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95.7 The Game announces partnership with ESPN Radio

95.7 The Game has a Christmas present for any of the Bay Area sports talk radio fans out there who enjoy ESPN Radio’s line-up. The Game sent out a press release on Christmas Eve announcing their new partnership with the sports broadcasting juggernaut, effective January 1st, 2013.

The new additions to The Game’s lineup include Mike and Mike in the Morning, the MLB World Series, NCAA Football (including the Bowl Championship Series) and the NBA Finals.

Absent from the list are shows like The Herd with Colin Cowherd and The Nick and Artie Show (which I’m sure you’re all devastated about). Here is The Game’s new weekday lineup, according to the press release:

  •          3:00 am – 6:00 am    Mike & Mike In The Morning (ESPN Radio)
  •          6:00 am-10:00 am     The Rise Guys: Whitey Gleason, Mark Kreidler, and Dan Dibley
  •          10:00 am-12:00 pm     The Pulse with Matt Steinmetz
  •          12:00-3:00 pm           The Wheelhouse with John Lund & Greg Papa
  •          3:00 pm-7:00 pm      Bucher & Towny: Ric Bucher & Chris Townsend
  •          7:00 pm – 12:00am   Guy Haberman

Nothing has really changed beyond Mike and Mike sliding into the slot before The Rise Guys. This comes on the heels of Cumulus’s decision to forgo further partnership with ESPN and instead move forward with CBS Sports Radio. Many BASG commentors wondered what changes could be coming for the KNBR lineup when they broke away from ESPN Radio at the start of the New Year, and while that still remains a mystery, we now know where some of ESPN’s content is headed for Bay Area radio listeners.

This probably means the end for The Game’s partnership with Yahoo! Sports Radio as well. What do you guys think? Will you miss The Herd? Are you glad to know that Mike and Mike will still be available on your airwaves (is anybody up earlier enough to listen to it)? Are you mourning the loss of Nick and Artie?

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Kyle McLorg (formerly Ruthless Sports Guy) is a Candlestick Kid, and that passion shines through in his writing now. When he's not picking apart the 49ers, Sharks and Giants, you can find him trying to keep his dog (half-wolf) out of trouble at the dog park. Follow him on Twitter @Kyle_McLorgBASG.

77 comments
BigRon
BigRon

Hate the Herd, need my Mike and Mike. Miss Tony K. 

Matt K
Matt K

I NEED MY HERD! The rises guys are such tools but that's all I got. Here I come I heart radio. Way to drop the ball 1050

Derek G
Derek G

CBS radio is the worst. I can't believe ESPN is no longer on KNBR. I can't stand listening to that nasaly weenie Feinstein longer than 15 seconds. I need to find The Herd somewhere in the Bay Area. Much better than anything else on ESPN, particularly Mike & Mike. Their schtick is old.

Paul Dana
Paul Dana

It's a sad day for sports on the radio when the football playoffs are on local FM station, not 50,000 Watt AM Radio!! And the World Series? Many games I would have missed, were it not for KNBR. Truckdrivers all over the western US are doomed to no post season sports.

Sotuhbay
Sotuhbay

No stations for herd bay area.much better than his tv show.Dont get the knbr webpage they corrected the part showing the CBS sports programing for 1050 but still list espn shows for Knbr Scott Ferall is back on 1050 same old schtick the beer sounds effects etc as the last time i heard him do show on knbr while back.Wish i could hear a brodcast of when he did the Atlanta Thrahsers NHL play by play that must have been unlstenable Wish they could bring Dan Patrick better choice than Ferrall or Nick and Arnie True espn also ingores the west coast radio audience as well.but not having a sports talk show latenight instead running scores and highlight all night

Bryan
Bryan

Do you know if any Bay Area stations are now broadcasting The Herd?

DC
DC

Sick of ESPN and their obsession with teams rotting along the Atlantic seaboard.

