Sports radio in Steamboat Springs changing the game plan

John F. Russell
Steamboat Pilot & Today

— Sports radio listeners in Steamboat Springs may have noticed the local sports talk show Harvey’s Huddle has been joined by a team of new voices on the air waves of Steamboat Radio this month.

Brain Harvey, the station’s general manager, said the response has been mostly good since the radio station KTYV 98.9 Sports on FM made the switch from ESPN programming to FOX Sports last week. Steamboat Radio is also the home of KBCR Big County 96.9, Easy 94.1 and The River 100.5.

“It’s not like we went from classic rock to modern jazz. We went from sports talk to sports talk. We just changed who the carrier is,” Harvey said.

“We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback and then there has been a few people who are a little down on it,” Harvey added. “I just ask those people to give it a couple of weeks and then they can call me and tell me what they think. It takes awhile to form relationships with these different personalities and to get used to their talk format.”

The lineup will include Dan Patrick (7 to 10 a.m.), Colin Cowherd (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Jay Mohr (1 to 4 p.m.) and Rich Eisen (4 to 7 p.m.). The station will also continue to air the local sports talk show Harvey’s Huddle from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and the Colorado and Colorado State football games.

Listeners can also tune in for Steamboat football and boys soccer in the fall, Steamboat hockey and boys and girls basketball in the winter and boys lacrosse and girls soccer in the spring. This year, the Steamboat Wranglers junior hockey team will also find a home on the station.

Harvey said when Cowherd’s decision to leave ESPN was announced in July he started looking at other opportunities. He said not all of the listeners like what Cowherd has to say, but love him or hate him, they tune in to listen.

The new KTYV sports station will continue to carry NFL football on Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights as well as two selected games on Sunday.

The Denver Broncos, however, have found a new home on Always Mountain Time’s KQZR The Reel. Listeners looking for those games should tune in to 95.5 or 107.3 on the FM dial. The Reel is normally a classic rock station but will break away from normal programming to carry the Broncos and select Colorado Rockies baseball games, according to general manager Amy Colburn.

The station started carrying the Broncos games this preseason and also just started airing Rockies games as well.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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