still seek out advice from you because there’s some still things I don’t know locally, but this has been real dude – it really has.”

When Tierney spoke about how weird it was to be saying goodbye because no one was leaving the station but merely being reassigned, Barber expressed how it did not feel like an end. Tierney then shared that when he left his home this morning, his wife asked him if he was sad to which he, a sentimental person, surprisingly replied that he was not.

“Maybe it hasn’t hit me; maybe I’m really just at a stage in my life where I focus on the good and happy rather than maybe lament a few things or fixate on things that I used to,” Tierney said. “It’s been an honor, man. It’s been an honor riding next to you for a long time.”

Tierney’s father, Charles, was a former detective in the New York Police Department (NYPD) and was selective in giving out praise to his partners. That is why when Tierney heard his father talk about someone who was a really good partner, he knew it was genuine.

“This is going to sound corny – you’ve enriched my life,” Tierney said to Barber. “I think you’ve made me a better person; a better human [and] a little more grounded. I’m going to miss you buddy.”

Tierney and Licata are natives of the area and will bring their contrasting team allegiances to create fireworks in the midday slot. Barber grew up in Virginia, but is one of the best-known players in New York Giants history, and he is pairing with a virtual sports encyclopedia in Evan Roberts, who is a diehard New York Mets fan. The pairings, on paper, evinced excitement from WFAN’s legion of dedicated listeners; however, it will truly be up to the audience come July 24 to accept the new pairings. It is something listeners have done before, for which Tierney is effusively grateful.

“It was up to you guys to decide whether or not you embraced us and whether or not you trusted us, and you guys did,” Tierney said to the audience. “The Tiki & Tierney almost two-year run at WFAN – it was imperative; there was no way I was coming here and failing. There was no freaking way that that was happening, and we did it together.”

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ESPN Beaver Dam to Carry University of Wisconsin Women’s Volleyball

“By adding UW Women’s Volleyball to our lineup of premier brands and teams, we ensure that fans across the state can experience every thrilling moment.”

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Good Karma Brands has announced that ESPN Beaver Dam will join 100.5 ESPN Madison and 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee as a broadcaster for all University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball games starting in the 2024-2025 season. This expansion will guarantee that fans all over Wisconsin get live broadcasts of one of the strongest volleyball teams in the country.

“We are excited to join the group of GKB stations to deliver all the action and excitement of UW Women’s Volleyball games to fans,” said Sheri Sackett, market manager for ESPN Beaver Dam in a release. “By adding UW Women’s Volleyball to our lineup of premier brands and teams, we ensure that fans across the state can experience every thrilling moment.”

The UW Women’s Volleyball team finished the 2023 season at No. 3 in the AVCA Poll after a strong performance in the NCAA Tournament that led them to the semifinals. The addition of ESPN Beaver Dam will greatly increase the team’s exposure and audience reach.

In addition to UW Women’s Volleyball, ESPN Beaver Dam is the home for the Milwaukee Brewers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers, and the Beaver Dam High School Golden Beavers.

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Reggie Miller: If TNT Loses NBA Broadcasting Rights, ‘We’re Going to Go Out With a Bang’

“First of all let me say this – this could be retirement for all of us at Turner network next year.”

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The NBA is reportedly formalizing media rights contracts with The Walt Disney Company (ESPN/ABC), NBCUniversal and Amazon’s Prime Video as its new trio of partners. If Warner Bros. Discovery ends up losing broadcasting rights to the NBA, it would mark the first time that a Turner-owned network did not televise league games since the 1984-85 season on TBS. Earlier in the season, TNT Sports reached a multi-year renewal agreement with NBA Hall of Fame forward Reggie Miller to continue serving as one of its analysts on its NBA on TNT coverage.

Miller joined the company in 2005 following his retirement from the NBA after an 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers and has called over 650 national NBA regular season games and NBA Playoffs matchups, along with 14 NBA Conference Finals. Yet he could be looking at his final season as a part of NBA on TNT coverage should the company no longer broadcast NBA games.

