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Arizona Coyotes Moving To Fox Sports 910 In Phoenix

“Their previous broadcast partnership was with Bonneville’s Arizona Sports which started while the team was still known as the Phoenix Coyotes.”

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According to The Athletic, the Arizona Coyotes will have a new radio home in the upcoming NHL season.  Starting with the 2019 – 20 schedule of games, Phoenix area fans of the Coyotes will tune to iHeartMedia’s Fox Sports 910 KGME to hear game broadcasts.  

The Athletic was unable to provide terms of the new deal including a length of contract between iHeart’s Fox Sports 910 and the Arizona Coyotes. 

Their previous broadcast partnership was with Bonneville’s Arizona Sports which started while the team was still known as the Phoenix Coyotes.  When Arizona Sports began carrying the Coyotes in 2012, they were an AM station on 620, moving to 98.7 FM in 2014.  The Coyotes will move back to the AM dial as Fox Sports 910 takes over as their flagship affiliate.  Switching from an FM signal to AM might seem like a downgrade, but industry consultant, Lee Berke told The Athletic an FM signal may not be as important as it used to be.

“You can have an AM HD version that sounds just about as good these days,” Berke said. “Particularly if you’re listening to an AM station online there’s no difference in quality. The AM thing is not a major issue.”

When partnered with Bonneville’s Arizona Sports, the Coyotes were often bumped from the FM signal as the radio station also serves as an affiliate for each of the state’s three other professional sports teams, as well as  Arizona State University football and basketball.  The long list of broadcast responsibilities for Arizona Sports saw the Coyotes moved to KTAR 620 AM with regularity.

As the only major flagship affiliate on Fox Sports 910, Coyotes games are less likely to be part of a broadcast scheduling conflict.  The partnership should also see the Coyotes featured as a focal point during 910’s local weekday radio shows.  According to The Athletic, the Coyotes radio broadcast team of play-by-play voice Bob Heethuis and analyst Paul Bissonnette will also make the move to Fox Sports 910.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Jim Nantz: ‘Players Are Realizing Being In A Top NFL Booth Is A Big Deal’

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Much has been made in the media about Tom Brady joining the NFL on FOX booth after his playing days are over. The majority opinion has been that Brady won’t succeed.

But if you ask Jim Nantz, Brady is going to be a home run.

“He’ll be very well prepared. That goes without saying,” Nantz told Rich Eisen on Tuesday. “I think he’ll be very good. I don’t have any question about it.”

Nantz speaks from having spent the last five seasons alongside former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at CBS. Romo has been widely praised for his analytical skills and abilit

“I’m thrilled that he’s going to have a voice in the sport,” Nantz continued. “I think what’s happened here recently is that everybody has realized that that platform, being an elite analyst on one of the very few, handful of packages in the NFL, it’s a big deal. And you’re extremely relevant and people are listening to everything you say. And Tom will be up to the challenge.

“I never had a doubt that he would be a genius at this. I had a friendship with Tony that went back many years before the arranged marriage by CBS that put us in the booth together.

“I don’t pull against anybody. I’m not trying to outsmart, outdo this. We’re just trying to be the best that we can be, and I just like our situation of having the chance to work 21 weeks a year together having fun conversing, looking at one another face-to-face.”

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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’

“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”

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They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.

Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.

“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”

Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.

“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”

After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.

“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”

Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.

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99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship

“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”

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The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.

The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.

“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”

“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”

The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.

“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.

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