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Would Leaving Radio Put Wingo In Limbo At ESPN?

“The 56-year old will likely have other suitors, but timing is not great for free agent sportscasters like Wingo or FS1’s Skip Bayless as the COVID-19 pandemic has networks looking to cut dollars, not spend them.”

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Last November, rumors began that Trey Wingo wanted to see his ESPN Radio tenure end by the time the 2020 NFL season begins. 

In 2018, Wingo left as host of ESPN’s NFL Live after 15 years to partner with Mike Golic on the new Golic and Wingo radio show. If Wingo is indeed going to depart ESPN Radio, returning to NFL Live seemed like a good fit. But on Wednesday, Outkick’s Bobby Burack reported ESPN will revamp NFL Live and feature Laura Rutledge as the show’s next host. With Rutledge taking over NFL Live, it leaves two of the show’s former hosts, Wendi Nix and Trey Wingo with an unknown future. 

Being in “limbo” as The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand categorized it,  coincides with Wingo and Nix both owning contracts that are set to expire later this year. According to Marchand, ESPN has negotiated to bring Nix back, but it’s unclear in what capacity.  

After 23 years with ESPN, Wingo continues to be a focal point for The Worldwide Leader, but if radio and NFL Live are no longer options, what’s next? The 56-year old will likely have other suitors, but timing is not great for free agent sportscasters like Wingo or FS1’s Skip Bayless as the COVID-19 pandemic has networks looking to cut dollars, not spend them. 

ESPN needs to establish the role they view for Wingo while negotiating a potential contract, they also need to figure out how they’re replacing him if he does depart their national morning radio show. Wingo’s radio exit could also spell the end of a more than two-decade long era with Mike Golic on the morning show. 

In 2017, Golic stated he contemplated retirement when Mike & Mike was in the midst of their breakup. But when ESPN presented the idea of co-hosting a new installment of the show with his son Mike Golic Jr and Trey Wingo, the network’s longtime morning radio host decided to stay. With Stephen A. Smith ending his show earlier this year, Will Cain set to leave at the end of this month, and questions surrounding Golic and Wingo, ESPN Radio’s lineup appears to be nearing a total overhaul.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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SiriusXM Plots Super Bowl LVII Coverage

“SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM.”

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SiriusXM has announced its extensive plans for coverage of Super Bowl LVII and the events leading up to the big game.

A dedicated Super Bowl pop-up channel on SiriusXM Channel 104 will be just one of the avenues SiriusXM plans to cover the event. Amber Theoharis will conduct interviews with players, and personalities making their way through Radio Row throughout the week that will air on the pop-up channel.

Mad Dog Sports Radio will have a large presence on Radio Row, with shows hosted by Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, Adam Schein, Dusty Dvoracek, Danny Kanell, and Steve Torre all airing live on location in Arizona. Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall will be on hand to host I Am Athlete Tonight from the event, as well.

“With all eyes and ears focused on Phoenix for Super Bowl Week, SiriusXM will deliver fans around the country the unique mix of sports, music and entertainment programming that you can only find on SiriusXM,” said SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein.

“With multiple game broadcasts, several channels in Phoenix covering the latest news and providing expert analysis on the teams, interviews with many of the celebrities in town for the game, and our exclusive concert with Luke Combs, our subscribers will have exceptional access throughout the biggest week on the NFL calendar.”

ESPNU Radio hosts Colt McCoy, Rick Neuheisel, and Max Starks will also be in Arizona on Radio Row, in addition to Dusty and Danny hosting their shows each day from Radio Row.

Fantasy football expert Jeff Mans and SportsGrid Radio host Scott Ferrall will also originate content from Radio Row.

SiriusXM will offer four different game broadcasts of Super Bowl LVII. The Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles home broadcasts will each air, as will the national Westwood One call. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will also be provided. Listeners will also be able to hear the halftime show — performed by pop star Rihanna — on Sirius XM Hits 1, The Heat, and Super Bowl LVII Radio.

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