While it has been reported that Inside the NBA studio analysts Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny “The Jet” Smith all have opt-out clauses in their contracts if the company no longer broadcasts the NBA, it is unknown if such a provision exists for Miller. Barkley has been a member of NBA on TNT coverage since 2000 and recently announced that next season will be his last on television no matter what happens. Dan Patrick asked Miller if he believed Barkley was genuine in his announcement following Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

“I don’t want to believe it,” Miller said on the Dan Patrick Show. “First of all let me say this – this could be retirement for all of us at Turner network next year.”

Within his retirement announcement, Barkley emphasized that no one should contact him for interviews and was done speaking on the matter. Over the last month, he had appeared on a variety of sports media programming and spoke candidly on the NBA media rights negotiations, his sentiments on how everything unfolded and the potential future of Inside the NBA. Patrick wanted to know if Miller himself had been informed about what is happening behind the scenes as it pertains to the future of the NBA on TNT.

“We are in the dark – we have no idea,” Miller said. “This is way above my pay grade. I’m hoping – I think our leadership is at the table from everything I’m hearing, again, which isn’t a lot, and I hope they’re having – two minutes left in the fourth [quarter] and they’re trying to pull out a win here. It would be nice.”

Throughout the negotiating process, there has been speculation regarding Barkley potentially joining another network if Warner Bros. Discovery lost rights to the NBA. As he revealed his retirement, he divulged that he had spoken with other networks but affirmed that he would never work elsewhere. Miller interpreted Barkley’s decision to reveal his future plans as a means of getting ahead of the story since his name has been circulating with several different possibilities. In fact, he has known Barkley for a long time and understands that he does things on his own accord.

“So if this is his last year – we’ve had conversations [where] I’m like, ‘Look dude, we’re going to go out with a bang,’” Miller said, “so whatever happens at our network – if we do get a piece of the pie and we’re one of the four horseman; or not, if this is our lame-duck year and this is my last year at Turner as well, we’re going to have fun and go out with a bang.”

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The Blitz 1170 in Tulsa to Cease Operations

“The company decided the sports format wasn’t working and they’re going to take the signal in another direction.”

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After just under three years in the format, Griffin Media is pulling the plug on The Blitz 1170 in Tulsa.

Social media posts from the station’s local hosts reveal that The Blitz will be moving away from its sports format on Wednesday, June 26th.

“There’s some news from our part of the world. Griffin Media has made the decision to eliminate The Blitz 1170 and those of us working there after June 26,” wrote morning host Rick Couri. “The company decided the sports format wasn’t working and they’re going to take the signal in another direction.

“This will likely bring my 42 year career of being on the air in Tulsa to an end, I don’t see a lot of other options for several reasons. I will still be broadcasting Tulsa University and Union football and who knows what else might come along. Until then I want to say thank you to everyone who has listened along the way and those incredible people I’ve worked with. It’s been quite an adventure with many amazing opportunities and experiences to be forever grateful for.”

The station featured Couri in mornings, followed by The Dan Patrick Show and The Rich Eisen Show. Afternoon drive was helmed by Colby Daniels and Program Director Jeremie “Pop” Polin from 3-6 PM. Daniels shared a similar post on social media as Couri.

The Blitz 1170 will be changing formats in a couple weeks. While I’m very sad about this news, I’m more thankful for having this opportunity and establishing friendships that will continue beyond the airwaves. I’m proud of this entire team and can’t say enough positive things about everyone I had the privilege to work with. I appreciate all the listeners supporting the Blitz every day,” Daniels wrote. “Some followed me to this signal and others welcomed me to Tulsa radio with open arms. You all have a special place in my heart.

“I feel like I’m at a major crossroads in my broadcasting career and I don’t know what my next step will be. I know I have so much more to offer but will have to carefully weigh whatever options emerge. It’s rare in this business to be given the opportunity to finish out the last 2 weeks. Our final show will be June 26th so let’s have fun doing what we love until then.”

According to a report from RadioInsight, the station recently changed its call letters to KOTV-AM, to replicate the same branding used by the company’s TV outlet in the market.

Griffin Media has yet to announce plans for the station after flipping away from the sports format on June 26th.

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