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WEEI and the New England Patriots Extend Programming Partnership

“The content partnership treats WEEI to weekly conversations with New England Patriots six-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots players on WEEI in Boston.”

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WEEI will once again deliver some of the best football programming in the format thanks to a new agreement between the station’s parent company Audacy, and the New England Patriots. The two sides have struck a multi-year deal to continue their broadcast partnership, which calls for an exclusive continuation of “Patriots Monday” and “Patriots Friday” programming.

The content partnership treats WEEI to weekly conversations with New England Patriots six-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Belichick and Patriots players on WEEI in Boston. In recent years, weekly player appearances have included Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and Cam Newton. The partnership between WEEI and the Patriots started in 1995.

“We’re delighted to extend our longstanding partnership with the New England Patriots and continue giving Patriots fans exclusive access to their favorite team every week,” said Tim Clarke, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Boston. “We look forward to Coach Belichick and multiple veteran leaders providing perspective and game analysis that only they can share every week on WEEI.”

“For more than a quarter century, Boston sports fans have followed the Patriots on WEEI,” said Murray Kohl, Vice President of Sales, New England Patriots. “We are happy to extend our partnership and continue to provide exclusive access to interviews with Coach Belichick and many of our star players. The conversations that our coach and players have with the WEEI hosts each week provide a much different dialogue and insight into the personality than any other sports platform and has become appointment listening for many Patriots fans.”

One change this year from prior years, Bill Belichick will move his Monday appearances from afternoons to mornings. The Patriots head coach will now join WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” featuring Greg Hill and former Patriot Jermaine Wiggins weekdays from 6a-10 ET. The midday show “Gresh and Keefe” with Andy Gresh and Rich Keefe will continue welcoming a rotation of players from 10a-2p ET, including an offensive player, defensive player and a weekly special guest. The afternoon show, “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” hosted by Glenn Ordway, Lou Merloni, and two-time Super Bowl champion and former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria, will feature a weekly chat with the Patriots starting quarterback between 2p-6p ET. “Patriots Friday” will also return with additional team-focused programming throughout the season each Friday.

In addition to creating Patriots-focused on-air content, WEEI has also struck deals with a number of NFL contributors. The station this fall will feature weekly discussions with Michael Irvin, Michael Lombardi, WFAN morning host and CBS NFL analyst Boomer Esiason, ESPN analysts Tedy Bruschi and Keyshawn Johnson, and NBC Sports’ Peter King.

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Tiki & Tierney Leaving CBS Sports Radio For WFAN

“Adding Tiki and Tierney is just the latest in a series of changes for WFAN.”

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Tiki & Tierney are based in New York. Now they will be broadcasting to New York. The show is leaving CBS Sports Radio’s afternoon drive slot. It will move into mid days on WFAN.

The duo should be a good fit for New York sports fans. Tiki Barber is one of the best-known New York Giants of the early 2000s. Brandon Tierney is a Brooklyn native now and familiar voice to New Yorkers, having worked for years at ESPN New York in addition to other stations in various markets across the country. The duo has been together since the launch of CBS Sports Radio, having spent time in both drive slots for the network.

“Tiki and Tierney have a perspective and sound that is tailor-made for New York City and their addition will further solidify WFAN’s iconic position as the area’s most influential sports platform,” said Chris Oliviero, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy New York. “Both are already very familiar to the FAN audience, so their voices joining “Boomer & Gio” and “Carton & Roberts” creates a powerful must listen to our weekday lineup for both listeners and advertisers.”    

A new show means the old one has to go. Moose and Maggie had been holding down the mid day slot on WFAN. No official word is available on Maggie Gray’s or Marc Malusis’s future with WFAN or Audacy. Andrew Marchand reports that Gray is expected to have a different role within the company.

Gray did acknowledge on-air and online that Thursday was her last day as part of Moose and Maggie.

Adding Tiki and Tierney is just the latest in a series of changes for WFAN. In less than a month, the station has said goodbye to Steve Somers and added Keith McPherson in the nighttime hours. Sal Licata has also seen his overnight show extended.

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1010XL/92.5 FM Radiothon Raises Over $243K For Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

The fundraising event was a huge success, raising $243,369, which is by far the most raised for the event in its history.

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It is the time of year for many radio stations to give back, and this is a very special story coming from 1010 XL/92.5 FM in Jacksonville.

Yesterday, the station hosted its 14th annual radiothon. The event benefits the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund to help tackle childhood cancer, and the turnout was staggering.

The event was a huge success, raising $243,369, which is by far the most raised in its history. The station had set a goal of $150,000 and far exceeded it with hours still to go in the fundraiser.

They posted on social media Thursday morning following the fundraiser.

“It’s the favorite day of the on-air staff every year,” Steven Griffin, President & General Manager of the station, said in an email. “This year, they slayed it.”

Donations can still be made to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund at any time on their website with multiple different ways to give back to children in need of help.

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Big Jab Sports Radio Adds Mannix & Mannix In Mid Day

“There is just a unique perspective from both of us because we grew up under different circumstances.”

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Maine’s Big Jab Sports Radio (WJJB) understands the importance of local sports radio, and is replacing syndicated programming with a new show in mid days.

Big Jab is adding Jeff and Taylor Mannix to their midday lineup to debut their new show “Middays with Mannix and Mannix” on weekdays from 10 AM to 2 PM.

The two have been at the station hosting a Saturday morning show for the past three years, but will now take over a new time slot. They will be replacing FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick and CBS Sports Radio’s Jim Rome.

The afternoon “PM Jab” with Javier Gorriti will move from 3-7 to 2-6, shuffling around with the move.

General Manager for the station Jon Van Hoogenstyn said, “Our station leadership is proud and excited to add Middays with Mannix and Mannix to our weekday lineup. This is a significant differentiator for our station and aligns with our commitment to preserving and advancing the art of local talk radio programming.”

This move is a part of a bigger overall movement of all local programming at the station from 6 AM to 6 PM on weekdays.

“There is just a unique perspective from both of us because we grew up under different circumstances.” said co-host Jeff Mannix. ” There is an age difference between us, he is younger, I am older, so we just kind of mesh the two generations.” he added.

“We bring a little bit of different angles because our personalities are complete opposites.” said fellow co-host Taylor Mannix.

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