Thursday, June 16, 2011

101ESPN signs Rams thru 2015 ...

Here's from the press release:

101 ESPN – the #1 source for Sports Radio in St. Louis – announced that the sports/talk radio station has renewed their contract with the St. Louis Rams to serve as the flagship radio station for the NFL team. 

“This partnership extends a relationship between two national brands that are continuing to ascend,” said Bob Reif, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing/Chief Marketing Officer, St. Louis Rams. “In two years, 101 ESPN has become one of the top five sports stations nationally and we are working hard to return playoff football to the St. Louis community. We are proud of our collective growth and believe we are well positioned for future success.”

The contract for Rams Radio is a five year deal, with the first three years secured and the final two years by mutual consent of both parties. With this new contract in place, 101 ESPN is guaranteed to broadcast all regular-season and post-season St. Louis Rams football games at least through the 2014-2015 season.

According to the newly-named 101 ESPN Program Director Kent Sterling, “The St. Louis Rams is  one of the best-run organizations in the National Football League, and I am looking forward to working with Coach Steve Spagnuolo, along with the Rams executives and management team.
This year’s programming includes an unprecedented nine hours of Rams’ football every Sunday during the season.

KMOV’s Sports Director Steve Savard has been re-signed as the “Voice of the Rams”, and 101 ESPN Afternoon Drive Host and Former Rams Defensive Tackle D’Marco Farr will continue calling all of the Play by Play action. Executive Producer Chris “Hoss” Neupert was also retained as a part of this new Rams Radio deal.

"We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with 101 ESPN,” notes Kevin Demoff, Executive Vice President of Football Operations/Chief Operating Officer, St. Louis Rams. “Together we have been able to grow our brands and become the home for sports listeners in St. Louis. We look forward to Steve, D'Marco and the rest of the Rams broadcast team providing terrific insight to our fans."

Vice President and Hubbard Radio St. Louis Market Manager John Kijowski commented on the contract renewal, noting, “We’ve enjoyed being a part of the Rams comeback success over the past two years, and the entire 101 ESPN team is excited about the upcoming season of St. Louis Rams football.”