The Portland Trail Blazers announced Michael Holton will have an expanded role with their team of broadcasters this season, contributing as their lead radio analyst for the team’s full 82-game schedule. The Trail Blazers Radio Network consists of more than a dozen affiliates including their flagship station, Rip City Radio 620AM.
The Northwest native has a long history with basketball in the area, having played two seasons with the Trail Blazers and leading the University of Portland men’s basketball program as their head coach from 2001 – 2006. For the last two years, Holton worked as an analyst on Blazers radio broadcasts for home games only. Holton’s increased schedule is part of an overhaul for The Blazers Radio Network which includes Travis Demers taking over for their longtime play-by-play voice Brian Wheeler.
“Michael’s long-standing with the team offers Trail Blazers fans a very unique and in-depth perspective,” said the team’s President and CEO Chris McGowan. “His experience at all levels of basketball from player to head coach make him the perfect analyst and compliment to Travis Demers on play-by-play.”
In addition to working home games on The Blazers Radio Network for the last two seasons, Holton has contributed as an in-studio analyst during both road and home telecasts for 12 years. Holton’s new role will flip those responsibilities, now seeing the broadcaster work in the TV-studio for home games only and as their lead radio analyst for the entire 82-game schedule.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to broadcast all 82 games alongside Travis Demers this season,” said Holton. “I look forward to providing analysis for our great fans in what promises to be a very exciting and intriguing season.”
97.1 The Ticket Lets Fans Sound Off On Matthew Stafford With Playoff Watch Party
“The former Lions quarterback remains a polarizing figure in the city, so Costa and Riger are giving fans the chance to get whatever sort of closure they need with a playoff watch party.”
Jim Costa and Jeff Riger aren’t just hosts at 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit. They are also Detroit sports fans. That means they have strong feelings about Matthew Stafford.
The former Lions quarterback remains a polarizing figure in the city, so Costa and Riger are giving fans the chance to get whatever sort of closure they need with a playoff watch party. The pair will host the virtual event, which will stream on The Ticket’s website and Facebook page.
“It’s the rare chance to settle a sports debate,” Jim Costa, who still supports Stafford, told BSM. “It gives fans of Detroit closure on Matthew Stafford. People are still so emotionally invested in him even though he doesn’t play here anymore with both sides still believing they’re right about why he didn’t win a playoff game with the Lions.”
Other hosts from 97.1 The Ticket will pop in to watch along with Costa and Riger. They will play drinking games and place prop bets throughout the game.
With Jim Costa and Jeff Riger having strong, opposing feelings on Stafford, the final result will yield a punishment for the loser. Someone will have to take a “shot of reality,” which Costa promises will be “really gross”.
Matthew Stafford and the LA Rams will host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL’s first-ever Monday night playoff game this week. It will be the conclusion to the league’s Super Wild Card Weekend.
Field of 68 After Dark Debuts On SiriusXM Next Week
“Listeners will hear a lineup of rotating voices that includes well-known media members, former standout players, and established college basketball coaches.”
SiriusXM’s ESPNU Radio is getting a new show on Monday. The channel will carry Field of 68 After Dark. The one-hour show is currently broadcast nightly at 11pm on the Field of 68 Media Network’s social channels and YouTube page.
Listeners will hear a lineup of rotating voices that includes well-known media members, former standout players, and established college basketball coaches. Rob Dauster and Jeff Goodman will make regular appearances. A press release says Seth Davis and Doug Gottlieb will be part of the show at times as well.
“There’s a major void right now in this space with regard to college basketball,” Dauster said. “This will give diehard college basketball fans somewhere to go each night from the start of the season through the national title game to not only be informed, but also entertained.”
Field of 68 is a podcast and digital media network focused on college basketball. The network partnered with BetRivers last year to expand into the college football space as well.
BetQL Audio Network Adds 3 Weekend Shows
“As football season turns the corner for the home stretch, we’re pleased to introduce three dynamic Sunday shows to help bettors get ready for all the action across the sports world.”
Audacy, Inc. continues to expand its sports betting programming portfolio with its announcement of three new Sunday shows on the BetQL Audio Network. The shows will debut this Sunday, January 16 in a move made in accordance with the end of the National Football League season, further cementing a commitment to provide football fans, and sports fans as a whole, coverage aligning with their interests.
The first show, BetQL 5 Star Weekend, will be co-hosted by CBS Sports Radio’s Damon Amdendolara and 93.7 The Fan’s Chris Mack, with 105.7 The Fan host Jeremy Conn joining the program as a guest host until February 20. The duo will use the BetQL star rating system to determine the best bets to make every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. E.S.T.
From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday’s Bets with The Team 980 host Travis Thomas, along with BetQL Audio Network hosts Quinton Mayo and Michael Jenkins will be on the air. They will continue to preview and subsequently recap the action from a betting perspective throughout the day.
To close out the Sunday coverage, BetNation with Shaun Morash of CBS Sports Radio and Kevan Kenney of Audacy will wrap up the day and “take the pulse of the nation from a sports betting perspective.” Their program will air from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Following the conclusion of this program, Back to the Futures will continue in its 8 to 9 p.m. timeslot, with BetQL writer Lucy Burdge joining co-host Brandon Sprague.
“As football season turns the corner for the home stretch, we’re pleased to introduce three dynamic Sunday shows to help bettors get ready for all the action across the sports world,” said Audacy Vice President of Sports Matt Volk in a statement. “These three programs will continue to put fans in position to win on Sundays, no matter the season.”
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