SAN FRANCISCO — Cumulus Media announces that it has signed Bay Area natives Kevin Frandsen, Drew Hoffar and Rudy Ortiz to host KNBR 1050 AM’s new Morning Drive Show, “The Audible”. The show debuts Monday, August 8, 2016, and will air weekdays from 6am-9am PST. The show will be broadcast from downtown San Francisco and will explore issues throughout the Bay Area sports and pop culture landscapes.
“KNBR 1050 AM’s revamped lineup focuses on an underserved base of sports fans here in the Bay Area. Frandsen, Hoffar and Ortiz are a trio of refreshing and energetic voices aimed at serving a passionate young Bay Area fan base. The three hosts come from very different backgrounds and their unique personalities are a perfect blend of what the new KNBR 1050AM will represent going forward,” said Jeremiah Crowe, Program Director of KNBR 1050AM who also serves as Assistant Program Director of KNBR 680AM. “Bay Area sports fans will find unmatched opinion, insight and humor each morning when they tune in from 6a-9a.”
A San Jose native and graduate of San Jose State University, Frandsen was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2004. He went on to play for the Giants from 2006-2009, before joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2010), Philadelphia Phillies (2012-2013) & Washington Nationals (2014) before ending his 10-year MLB career with the hometown Giants in 2015. Frandsen has filled in regularly on KNBR 680 and served as a contributor to CSN Bay Area television broadcasts.
Frandsen said: “I’m looking forward to this opportunity that combines my love for Bay Area sports talk and ability to draw from my Major League Baseball playing experience. I cannot wait to get behind the microphone and August 8th can’t come soon enough!”
Hoffar grew up in San Leandro and has over 10 years of hosting experience as co-host of the popular Don Geronimo Show podcast, as well as anchor and host experience at KGMZ in San Francisco and KHTK in Sacramento.
Hoffar said: “This is an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait to get back on the air in the Bay Area. I was raised on KNBR and look forward to adding to its legacy as ‘The Sports Leader!’”
Ortiz is also a native of San Leandro and served as co-host of The Three Amigos on KGMZ in San Francisco since 2012 in addition to touring the country as a well-known Stand-Up Comedian.
Ortiz said: “As a Bay Area native, joining a brand within the KNBR family is truly an honor. I am looking forward to being a part of the Cumulus SF family and I’m beyond excited to represent “The Sports Leader” every weekday 6a-9a.”
“The Audible” will be broadcast live from San Francisco weekdays from 6a-9a on KNBR 1050. The program will also be available nationally on the KNBR app and via live video stream at KNBR.com.
KNBR 1050’s Weekday Schedule features:
Time (PT) Show
6 – 9 a.m. The Audible
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Jim Rome Show **
12 – 3 p.m. The Ted Ramey Show
3 – 7 p.m. Tolbert & Lund
7 – 8 p.m. Jorge & Izzy *
8 – 11 p.m. The Freddie Coleman Show *
11 p.m. – 3 a.m. SportsCenter All Night with Jay Reynolds *
3 – 6 a.m. Mike & Mike *
**CBS Sports Radio
About Cumulus Media
A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 453 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), more than 8,200 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.
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