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Sports Radio In Denver Is About To Heat Up

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It’s been widely speculated that the Denver sports radio market will become a little more crowded in 2016. However that didn’t look to be the case two weeks ago. 105.5 ESPN announced they would be exiting the format which set up a situation where 104.3 The Fan would have little competition.

But to borrow a line from Lee Corso, “Not so fast my friend“.

Barrett Sports Media has learned that iHeart will flip 760AM from its current “Real Talk 760” News/Talk  format to sports. The station will launch with Fox Sports Radio serving as its network affiliate, Dan Patrick anchoring mornings from 7a-10a and Colin Cowherd hosting middays from 12p-3p.

Additionally, 760 will add some local flavor to the lineup. Broncos Play by Play voice and KOA afternoon drive personality Dave Logan will host weekdays from 10a-12p with Susie Wargin, and the afternoon show will include Andy Lindahl as part of the mix. The station is finalizing its decision on a co-host.

There may be some other additions at some point, and with talent like Scott Hastings, Nate Kreckman, Cecil Lammey, and Mark Schlereth available, along with former FAN Programmer Nate Lundy, the company clearly has options it can explore.

But they better act fast because there’s another shark lurking in the water!

Yesterday, it was learned that KSE Radio Ventures, a subsidiary of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, is purchasing KRWZ (950 AM) from Entercom Communications. Once the sale gets approved, KSE will have four brands under their portfolio, KRWZ-AM, and KIMN-FM 100.3, KXKL-FM 105.1 and KWOF-FM 92.5.

KSE is also the owner of the Pepsi Center, the Colorado Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets.

No format has been announced yet for 950AM but it’s expected that the oldies format which currently airs on the station will give way to a sports talk format during the early part of 2016. One benefit for KSE is that the Nuggets and Avalanche have the majority of their games already airing on 950AM.

104.3 The Fan currently leads the ratings race and they’ve re-added the ESPN affiliation and hired a new PD (Armen Williams). On the other hand, morning show host Vic Lombardi’s contract is coming up for renewal, and KSE is rumored to have interest. They hired Lombardi earlier this month to join the Altitude Sports television network.

With 760 flipping to sports and Kroenke’s group on the verge of taking control of an AM brand and likely entering the sports radio picture, 2016 figures to be an interesting one in the Denver market.

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Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”

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Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.

You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.

“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”

Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”

“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”

While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.

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Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”

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After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.

Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.

Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.

“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”

The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.

Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.

“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”

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Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”

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The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.

The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.

But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.

“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”

What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.

“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”

Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.

“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.

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