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Would Leaving Radio Put Wingo In Limbo At ESPN?

“The 56-year old will likely have other suitors, but timing is not great for free agent sportscasters like Wingo or FS1’s Skip Bayless as the COVID-19 pandemic has networks looking to cut dollars, not spend them.”

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Last November, rumors began that Trey Wingo wanted to see his ESPN Radio tenure end by the time the 2020 NFL season begins. 

In 2018, Wingo left as host of ESPN’s NFL Live after 15 years to partner with Mike Golic on the new Golic and Wingo radio show. If Wingo is indeed going to depart ESPN Radio, returning to NFL Live seemed like a good fit. But on Wednesday, Outkick’s Bobby Burack reported ESPN will revamp NFL Live and feature Laura Rutledge as the show’s next host. With Rutledge taking over NFL Live, it leaves two of the show’s former hosts, Wendi Nix and Trey Wingo with an unknown future. 

Being in “limbo” as The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand categorized it,  coincides with Wingo and Nix both owning contracts that are set to expire later this year. According to Marchand, ESPN has negotiated to bring Nix back, but it’s unclear in what capacity.  

After 23 years with ESPN, Wingo continues to be a focal point for The Worldwide Leader, but if radio and NFL Live are no longer options, what’s next? The 56-year old will likely have other suitors, but timing is not great for free agent sportscasters like Wingo or FS1’s Skip Bayless as the COVID-19 pandemic has networks looking to cut dollars, not spend them. 

ESPN needs to establish the role they view for Wingo while negotiating a potential contract, they also need to figure out how they’re replacing him if he does depart their national morning radio show. Wingo’s radio exit could also spell the end of a more than two-decade long era with Mike Golic on the morning show. 

In 2017, Golic stated he contemplated retirement when Mike & Mike was in the midst of their breakup. But when ESPN presented the idea of co-hosting a new installment of the show with his son Mike Golic Jr and Trey Wingo, the network’s longtime morning radio host decided to stay. With Stephen A. Smith ending his show earlier this year, Will Cain set to leave at the end of this month, and questions surrounding Golic and Wingo, ESPN Radio’s lineup appears to be nearing a total overhaul.

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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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Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats

“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.

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Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.

The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.

Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.

The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.

ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.

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