Sports Animal radio network afternoon personality Jim Traber said he has agreed to a new three-year contract as the network continues to lock up its talent in wake of added competition from 107.7 The Franchise, which launched in late August.
“I'm excited about moving forward,” Traber said Monday of the new deal, noting he was pleased with support from Cumulus Media management in Oklahoma City and Atlanta. Traber, a former OSU quarterback and Baltimore Orioles first baseman, said his current contract expires at the end of the month.
“Jim is an intricate part of the team,” said Cumulus market manager Larry Bastida.
Bastida noted Cumulus management has shown a “real investment in sports talk radio. They believe it's one of the formats of the future. They give us a lot of support here.”
Bastida said the network, led by flagship station WWLS-FM 98.1, had “solidified all of our guys” with new agreements with nearly everyone on The Sports Animal, including Traber's afternoon partner, Al Eschbach; Bob Barry Jr., 9 a.m. to noon; Mark Rodgers, noon to 2 p.m.; and the morning team of Curtis Fitzpatrick, Carey Murdock, Ron Benton (“Spinozi”) and Phil Inzinga. Benton and Inzinga moved off from sister station KQOB-FM 96.9, which has picked up the nationally syndicated “Bob and Tom Show” in the mornings.
PETERSON DISCUSSES SON'S DEATH
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson discusses recent events in his life, including the death of his 2-year-old son, in an interview with the ESPN newsmagazine “E:60” at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
“It's been tough,” the former OU star told Lisa Salters about the days after the death of his son. “I'm a strong individual, and I have a great supporting cast.”
Asked about playing Oct. 13 against the Carolina Panthers only two days after the death of his son, Peterson, the 2012 NFL MVP said, “I prayed to get strength to get through and I was able to get through.”
— ESPN's “College GameDay,” 8-11 a.m. Saturday, will originate from Eugene, Ore., this week to preview the No. 12 UCLA at No. 3 Oregon game, which will air at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.
— NBA TV's “Open Court series” will continue at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday with a cast of NBA standouts answering questions submitted from fans via Twitter. The panel discusses athletes they wish they played alongside, coaches they wouldn't want to play for, their most memorable shot and their favorite NBA cities. The panel is hosted by Ernie Johnson with a collection of TNT and NBA TV analysts, including Rick Fox, Steve Kerr, Kenny Smith and Steve Smith. Dominique Wilkins and Tracy McGrady are guests this week.