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ESPN Deportes Radio is a moribund Spanish language sports radio network created and produced by Disney-owned ESPN. Programming includes call-in talk shows and commentary from hosts about a full range of sporting events, including soccer, American football, baseball and boxing.

ESPN Deportes Radio
TypeRadio network
Country
AvailabilityNational, through regional affiliates and satellite radio
SloganSolo deportes, solo en español
OwnerESPN, Inc.
(Disney 80%/Hearst 20%)
Launch date
October 5, 2005; 13 years ago (2005-10-05)
Official website
ESPN Deportes Radio

The network has stations in 15 states in the United States (Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oklahoma, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington). It is also available in Puerto Rico and Mexico's North and is available nationally on Sirius XM Radio on Channel 149.

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ProgrammingEdit

ESPN Deportes Radio features sports news and talk in Spanish, with a special emphasis on soccer. Popular personalities on the network include Jorge Ramos, Fernando Alvarez, Hernan Pereyra, José del Valle, Kenneth Garay, Rafael Ramos Villagrana, Elmer Polanco, Armando Talavera Broderick Zerpa, Giovanni Scavia, Jairo Moncada, Noe Vazquez, Diego Cora, Humberto Carrera, José Francisco Rivera, Oscar Restrepo, Alberto "Mono" Gambetta, David Lopez, Miguel Angel Cebreros, Dionisio Estrada, Bernardo Pilatti, Guillermo Celis, Renato Bermudez, Alvaro Riet, Omar Orlando Salazar, David Faitelson, Carlos Arratia and Luis Escobar

ESPN Deportes as well as its English counterpart ESPN Radio were retained by Disney in the sale of ABC Radio to Citadel Broadcasting, then to Cumulus Media. The network is flagshipped at WMYM in Miami, Florida, which is not owned by Disney (it sold the station, then a Radio Disney outlet, in 2015) but had been operated by Disney for several years before that.[1]

Discontinuation of serviceEdit

On June 11, 2019, ESPN announced that it would be discontinuing the ESPN Deportes Radio network on September 8, 2019, citing consumer habits within the demographic skewing towards digital platforms, the lack of a cohesive sports culture among the United States' various Spanish-speaking communities, and the cost, expense and complications of running a full-time radio network. ESPN plans to convert some of the network's programming to podcasts. 10 full-time employees and 25 part-time employees will be laid off as a result of the closures.[2][1] Current affiliates (with the exception of WEPN 1050 in New York City, which will revert to the English-language ESPN Radio feed with the shutdown) will have the option to switch to similar services, such as Univision Deportes Radio (to be renamed TUDN on July 20), change formats altogether, or sign off the air.

AffiliatesEdit

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Event broadcastsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Fybush, Scott (June 17, 2019). "¡Adios, ESPN Deportes Radio!". NorthEast Radio Watch. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "35 To Lose Jobs As ESPN Shuts Down Deportes Radio". Radio Ink. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-06-12.

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