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iHeartRadio Unveils NFL Podcast Network Lineup

“All podcasts will be available on the iHeartRadio app.”

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Over the summer, iHeartMedia and the NFL announced a partnership, creating the NFL Podcast Network. On Tuesday, the shows that are a part of that network were unveiled.

The NFL produces five shows which will be a part of the network:

  •  Around the NFL – The Around the NFL crew of Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus and Marc Sessler break down the latest football news, with a dash of mirth. New episodes are available each week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Move the Sticks with Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks – Former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks break down the latest news and action from a scout’s perspective. The duo is regularly joined by top NFL player personnel executives to bring you in-depth analysis of on-field performances and behind-the-scenes insights into how NFL front offices manage their teams throughout the season. New episodes are available each week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • NFL Fantasy Football Podcast – Fantasy Football fans, this is the podcast for you! Marcas Grant and Michael F. Florio provide detailed fantasy football analysis, combining in-depth stats and film study to help you win your league and earn bragging rights over your friends, co-workers and family. New episodes are available each week on Monday and Wednesday.  
  • Good Morning Football – Each morning from the heart of New York City, Good Morning Football hosts Kay Adams, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt discuss the national NFL news and local stories, along with Will Selva. Good Morning Football sets the narrative and agenda for everything from the NFL Draft, to training camp, to the NFL playing season across all of sports media. New episodes are available each week Monday – Friday. 
  • NFL Total Access: The Locker Room – Super Bowl champion Michael Robinson, NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo and former/current players take you inside the locker room for unique stories that have never been told. New episodes are available each week on Wednesday and Friday.
  • NFL Players Podcast – The NFL Players Podcast is an unscripted series discussing the challenges and personal anecdotes of NFL players. Hosted by Pro Football Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams, topics include parenting, coaching wellness and overcoming adversity. New episodes are available each week on Wednesday.

The network will also debut plenty of new podcasts.

  • NFL explained – Just launched! NFL explained, hosted by Aditi Kinkhabwala and Mike Yam, is a new original podcast series that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the inner workings of the NFL. From how the regular season schedule is made, to the evolution of the Super Bowl, NFL explained looks to answer the NFL’s biggest questions. NFL explained debuted on August 25and new episodes are available each week on Thursday.
  • NFL Inside Report – Don’t miss out on the top NFL stories provided by NFL Media’s wide array of talent. Hosted by Rhett Lewis, NFL Inside Report takes you beyond the headlines with NFL Media’s reporters and experts providing game recaps, the biggest news and in-depth storytelling. NFL Inside Report launches on Wednesday, September 8 with new episodes available each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Listen to the trailer now 
  • Tape Heads – Hosted by Dan Orlovsky, Bob Wischusen and Scott Pioli, Tape Heads is a twice-weekly, in-season X-and-O’s podcast giving the fans the “whys and the hows” of each week’s NFL action. In each episode, Dan, Bob and Scott detail the biggest moments of the NFL weekend based on their tape study of the All-22 coaching film. Conversations fueled by observation and analysis give fans the insight and information they crave. Tape Heads launches Tuesday, September 14 and new episodes will be available each week on Tuesday and Thursday. Listen to the trailer now.
  • Split Ends – Split Ends, hosted by Colleen Wolfe and Erica Tamposi, is a new podcast that provides fans with a fresh, irreverent and decidedly different perspective on NFL headlines. This conversational, weekly show features guest appearances from NFL Media personalities, interviews with NFL players and personnel, and special guests from the sports and entertainment media landscape. Split Ends is a show for all football fans, especially for those who like a little more fun in their NFL coverage. Split Ends launches in October and new episodes will be available each week on Tuesday.
  • NFL Films Tales from the Vault – NFL Films Tales from the Vault is a weekly podcast that takes you on a deep dive into NFL history. Hosted by Andrea Kremer, NFL Films Tales from the Vault features full-length interviews conducted by the late Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Sabol with some of the game’s all-time legends that have never been heard in their entirety before. Featured interviews include Troy Aikman, Andy Reid, Howie Long and others. Andrea – who began her career as a producer at NFL Films – will provide context and insight into these great conversations. NFL Films Tales from the Vault launches in the Fall.
  • Earnin’ It: The NFL’s Forward Progress – Earnin’ It: The NFL’s Forward Progress is a groundbreaking new podcast that will feature the stories of women in the NFL, breaking “grass” ceilings from the field to the front office. Earnin’ It is hosted by the NFL’s Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion Sam Rapoport, a former professional quarterback who dreamed of creating a women’s pipeline to bring talented football minds into the game – which has become a reality today. The story of this forward progress is told by NFL head coaches, owners, players, and of course, the women themselves. Earnin’ It – produced by Rapoport and Jane Skinner Goodell – launches in the Fall.

