Audacy Kicks Off Football Season With Series of Special On-air and Digital Programming
Westwood One-Affiliated Audacy Stations to Air National Primetime Games on Audacy Digital Platform for First Time
PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 8, 2022 – Audacy (NYSE: AUD), the unrivaled leader in sports radio, is gearing up for kickoff of the 2022-23 NFL and college football season, announcing a series of content across its broadcast and digital portfolio.
“The fall is one of the most exciting times for sports fans and we are thrilled to have expanded our network of former players, analysts, writers, hosts, handicappers, broadcasters and personalities to all corners of the football landscape,” said Matthew Volk, Senior Vice President of Sports, Audacy. “With more than a half-dozen national shows in the NFL and college football landscape, a podcast for every NFL team and more, Audacy has further put its stake in the ground as a clear leader in the sports content ecosystem.”
For the first time ever, in partnership with Westwood One, affiliated Audacy stations will air every national primetime game – Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football – on the Audacy digital platform.
Also new his season, 2400Sports, Audacy’s sports podcast studio, has unveiled seven national football podcasts, including:
Kickoff with Boomer and Valenti: Beginning September 9, WFAN (WFAN-FM/AM) morning show host Boomer Esiason and 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM) afternoon show host Mike Valenti are teaming up to deliver a one-stop shop for everything NFL, including all the best matchups, all the football issues, picks, angles, opinions and more. Boomer and Valenti will give listeners unparalleled insight and opinions for all of the weekend NFL action. In addition to the show being available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard, this show will air across all Audacy sports stations. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
The Crew: The Crew is coming to Audacy in its second season. This NFL-centered debate show podcast mixes in a provocative dose of real-life talk with senior NFL insider Josina Anderson, Hollywood actor Morris Chestnut and former NFL cornerback Fred Smoot. This year, the show upgrades its production by filming in-person in Brooklyn, NY once a week. Guests this season will include star athletes along with entertainers, artists and intellectuals. Last year’s VIP list included Marshawn Lynch, Terrell Owens, Sean Payton, Matthew Judon, Chris Harris Jr., Leonard Fournette and many more. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s Twitch channels.
In The Huddle: Starring former NFL player and current Audacy NFL insider Brian Baldinger and 105.7 The Fan host, Audacy NFL insider and NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, In the Huddle dissects film breakdown and the top player, team and league storylines twice a week. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
1st & Pod with Parkins and Poni: 670 The Score’s Danny Parkins and 93.7 The Fan’s Andrew Fillipponi are best friends from college who host radio shows in two very passionate NFL cities, Chicago and Pittsburgh respectively. Separated by about 500 miles but united by their love of the NFL, they are inviting listeners into their group chat. Mondays and Fridays during the season, the guys reunite to catch up and talk storylines and major takeaways from every game. Give them 40 minutes and they’ll give you the league. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
Sports Betting Podcasts: The relaunch of sports betting podcast Cash the Ticket sets the stage for the weekend of football with the extra juice listeners need to bet confidently. Every Thursday and Friday, the high energy 97.1 The Ticket duo of Mike Valenti and Jim Costa bring listeners fresh perspectives on everything from the biggest matchups to the best value on the board until the end of the season, breaking down all the trends with the information they need before kickoff. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
Additionally, on the BetQL Daily Boost, the BetQL editorial team, led by BetQL managing editor Dan Karpuc and BetQL Network hosts and writers Lucy Burdge and Nick Ashooh, scan the betting landscape each day to find the best odds boosts and tell you why they might be worth a bet. Plus, they each give their best bets of the day. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
The BetQL brand goes local with two regional sports betting podcasts: BetQL Picking Fatties and BetQL Boston. Picking Fatties, hosted by Jason Bishop of “The Sports Junkies” and Scott Torregrossa, focuses on teams and players within the DMV area. BetQL Boston, hosted by WEEI’s Mike Mutnansky, is a Boston sports-betting centric show. These multi-sport podcasts air seven days per week and will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard.
The Five Star Zone: Rico Beard, co-host of 97.1 The Ticket’s “The Valenti Show,” breaks down the latest storylines, teams and matchups around the Big Ten conference, including in-depth, twice weekly analysis of top programs like Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and more. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
4th and Manageable: The biggest clashes in college football often come in the SEC and 4th and Manageable will be the year-round home to all the biggest news, perspective and analysis on the conference. Former ESPN college football analyst Brad Edwards, former NFL quarterback Tyler Bray and reporter Ashley Holder – all alumni of SEC schools Alabama and Tennessee respectively – bring listeners in-depth opinions from both professional experience and the passion of being fans themselves. Edwards, Holder and Bray will be frequently joined by rotating guests of some of the biggest names in the SEC landscape. The show will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Video distribution of the show will be available on Audacy’s YouTube and Twitch channels.
Audacy will also offer a robust portfolio of podcast content with a dedicated show for every NFL team this season, including postgame podcasts following every game. These shows will be available on the Audacy app and wherever podcasts are heard. Select shows will be featured weekly on the Audacy app, including: Kickoff with Boomer and Valenti, 1st & Pod with Parkins and Poni and Cash The Ticket, 6 Rings & Football Things and The Five Star Zone. For a full list of team shows, please click here.
With 17 radio play-by-play partnerships – more than any radio broadcaster – Audacy is bringing more fans closer to the action than ever before through its broadcast content. Its rich collection of on-air talent across the country, which includes 40 former NFL players, provides insightful opinions all season long. Weekly interviews, like New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Mac Jones on WEEI (WEEI-FM/AM) in Boston, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) in Dallas and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on 610 Sports (KCSP-AM) in Kansas City keep fans connected throughout the week as they get ready for Sunday.
This season, Audacy also returns its NFL insider program, featuring some of the biggest names in the game, including Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, former NFL player and color analyst Brian Baldinger, former NFL player and podcast host Ross Tucker and 105.7 The Fan host and CBS NFL insider Jason La Canfora. The insiders will join Audacy stations and podcasts across the country, providing in-depth analysis of players and teams from the preseason through 2023 NFL Draft.
On CBS Sports Radio stations across the country, Damon Amendolara will continue to host Sunday Morning Football, heard nationally on nearly 200 affiliates, on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. ET. Zach Gelb returns on “Eye on Football,” a fast-paced look at the day’s NFL action with live updates, analysis and opinion from each game as it happens, Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.
Additionally, to consume a comprehensive collection of stations, podcasts, and on-demand episodes for all 32 teams, the Audacy app now has the ability to search by team name to follow custom pages updated daily with all the latest audio a fan needs in one place – including exclusive interviews, live reactions, rants and expert analysis localized to each market. Audacy will continue to offer 400 hours of weekly video simulcasts of 11 leading sports brands including New York (WFAN-FM), Boston (WEEI-FM), Detroit (WXYT-FM), Chicago (WSCR-AM) Dallas Fort Worth (KRLD-FM), Miami (WAXY-AM), Sacramento (KIFM-AM), San Francisco (KGMZ-FM), Pittsburgh (KDKA-FM), the BetQL Network and “The DA Show” on CBS Sports Network. Coverage is available on Twitch, YouTube and Audacy’s platforms.
Audacy’s BetQL Network – home to You Better You Bet, the No. 1 sports betting podcast in the U.S. – recently announced its fall lineup for this season. Please click here for more info.
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