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Digital Audio Network The Kontender Launches

“Each week, The Kontender’s commercial free content will focus on Chicago Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with DC taking center stage Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.”

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A new 24/7 digital audio network was launched on Tuesday, uniquely serving the Chicago and Washington, DC markets. The newly launched New Jersey based network is called The Kontender.  

Each week, The Kontender’s commercial free content will focus on Chicago Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with DC taking center stage Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sunday will mix content from both markets. The network is currently available at thekontender.com, while a mobile app is still being developed and plans to go live in late 2021.

Programming kicked off with The Bill Rohland Show from 10am – noon. Rohland, a DC sports talk veteran will host his weekly show live every Tuesday. The Kontender’s Chicago programming will feature Pat Morenzoni on The Windy City Breeze and Jon Zaghloul’s Sports Talk Chicago.

“We are excited to have Bill, Pat, and other talented people on our stream,” said Marketing Manager Joe Curci. “We look to take advantage of talent that may be on the sidelines because of the economic trouble of traditional radio broadcasters, and we’re always looking to find new faces that haven’t gotten a look.”

When not live, the 24/7 digital sports network will air bonus material and highlights from other shows, but hosts will always be able to go on-air when major news breaks. The Kontender’s full on-air schedule is available on their website

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Bleav Launches Kordell Stewart Podcast

“My Podcast will be an On The Edge experience however tough but fair. To be able to SLASH in and out of topics takes a team that BLEAVs in me,” Stewart said in a statement.

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Former Pro Bowl quarterback Kordell Stewart is joining Bleav for a new podcast called On The Edge with SLASH.

“My Podcast will be an On The Edge experience however tough but fair. To be able to SLASH in and out of topics takes a team that BLEAVs in me,” Stewart said in a statement.

 “Kordell was electric on the football field, and we are thrilled for him to be electric in front of a microphone. Kordell will bring top notch insights to Bleav,” Bleav CEO Bron Heussenstamm said. “We are ecstatic to work with him!”

The 49-year-old Stewart, nicknamed “Slash” for his ability to play several positions, mostly played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1995-2002. He also played for the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens during his NFL career

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Over Half of All NFL Viewers Don’t Know Thursday Night Football Is Streaming on Amazon

A study of 1,000 Americans 18 and older indicated 53% of frequent NFL viewers are aware that the games will only be available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Thursday Night Football

The new NFL season is heading our way fast, and in Week 2, Amazon will be kicking off its historic run as the home for Thursday Night Football.

The only thing is apparently there’s a large group of football fans out there that still have no idea that you’ll only be able to stream those games.

Cumulus Media and Westwood One Audio Active Group commissioned a study of 1,000 Americans 18 and older which indicated 53% of frequent NFL viewers are aware that the games will only be available on Amazon Prime Video.

What’s more concerning, according to Nielsen Scarborough, 54% of of those who watched TNF (36.7 million) in the last year say they are not Amazon Prime members. So they likely won’t have access to a game stream anyway unless they subscribe.

On the flipside, though, those who already have Prime are more likely to tune in to games anyway. Of those surveyed, there’s a good chance the various alternate broadcasts offered in addition to the traditional feed with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit will bring in larger audiences and viewers who may be occasional NFL watchers.

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Apple is Leader to Land Big Ten Streaming Rights

Amazon has also been negotiating, but the decision by USC and UCLA to join the conference reportedly brought Apple to the table.

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Apple Big Ten

A new media rights deal for the Big Ten Conference is nearing its completion, and it’s being reported Apple is close to joining NBC, CBS and FOX as a media partner.

According to both The Athletic and reporting from MacRumors, the tech giant remains as the leading potential streaming partner in the new deal.

Amazon has also been negotiating, but the decision by USC and UCLA to join the conference reportedly brought Apple to the table.

The deal will reportedly see the conference make $1 billion per year. Apple has already made a splash in the streaming world this year, making deals with both MLB and MLS to stream. The company is also still being linked to talks over securing NFL Sunday Ticket.

A formal announcement of the TV rights deal is anticipated by the end of this week, but no word on whether streaming will be included in that or if a separate agreement needs to be reached.

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