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Dodgers Re-Sign With KLAC

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The Dodgers on Tuesday announced a multiyear renewal of AM 570′s broadcast rights that includes an equity position in the station for the team.

The agreement with the station’s parent company, iHeartMedia, covers regular-season games, select Spring Training games and potential postseason games, as well as “the opportunity for collaborative programming.”

“We are looking forward to expanding KLAC’s content in this new partnership for our passionate and loyal fan base,” said Dodgers president & CEO Stan Kasten. “We will be teaming up with the fantastic creative team at iHeartMedia on a number of projects and initiatives to enhance our fans’ engagement. And what better team to tell the story than from broadcast talent of Vin [Scully], Rick [Monday] and Charley [Steiner]?”

“We take great pride in delivering Dodgers programming to millions of fans on AM 570 and throughout the country via iHeartRadio,” said Greg Ashlock, president of iHeartMedia Southern California. “The Dodgers are one of the strongest professional sports brands in the country, and this ownership team, through actions on and off the field, has proven its commitment to even further strengthening its bond with the Southern California community. We are excited to expand our partnership with continued focus on the game broadcast experience and jointly produced new local programming for the station.”

The agreement between the Los Angeles Dodgers and iHeartMedia is subject to Major League Baseball approval.

In addition to the team of Scully, Monday and Steiner, AM 570′s “DodgerTalk” show has also been a hit with fans as Kevin Kennedy, David Vassegh and Jorge Jarrin cover the team before and after each and every game.

Scully recently announced he will return for his record 66th season in the booth. Scully calls the first three innings on radio in the simulcasts. Former Dodgers outfielder Monday is in his 22nd season as a Dodgers broadcaster and is in his 30th season overall with the organization. Four-time Emmy Award winner Steiner is in his 10th season as play-by-play announcer for the Dodgers. Monday and Steiner will return to the booth in 2015 as well.

The AM 570 signal covers all five counties in Los Angeles, and the station will continue to provide game broadcasts and pregame and postgame shows to the entire Dodgers Radio Network, which includes 22 stations across the state and country.

Credit to the LA Dodgers website where this story was originally published

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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