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Hard In The Paint Providing Content to WBOK in New Orleans

“As we grow, I’d love for HITP to partner with other outlets to not only improve the quality of content available, but to also have more opportunities to develop true sports journalists.”

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Hard In The Paint (HITP) Sports Media has announced a new partnership agreement with Equity Media that will bring additional sports content to WBOK 1230 AM and its website. The company is in its first year of operations and has a variety of podcast-based offerings that it produces and distributes to various outlets, headlined by founder David Grubb’s program. HITP will also craft original written content for the station’s website as part of the deal. The agreement will also move Grubb to the airwaves on The Sports Report on Monday, Wednesday and Friday weekly from 4 to 7 p.m. CT.

Grubb received some of his first hosting opportunities with WBOK earlier in his career, and he affirms that they changed his trajectory. Since that time, he went on to work with various television and radio outlets, including as assistant managing editor of Rob Parker’s startup website, MLBbro.com and as a writer and podcaster with SB Nation. Grubb’s last endeavor with WBOK 1230 AM was as a routine co-host and fill-in host on its local sports program, Sport-a-Facts, which occurred as he was juggling responsibilities as a sports blogger and communications director at the collegiate and professional level.

“We see this as a historic opportunity,” Grubb said in a statement. “There are so many stations operating with limited resources that need support. As we grow, I’d love for HITP to partner with other outlets to not only improve the quality of content available, but to also have more opportunities to develop true sports journalists.”

Various companies in the audio space are outsourcing their content and other aspects of their businesses in order to optimize the use of internal resources and cut costs. ESPN Radio, for example, recently expanded its partnership with Good Karma Brands to have the company take over its day-to-day operations and advertising sales under a revenue sharing agreement.

Moreover, many local stations act as affiliates for national programs, including shows hosted by Colin Cowherd, Dan Patrick and Jim Rome among others, to fill time slots rather than relying on original content each day. Grubb and Hard In The Paint Sports Media hope that its content can continue to emerge and stand out within the vast marketplace of personalities and programming.

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John Kincade Celebrates 700th Show at 97.5 The Fanatic

“In radio, if you could find a show that’s faced more adversity in 700 shows, I’d like to buy them a beer.

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97.5 The Fanatic host John Kincade reached a milestone for his show on Tuesday – show number 700.

Kincade has been on the air at the Philadelphia station since 2020. He made sure to show love to everyone involved with the show for all they’ve done.

“Congratulations to the entire crew,” he said.

The road to 700 for Kincade in Philly hasn’t always been an easy one. One thing John has been dealing with has been a colon cancer diagnosis back in the spring that led to a brief time away from the show.

Still, Kincade was thankful for the listeners who’ve continued to tune in and get the show to this point.

“In radio, if you could find a show that’s faced more adversity in 700 shows, I’d like to buy them a beer. That is what I would say to you,” Kincade added. “We appreciate all of you being a part of us for 700 shows, and we hope you’re gonna be with us for the next 700.”

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Paul Allen: I Don’t Know What We’ll Do if Taylor Swift Says Yes to Announcing With Us

Allen offered to let Swift announce a portion of the upcoming Vikings/Chiefs game with him on KFAN.

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It’s been a few days since VP of programming for iHeart Twin Cities Greg Swedberg attempted to get Taylor Swift’s attention ahead of Sunday’s Chiefs/Vikings game in Minneapolis. But Swedberg’s offer for Swift to come to the KFAN FM 100.3 broadcast booth and potentially do some play-by-play with Paul Allen still stands.

Swedberg was a guest with Paul Allen on Tuesday. Allen, the radio voice of the Vikings, asked Swedberg what exactly the plan was for Swift if she happened to see him and say hello.

“I thought she could come in and give you a break on play-by-play,” Swedberg joked.

“That’d be sweet! That’d be great!” Allen responded.

Swedberg has known Taylor Swift since she was a teenager just breaking through on the country music scene. While he said he wouldn’t consider them close friends, they know each other as associates.

Allen asked what would happen if she did show up. She usually rolls pretty deep with security and the like, so the situation in the broadcast booth could be crazy. But Swedberg did say he realizes Swift likely isn’t going to come say hello or anything on Sunday. He acknowledged that it’s possible Taylor doesn’t even show up in Minnesota at all. He just wishes some people would let people enjoy things.

“It’s a bit. Pretty much everything we do here is a bit to a certain extent,” he said. “But, I wouldn’t rule it out. It’s possible.”

“We would make room, wouldn’t we?” Allen asked.

Paul asked Greg the possibility that Swift and Travis Kelce’s family could be situated in a suite near the broadcast booth. Swedberg said if that’s the case, it would make it hard for her to ignore stopping in to say hi.

“If she wants to come in, it’s a quick trip from that booth – I’ve made that little trip myself – into your booth,” Swedberg said.

“It’s an extreme longshot, but hey, you know somebody for 17 years you take a shot,” he added. “And she’s very conscious of PR, and it would be a great scene!”

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Greg Hill: NFL, Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift All Working Together for Publicity Stunt

“I don’t think Taylor Swift needs the publicity.”

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Are Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce, and the NFL in cahoots to drive publicity for each other? That’s what WEEI morning host Greg Hill believes.

During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, the Boston-based host led a discussion about whether or not Swift was more popular than the NFL. Co-host Courtney Cox argued that it’s undeniable she is more famous than the NFL on the global stage. Meanwhile, colleague Jermaine Wiggins argued the pop start isn’t even the most popular artist in America.

“The reason this came up is because of the massive fraud, charade that is being pulled on America by all of them,” Hill said. “And that’s Kelce, that’s her, and that’s the NFL. Who is it benefiting the most? I think Courtney is right. I don’t think Taylor Swift needs the publicity.”

Producer Chris Curtis claimed 2.5 million people in Brazil watched Super Bowl LVII, while only 2 million attempted to get tickets for Swift’s shows in the country. Cox argued that was an apples-to-oranges comparison.

Hill maintained the alleged relationship between Swift and Kelce is simply a ploy by the NFL to seek out a new potential fan base with Swift’s massive following.

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