Entercom announced a multi-year extension to serve as the exclusive broadcast partner for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and Atlanta United of the MLS. The agreement, featuring Entercom’s 92.9 The Game as the flagship home for the Falcons and United, will run through the 2023 season.
“We are proud to extend our partnership with the Falcons and United,” Entercom senior VP and market manager Rick Caffey said in the news release. “As the leaders in sports radio, we are committed to providing our listeners with premier coverage of their favorite hometown teams.”
Under the extension with Entercom, 92.9 The Game will continue to broadcast all Falcons games. Wes Durham will remain as the Falcons play-by-play announcer, with Dave Archer serving as the color analyst. 92.9 will also provide pregame and postgame shows for each broadcast featuring Mike Conti, Hugh Douglas and DJ Shockley.
“On behalf of the Atlanta Falcons & Atlanta United, we are excited to extend our outstanding partnership with the Entercom cluster of stations here in Atlanta,” said Tim Zulawski, Chief Revenue Officer, AMB Sports and Entertainment. “From management and on-air talent to the station engineers, everyone at Entercom is aligned with our mission of providing the best listening experience to our fans as possible.”
92.9 The Game’s coverage of the Falcons will include head coach Dan Quinn joining their morning show, John & Hugh each Wednesday at 8:10am. Quarterback Matt Ryan will be prominently featured on the station with three weekly appearances, Mondays and Fridays at 8:20am on John & Hugh along with joining the afternoon show, Dukes & Bell, Thursdays at 4:40pm.
The Atlanta United will also have their matches heard on 92.9 The Game, should there be a scheduling conflict, United games will be broadcast on sister station 94.1.
Financial terms of the extension were not released, 92.9 The Game’s previous deal to become the official flagship station of the Falcons was a three-year contract worth $9 million.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”