Hubbard Radio is changing the game in Minneapolis. The company has announced the forthcoming launch of SKOR North, a digital-first sports content brand which will officially launch on Tuesday January 15th.
SKOR North will create and distribute content across multiple traditional and digital platforms including 1500 AM, 94.5 FM HD 2, streaming, a dedicated SKOR North app, podcasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The brand will debut with daily online sports stories and columns on SKORNorth.com, social media content, and over 15 original podcasts, including the Purple Podcast, Reusse Unchained, Judd with Lou Nanne, Myron Medcalf on Hoops, The Scoop with Darren “Doogie” Wolfson, and the Twins Touch ‘Em All podcast.
“The media landscape is changing and sports fans have never had more options to get sports content. Today’s fans want sports information and opinions on their radio, mobile phone, desktop computer and smart speakers at home,” commented Dan Seeman, Vice President and Region Manager for Hubbard Radio Minnesota. “SKOR North is a content company first. We will create great sports content that will be distributed on multiple platforms so Minnesota sports fans can listen, watch or read about Minnesota sports teams when they want it, where they want it and how they want it.”
To kick things off on radio, SKOR North will feature local programming M-F from Noon to 7pm CT on 1500 AM and 94.5 FM HD2. Among the shows to be featured in the lineup are Purple Daily, a 52 week per year program focused on the Minnesota Vikings, SKOR North Live with Matthew Coller, and the Mackey and Judd Show with Ramie Maklouf who recently joined the station after a decade in Milwaukee at 105.7 The Fan. ESPN Radio’s Golic & Wingo and The Dan Le Batard Show will occupy mornings and middays.
In order to capture the sights, sounds, and daily sports developments in the Twin cities, SKOR North will invest in a strong reporting team. Derek Wetmore will cover the Twins, Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad tackle the Vikings, Dane Moore and Danny Cunningham will track the Timberwolves, and Jonathan Harrison, Jake Depue, Daniel House and others will follow the Golden Gophers and MNUFC. Zulgad will also spend time with the Wild.
And that’s not all.
Adding to SKOR North’s content on a regular basis will be a star studded cast of local sports experts and contributors. Included in that mix are Myron Medcalf and Courtney Cronin from ESPN.com, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels, Star Tribune Columnists Patrick Reusse and Chip Scoggins, former Twins player and current analyst, Roy Smalley, and hockey legend Lou Nanne.
With the tagline, “Minnesota Sports. Anytime. Anywhere”, SKOR North promises an active social media presence, sharing sports news and opinions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
“We’re excited to entertain and connect with Minnesota sports fans on multiple platforms – in addition to radio,” said director of content Phil Mackey. “And we hope people will find our shows, personalities, written work and social media to be a combination of fun, creative, intelligent and audience-inclusive.”
SKOR NORTH WEEKDAY LINEUP:
5am-9am Golic and Wingo, ESPN Radio
9am-12n Dan Le Batard, ESPN Radio
12n-1pm Purple Daily, SKOR North
1pm-2pm Purple Daily (hour 2), SKOR North Twins Show or SKOR North Wolves Show (depending on season)
2pm-4pm SKOR North Live with Matthew Coller
4pm-6pm The Mackey & Judd Show with Ramie, SKOR North
6pm-7pm SKOR North Twins Show or SKOR North Wolves Show or Reusse Unchained, or The Beer Show
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.
Boomer & Gio: NFL RedZone Botched Transition From Seahawks/Raiders
“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS!”
Josh Jacobs scored a tremendous 86-yard touchdown run in overtime as the Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Seattle Seahawks Sunday. Unfortunately, many didn’t get to see it live as NFL RedZone cut away from the game due to NFL broadcasting rules. WFAN morning show Boomer & Gio believe the coverage was botched by the channel and host Scott Hanson.
“The RedZone is who I have issue with,” Gregg Giannotti said. “Scott Hanson — who I have trusted for many years — tells me and the rest of the country to go over to your local CBS and watch the rest of this overtime. ‘International customers stay here. If you’re in America, go over to your local CBS.’ So I go over to my local CBS and there’s some guy wiping off dinosaur eggs with a brush.”
“I’m so confused with the TV rules — and I’ve been in it for 22 years. I’m just very confused,” Boomer Esiason added.
After a discussion about what the rules actually are for television broadcasters and the NFL, the show concluded NFL RedZone couldn’t air portions of just a single game that was still underway.
“If he would have told me ‘We’re taking this off, sorry, those are the rules’, I could have accepted that. He told me that it was on my local CBS,” Giannotti said.
Esiason asked for the show to get in touch with Mike North, the NFL’s Vice President of Broadcasting, joking that they needed to know who to blame for the blunder.
“Somebody dropped the ball over there, that’s for sure,” Giannotti concluded.