Andy M
Andy M

I didn't listen to Mike and Mike on KNBR, and I won't listen to it on The Game. I am saddened because I can't listen to the Steve Czaban Show on 95.7. Thankfully, I can download the Yahoo! Sports Radio app. I liked The Game because they were an alternative to the four-letter. Now they've brought the glitzy prostitute home and gotten into bed with her. I will be more leery of how I listen to sports on 95.7.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Yes, CBS sports radio does start today. I turned my radio on to KNBR 680 just to see if they were still airing ESPN radio, but it was someone from CBS Sports Radio that was on. It will be interesting to see how this all goes with CBS Sports radio now being aired on KNBR and ESPN radio now being aired on 95.7, even though as I mentioned before, it will be weird not listening to ESPN radio on KNBR anymore.

southbay
southbay

And everbody is brodcasting the orange bowl as well guess no exclusive rights

devnull
devnull

First surreal radio moment of the new year: KNBR and The Game both playing the same ESPN syndicated show this morning during drive time. Sad thing is, it's probably a peek into the future, with stations having less local content over time and more national shows, syndication, and re-broadcasts.

Fitz's Future Unemployment Check
Fitz's Future Unemployment Check

I get a kick out of 95.7 promoting that you can listen to Niner playoff games on there now. Why exactly would I want to listen to the national pinheads when I can listen to Ted Robinson and Eric Davis? Why would I listen to a radio signal that barely comes in when I'm anywhere South of Palo Alto? Come on, Pimp! "For Fitz, it's fabulous that fits!"

Danny
Danny

Another thing I'm wondering about is will 1050 still have Fox Sports radio programming? Like will Jim Rome still be on 9-Noon? If not will Damon not be able to fill in for him anymore? Also I think 95.7 should have a reply of Colin Cowherd in between Guy Haberman and the Rise Guys. Also I think that Guy Haberman should just be on 7-10, I mean could you imagine hosting a sports talk radio for 5 hours????

Beaver
Beaver

Anyone who can keep a sports talk show in Fresno going should have no problem pulling off 5 hours in the Bay Area.

Julie
Julie

Haberman won't be on 7-midnight when the A's are on. More like 90 minutes.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Yeah I agree. Haberman probably should have a co-host if he is seriously going to be on from 7PM to Midnight. Henry Wofford could be a good co-host. He wasn't that bad filling in for Haberman tonight. I agree with those of you who have said that he should have his own show. He really should, even though it probably would interfere with his CSN duties.

southbay
southbay

Haberman working 7-12am their sure getting the $$ out of him. Long day 5 hours is alot of anybody to take but beats hearing an endless repeat of scores etc that espn runs in that time period This is one case where he proably needs a partner.

southbay
southbay

And since he has NOT played sports he does not repeat hismself ad naseum about the teams etc like tolbert+ ratnich tend to so .

southbay
southbay

Best sports talk show host now on KNBR Ted Robinson should have his own show like way back on KCBS anybody remember that good informative talk with out all that nonesense like tolbert non sports talk subjects etc,

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Just random thoughts here but, speaking of Ric Bucher, anyone find it kind of funny how him and Fitz are basically pimping their radio shows on Warriors telecasts now?.... It's almost kind of awkward, obviously with Fitz working with KNBR, and Bucher with 95.7. That would be kind of funny/hilarious if Fitz pimped the Mr. T show right after Bucher pimps his show with Townsend. Also, has anyone caught the latest Rise Guys Sleep Train commercial/promo where Dibley says "goodbye Salinas!" and I think it's Kriedler who says, "they took it to Salinas?". haha.... LOL at Dibley saying one of Gary's old sayings/soundbites which is "bye bye Salinas!" in that promo.

Sunset Boy
Sunset Boy

ESPN radio should just go away. It absolutely, 100% sucks. Every show is absolutely putrid. But worst of all is Mike and Mike in the Morning. My ears start to bleed whenever I accidentally tune in to that crap. I'm not sure whether Mike is more horrible than Mike, but I'll sum up their show for you: "Jets...Knicks...Lakers...LeBrawn...You're wrong, Mike! No, you're wrong, Mike!" (repeat). Going to miss listening to Steve Czaban when I get my bouts of insomnia. Best thing on yahoo sports radio, by far. I'd enjoy hearing Czaban in the morning on KNBR. Not sure if that could happen, given the CBS move. What does the CBS radio lineup look like? Anything promising?

Julie
Julie

Looking at the latest ratings it doesn't matter who or what KGMZ puts on the air. They can't even beat little 1050.

Jeff
Jeff

Best news of all...no Barberi on any radio station!

