Major Market Radio Stations Join Checkpoint Radio’s Growing Roster of Affiliates
NEW YORK, NY, August 10, 2017 – Westwood One and Checkpoint Radio, the first, nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to the world of esports and gaming, announces additional markets are joining the weekly broadcast.
97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia, 101 ESPN in St Louis, and ESPN 97.5 FM in Houston are three of the latest stations to join the rapidly-growing affiliate list. In just three months, Checkpoint Radio has grown in the United States and Canada in markets such as Toronto, Denver, Phoenix, Vancouver BC, Tampa, Montreal, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Orlando.
Hosted by Nate Bender, Robbie Landis, Norris Howard and Joe Sloan, Checkpoint Radio is an esports talk show featuring insights, news, interviews, and updates designed specifically for the video game and esports fan. In addition to the weekly show, the Checkpoint crew also produces a podcast featuring exclusive content not heard on the radio program.
“Checkpoint Radio is the only national show that connects radio stations and listeners to the explosive energy around esports. According to Newzoo, this year esports will grow to $696 million in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 41%. Brand investment is predicted to grow to $1.5 billion by 2020. This is a space you want to be in,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Westwood One is the undeniable leader in Sports Programming, and we know esports is an important sector for affiliates and advertisers.”
Rick Scott, Managing Partner of Checkpoint Radio said, “We are excited at the rapid growth of Checkpoint Radio in so many quality and big markets. It’s a testament to the quality and appeal of the show and the passionate crew working to put it together.”
This one-of-a-kind, two-hour weekly show airs Thursday afternoon anytime through Sunday. In addition, Checkpoint Radio is also producing the Esports Minute which airs which airs daily, Monday-Friday between 6a-Midnight.
About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers audio products to reach listeners whenever, wherever they are. Westwood One is a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience — with 8,000 broadcast radio stations and media partners who reach 245 million weekly listeners. The company’s portfolio features premium content with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.
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RSA Sports International, Inc. established in 1992 is the leading Sports Radio programming and marketing company in the world! As one of the early pioneers in Sports Radio, the company’s President and CEO, Rick Scott, has been on the cutting edge of sports programming and marketing on radio over 25 years. Add in Rick’s expertise and knowledge in radio programming, marketing, digital, social media and management and it creates a powerful resource for any broadcast operation. For more please visit www.sportsradio.com
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