It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Denver Broncos generate strong interest from Denver sports fans. Serving football content on sports radio is a winning formula, and this year Denver Sports 760 is ramping up their coverage to further excite local listeners.
The iHeartMedia station is re-branding and adopting the position of Orange and Blue Radio, which includes an on-air content strategy change. 760 is throwing all of its weight behind the Broncos, making them the featured part of all on-air conversation. That means the Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche and local College Sports teams are left on the outside looking in.
“We’re excited to further strengthen our partnership with the Denver Broncos,” said Tim Hager, Region President for iHeartMedia Denver. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to serve our community’s listeners and advertisers with unique and exclusive Broncos content.”
In accordance with the new programming initiatives, the radio station is making a bigger commitment to its weekday lineup. 760 had recently relied on one local afternoon show and FOX Sports Radio programming to occupy their weekday programming hours but that’s about to change.
The station’s morning show will consist of Andy Lindahl and Tyler Polumbus. The duo will host M-F 7a-12p MT. Polumbus spent three of his eight seasons in the NFL playing for the Broncos including contributing to the team’s Super Bowl championship in 2015. He is the team’s new radio sideline reporter, and previously spent time working for local market competitor 104.3 The Fan. Lindahl, has spent the past two decades working in Denver, including serving previously as the Broncos radio sideline reporter. He had recently been hosting 760’s afternoon show.
After Lindahl and Polumbus, the voice of the Broncos Dave Logan takes over. Logan spent nine years in the NFL before becoming a mainstay on the Denver radio airwaves. He has been a featured voice on 850 KOA for nearly 30 years, and behind the microphone for Broncos broadcasts for the past twenty. He has also coached over 23 seasons of high school football, making 21 post season appearances, and winning seven state championships. He is one of only three players, to be drafted by the NBA, NFL, and MLB. Logan’s new show will air weekdays from 12p-1p MT.
Sandwiched in between Logan and the afternoon show will be a new midday program featuring Brandon Krisztal and former Broncos safety Steve Atwater. Krisztal has spent the past decade in Denver, developing his skills as a reporter, anchor, and host. He’s also 760’s Executive Producer. Atwater on the other hand is beloved by Broncos fans for his ten years of on the field production. During his playing days he earned a reputation for being one of the hardest hitting safeties in the NFL.
Taking listeners home in the afternoon will be the combination of Andrew Lopez and Cory Lopez. Mason has spent 17 seasons covering the NFL, including the past 12 working the Broncos beat. He’s also contributed previously to NFL.com, The Sporting News, The New York Times and CBSSports.com. Lopez, has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting news and sports. He has worked for KOA, the Broncos flagship station, as host of PrimeTime Sports, and is the play-by-play voice of the CU Women’s Basketball team.
“Orange and Blue Radio will quickly become the preeminent destination for Broncos fans,” said JoJo Turnbeaugh, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia Denver. “In addition to AM 760 and 103.5 HD2 along the Front Range, Orange and Blue Radio will reach Broncos fans around the globe via our iHeartRadio App.”
“Our longstanding partnership with iHeartMedia Denver continues to evolve and we are committed to finding new ways to engage Broncos fans across the fast-changing media landscape,” Broncos Chief Commercial Officer Mac Freeman said. “Orange and Blue Radio will allow us to bring Broncos fans more content, more often, in more places.”
760 hasn’t yet announced its plans for nights and overnights. As more information trickles in, we’ll pass it along.
Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football
“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”
The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.
“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit.
Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about:
As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.
“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”
Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan
“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”
John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.
Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.
“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”
Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.
The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.
“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”
Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’
“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.
On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.
“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”
Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.
“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”
Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.
The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.
“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”