Jeff
Jeff

It will be nice to listen to Mike & Mike in FM Stereo. This show along with the Herd, & Rome were the only reasons I even tuned into KNBR. I'll now be tuning into 95.7 during the morning commute. I agree that Nick and Artie show is garbage. I'd rather listen to JT the Brick in that slot

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

By the way, can KNBR please put an end to the Matt Tolsky fill-in experiment? I'm sorry but he's not really that good, he sounds amateurish, and he kind of sounds disinterested. He can be funny at times, but eh. Yes, he's starting out too, but he's unlistenable. He seriously should just stick to being an update guy. They should just have Ted Ramey be the fill-in host for Damon's show. He's not really that bad, and he normally has good opinions and doesn't seem like he's disinterested.

Licky
Licky

The Rise Guys are AWESOME! Rick Bucher is UNLISTENABLE. Cannot do it. Have tried and tried. I need to give up thinking 95.7 is going to make a lineup change.

Dan
Dan

Listening to Kozimor on KNBR today......I cannot fathom how this guy gets so much work, even as an 8th string host during Christmas week. Tries so hard, but his whole style is just a mish-mash of copied styles from other hosts. Reminds me of the DJ-bot from the old episode of the Simpsons...."what about those clowns in Congress, boy are they clowns"

AJ
AJ

At least Barrett FINALLY locked in the evening slot 7-midnight... which I've been telling him to do since the Game went on the air.

AQ
AQ

KNBR has been around for many moons, therefore they have more overall listeners. HOWEVER, I think 95.7 delivers a better product. They get better guests, have more quality hosts (Bucher, Papa, Towny, etc), cover all Bay Area teams and better weekend programming. Acquiring ESPN shows that The Game is a true player & here to stay.

Bay Area Cholo Guy
Bay Area Cholo Guy

Only reason why I had The Game pretty much all day was the early morning drive from Stockton listening to Steve Czaban on Yahoo Radio right before the Rise Guys came on. Time to splurge and indulge on some Satellite Radio for my 98 Buick.

3rdKing
3rdKing

Nick and Artie may be the worst radio I've EVER heard, ever... still miss The Razor

Fitz's Future Unemployment Check
Fitz's Future Unemployment Check

No shock here, I figured the game would ditch yahoo sports first chance they got. Rumor that I heard is Espn wanted them as badly after being kicked to the curb by cumulus. Honestly, the overnight stuff doesn't matter cause not many listen at those hours, that and mike and mike is an east coast circle jerking dumpster fire. The one thing that really makes this interesting is they will now have the guests like mike sando. As far as the nationally syndicated games, they have a good portfolio but KNBR is still doing the local broadcasts of most of the ones we're interested in here. Also, they're stacking up so much there that it may work to their disadvantage because they don't have a second station to switch it to when an A's game and the NBA playoffs overlap. Overall, meh. At least for once they didn't grossly abuse the term "big announcement" for once.

Stan
Stan

Artie is an emotional wreck. Until a couple of months ago..I thought he was still on Howard Stern. He does that insult comic thing like Mohr or Dennis Miller from the rightside on air...but then Artie will in interviews say he's liberal,supports equal rights and all that. His problems with substance abuse go way beyond just fried food...

Hurricane
Hurricane

Wow im going to not hear the steve czaben show anymore.. Kinda bummed out about that.. Though im not going to miss mr knowitall john harris.. Espn is the king of sports, great move for the game.. If jason barrett ever reads this; bring damon bruce to the game.. I remember you two working on the todd wright show overnight.. Pair him with matt steinmetz.. Get rid of john lund and greg papa show.. We need more rick tittle...

southbay
southbay

KNBR 1050 can still have the Nick and Arnie show since that one is Audience Network?/Direct tv produced show and not part of Espn radio. Dont know why they air it proably get paid to in place of previously tape delayed Dan Patrick show while not great at least talked sports most of the time. Wonder if 1050 will continue on with Fox sports radio.No lose if they drop it as both JT the shill and Ben Maller are both terriable with the same schtick and callers in each show.. I like ESPN in that they dont take many calls and at least present some information.and not stuck on same old Bay Area Sports topics they beat to death. CBS is bringing lots of name talent and should be a good listen. And in April 2013 NBC sports radio will air weekday as well so lots for everybody to choose from.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

