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iHeart Reveals Plans For New Orleans Sports Station

iHeartmedia has revealed that it’s been working on a project to make a much greater impact in New Orleans. Starting July 17th, the company will strengthen Sports Radio 1280, by introducing a brand new lineup which includes a mixture of FOX Sports Radio personalities, local voices and iHeart Houston hosts with a connection to the state of Louisiana.

Here’s a look at the weekday lineup:

  • 5-8 a.m.: Clay Travis
  • 8-10 a.m.: Chris Gordy
  • 10 a.m.-noon: Dunc & Holder
  • Noon-2 p.m.: Josh Innes
  • 2-4 p.m.: Jordy Hultberg
  • 4-6 p.m.: Kaare Johnson

Perhaps the biggest local splash involves Times-Picayune sports columnists Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder. The duo have spent over a decade each covering the New Orleans sports scene. Holder has primarily covered the Saints for 11 years, and Duncan is a four-time recipient of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Columnist of the Year award, who’s currently in his 12th year as a sports columnist.

The pair will be heard weekdays on Sports Radio 1280, as well as nola.com/sports, and the NOLA.com and iHeartradio app. A video stream of the show will also be provided on the NOLA.com YouTube channel, and a podcast of each day’s show will be presented on nola.com/duncandholder and the iHeart app. The Times-Picayune says it will also feature the best quotes and social media activity from each week’s shows on the Dunc & Holder page in the Sunday Sports section starting July 23.

“With ‘Dunc & Holder’ we continue to fulfill our commitment to sharpen our journalism and deepen our engagement with the New Orleans community,” added Tim Williamson, President of NOLA Media Group. “By expanding our sports coverage, we are able to engage readers in new ways and serve advertisers on every available platform: print, digital, social, video, radio, TV, events.”

“iHeart Media and Sports 1280 are honored to partner with NOLA Media Group and The Times-Picayune,” said Michael Hudson, President for IHeartMedia New Orleans and Baton Rouge. “Content is everything in radio and Jeff Duncan and Larry Holder bring great content and expertise to Sports 1280.”

The timing of the launch coincides with changes taking place in Houston on SportsTalk 790. Monday July 17th is when the station will roll out its new weekday lineup which includes Josh Innes in morning drive. Given the structure of 1280’s lineup, it appears that Innes will host mornings in Houston, take a little break, and then go live two hours later for New Orleans. Innes grew up in Louisiana, attended high school and college there, and started his radio career in the state.

Additionally, Chris Gordy gains an opportunity to host his own daily show. Gordy has been a member of 790 in Houston and is no stranger to the microphone having hosted various shows on the station. Gordy is from New Orleans, went to school at LSU and also began his radio career in the state before making the move to Texas.

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