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New York Jets to Call ESPN New York Home for Several More Years

Another vital piece of the ESPN 98.7 FM game plan has come to fruition. The station inked a multiyear deal with the New York Jets. As part of the package, 98.7 will continue to be the radio home of the team. The Jets also maintain a presence on ESPN Deportes Nueva York at 1050 AM, the only 24-7 Spanish sports talk station in the city.

“Our partnership with the New York Jets is one of the finest in professional sports,” ESPN New York VP/general manager Dave Roberts tells FishbowlNY.

The Jets contract features all the bells and whistles of game-day coverage, including the pre- and post-game shows on both stations.

In addition, 98.7 keeps its focus on J-E-T-S throughout the season with the Jets Player Spotlight Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Head coach Rex Ryan is interviewed Mondays at 5:15 p.m. on the Michael Kay Show, and the Inside the Jets segment takes place Mondays at 7 p.m.

With the Jets locked in, all current play-by-play properties have been secured long term.  In August, the Knicks and Rangers re-upped with ESPN Radio.

“The Jets, like the Knicks, are part of an overall strategy to serve the sports fans,” Roberts says. “Play-by-play partnerships are a crucial part of what we’re about.”

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WEPN Signs Michael Kay to a Three-Year Extension

Michael Kay will remain on double duty for several years to come. Kay inked a three-year deal as one of the main voices on ESPN New York 98.7 FM/WEPN. Kay hosts the afternoon slot from 3 to 7 p.m. with Don LaGreca, in a pivotal sports talk battle with the venerable Mike Francesa on WFAN.

“We’re delighted that Michael Kay will remain with ESPN New York 98.7,” WEPN VP/general manager Dave Roberts tells FishbowlNY. “Michael’s work ethic and his overall knowledge of sports in New York are key ingredients for nothing but success. He is a true professional and a winner.”

A Fordham University graduate, Kay has been the Yankees TV voice since the YES Network debuted in 2002. That same year, Kay launched his drive time show on ESPN Radio in New York.

ESPN Deportes Debuts This Afternoon on 1050 AM, Signs Deal to Carry Jets Games

ESPN makes the unprecedented move to launch a 24-hour Spanish sports/talk station in New York. ESPN Deportes officially takes the 1050 AM spot on the dial this afternoon. The position was previously held by ESPN’s WEPN, which made a huge step to improve its strength in ratings and its signal when it jumped to FM at 98.7.

ESPN Deportes kicks off with a special introduction by ESPN Radio morning co-host Mike Greenberg, followed by a welcoming show hosted by the ESPN Deportes personalities. Then at 4 p.m., fans get the their fill of live soccer as ESPN Deportes provides exclusive coverage of three consecutive World Cup Qualifiers — Colombia vs. Uruguay, followed by Argentina vs. Paraguay, and Salvador vs. Guyana.

The launch coincides with a three-year agreement to broadcast Jets games. Clemson Smith Muniz, known to many New Yorkers, is the lead announcer.

“We are thrilled to add the New York Jets to our solid roster of play-by-play offerings just in time for our launch,” said Dave Roberts, general manager of ESPN Radio New York 98.7 and ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050AM. “There is tremendous passion for the NFL among the Hispanic community of New York, and this alliance with an elite franchise will further position 1050AM as the Spanish-language audio destination for the Hispanic sports fan in New York.”

As we reported yesterday, WEPN saw slight gains in the overall Arbitron ratings for August at a 1.4. By contrast, WEPN slipped to a 1.1 in the ratings book before the April move.

Ahead of its 2 p.m. start-up, ESPN Deportes aired a loop in English and Spanish informing 98.7 listeners and touting the new format.

September 7 is Start Date for ESPN Deportes on 1050 AM

ESPN is set to unveil New York’s first 24-hour Spanish sports station. As part of the switch to 98.7 in April, ESPN has created the Spanish-language station at 1050 on the AM, WEPN’s former home.

The station will debut September 7 at 2 p.m., Dave Roberts, ESPN New York GM, confirms to FishbowlNY.

In the April press release, Freddy Rolon, VP of ESPN Deportes Programming and Business Initiatives, said:

“As part of ESPN’s continual commitment to serve the U.S. Hispanic sports fan, we are thrilled to provide New York fans with a sports station that offers culturally relevant programming in Spanish. The launch of ESPN Deportes Radio will also provide advertisers and marketers a unique opportunity to reach local Hispanics sports fans in this market.”

ESPN 98.7 Renews Deal with Knicks and Rangers

Geographically and logisitically speaking, the Knicks and Rangers belong to ESPN 98.7, with studios above Madison Square Garden. ESPN 98.7/WEPN renewed its deal as the home of the MSG franchises.

The multi-year agreement includes full pre- and post-game coverage for both teams, and a continuation of a multi-tiered cross-promotional effort between The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers and MSG Networks, and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with ESPN New York 98.7FM, and all the unique marketing and promotional opportunities that accompany the association with such a world-renowned brand,” said Dan Ronayne, executive vice president and general manager, MSG Networks. “It allows two of the strongest brands in sports, MSG and ESPN, to continue their successful partnership and to bring the highest quality radiocasts in the country to the most knowledgeable sports fans in America…New Yorkers.”

In April, ESPN took listeners from the poor-signaled 1050 on the AM dial, to the former KISS FM home. VP and general manager Dave Roberts said in a statement, the relationship with the Knicks and Rangers was necessary for station growth.

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ESPN 98.7 Finds Positives in First Ratings Since Move to FM

The first Arbitron PPM ratings since the changes for WBLS and WEPN are out.

Inner City’s WBLS powered up the survey to number four. The Urban station leaped 2.2. It was the first full month since 98.7 was purchased by ESPN. Picking up the KISS/WRKS slack, ‘BLS added several personalities from 98.7.

As for ESPN, on the surface, it could be deemed a disappointment for the sports station still simulcasting on 1050 AM. The 98.7 frequency with KISS ended with an overall 4.0, while WEPN only managed a 1.8. WFAN increased slightly to a 3.2.

The cume (listenership) dropped from just shy of 2 million in April as an R&B station, to 1.4 million as ESPN Radio’s flagship.

“That’s because they [KISS] probably … [had] a lot of women listeners, which is typical of an Urban format,” Dave Roberts, ESPN New York GM, tells FishbowlNY.

That cume, though, has nearly doubled from a year ago among the people 12+ category.

“That’s a nice foundation [on which] to build new, loyal listeners,” Roberts says.

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1050 ESPN Hires New Program Director

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WEPN/1050 ESPN is going within the company for a new program director. Justin Craig, program director at WMVP/ESPN 1000 in Chicago, is headed for New York and their sister station.

Craig, who fills the hole left by former program director Aaron Spielberg exiting, will assume his job in mid-October. Scott Masteller had been the interim PD.

“Justin brings 20 years of experience and a proven track record to ESPN New York. [His] creativity and leadership helped ESPN 1000 place No. 1 in the key male 25-54 demographic several times in the Chicago market,” Dave Roberts, 1050 GM, said in a statement.

Craig’s resume extends to ESPN Radio where he was a producer of Mike and Mike in the Morning, and one of the program directors for overnights and weekend programming.