February 4, 2016 at 3:00 pm #17800
KJR AM 950 Seattle
02/04/16 – Sports Radio KJR AM 950 Seattle joins the Portland Trail Blazers radio network for seven games during the remainder of this season. Blazers’ games originate on KJR sister station Rip City Radio KPOJ AM 620 Portland.February 4, 2016 at 6:17 pm #17801
Hmm, nothing on the KJR site about this. And why just seven games, as there are still about 33-35 games left in the regular season. This makes little sense, unless they are trying to replace some other programming that may be ending. ???February 6, 2016 at 11:35 am #17825
Maybe they’re testing the market to see if they get any listeners to the games.February 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm #17828
Could be, my guess this is an inside Iheart Media decision and they are offering these games free to KJR to see what kind of response there is. I can’t imagine it would be huge, as KJR is already being beaten up pretty badly by KIRO-AM.February 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm #17832
I conversed with someone at Blazer broadcasting and was told they will not be carrying the Blazers full time. I was told that they make more money carrying other programming. I was also told that basketball fans in Seattle don’t care about the Blazers. So why bother carrying the games? Must be filling a whole.February 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm #18029
From the attitude of a Seattle friend of mine, basketball fans in Seattle gave up on caring about the NBA a few years ago for obvious reasons.February 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm #18032
This is true. As a Seattle native, there is little interest in the Blazers north of Vancouver. Most around the league seem to believe that Seattle is the next market to take up a moving team. How long this will take, plus arena options are unknown.February 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm #18048
I am guessing they really had nothing better, and it was free, so why not? In the past couple of years they have filled some late winter slots with Canucks hockey…but the hockey team is truly mediocre at best.
Sure is sad to see what has become of what was once a groundbreaking sport talk station. They were not the first to go 24/7 sport talk in the country, but were one of the first 5 nationwide.
But the debt load of CC/iHate Radio has really taken the toll, along with the loss of the Sonics and the advent of 710 as the formidable ESPN affiliate. CC lost talent and could not replace it. They have dropped key back end producers etc and did not replace them, either. They now have NO play by play contracts, excepting the current Blazer “experiment” and random national feeds that make little sense other than to fill space. And Monday Night Football.
They have paid to keep their legacy AM drive program. That is it. Entercom has ESPN branding/play by play, plus Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners, Seattle U Bball, WSU Bball and WSU football. CBS has T-Bird Hockey and Notre Dame and Navy football- and no employees nor costs. Sinclair has UW Bball and football. Even Hubbard got into the act with Gonzaga Bball on nostalgia formatted KIXI AM.
There was rumor that KJR might switch to conservative talk after the Super Bowl. But that had more to do with Rush Limbaugh and national network contracts than anything local.
Take it out back and shoot it already. Woof. 50,000 watts but nothing on.
Many on this board have talked about the demise of AM radio and there is a lot of validity to that- but sports are one of the few formats that still deliver fairly young men to the AM dial. But ya gotta spend at least a little.February 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm #18050
950 should go Top 40 again! Ha Ha!February 15, 2016 at 4:34 pm #18051
Oh, and 1090? Classic Country. Leave the sports to 710 and some on 1000. 850 in Tacoma? Can stay as is.February 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm #18068
Does KJR no longer have Husky football and basketball? That alone would keep a sports station relevant in Seattle.
That’s a shame, KJR was once a fantastic station.February 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm #18069
Huskies moved to KOMO prior to the 2014 football season. They are currently running both football and basketball.
This coming year will #3 in a six-year deal.February 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm #18085
Paul – maybe if they covered a program worth covering, they wouldn’t be getting their backsides handed to them by KIRO.
😏February 17, 2016 at 5:07 pm #18087
Perhaps some population data is in need here (2010)…
Western Washington 5.3 million
Eastern Washington 1.4 million
Of course this isn’t to say that everyone in W WA are Huskies or everyone in E WA are Cougars, but it does say something about what the radio contracts are worth.
But the most important numbers may be from last November: 45-10February 17, 2016 at 5:21 pm #18089
Western Washington is much more populated, yes, but there is a HUGE alumni base in the Seattle area. UW has a bigger footprint, but our fan base is much more passionate (IMO).
This next season, we could both be playing for the Pac-12 North.
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