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Danny Parkins’s Radiothon Raises More Than $660,000 On 670 The Score

“That total came from over 4000 unique donors, Parkins said. He tipped his hat to Score listeners and anonymous donors who made individual donations in the thousands of dollars range.”

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Listeners to 670 the Score came together for a good cause on Wednesday. The What About Chicago Radiothon was the brainchild of Danny Parkins and saw the station’s afternoon host on air for 24 consecutive hours in an effort to raise money for Athletes for Justice and Austin Harvest. According to program director Mitch Rosen, as of Thursday morning, the event raised more than $660,000.

“I would say it was a tremendous amount of talking 24 hours,” Parkins told BSM when asked how he felt at the end of the marathon broadcast. “But but we did it. So it was it was all worth it.”

That total came from over 4000 unique donors, Parkins said. He tipped his hat to Score listeners and anonymous donors who made individual donations in the thousands of dollars range.

Parkins says he was also impressed with the sports media’s willingness to embrace the fundraiser. He credits his longtime friend Nick Wright of FS1 for leading the charge and drawing $500 donations from colleagues like Booger McFarland and PFT Commenter. But Danny Parkins has plenty of friends in the sports media. It wasn’t just people connected to Nick Wright that got involved.

“My buddy Jeff Passan donated a thousand bucks, and for the memo that he put on a little donation line online was like ‘anything to get Parkins to shut up’ or something like that,” Parkins said.

Other celebrities that gave to the cause included Theo Epstein and Olin Kruetz.

“What an incredible 24 hours,” Rosen told BSM. “The Score asked and the audience delivered for Austin Harvest to build a permanent Food Mart! I can’t thank our dedicated listeners, our Score team, Danny Parkins who led all of us, and Sam Acho enough. What a 24 hours of raising money for a great cause!  Thank you, Chicago!”

“This radiothon was a dream come true,” shared Sam Acho, Founder and President, Athletes for Justice. “Over 4,000 individuals gave, over $600,000 raised, and we’re just getting started. I love y’all. This is just the beginning.”

In a company press release, Rachel Williamson, Regional President and Market Manager of Audacy Chicago added “I’m so incredibly proud of our team for rallying together and using our platform to support a great cause with Athletes for Justice. We are also so appreciative to our partners’ generous donations and our selfless listeners who rose to the occasion to support the mission.”

Parkins named the radiothon “What About Chicago” as a tongue-in-cheek jab at people that use the phrase in an insincere and derogatory way to score political points at the city’s expense. He told Barrett Sports Media that the he isn’t sure if the city totally took the phrase back thanks to the radiothon. He just hopes that anytime it is said on cable news or social media people can point out that “What About Chicago” was used to do some good.

“Am I tremendously proud of the fact that that some weird, defiant name that not everybody understood when I pitched it to them as the name of the radiothon resonated in a big way, both locally and nationally? Second to the actual accomplishment, the funding of the construction of the grocery store, it is the thing I am most proud of.”

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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.

“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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BetQL Network Going to Arizona for Super Bowl Week

“Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale.”

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BetQL is headed to Radio Row. Audacy’s sports betting radio network will be in Arizona ahead of Super Bowl LVII. 

Three shows will be at the BetMGM Sportsbook in Glendale. BetQL Daily and You Better You Bet will be live Monday through Friday. BetMGM Tonight will be live Monday through Thursday.

The network’s hosts will stay busy in the desert. BetQL is producing 52 hours of live audio and video content. Hosts are also scheduled to make 25 live appearances across other Audacy radio stations and digital channels.

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