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ESPN Radio Will Launch Studio Complex

National radiothon kicks off new studio facilities in Connecticut

ESPN Radio plans to celebrate the opening of new facilities at the network’s Bristol, Conn., headquarters.

June 1 is the big day. And to let the ESPN Radio universe know, company-owned stations along with 13 affiliates plan to broadcast several shows from “Audio Avenue,” a massive temporary remote outside the new facilities.

To be heard will be shows from O&O stations in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York, plus affiliates from Atlanta, Cleveland, Hartford, Houston, Kansas City, Marquette, Mich., Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle and St. Louis.

The new studio facilities include talk studios, control rooms and “SportsCenter” program booths. A release indicated that the festivities will be more than radio-oriented but emphasize the growing multiplatform presence of “ESPN Audio.”

On the agenda: A ribbon cutting, ESPN tours, a “Faces of Audio” luncheon and ice cream carts (featuring ESPN Radio “MicroCones”).

ESPN Radio exec Mo Davenport said: “ESPN Radio consumers are no longer simply radio listeners.” He said the festivities next week “will celebrate our commitment to ensure that fans not only get their ESPN Radio content how they want it, but also when they want it, and where they want it.”