Audacy’s KJCE-AM in Austin understands how significant football is in Texas and is set to partner and become the home of the Westlake High School football program (h/t Radio Online).
Talk Radio 1370 will co-produce a pregame show before every Chaparrals football game this season and serves as the team’s flagship station, broadcasting play-by-play coverage.
“We’re excited to embark on this partnership with the Chaps and help bring the action home for Westlake Nation,” Audacy Austin Senior Vice President and Market Manager Bob Mackay said.
“This partnership aligns well with our expanded coverage of high school and college football each week.”
Joe Taylor, executive producer of the program and voice of the Chaparrals, and Talk Radio 1370 Assistant Brand Manager Kasey Johns, “ATX Kickoff,” will serve as the pregame show host to get fans ready for kick-off each week on the station.
“Westlake Nation and Number 9 Productions are thrilled to partner with Audacy for the 2022 Westlake Football season,” Taylor said. “Some of the most popular radio stations in Austin’s storied broadcast history call Audacy home, and we’re excited to join forces and deliver more championship-level coverage of Westlake Football. Let’s go make history.”
Additionally, the coverage of Chaparrals football on Talk Radio 1370 will include Texas A&M play-by-play voice Andrew Monaco, University of Texas color analyst Roger Wallace, and Austin American-Statesman community sports editor Thomas Jones.
KMJ Radio, ABC30 Form New Partnership
“The partnership brings together two powerful local news platforms to benefit TV viewers and radio listeners.”
Fresno news/talk station KMJ 580 AM and 105.9 FM is teaming up with local TV station ABC30. The partnership will see ABC30’s Action News reports added to the local radio station. The reports will include news, sports, weather, and human interest stories.
The partnership brings together two powerful local news platforms to benefit TV viewers and radio listeners. KMJ morning host Chris Gabriel told ABC30 he’s enthusiastic about the two sides joining forces.
“The amount of work that comes out of ABC30 is going to benefit us on the radio side in infinite amount of ways,” said Gabriel. “ABC30 does it better than anybody, and I think we do it pretty well here. When you get that combination, I think good things are going to happen for your viewers and for our listeners.”
KMJ presently airs regular news briefs at the top and bottom of the hour. ABC30 Meteorologist Kevin Musso will be part of the new plan, updating KMJ listeners on the latest local weather forecasts.
“Our goal at ABC30 is to always provide Central California families with the best news, weather and information,” said ABC30 General Manager Michael Carr. “This partnership with KMJ is going to allow us to reach even more people all the time through this radio partnership. It’s a big win for the Valley.”
Michael Berry: People Are Sick of Having Stories ‘Crammed Down Their Throats’
“I think people get tired of the media saying, ‘Oh, this is the top story. Let’s just cram this down their throat until they vomit back on us and they just can’t stand it any longer.”
Syndicated radio host Michael Berry has shared his thoughts that the average American is sick of having certain stories pushed day after day.
During The Michael Berry Show Monday, the Houston-based host argued that people had turned against University of Colorado football coach Deion Sanders not because of his action or his team’s loss this weekend, but rather because they’re simply tired of hearing about him.
“I think people get tired of the media saying, ‘Oh, this is the top story. Let’s just cram this down their throat until they vomit back on us and they just can’t stand it any longer,” Berry said.
He continued by noting that he’s concerned a similar situation will take place with viral “Rich Men North of Richmond” singer Oliver Anthony.
“The media couldn’t decide ‘Do we hate this guy? Or do we ride this wave?’ But once they decided ‘We’re going to ride this wave, it became all Oliver Anthony, all day long’. And my fear for him, and for a movement he had begun, is that it’s burning too bright. It’s going to burn out. You can’t — overnight — go that hot and sustain it because too many things are coming at you too fast.”
Podcast Radio Format Hits Four Beasley Media Group Markets
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital.”
Beasley Media Group has partnered with Podcast Radio and KMG Networks to bring a podcast-centered format to four separate U.S. markets.
The new format — which has seen success in the United Kingdom — will be heard on Beasley-owned stations in Charlotte (WSOC-HD3), Detroit (WCSX-HD2), Ft. Myers/Naples (WXKB-HD2), and Tampa (WJBR-AM).
The Podcast Radio format features live “podjocks” and will utilize podcast portions like songs, airing short clips of shows before pushing listeners to listen to the whole podcast on their favorite platform. Gene “Bean” Baxter of Kevin & Bean is the first unveiled “podjock”. The network has already inked deals with TedAudio and Wondery.
The move marks Beasley’s first attempt into the format.
“Caroline, the team, and Beasley’s great station brands will make fantastic first movers into the Podcast Radio format as they embrace this unique new radio content as a leader in both broadcast and digital,” Podcast Radio CEO Gerry Edwards said.
“This concept has been highly successful for Gerry and his team in the United Kingdom, and we believe our audience will fall in love with the Podcast Radio U.S. version we present on our stations,” added Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer Justin Chase.
Each station will have its own unique branding, utilizing the Podcast Radio name and the location of the station.
“When we evaluated the business opportunity in America, it was their forward-looking team that shared our vision immediately and stepped up to work collaboratively to execute this across key regions within the Beasley Media Group platform,” KMG Networks Founder & CEO Gary Krantz said.