ORLANDO-October 9, 2012- Cox Media Group (CMG) Orlando is proud to bring the ESPN brand to its Orlando radio cluster. Sports fans can now listen to America’s No. 1 sports radio network in Orlando on 580AM set to launch November 12, 2012. NewsTalk WDBO will no longer be heard on AM580 but will continue to be available on FM 96.5, and streaming online at www.wdbo.com, on iHeart and on TuneIn apps.
ESPN 580’s bigger, stronger AM signal will present the best sports programming in the market. ESPN 580 will make its debut ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m. ET), The Herd with Colin Cowherd (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and SVP & Russillo (1-4 p.m.).
Additionally, ESPN Radio’s new Florida station will provide the latest local news, analysis and opinion, and top local play-by-play coverage as well as up to date content online at www.ESPNOrlando.com.
“We’re pleased to team with Cox Media Group Orlando to broadcast ESPN Radio content on WDBO, 580, one of the strongest signals in the southeast, said Traug Keller, ESPN Senior Vice President, Production, Business Divisions. “Our new affiliate in Orlando is a huge step up in signal strength, business acumen and our drive to grow our business with the best in the business.”
Additionally, ESPN 580-AM will partner with ESPN Wide World of Sports on special events and programming opportunities in Orlando, and present ESPN Radio’s national play-by-play coverage, including: the NBA regular season, playoffs and Finals; MLB regular season, playoffs and World Series; the BCS (with a full slate of regular season college football); the USGA’s U.S. Open; the 2014 FIFA World Cup; and the Open Championship.
“We are thrilled to offer Central Floridians the opportunity to hear ESPN on 580AM with an exceptional radio signal allowing our Orlando listeners to experience the best sports brand and most compelling sports radio content,” said Susan Larkin, CMG Orlando’s Vice President and Market Manager. “In addition, the partnership with Disney and Disney Sports here in Orlando is a great move for Cox Media Group.”
Inquiries about local on air programming can be made to Drew Anderssen, Program Director, ESPN 580AM at Drew.Anderssen@coxinc.com and all employment inquiries can be made to Jimmy Farrell, General Sales Manager, ESPN 580AM at Jimmy.Farrell@coxinc.com.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies. With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.
About ESPN Audio
ESPN Audio is comprised of the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts. ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 24 million listeners a week on 700 nationwide stations, including more than 350 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets with owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas, and AM signals in Chicago and Los Angeles. ESPN Deportes Radio is the only all-sports Spanish radio network, and has 45 affiliates covering 76% of the Hispanic DNA with stations in the Top 10 Hispanic markets, including owned and/or operated FM stations in New York and Dallas.
ESPNRadio.com is the most listened to live stream of any terrestrial broadcaster in the world — reaching more than 1.7 million unique listeners per month (source: Ando Media). ESPN Podcasts are reaching 358 million downloads through the ESPN PodCenter and iTunes (a year-to-year increase of more than 129 percent), including its most popular podcast “The BS Report with Bill Simmons.”