All podcasts will be available on the iHeartRadio app.

“We are proud to team up with the NFL to roll out an incredible lineup of podcasts,” iHeartPodcast Network COO Will Pearson said in a press release. “Just as this football season kicks off, we’re thrilled to introduce such an expansive slate of shows featuring amazing talent across the NFL that will appeal to both casual fans and diehard fans around the globe.”

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16.9% of All Sports Radio Listeners Are Streaming

The news comes as Nielsen reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

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According to Nielsen, sports radio stations are the third-most streamed spoken word format, just behind Talk/Personality and News/Talk/Info. The trend is continuing to show that streaming is on the uptick.

The survey found that in May 2022, 16.9% of sports talk radio’s audience tunes in via the station’s online stream. That news comes as Nielson reported that 11.3% of all radio listenership comes thru a stream, up from 6.9% in May of 2020.

Nielsen notes that in the 45 PPM markets they are grabbing data from and the 4,800+ stations that stream in those markets, just 30% of them are encoded. That encoding allows for Nielsen to accurately measure the streams. They used the listener data from 1,500 stations across the U.S., in their latest report, AM/FM Radio Streaming Growth in PPM Markets

The survey also showed that streaming levels differ widely by radio format. Spoken word formats display strong streaming listenership (Talk/Personality: 31.2%, News/Talk/Info: 19.1%, All Sports: 16.9%). In fact, Nielsen found that 1/3 of all AM/FM streaming in PPM markets is to spoken word formats.

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New Study Finds Listeners to MLB on Radio Are Willing to Spend

More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team… 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

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When it comes to advertiser’s attempting to reach an affluent and engaged audience, sports talk radio might have a whale on their hands. Major League Baseball play-by-play features an audience that has money and has no problems spending it.

In a recent MRI-Simmons study, data shows that consumers who listen to MLB broadcasts on the radio are the perfect audience for sports marketers. According to the analysis, done by Katz Radio Group, nearly two thirds (62%) of those surveyed consider themselves “super fans” of baseball. That number is 58% higher than the average.

Radio Listeners to MLB

Those “super fans” are willing to spend to support their team, as well. More than one third (34%) of the respondents recently purchased clothing/apparel that features their favorite team. Those fans are also far more willing to make the trip to see their team. The study found that 27% have visited a ballpark in the past year. That compares to only 19% of the average MLB fan base has made an apparel purchase to support their team while just 11% have gone to a game in person in that same time span.

The news continues getting better for advertisers. Continued analysis reveals that 66% of listeners are currently employed and have a median household income greater than $106,000.

Listeners to MLB games on the radio are also 34% more likely to place a sports bet and 106% more likely to be a participant in fantasy baseball.

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Jeff Dean Signs Off At ESPN Tucson for The Final Time

Dean said on Facebook: “…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Fans will no longer be able to tune into ESPN Tucson and hear Jeff Dean hosting his show. Friday morning was his last show, according to his Facebook and Twitter pages.

The Jeff Dean Show had been airing from 7-9a MT weekday mornings. Dean took to social media to relay the news and the reason behind him stepping away from the microphone. Dean said on Facebook:

“This morning I signed off from my radio show on ESPN Tucson for the final time. I have been devoting too much of my life and my time to working multiple jobs…the years of burning the candle at both ends has taken a dire toll on my health and for the first time in my life, I’m going to put myself and my livelihood first”

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Dean went on to emphasize that he isn’t stepping away from ESPN Tucson, he’s just taking himself off the air. He also added that “gladly, I will be continuing my position as PA announcer of University of Arizona Football and Men’s basketball.”

Dean would also go onto Twitter to add even further context for his self-removal from the ESPN Tucson airwaves. He added, “It’s not a decision I arrived at hastily, as it’s been a 6 month mental grind to make the ultimate decision that had to be made, and I’m not particularly happy about it, but I have to put my health first, we all do, and make sure we’re around long enough to enjoy life”.

Dean had been ESPN Tucson’s morning host since November 2019.

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