More people are stuck in their homes than ever before right now. The coronavirus pandemic has shut down most businesses, which means it has eliminated most work commutes. Fewer people in their cars means stations have to find ways to reach listeners in their homes.
Jorge Sedano is taking his show online. He put out a Tweet today reminding listeners that his show and the entire 710 ESPN LA lineup is available on the ESPN App. He pointed out that the show is also available on streaming platforms like Twitch and YouTube.
Promoting your digital presence is imperative right now. A radio used to be easy to find in people’s homes. In August of 2019, Amy Watson published a study through Statista that said 67% of radio listeners do their home listening online.
Stations around the country are trying to be creative and find new ways into listeners’ homes while they are quarantined. Adding new platforms, including streaming video, may be the best way to preserve as much of your regular audience as possible.
TuneIn Premium Offering ESPN Radio Commercial Free
“All of the ESPN Radio content is available live or on-demand over the TuneIn platform.”
TuneIn just announced a major addition to their premium audio offerings. ESPN Radio is now available commercial-free to TuneIn premium subscribers.
TuneIn’s top customers will now get unimpeded access to their favorite ESPN Radio shows like Keyshawn, JWill, and Max, and Greeny. The company had been offering ESPN Radio programming on its platform before, but never commercial-free.
“Every day, millions of people around the world trust ESPN to provide them with the latest and greatest in sports coverage and commentary,” said Richard Stern, CEO of TuneIn.
The brand new feature falls in line with other commercial-free programming that TuneIn has implemented. MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News Radio are all currently available in a commercial-free format for premium subscribers, along with CNBC and Bloomberg. TuneIn began its premium service in 2015 and initially allowed those subscribers to record anything on the app but that has since been discontinued.
All of the ESPN Radio content is available live or on-demand on the TuneIn platform.
“Now more than ever,” Stern said. “TuneIn is committed to meeting our listeners’ demand for timely and uninterrupted sports talk. As longtime partners with ESPN, we are incredibly excited to bring ESPN Radio Commercial-Free to TuneIn Premium, and give our listeners, even more, sports to consume.”
TuneIn boasts 80 million active monthly users around the globe and exclusively offers commercial-free programming from various news networks. Listeners can hear sports, news, music, radio, and podcasts from all over the world on TuneIn.
Users can access TuneIn in 100-plus countries and on over 200 different devices. There are over 100,000 global radio stations available on the platform. The company has grown exponentially since Bill Moore founded it as RadioTime in Dallas 19 years ago.
Matt Perrault & Dave Sharapan Team For New Digital Show
“Dave and I could not be more excited to get started, and we feel like Props.com is the perfect platform for the new show.”
Gambling media company American Affiliate announced the addition of sports betting radio host Matt Perrault, formerly at Sportsmap Radio, and longtime bookmaker Dave Sharapan today to its growing team of sports gambling media personalities.
The two will also be hosting a new sports gambling podcast and live stream called The Bostonian vs. The Book which will be live on Props.com.
Perrault will serve as American Affiliate’s director of new media and brings more than two decades of radio experience, including his syndicated show, Pushing The Odds. Sharapan comes from a long line of gambling experts in Western Pennsylvania and has spent the past two decades working in sportsbooks in Las Vegas and around the world. The show is focused on sports betting entertainment along with the wealth of experience and knowledge from Perrault and Sharapan around the sports gambling industry.
“Dave and I could not be more excited to get started, and we feel like Props.com is the perfect platform for the new show.” said Matt Perrault.
“I made my first bet on Super Bowl X with my dad. The Steelers won, but didn’t cover,” said Dave Sharapan. “Sports have been a big part of my life since. The business is amazing. Every day, every game, the line tells a story. It’s fun to talk about, and I am pumped to do it every day, even with a Boston guy.”
“When I asked Matt Perrault what his dream show to develop was, I committed before he even finished saying Dave’s name.” said American Affiliate Co-Founder and CEO Chris Grove.
Starting in December, The Bostonian vs. The Book will be live on Props.com every weekday from 10 – 11 a.m. PT, with an audio and video podcast to follow.
Big 12 Bans Texas Tech Radio Crew From Upcoming Game
“Texas Tech University has not officially commented on the broadcast plans for the Oklahoma State game.”
Texas Tech fans will not hear familiar voices this week if they tune into the radio call of the Red Raiders’ game against Oklahoma State. Play-by-play man Brian Jensen and analyst John Harris have been reprimanded by the Big 12 and barred from calling the game.
The conference took action on Wednesday. During Texas Tech’s game last Saturday, Jensen and Harris were very critical of the officials in the game. They even suggested that the league was conspiring to ensure Iowa State won.
“I’ll say it right now, the Big 12 does not want Iowa State to lose this game,” Harris said on air after an interception by Texas Tech at the goal line was overturned.
Jensen tweeted about the call from the broadcast booth during the game.
The final straw for the league may have been John Harris naming the officials on air and saying that the Big 12 should “be embarrassed” by them.
Timothy Burke collected all of the audio and tweeted it out in a thread showing what was happening on the field at the time of the comments.
“I understand the roles of the play-by-play and color analyst,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a press release. “However as University representatives they also have an obligation to adhere to Conference policy regarding comments about game officials. The comments by the Red Raider Radio Network booth announcers were contrary to expected levels of respect and professionalism. Questioning the integrity of Conference officials and specifically calling out members of the officiating crew is well beyond appropriate and permissible behavior.”
Texas Tech University has not officially commented on the broadcast plans for the Oklahoma State game. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal speculates that Geoff Haxton, who calls play-by-play of the school’s basketball and baseball teams, will call the action and sideline reporter Chris Level will serve as the analyst.
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