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Colin Cowherd: ‘The Volume Launched To Keep Advertisers Away From My Competition’

“I remember getting off the phone and thinking ‘Wait a minute. My show is sold out and the ratings are good. What happens when the pandemic ends and cars are back on the road?”.

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Colin Cowherd was as candid as he could be this week on The Jason Barrett Podcast. Barrett reminded Cowherd that during the 2019 BSM Summit, Cowherd told him he didn’t make a lot of time for podcasting executives at iHeartMedia because there was no way to profit from it.

Times have certainly changed as Cowherd just announced the addition of five executives to his own podcasting company The Volume. He said he was never opposed to podcasting, it just wasn’t something he gave much enough attention.

“I’m always looking for new things and I saw guys who were crushing it like Bill [Simmons] and I was happy for him. I had responsibilities and outlets and they were lucrative.”

The Volume came about because during a time when most radio shows were struggling, The Herd was experiencing uncommon success. Julie Talbot, President of Premiere Networks, called Cowherd to say that even at the height of the pandemic, his FOX Sports Radio show was experiencing ratings growth and revenue had remained stable.

“I remember getting off the phone and thinking ‘Wait a minute. My show is sold out and the ratings are good. What happens when the pandemic ends and cars are back on the road? I’m going to have nowhere to put all these spots,’” Cowherd told Barrett. “I’m going to have to create a business so if somebody says ‘I want to be in The Herd’ I can say ‘Alright, we have availability on the show, TV and radio, or on this new network I formed. Or they’ll give that money to my rivals!”

He admitted that the network has grown even faster than he had originally planned for. He attributes that success to iHeartMedia and the partnership and revenue-sharing deal the company created for The Volume.

The future is bright for The Volume according to Colin. That is why he chose to add to the company’s executive team. The company is being forced to evolve in order to keep up with what the audience is looking for.

“We started as a podcast company,” he said. “Today I would call us a digital-first, digital/podcasting/gambling company. The gambling vertical is going to continue to grow for us.”

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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Angelo Cataldi Thinks Cris Collinsworth Is A ‘Bozo’

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

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Some analysis made by Sunday Night Football commentator Cris Collinsworth caught the attention of 94 WIP morning host Angelo Cataldi that sent him over the edge Monday morning.

“Joe Banner ripped Cris Collinsworth last night over something he said about Andy Reid in the game last night,” Rhea Hughes said as she detailed Banner’s criticism. “He goes ‘I worked for Andy Reid for 14 years. Cris Collinsworth just said if there’s anything Andy Reid loves to do it’s pound the football.”

“Oh that’s a total lie! Cris Collinsworth is a bozo!”, Cataldi shouted.

Reid faced heavy criticism at the end of his tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for his reluctance to run the football. The team routinely finished in the bottom half of the league in rushing yards per game during Reid’s 14 seasons at the helm of the franchise.

“He goes ‘I think Cris is usually smart in and his analysis is good but…” Hughes said before Cataldi interrupted by shouting “No he’s not! No he’s not!”, he reiterated. “He’s not smart!”

“NBC needs to learn he does no work anymore,” Hughes added of Collinsworth.

“Nothing! Stop it! Stop it all of you! Stop it now!”, Cataldi concluded.

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