NRG Media and 1620 The Zone have reached an agreement with the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks to continue their affiliation. The deal is for multiple years and was coordinated through the multimedia rights holder, Learfield Omaha Sports Properties.
As part of the Omaha Sports Network, overseen by Learfield, 1620 The Zone, and 1180 Zone 2 are committed to airing all hockey and basketball games along with select men’s and women’s soccer games and the UNO Maverick Minute shows (to be heard on 1180 AM, 1620 AM and 1290 AM) during hockey and basketball seasons. Details on the station’s respective sports coverage is as follows:
All hockey and men’s and women’s basketball games will air on 1180 Zone 2 and stream on www.1620thezone.com. In the event of a hockey conflict, any and all basketball games will be heard on 1620 The Zone (KOZN 1620 AM) or Newstalk 1290 KOIL and streamed on www.newstalk1290koil.com. Additionally, select men’s and women’s soccer games will be carried in Spanish on La Nueva KMMQ 1020 AM, and the broadcasts also will stream live on the station’s site www.lanueva1020.com.
“This continues to be a fantastic partnership for the 1620 The Zone platform as our listeners are deeply rooted in UNO Athletics as a hometown team, and this coverage will allow them to always stay in touch with the Mavericks,” said Andy Ruback, General Manager of 1620 The Zone and Market Manager for NRG Media in Omaha.
According to UNO Vice Chancellor of Athletics Trev Alberts, “We’re very happy to continue our relationship with NRG Media, a recognized leader in sports broadcasting in Omaha. Whether over the air or through streaming audio, NRG Media’s stations have provided a reliable home for Omaha Athletics, and our fans will be able to continue following our basketball and hockey teams when they can’t be at a game.”
1620 The Zone is the top-ranked sports radio station in the Omaha market. The Zone features Sharp and Benning in the Morning, Nick Bahe in middays and John Bishop and Josh Peterson on Unsportsmanlike Conduct in afternoons. All programming can be heard online at www.1620thezone.com and on the 1620 The Zone smartphone apps.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.