CHICAGO – StadiumsUSA Radio, a unique program focusing on America's magnificent sports gathering places, will debut on Yahoo Sports Radio Saturday, August 30th. The show will kickoff Yahoo's complete coverage of college football and will air at 7:00 AM Central Daylight Time.
StadiumsUSA Radio is the inspiration of Mark Madorin, creator of the StadiumsUSA web site. Madorin, a former college coach with a lifelong fascination for athletic venues, also provides weekly insights about the stadium industry in a program segment entitled “Talking Shop.” Stadiumsusa.com serves as the preeminent source for stadium information in the United States, covering over 2,500 venues of all sizes. Operations for the site are based in the Chicago suburb of Lombard, Illinois.
StadiumsUSA Radio is created, produced and distributed by Bill Hazen Productions. Hazen hosts the weekly show, which is the first national production for the Chicago-based sports programmer. Known for broadcasting Michael Jordan's first professional game and rookie season, Hazen has called the action for three NBA teams, numerous college teams and conference TV packages. His portfolio of work includes the World Series, the NBA Finals and NFL Football for ESPN International. Recently he was named to the announce team for the new American Sports Network. Bill Hazen Productions also syndicates and produces radio programming for Conference USA, and it syndicates the hour-long sports program College Sports Weekly.
Yahoo Sports Radio began in 1991 as the Sports Entertainment Network, based in Las Vegas. In 1993 it was purchased by Chicago-based One-On-One Sports, moved to suburban Northbrook and renamed the One-On-One Sports Network. In 2000, the network was sold to The Sporting News and renamed Sporting News Radio. In 2011, the network became Yahoo Sports Radio. It is now based in Houston and has grown to over 500 affiliates. The network can also be heard through the Internet and a mobile app.
“I'm very pleased for Mark and everyone involved in this project,” said Hazen. “This is a tremendous affirmation for a great concept and a lot of hard work. I know Yahoo Sports Radio listeners will enjoy StadiumsUSA's reporting on the stadium industry and the people whose lives have been touched by these fantastic venues.”
StadiumsUSA Radio took the air on November 17th, 2013, offering completely new broadcast reporting and a unique perspective on American stadiums. The program will now be heard throughout the country, including stations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Miama, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Phoenix.
The StadiumsUSA Radio team welcomes a new face to the production team. For StadiumsUSA, broadcast veteran Jeff Schmidt will help coordinate story lines, research and segment production. He will also be heard on various interviews airing within the program.
For Bill Hazen Productions, Keith Hoehne serves as Executive Producer. He also provides vital contributions in the areas of segment production and development. He is heard directly on interview segments and serves in a contributing on-air capacity. Samuel “Bo” Carter is the Coordinating Producer for the program. Carter, who served as Director of Information for both the Southwest Conference and the Big 12, is universally respected for his media savvy in athletic circles. Broadcaster Dean Jackson will report on an “at large” basis, while Gene DeLisio and Ken Allen will also contribute on-the-scene reports and interviews.