NFL Hall of Famer and former Redskin John Riggins aka “Riggo” , signed a multi-year deal yesterday with WTOP 103.5, bringing him back to DC radio. After “The John Riggins Show” was cancelled from competitor, ESPN 980, Riggo was picked up by WTOP for expert analysis and commentary during the Redskins season, a role that he will continue into the 2010 Redskins season. He will also host one-hour “Ask Riggo” specials and the pre and post game shows throughout the season on WTOP 103.5.
In a new and innovative move, Riggo will also return to his afternoon drive spot with “The John Riggins Show,” from 4-7PM on 103.5-HD3, which is just one of WTOP’s extra channels available through HD Radio Technology.
Riggins says, “Spot duty was never meant for me. I’m an every down broadcaster. Thanks to the Goliath of D.C. Radio, WTOP HD-3 will soon offer Diesel Fuel Monday through Friday; pumps will be open 4-7 p.m. I know I’ve got one more great run left in the tank – how can I not with WTOP in front of me. It’s going to be just like old times.” Visit Riggo’s blog called “The Diesel Riggo” here: http://john-riggins.blogspot.com/.
WTOP VP of Programming Jim Farley says, “He’s not just the most popular Redskin of all times, he’s also the most articulate. He is fearless in calling it like it is. Now he’s blazing a path in carving out the new free over-the-air channels created by cutting-edge HD Radio technology.”
The show will be produced and managed by sports programming veteran Tod Castleberry who formerly programmed WTEM and ESPN 980/Redskins Radio Network. Says Castleberry, “Riggo is a compelling, entertaining personality who always tells it like he sees it. He has a lot to say and we’re going to have fun interacting with the fans. This is an exciting partnership with Washington’s most listened to radio station, WTOP.”
The afternoon drive show will begin in March on 103.5-HD3. HD Radio receivers are available at your local electronics store like Best Buy, Walmart, and more, and online from retailers like Crutchfield and Amazon.
WTOP is the most widely listened to radio station in the Nation’s Capital and heard on 103.5 FM in the metro, 103.9 FM in Frederick, 107.7 FM in Stafford, and worldwide at wtop.com.