iHeartMedia today launched ESPN Audio’s award-winning networks and diverse on-demand content on iHeartRadio, its free digital music, podcasting, on-demand and live streaming radio service, across more than 250 platforms including digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs, gaming consoles and more. The multiyear agreement allows listeners to now livestream via iHeartRadio, ESPN Audio’s stable of programming, provocative voices and industry-leading slate of live events from:
- The ESPN Radio Network, featuring some of the country’s leading daytime sports talk shows including Golic and Wingo, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, The Stephen A. Smith Show and The Will Cain Show;
- The ESPN Deportes Radio Network, including shows Jorge Ramos y Su Banda and Raza Deportiva;
- ESPN Radio’s owned and operated local stations and their full schedules – ESPN NY 98.7FM, ESPN Chicago 1000, ESPN LA 710AM, ESPN Deportes Radio New York;
- All iHeartMedia-owned ESPN Radio affiliate stations including ESPN1530 (Cincinnati), ESPN 97.9 (Hartford), ESPN 96.1 (Grand Rapids, Mich.), and ESPN 970 (Pittsburgh);
- ESPN Radio’s unparalleled lineup of live sports events like the College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship, the NBA Finals, the MLB playoffs and World Series, and much more.
In addition, iHeartRadio listeners now have on-demand access to ESPN Audio’s roster of informative, compelling and entertaining podcasts like 30 for 30 Podcasts, Sports? With Katie Nolan, Fantasy Focus Football, and The Right Time with Bomani Jones.
“We are consistently looking for new ways to give fans access to ESPN Audio’s tremendous content,” said Traug Keller, ESPN Senior Vice President, Audio and Talent. “iHeartRadio, with its expansive network and reach, will help us bring new listeners into the fold and give current fans yet another way to enjoy their sports content, anytime, anywhere.”
“iHeartRadio prides itself on being everywhere our listeners are with the content they love most,” said Chris Williams, Chief Product Officer for iHeartMedia. “ESPN Audio is a top destination for all things sports and this partnership allows us to offer even more programming and on demand offerings to our millions of listeners nationwide, making iHeartRadio the go to destination for all things audio.”
About ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio, the country’s largest sports radio network, ESPN Deportes Radio, ESPNRadio.com, and ESPN Podcasts comprise ESPN Audio.
ESPN Radio, which launched January 1, 1992, provides more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content annually, reaching 20 million listeners a week on 500 nationwide stations, including more than 375 full-time affiliates and clearance in the top 25 markets. ESPN owns and/or operates stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. ESPN Radio programming is also available on SiriusXM and via digital distributors Apple Music, iHeartRadio and TuneIn.
ESPN Audio launched its first podcast in 2005, and in 2017 recorded more than 288 million downloads. In December 2017, ESPN podcasts reached five million people, ranking ESPN fourth among podcast producers in America (per Podtrac). The most popular titles include Fantasy Focus Football, The Lowe Post and podcast versions of Golic and Wingo, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, First Take, Pardon the Interruption and more are also available. Listeners spend nearly 3.5 hours per week listening to ESPN Podcasts. The critically acclaimed “30 for 30” series expanded into podcasting in 2017.
With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 131 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leading media company in the U.S., iHeartMedia serves over 150 local markets through 849 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, on satellite, at iHeartRadio.com, on the company’s station websites and on iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital music, podcast, on demand and live streaming radio service, available on over 250 platforms and 2,000 devices, including on digital auto dashes, tablets, wearables and smartphones, on virtual assistants, smart speakers, TVs and gaming consoles.
iHeartRadio offers users the country’s top live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist, on demand features and the top podcasts and personalities. The all-in-one digital service has more than 1.7 billion downloads, 110 million registered users and is the No. 1 commercial radio podcaster in the U.S.
iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital, social, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRTQ). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.
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