FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
NBC SPORTS NORTHWEST AND IHEARTMEDIA PORTLAND ANNOUNCE “RIP CITY” CONTENT PARTNERSHIP
Rip City Radio to Rebrand as NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio
NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio to Debut in January 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. — December 12, 2017 — NBC Sports Northwest and iHeartMedia Portland today announced a new content partnership in the Portland, Oregon area. The collaboration will rebrand iHeartMedia’s Rip City Radio 620 to NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio. The announcement was made today by Len Mead, GM of NBC Sports Northwest and Robert Dove, President of Pacific Northwest Region for iHeartMedia Markets Group.
Starting January, the companies will bring a new line-up to the community featuring nine hours of combined content simulcast on both KPOJ 620 AM and on NBC Sports Northwest between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. local, with NBC Sports Northwest producing its own three-hour show within that window.
The joint weekday lineup will consist of Rip City Mornings with Dan & Nigel (6-9 a.m. PT), Dwight Jaynes & Aaron Fentress Show (12-3 p.m. PT) and Rip City Drive with Travis & Chad (3-6 p.m. PT). KPOJ will also simulcast NBC Sports Northwest’s Outdoors GPS program. All shows will originate from a new state-of-the-art radio studio being built at NBC Sports Northwest.
“NBC Sports Northwest is dedicated to serving fans across all platforms, so we are pleased to join forces with iHeartMedia to collaborate on programming for Portland sports fans on both TV and radio,” said Mead. “This partnership combines and amplifies the best talent and production teams in the market.”
“We are excited to partner with NBC Sports Northwest to bring Rip City Radio listeners the best in local sports programming,” said Dove. “Our combined assets will provide even more access for Portland sports fans across both TV and Radio including enhanced audio and visual content for Trailblazer fans all-in-one destination.”
NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio will be available online and digitally everywhere listeners are via iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s all-in-one streaming music, podcasting and live radio service. Visit iheartradio.com/apps to download iHeartRadio on your favorite device.
Harnessing the reach of iHeartMedia and the regional depth of NBC Sports Northwest, NBC Sports Northwest Rip City Radio will expand its role as Portland’s sports radio home, including live play-by-play of the Trail Blazers, Oregon State Beavers, Hillsboro Hops, and Portland State Vikings games. Programming details will be announced at a later date.
For the first time, NBC Sports Regional Networks this season introduced NBC Sports Gold’s “Blazers Pass,” which allows any fans residing in Blazers territory to purchase select games during the 2017-18 NBA season for $34.99. The package tipped off its first game last night, when the Blazers faced the Golden State Warriors. NBC Sports Northwest will continue to present its traditional TV offering and streaming via “TV Everywhere” of Blazers games, with a record 77 games this season, including the 15 games also available via “Blazers Pass.” Pass subscribers will also receive a complimentary gift package, and will be entered into a monthly drawing for a chance to win a pair of tickets for a courtside experience to a home game. Fans can also enter, at no cost, for a chance to win a courtside experience. To purchase the product or enter to win a VIP courtside experience, go to http://www.nbcsports.com/blazerspass.
NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
NBC Sports Northwest
NBC Sports Northwest is the 24/7 home of Northwest sports featuring the Portland Trail Blazers, in-depth regional collegiate action and outdoor programming. In addition to live event coverage, NBC Sports Northwest offers Emmy Award-winning original programming, news, analysis, and compelling digital content offering fans a comprehensive look at the teams and players that matter most in the region. For more information visit NBCsportsnorthwest.com of follow the network on Twitter via @NBCSNorthWest.
iHeartMedia Portland owns and operates KEX-AM, KFBW-FM, KFBW-HD3, KKCW-FM, KKRZ-FM, KLTH-FM, KPOJ-AM, KXJM-FM and is part of iHeartMedia. With over a quarter of a billion monthly listeners in the U.S. and over 122 million social followers, iHeartMedia has the largest national reach of any radio or television outlet in America. As the leader in multiplatform connections, it also serves over 150 local markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets, wearables and smartphones, and on gaming consoles.
iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the fastest growing digital audio service in the U.S. and offers users thousands of live radio stations, personalized custom artist stations created by just one song or seed artist and the top podcasts and personalities. With over 1.4 billion downloads, iHeartRadio reached 100 million registered users faster than any other radio or digital music service.
iHeartMedia’s platforms include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, podcasts, personalities and influencers, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. iHeartMedia is a division of iHeartMedia, Inc. (PINK: IHRT). Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.
NBC Sports Regional Networks
NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia+, NBC Sports Washington, SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com
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