TEGNA announced plans Wednesday to launch “Locked On HBCU,” a daily podcast dedicated to HBCU athletes, football and basketball. The podcast will feature correspondents across the HBCU landscape, including TEGNA on-air and sports talent.
They will join host Reggie Flood of “The Big Tyme Sports Network” on New Orleans’ WBOK 1230 AM to cover each sport and team representing all HBCU athletic programs regardless of division or conference.
“We believe elevating Black collegiate sports and the voices that cover them is long overdue,” said Ross Jackson, Locked On’s college podcast channel coordinator and partnership manager. “On the field, hardwood, diamond, and in the bandstands, HBCU sports and culture is unparalleled, yet unsung.”
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While Flood will headline Locked On HBCU, the podcast will feature on-air talent with an HBCU background and/or who are passionate about HBCU sports, including:
- Mo Carter, sports director for WDZK (TEGNA’s Fox station in Huntsville, Ala.)
- Lesli Foster, news anchor at WUSA (TEGNA’s CBS station in Washington, D.C.)
- Ashley Holder, sports reporter at WGRZ (TEGNA’s NBC station in Buffalo, N.Y.)
- Jeff Jones, sports director at KVUE (TEGNA’s ABC station in Austin, Texas)
- Cory Mose, sports reporter at KWES (TEGNA’s NBC station in Midland-Odessa, Texas)
- Arnold Payne, senior sports photojournalist at WFAA (TEGNA’s ABC station in Dallas, Texas)
- David Schiele, sports reporter at WBIR (TEGNA’s NBC station in Knoxville, Tenn.)
- Allison Seymour, news anchor at WUSA (TEGNA’s CBS station in Washington, D.C.)
- Reese Waters, on-air talent at “WUSA9 at 7 p.m.” (TEGNA’s CBS station in Washington, D.C.)
Locked On HBCU will be available across TEGNA markets and on the Audacy app, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Facebook Podcasts, Stitcher and other podcast platforms.
TEGNA is the largest owner of top 4 network affiliates in the top 25 markets among independent station groups, reaching approximately 39 percent of all television households nationwide. TEGNA also owns leading multicast networks True Crime Network, Twist and Quest.