In another significant move entering into the 2014-15 season, the Cavs have signed a second iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) powerhouse to serve as the official broadcast home of Cavaliers basketball. The longtime partners have agreed on a new multi-year contract for WTAM 1100 AM as the radio home of the Cavs, that includes the addition of its FM sister station, 100.7 WMMS. All 82 Cavs regular season games, as well as the seven preseason games and all playoff games will be simulcast live on the two Cleveland stations. The 50,000-watt WTAM and 34,000-watt WMMS will serve as flagship stations for the 24-station Cavs Radio Network.
“iHeartMedia is proud to extend our long standing partnership with the Cavaliers,” said Gary Mincer, Cleveland market president of iHeartMedia. “In addition to hearing every game on Newsradio WTAM 1100 AM, we are also excited to now include 100.7 FM WMMS as a second Cleveland flagship station. iHeartMedia looks forward to being a part of the Cavaliers bright future!”
The new agreement makes the Cavs only one of five teams in the NBA that airs its games on both an AM and FM station. (The others are the Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and the Portland Trail Blazers.)
“Our continued relationship with iHeartMedia will ensure Cavs fans get the same quality broadcasts and Cavs programming that ranks among the best in the NBA,” said Len Komoroski, Cavaliers CEO. “Fans know when they tune in they can count on getting comprehensive game coverage delivered by a team of top broadcasters in the NBA who are experienced Cavaliers insiders.”
Cavs fans can look forward to enjoying complete coverage during the season before, during and after every game. In addition, the Cavs and iHeartMedia will collaborate to develop new content on multiple platforms to engage and interact with fans in all new ways as the team and stations move into an exciting future together.
Veteran broadcaster John Michael will return for his fourth season as play-by-play announcer and will be joined by Cavalier Legend Jim Chones, who will be back for his fifth season as color analyst. Returning for his 23rd year is studio host Mike Snyder, who will anchor all pregame, halftime and postgame shows. Former OSU great and NBA player Brad Sellers is back for his fifth year as postgame studio analyst, while producer and locker room reporter Scott Zurilla is back for his 21st season.
Each broadcast on the Cavaliers Radio Network begins with “The First Merit Tip-Off Show,” an inside look at the upcoming game. Hosted by Snyder, the show airs 30 minutes prior to game time. It is a comprehensive look at what is happening around the NBA, including interviews, highlights, game reports, injury updates and a preview of the Cavaliers game with Head Coach David Blatt and John Michael.
Following each game broadcast, fans can participate in the “Postgame Call-In Show.” Snyder will be joined by Chones and Sellers to provide game analysis, and review the stats and highlights. Fans will hear comments from players in both locker rooms, Coach Blatt’s postgame press conference, live reports and highlights from other games around the league, as well as comments from Cavaliers fans everywhere.
Fans can also hear the “Discount Drug Mart Cavs Insider Radio Show,” every Monday from 7-8 p.m. on Newsradio WTAM 1100 and the Cavaliers Radio Network. The “Discount Drug Mart Cavs Insider Radio Show,” hosted by Snyder offers fans the most up-to-date information on the Cavs and will feature Head Coach David Blatt, players, coaches and others in the Cavs front office, along with newsmakers around the NBA and other special guests.
Also, every Monday through Friday morning at 8:25 a.m., fans can listen to host Bill Wills and Snyder on WTAM 1100 AM for the Cavs Daily Update. They will be joined on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by John Michael or Jim Chones. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, coaches and members of the front office, along with other Cavalier Legends will appear with Wills and Snyder. Michael will also host the daily “Cavaliers Update,” which is broadcast mornings and afternoons on WTAM 1100 and the rest of the Cavaliers Radio Network and features the latest news on the Cavaliers, including game recaps, previews and other NBA features.
Credit to the Cleveland Cavaliers website where this story was originally published.
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.