Friday, August 11, 2017

Checkpoint Radio, The Esports Radio Show, Adds Affiliates

Westwood One and Checkpoint Radio, the first, nationally syndicated radio show dedicated to the world of esports and gaming, announces additional markets are joining the weekly broadcast.

WPEN 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia, WXOS 101 ESPN in St Louis, and KFNC ESPN 97.5 FM in Houston are three of the latest stations to join the rapidly-growing affiliate list. In just three months, Checkpoint Radio has grown in the United States and Canada in markets such as Toronto, Denver, Phoenix, Vancouver BC, Tampa, Montreal, San Diego, Pittsburgh, Rochester, and Orlando.

Hosted by Nate Bender, Robbie Landis, Norris Howard, and Joe Sloan, Checkpoint Radio is an esports talk show featuring insights, news, interviews, and updates designed specifically for the video game and esports fan. In addition to the weekly show, the Checkpoint crew also produces a podcast featuring exclusive content not heard on the radio program.  

“Checkpoint Radio is the only national show that connects radio stations and listeners to the explosive energy around esports. According to Newzoo, this year esports will grow to $696 million in revenue, a year-over-year increase of 41%. Brand investment is predicted to grow to $1.5 billion by 2020. This is a space you want to be in,” said Suzanne Grimes, EVP, Corporate Marketing, Cumulus Media and President, Westwood One. “Westwood One is the undeniable leader in Sports Programming, and we know esports is an important sector for affiliates and advertisers.”

Rick Scott, Managing Partner of Checkpoint Radio said, “We are excited at the rapid growth of Checkpoint Radio in so many quality and big markets. It’s a testament to the quality and appeal of the show and the passionate crew working to put it together.”

This one-of-a-kind, two-hour weekly show airs Thursday afternoon anytime through Sunday. In addition, Checkpoint Radio is also producing the Esports Minute which airs which airs daily, Monday-Friday between 6a-Midnight.

Stations interested in Checkpoint Radio and/or the e-Sports Minute can contact Rich Burg at or (212) 824-2994. Learn more at

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