This is definitely big news for 95.7, even though part of me feels that they can have ESPN radio. I agree with some of the people who commented about this on 95.7's Facebook page. A lot of the ESPN radio shows aren't really that great anyway. A bunch of East Coast bias sports talk show hosts, and no real talk about the Bay Area sports teams or any West Coast teams outside of the Lakers, Dodgers, and USC football, at all really. With that being said, I agree that ESPN radio is better than Yahoo sports radio though. Yahoo sports radio has some good/ok shows and I kind of used to like Yahoo sports radio, but yeah it's kind of a joke, and ESPN radio and even some FOX sports radio shows are better than Yahoo sports radio. Even though I never really thought about it, but I guess it made sense for 95.7 to acquire ESPN radio, since KNBR will be acquiring the new CBS radio. It's going to be weird listening to ESPN radio on 95.7 instead of KNBR though. But yeah, 95.7 keeps taking more and more rights to national games, from KNBR. It seems like there won't be much sporting events to listen to on KNBR anymore outside of Giants, Niners, Warriors, and Stanford football games. I mean, it's cool that KNBR will still carry all of those games, and that kind of shows you the power/juice that KNBR has that they can lose the rights to NFL primetime and playoff games and the Super Bowl, the NCAA Tournament, and now college football bowl games, the BCS national championship game, the NBA Finals, the MLB playoffs and World Series games to 95.7 and still be the more popular station (I'm sure this latest move could impact it somewhat, but KNBR will probably still get higher ratings), but as has been talked about on here before but, KNBR is supposed to be "The Sports Leader". It's kind of surprising that KNBR is just letting 95.7 acquire the rights to all the big time national sporting event games, even though they have a good thing going on right now with the success of the Giants, Niners, Stanford football, and even the Warriors..... Is CBS radio going to carry any sporting events like college football bowl games or NFL, NBA, or MLB playoff games? I doubt it, but you never know. Also, just thought about this but, could this mean more weekend programming on KNBR, kind of like how 95.7 has with some of their fill-in/backup hosts like Henry Wofford, The Guru, Zack Arriah (sp?) and everyone's new favorite 95.7 fill-in host it seems like now, Rick Tittle, hosting shows? Basically, will guys like Ted Ramey (he deserves a show, even though he has that high school football show) or dare I say it, Matt Kolsky, host a weekend show on KNBR basically right now in the Giants offseason, because of this move? I've said this before but, I wouldn't mind if Damon Bruce or Larry Krueger hosted a weekend show. Why not? I think Damon mentioned that him and Krueger would do a show on weekends before, but I guess it fell through? Hopefully KNBR doesn't go all CBS radio on weekends now starting next weekend. Also, is that a typo regarding Guy Haberman? Is he seriously going to be on from 7PM-Midnight? I mean, that would be kind of cool to have another Bay Area sports show on during and after Sportsphone hours (I still like Sportsphone better, even though Haberman has been ok/hasn't been that bad so far), but I'm sure he will probably still be on from 7-10PM and probably on until midnight after A's games or other games. But yes, big move for 95.7, even though I guess it probably should've been expected since KNBR is going to get CBS radio.

HollywoodinSJ
HollywoodinSJ

What this means for me is that when KNBR is not offering local programming I will be listening to my ESPN Radio App or listening to The Game when they offer ESPN radio. I have ZERO interest in listening to CBS AT ALL. This reeks of Cumulus cutting costs. Is KNBR trying to lose their listeners???? I'm not happy about this at all. Just plain stupid. Hear that Hammer???

650Athletics
650Athletics

i think the addition of the World Series and NBA finals is a great since they already have the NFL playoffs. Seems like a no brainer for them

TSL
TSL

I can't speak to the ESPN move to TheGame much, but will someone tell me where I can find the Laura Ingram Show? Sure do miss . . . .Your Healthy Radio Addiction.

LebronApologist
LebronApologist

How was nick and artie on the air to begin with? Worst show on the radio. Nothing worse than two middle age guys acting like children thinking they are funny...Now that i think about it, thats almost all of sports talk radio anymore. I will miss Colin, but im probably in the minority.

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