No mas! ESPN Deportes closing

The spanish-language sports Network ESPN Deportes is closing down according to this story

Eventually people in American radio will catch on that Spanish language speaking immigrants have no money to spend, and what they do have they send back home to Mexico.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to No mas! ESPN Deportes closing

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    The first article says, “ESPN is closing it this fall, instead emphasizing podcasts and TV content from ESPN Deportes.”

    I think that is the bigger story. Moving to stream on demand, no need to pay for transmissions that virtually no one listens to on an AM radio. Disney (the owner) did the same with the Radio Disney. As I write this, Radio Disney is streaming “Katy Perry – Never Really Over” online.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I finally have been in contact with somebody from the HD radio service, and they hope to offer me a list of the HD channels that I can incorporate into the database in the website. Radio Disney quietly was re-added to some HD2/3 sub-channels, but right now I could not tell you where.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I just revisited every conservative talk radio station, and along the way it became apparent just how pervasive the “saving AM radio” FM translators have become. My guesstimate is 85% of AM stations carrying conservative talk now have an FM translator. Somewhat atypical, WBT has an actual full power FM simulcast, but that’s just because they’re not very smart. Many AM/FM combos are being split apart, with the AM station now paired with an FM translator, and the FM station going off on its own playing some music format.

      The loser in that arrangement is people who started to listen to the FM simulcast out in the Fringe area. The FM translator is not going to provide the same coverage, but the bulk of the people advertisers want to reach live in the center city or nearby. But even that is temporary – virtually every radio station is now streaming, and 5G on the horizon to the stream in the car, over-the-air radio is in serious trouble long-term.

      Maybe a month ago Pluto TV, which is owned by Viacom, showed up on our Roku. 150ish free channels of “stuff”, but after a week or so, it is apparent this is going nowhere. It is built on the 1990s cable TV model with scheduled shows. Why would I want to watch the 24 hour Gordon Ramsey channel (no relation to Dave) showing me an episode that I cannot pause, rewind, or fast forward, when the same content is on free YouTube – I can watch any episode when I want, leave early, hit pause if the doorbell rings, and a much lighter commercial load.

      I have said from the beginning that the survival of radio depends on producing content where is important that the show is live and not just podcast fodder. But that requires creativity, hard work, and a commitment to pay humans to produce the content.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Wow, way to take a knee, ESPN

    I started going through the list of sports radio stations, and ESPN affiliates are dropping like flies. Now I understand the pressure from above for the ESPN sports hosts to shut the f up about politics.

Leave a Reply