Since 2013, both ESPN Cleveland (850 AM) and The Fan (92.3 FM) have served as flagship radio partners with the Cleveland Browns.
On Thursday, it was announced that three-way partnership would last at least one more season.
Browns, Entercom and Good Karma Brands reach long-term flagship radio partnership extension
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— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 13, 2020
ESPN Cleveland is a division of Good Karma Brands.
While “The Really Big Show” with Aaron Goldhammer and Tony Rizzo is not strictly Browns related, the station does host “Cleveland Browns Daily” with Nathan Zegura and Bruce Bishop each weekday.
During the regular season, the station also features Ken Carman and Je’Rod Cherry on “The Cleveland Browns Preview Show” on Wednesday nights followed by “The Kevin Stefanski Show” on Thursdays.
The preview show provides a breakdown of that week’s opponent as well as player interview, while the coaching show features an extensive interview with Stefanski.
Sam Pines, ESPN Cleveland Market Manager and Vice President of Good Karma Brands, shared his excitement over the extended partnership with Browns.com.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Cleveland Browns and Entercom,” said ESPN Cleveland Market Manager and Vice President of Good Karma Brands Sam Pines. “The power of live sports, particularly Cleveland Browns football, is baked into the fabric of the city and 850 ESPN Cleveland, and we look forward to supporting and being a partner of the Browns in the years ahead.”
92.3 The Fan
On the FM side of the dial is The Fan. Similarly to ESPN Cleveland, their shows focus heavily on the Browns without content being exclusive to the team.
The Fan also carries both the “Cleveland Browns Preview Show” as well as “The Kevin Stefanski Show” throughout the regular season.
Additionally, the station hosts their pre-game coverage leading into kickoff.
The show features a rotation of hosts during the season, including Garrett Bush and Anthony Lima.
Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom Cleveland Tom Herschel also spoke to Browns.com about the renewed partnership.
“With football season right around the corner, we are excited to continue delivering premier coverage of the Browns to Cleveland’s biggest sports fans on two of our market-leading stations – both on the field and off of it. We value our long-standing partnership with the Cleveland Browns and look forward to many more seasons as the flagship radio stations of the team.”
Per the Browns website, the two stations combined offer over 20 hours of Browns coverage each week and over 9 hours on game-day during the season.
The diversity of hosts between the two stations provides for some good insight and opinion regarding the team.
It’s not always perfect though.
There are certainly times where social media is very critical of one, if not both, of these stations.
What has gotten into Daryl Ruiter lately? Did Dorsey and Freddie piss in his cheerios or what? He's been doing nothing but putting the Browns on blast. Sometimes it's warranted, but c'mon man!
— Cdub (@browns_dawg) November 16, 2019
In fact, there is an entire subreddit dedicated to teasing the station and some of their personalities.
Regardless, they are committed to providing wall-to-wall coverage of the team.
Having worked and/or interned at both stations previously in my career, I can say with confidence they put their best foot forward when covering the team.
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