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FOX Sports Radio Adds 103.5 the Game To Get To 600 Affiliates

The addition comes just in time for the NCAA Tournament as KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM is the radio flagship of the Gonzaga Bulldogs who are undefeated and ranked #1 in this year’s tournament.

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With the addition of Spokane’s KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM, FOX Sports Radio (FSR) announced on Thursday that the network has reached the 600 affiliate mark for the first time in history.

The addition comes just in time for the NCAA Tournament. KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM is the radio flagship of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, who are undefeated and ranked #1 in this year’s tournament.

As noted in the release, KGA 103.5 FM/1510 AM will air FOX Sports Radio’s 24/7 lineup, including The Herd with Colin Cowherd, The Dan Patrick Show, Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis, The Doug Gottlieb Show, The Odd Couple with Chris Broussard & Rob Parker, Straight Outta Vegas with R.J. Bell, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon and The Ben Maller Show. “FOX Sports Radio 103.5 The Game” will debut tomorrow, March 19, at 6 a.m. with The Dan Patrick Show.

“As the flagship station for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, we are thrilled to add the wall-to-wall sports coverage provided by FOX Sports Radio,” said Kent Jones, Operations Manager of Stephens Media Group Spokane, Wash. “This is an exciting time for Gonzaga and Spokane. FOX Sports Radio’s amazing lineup of talent with their coverage of the tournament and everything sports allows us to provide the best sports programming for Spokane, both now and throughout the year.”

FSR celebrated its 20th anniversary in August 2020 and in the last few months has hit a number of milestones on the digital front. According to FSR, the network experienced double and triple-digit gains across multiple platforms in January and February 2021 with total podcast listens for the FOX Sports Radio Podcast Network growing +66% year-over-year in February, and unique visits to FOXSportsRadio.com increasing by +180% year-over-year. January also marked FSR’s best streaming month in history with +33% year-over-year growth. 

“As FOX Sports Radio continues to experience record-setting growth across multiple platforms, we’re excited to partner with the radio home of the #1 team in college basketball,” said Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Programming for Premiere Networks and Scott Shapiro, Vice President of Programming for FOX Sports Radio, in a joint statement. “There couldn’t be a better time to collaborate and grow together, while celebrating this historic milestone. We’re proud of the entire FOX Sports Radio team who made this possible, and we appreciate the incredible support of all our partners.”

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Mike Rhyner Leads 97.1 the Freak For Its Debut in Dallas

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

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Ben Torres / Special Contributor Dallas Morning News

The dawn of a new sports radio signal in Dallas has come and who else to be the first voice you hear, but the Old Grey Wolf Mike Rhyner.

97.1 the Eagle stopped their regular programming late Monday morning and began stunting, the technique radio stations use to separate listeners from old programming into new programming. They began by playing songs with the word “freak” in them then went into a continuous loop of “The Waiting is the Hardest Part” by Tom Petty until 3p CT. Then, a voiceover detailing the Eagle’s history transitioned into the voice that Dallas-Forth Worth residents have gotten to know so well, Mike Rhyner.

“So, where were we?” began Rhyner.

He would go on to relive his final moments at The Ticket in Dallas. He said he was getting his “head around being a Paw Paw” before getting a call from Ben Rogers of the Ben and Skin Show and thus an idea for The Freak began to take shape.

After that, the show’s intro music played and Rhyner welcomed in Mike Sirois and before you knew it, the guys were wondering about a quarterback controversy in Dallas. 97.1 The Freak is off and running.

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Howie Rose Plans to Travel for Mets Postseason Games

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose said.

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Howie Rose has cut back on his travel schedule as the radio voice of the New York Mets in 2022, but he says that no place is off limits during the playoffs.

“Oh, I’m all-in if they play in Timbuktu,” Rose told Newsday. “A lot of this was designed to make sure that I had enough reserve to be able to handle anything that comes up in terms of road trips.”

Rose, 68, readies for what is likely to be a Wild Card series start to the playoffs and because of their Wild Card status, a win there could mean a trip to Los Angeles for the National League Divisional Series.

“It’s not exactly like managing Edwin Diaz’s innings, but I think that doing the number of games that I have and more to the point, being able to take the breaks that I have, has enabled me to approach the postseason with a clear mind and the full-speed-ahead attitude that you need to have.”

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Jake Chapman Named Orlando Magic Radio Play-By-Play Voice

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Jake Chapman has been introduced as the new radio play-by-play voice of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.

Chapman is beginning his 10th overall season with the franchise. He has previously served as the pre-game and post-game host for the team, as well as the radio producer. He joined the club as in intern in 2006 before becoming a producer in 2009. He then joined the Detroit Pistons Radio Network in 2014 to become its pre-game and post-game host as well as executive producer. He later joined 92.3 The Fan and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network as a producer. He returned to the Magic in 2019.

Chapman will make his debut as the team’s radio voice during its preseason opener tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Kravitz will serve as co-host for pregame, halftime and postgame. The network pregame show, Magic Tonight, will hit the air 30 minutes prior to tip-off. Magic Tonight is scheduled to premiere on October 11.

96.9 The Game is the radio flagship of the Magic Radio Network.

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