Marc Moser, Vic Lombardi, and Brett Kane are taking their act to television. The popular Denver sports radio trio heard on Altitude Sports 92.5 FM will now also be seen on sister TV network Altitude Sports weekday mornings at 7am MT.
“Doing the radio on TV thing has been a dream of mine for years,” said Lombardi. “Now we finally have the firepower to pull it off. Moser’s face got us to the finish line.”
Moser and Lombardi are no strangers to local television viewers. Marc serves as the TV play-by-play voice of the Colorado Avalanche, and has been part of the team’s broadcast crew in various capacities since 1997. Vic on the other hand is a 3-time Emmy winner and anchors studio coverage of the Denver Nuggets. The duo has a combined 50 years of experience covering Denver sports. Brett Kane joined the two Denver broadcasters on radio in 2019.
“Honestly with faces like ours, this can go two ways….total connection and the ability to commiserate, which would be great, or complete avulsion” joked Moser. “It’s going to bring our show to a larger audience and we have our listeners to thank for it. If it weren’t for them already making our show one of the most watched sports shows online period, none of this would have happened.”
Moser’s point about the show’s online success is an important one. The morning team branched out beyond radio last year, adding a live stream of their show on Twitch. Since doing so it’s become one of the top five sports offerings in the country.
The opportunity to expand the program’s local presence on local television also has Kane excited. He added “The simulcast is exciting because if nothing else, it’ll give listeners a true glimpse at the absolute nonsense that this show prides itself in, and an opportunity to laugh along with us.”
Just two years into its move on to the FM dial, Altitude Sports 92.5FM is still in growth mode. Program Director Dave Tepper summed up the television expansion as another step in the right direction for the brand.
“This is another accomplished goal on our journey,” said Tepper. “Special credit is deserved by our Digital Coordinator Alex Rajaniemi who took producing a sports radio simulcast on Twitch TV to a higher level. We appreciate the opportunity that Altitude TV has given us to expand the awareness of this entertaining show and Altitude Sports Radio 92.5.”
FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.
NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake
“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”
The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.
“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”
Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.
Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.
Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”
Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’
“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”
Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.