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iHeart Reveals Plans For New Orleans Sports Station

Jason Barrett

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iHeartmedia has revealed that it’s been working on a project to make a much greater impact in New Orleans. Starting July 17th, the company will strengthen Sports Radio 1280, by introducing a brand new lineup which includes a mixture of FOX Sports Radio personalities, local voices and iHeart Houston hosts with a connection to the state of Louisiana.

Here’s a look at the weekday lineup:

  • 5-8 a.m.: Clay Travis
  • 8-10 a.m.: Chris Gordy
  • 10 a.m.-noon: Dunc & Holder
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Josh Innes
  • 2-4 p.m.: Jordy Hultberg
  • 4-6 p.m.: Kaare Johnson

Perhaps the biggest local splash involves Times-Picayune sports columnists Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder. The duo have spent over a decade each covering the New Orleans sports scene. Holder has primarily covered the Saints for 11 years, and Duncan is a four-time recipient of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Columnist of the Year award, who’s currently in his 12th year as a sports columnist.

The pair will be heard weekdays on Sports Radio 1280, as well as nola.com/sports, and the NOLA.com and iHeartradio app. A video stream of the show will also be provided on the NOLA.com YouTube channel, and a podcast of each day’s show will be presented on nola.com/duncandholder and the iHeart app. The Times-Picayune says it will also feature the best quotes and social media activity from each week’s shows on the Dunc & Holder page in the Sunday Sports section starting July 23.

“With ‘Dunc & Holder’ we continue to fulfill our commitment to sharpen our journalism and deepen our engagement with the New Orleans community,” added Tim Williamson, President of NOLA Media Group. “By expanding our sports coverage, we are able to engage readers in new ways and serve advertisers on every available platform: print, digital, social, video, radio, TV, events.”

“iHeart Media and Sports 1280 are honored to partner with NOLA Media Group and The Times-Picayune,” said Michael Hudson, President for IHeartMedia New Orleans and Baton Rouge. “Content is everything in radio and Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder bring great content and expertise to Sports 1280.”

The timing of the launch coincides with changes taking place in Houston on SportsTalk 790. Monday July 17th is when the station will roll out its new weekday lineup which includes Josh Innes in morning drive. Given the structure of 1280’s lineup, it appears that Innes will host mornings in Houston, take a little break, and then go live two hours later for New Orleans. Innes grew up in Louisiana, attended high school and college there, and started his radio career in the state.

Additionally, Chris Gordy gains an opportunity to host his own daily show. Gordy has been a member of 790 in Houston and is no stranger to the microphone having hosted various shows on the station. Gordy is from New Orleans, went to school at LSU and also began his radio career in the state before making the move to Texas.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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