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iHeart Launches The Gambler In Cleveland

“It’s the second station launched by iHeart as “The Gambler” in recent months. Last August, FOX Sports The Gambler debuted in Philadelphia on 102.5 FM and 1480 AM.”

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iHeartMedia announced a change for their sports radio station, WARF 1350 in Akron, Ohio. As of Monday Jan. 27, the radio station rebranded as Fox Sports 1350 AM, The Gambler. The Akron and Cleveland area radio station will broadcast sports with a focus on gambling.

It’s the second station launched by iHeart as “The Gambler” in recent months. Last August, FOX Sports The Gambler debuted in Philadelphia on 102.5 FM and 1480 AM. The iHeart owned station airs a mix of local and nationally syndicated content, which Akron’s WARF will do as well. In addition to national programming from FOX Sports and the BetR Network, The Gambler will also offer wagering updates from VSiN at the top of every hour.

Featured in their weekday lineup will also be Mark ‘Munch’ Bishop who joined WARF as an afternoon host in 2017. Munch on Sports will control morning drive on The Gambler, each day from 6 – 9am.

“The Gambler is the future of sports radio,” said Keith Hotchkiss, President of iHeartMedia’s North Ohio region. “We are thrilled to bring this hot new format to the market, helping Clevelanders navigate the ever-growing world of sports wagering.”

Full Weekday Programming Lineup:

The Jason Smith Show w/Mike Harmon 12am-2am
The Ben Maller Show 2am-6am
Munch on Sports 6am-9am
The Dan Patrick Show 9am-12pm
The Herd with Colin Cowherd 12pm-3pm
The Doug Gottlieb Show 3pm-5pm
My Guys in the Desert w/Brent Musberger 5pm-7pm
The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker 7pm-9pm
The Green Zone 9pm-12am

WARF 1350 has been a sports station for the better part of two decades. Over the weekend, the station shared news that they would undergo a major change, but didn’t offer specifics. On Sunday, they aired Kenny Rogers “The Gambler” on repeat, teasing the news, before officially launching their new lineup Monday morning.

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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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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

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After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”

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If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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