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Denver Sports 760 Is Going All-In on The Denver Broncos
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Denver Broncos generate strong interest from Denver sports fans. Serving football content on sports radio is a winning formula, and this year Denver Sports 760 is ramping up their coverage to further excite local listeners.
The iHeartMedia station is re-branding and adopting the position of Orange and Blue Radio, which includes an on-air content strategy change. 760 is throwing all of its weight behind the Broncos, making them the featured part of all on-air conversation. That means the Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche and local College Sports teams are left on the outside looking in.
“We’re excited to further strengthen our partnership with the Denver Broncos,” said Tim Hager, Region President for iHeartMedia Denver. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to serve our community’s listeners and advertisers with unique and exclusive Broncos content.”
In accordance with the new programming initiatives, the radio station is making a bigger commitment to its weekday lineup. 760 had recently relied on one local afternoon show and FOX Sports Radio programming to occupy their weekday programming hours but that’s about to change.
The station’s morning show will consist of Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus. The duo will host M-F 7a-12p MT. Polumbus spent three of his eight seasons in the NFL playing for the Broncos including contributing to the team’s Super Bowl championship in 2015. He is the team’s new radio sideline reporter, and previously spent time working for local market competitor 104.3 The Fan. Lindahl, has spent the past two decades working in Denver, including serving previously as the Broncos radio sideline reporter. He had recently been hosting 760’s afternoon show.
After Lindahl and Polumbus, the voice of the Broncos Dave Logan takes over. Logan spent nine years in the NFL before becoming a mainstay on the Denver radio airwaves. He has been a featured voice on 850 KOA for nearly 30 years, and behind the microphone for Broncos broadcasts for the past twenty. He has also coached over 23 seasons of high school football, making 21 post season appearances, and winning seven state championships. He is one of only three players, to be drafted by the NBA, NFL, and MLB. Logan’s new show will air weekdays from 12p-1p MT.
Sandwiched in between Logan and the afternoon show will be a new midday program featuring Brandon Krisztal and former Broncos safety Steve Atwater. Krisztal has spent the past decade in Denver, developing his skills as a reporter, anchor, and host. He’s also 760’s Executive Producer. Atwater on the other hand is beloved by Broncos fans for his ten years of on the field production. During his playing days he earned a reputation for being one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL.
Taking listeners home in the afternoon will be the combination of Andrew Lopez and Cory Lopez. Mason has spent 17 seasons covering the NFL, including the past 12 working the Broncos beat. He’s also contributed previously to NFL.com, The Sporting News, The New York Times and CBSSports.com. Lopez, has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting news and sports. He has worked for KOA, the Broncos flagship station, as host of PrimeTime Sports, and is the play-by-play voice of the CU Women’s Basketball team.
“Orange and Blue Radio will quickly become the preeminent destination for Broncos fans,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “In addition to AM 760 and 103.5 HD2 along the Front Range, Orange and Blue Radio will reach Broncos fans around the globe via our iHeartRadio App.”
“Our longstanding partnership with iHeartMedia Denver continues to evolve and we are committed to finding new ways to engage Broncos fans across the fast-changing media landscape,” Broncos Chief Commercial Officer Mac Freeman said. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to bring Broncos fans more content, more often, in more places.”
760 hasn’t yet announced its plans for nights and overnights. As more information trickles in, we’ll pass it along.
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.
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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy
“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”
Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.
“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.
“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”
He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.
“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”
He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.
Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.
The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.
Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.
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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number
“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.
While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.
“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”
Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.
The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.
Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.
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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”
Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.
Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.
“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.
They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.
“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.
He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.
Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.
In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.
“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.
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