WTOP Expands Partnership with Riggins
Deal Includes Return of “John Riggins Show” on HD
Washington, DC February 4, 2010
WTOP Radio 103.5 FM today announced a new multi-year broadcasting partnership with NFL Hall of Famer John Riggins. “Riggo” just completed his first year of providing expert analysis and commentary for WTOP during the Redskins’ season and will continue in that role during the 2010 NFL season. Riggins will also host one-hour “Ask Riggo” specials throughout the year, giving listeners and fans the chance to interact and discuss the team. In addition The John Riggins Show will return to the air in afternoon drive via WTOP’s HD-3 Channel. The John Riggins Show will air Monday through Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. Riggins will also host a pre-game and post-game show during the NFL season.
Riggins says, “Spot duty was never meant for me. I’m an every down broadcaster. Thanks to the Goliath of D.C. Radio, WTOP HD-3 will soon offer Diesel Fuel Monday through Friday; pumps will be open 4-7 p.m. I know I’ve got one more great run left in the tank - how can I not with WTOP in front of me. It’s going to be just like old times.”
The broker of the deal, WTOP Sales Manager Ralph Renzi says, “We are thrilled to have Riggo join WTOP 103.5 FM and to bring his talk show to WTOP HD-3. His expertise and candor are always a must-listen. This is an innovative move that showcases radio’s many distribution channels.”
WTOP VP of Programming Jim Farley says, "He's not just the most popular Redskin of all times, he's also the most articulate. He is fearless in calling it like it is. Now he's blazing a path in carving out the new free over-the-air channels created by cutting-edge HD Radio technology."
All John Riggins programming is managed and executive produced by sports programming veteran Tod Castleberry who formerly programmed WTEM and ESPN 980/Redskins Radio Network. Says Castleberry, “Riggo is a compelling, entertaining personality who always tells it like he sees it. He has a lot to say and we’re going to have fun interacting with the fans. This is an exciting partnership with Washington’s most listened to radio station, WTOP.”
The John Riggins Show will launch on WTOP HD-3 in March. Commentary on WTOP will begin again in the fall.
WTOP Radio has served the Washington region since 1926 and has been Washington’s all-news radio station since 1969. WTOP is the most widely listened to radio station in the Nation’s Capital. WTOP can be heard on 103.5 FM in the metro, 103.9 FM in Frederick, 107.7 FM in Stafford, and worldwide at wtop.com.
WTOP Radio is one of two stations in DC owned by Bonneville International Corporation. Its sister station is Federal News Radio, heard on 1500 AM and 820 AM in Frederick. Bonneville International (www.bonneville.com) is an award-winning, dynamic media company with radio, television, online, satellite, and advertising properties in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Phoenix, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Salt Lake City.