ESPN Deportes Radio, the only around-the-clock national Spanish-language sports radio network in the United States, will launch in Washington, D.C. as ESPN Deportes WXTR 730 AM on Sept. 1.
With this launch, ESPN Deportes Radio has now secured agreements with 29 affiliates nationwide. ESPN Deportes Radio will broadcast all 16 Washington Redskins football games live, anchored by a special 30 minute pre and post game show.
"We are very excited to reach sports fans in Washington," said Oscar Ramos, senior director and general manager, ESPN Deportes Radio. "This is yet another step toward our goal of reaching emerging Hispanic audiences and offering them original, high-quality sports content unlike any other."
"Red Zebra Broadcasting is committed to effectively covering sports for all sports fans," said company CEO Bruce Gilbert. "Bringing all sports in all Spanish to DC with ESPN Deportes was a big goal, but it was even more important for us to offer Washington Redskins football in Spanish."
ESPN Deportes Radio offers a variety of sports talk programming and events, highlighted by coverage of Major League Baseball, Mexican League Soccer, Copa America, UEFA Champions League, Euro Cup, South American World Cup Qualifiers, NASCAR and much more.
As with other properties, ESPN Deportes Radio has a series of expert commentators and top-rated shows including "Jorge Ramos y su Banda," which provides soccer analysis from the most respected sports journalists in the United States.
Hosted by David Faitelson and Rafael Ramos, "Raza Deportiva" covers the latest sports information and news; "ESPN al Despertar" is the morning drive show; and "A los Golpes" offers weeknight listeners a fast-paced overview of the latest boxing news.
Since its launch, ESPN Deportes Radio has achieved significant milestones in the Spanish-language radio industry.
In Los Angeles, the nation's largest Hispanic market, ESPN Deportes Radio flagship station KWKW 1330 AM has enjoyed a remarkable growth in audience since launching as ESPN Deportes Radio in 2005.
Less than a month ago, ESPN Deportes successfully launched Miami's 1450 AM, making this its second affiliate to commence within one month. ESPN Deportes Radio now has 27 affiliates nationwide, including Albuquerque, of which nine are in the top U.S. Hispanic markets.
The radio network is also available nationally on SIRUS Satellite Radio.
About ESPN RadioESPN Radio is the nation's largest sports radio network, providing more than 9,000 hours of talk and event content to nearly 750 non-duplicative stations reaching more than 20 million listeners* each week. ESPN Radio's nearly 350 full-time affiliates, offering round the clock programming, include owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Additionally, ESPN Radio is the exclusive national radio network for the NBA, Major League Baseball and the Bowl Championship Series, Kentucky Derby, and also broadcasts 17 regular-season college football games.
Red Zebra Broadcasting (RZB) is based in Washington, DC. and operates 13 radio stations:
WTEM AM 980, Washington DC
WWRC AM 1260, Washington DC
WTNT AM 570, Washington DC
WXTR AM 730, Alexandria, VA
WWXX FM 94.3, Warrenton, VA
WWXT FM 92.7, Prince Frederick, MD
WXTG AM 1490, Hampton, VA
WXTG FM 102.1, Virginia Beach, VA
WXGI AM 950, Richmond, VA
WLNI FM 105.9, Lynchburg, VA
WZZU FM 97.9, Lynchburg, VA
WZZI FM 101.5, Roanoke, VA
WLEQ FM 106.3, Bedford, VA
Every Red Zebra Broadcasting station is home to live play by play coverage of the Washington Redskins. Red Zebra Broadcasting was established in 2006.
Daniel M. Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, is a primary investor in Red Zebra Broadcasting. Snyder sits on the Board of Directors of the parent company, but has no operating role in the company.