On Oct. 24, 2012 WZGC Atlanta became Atlanta SportsRadio 92-9 the Game. We became the city’s only 24-hour, live and local, seven-days-a-week sports radio station. And we hit the airwaves with a vengeance. Because today is our fifth birthday, we wanted to share with you five of our bigger moments since we signed on to provide the best sports radio coverage in Atlanta.
92-9 the Game Launches
We started this quest with “The Opening Drive with Rick Kamla, Randy Cross & CJ Simpson.” Jerome Jurenovich and Jamie Dukes made up the first midday show, “Jerome & Jamie” which was followed by “Gametime” with Carl Dukes, Kordell Stewart and Rachel Baribeau. But we didn’t stop there…
Mac McDonald and Jason Goff comprised “Mac & Jason” that hit the air once the afternoon drive was over. That show was followed bu “Overtime” with Jim Murray and then the day was completed with “The Mitch Evans Experience.”
Around-the-clock sports coverage is what 92-9 the Game offered. And when we started, we didn’t have any team affiliations. Since then we’ve become the flagship broadcast partner of the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.
What a ride.
92-9 the Game is Super Bowl Bound
When the Falcons thumped the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 NFC Championship Game they punched their ticket to Houston for Super Bowl LI. We went along for one hell of a ride.
From daily coverage from radio row to live shows on location in Houston, 92-9 the Game was at the big game. Two shows made the trip, the Atlanta Falcons Radio Network crew was there, the station’s digital and promotions team was there, and boy did we have fun bringing you all the news and scoops from the Lone Star State.
We also threw a pep rally that turned into a mega party headlined by Cee Lo Green, held promotions and broadcasted live from outside Minute Maid Park and stayed with you all night to break down the big game, even though the city of didn’t get the outcome it wanted.
First Mercedes-Benz Stadium Broadcast
From big games to big buildings, 92-9 the Game has been involved in almost every step of covering the construction and launch of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and what a magnificent building it is.
Even before that broadcast, we were in the new stadium, showing off all its grandeur. Stephen Klee was the first Atlantan with seats in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and we captured that moment.
Whether it was our historic broadcast, or the many firsts along the way (check out the roof opening below), 92-9 the Game was there.
Atlanta United Sets MLS Attendance Record
The first year of Major League Soccer in Atlanta has been nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Atlanta United became just the fourth team in MLS history to make the playoffs in its inaugural season and became the talk of the town instantly when supporters showed up in droves no matter what stadium the matches were played in.
The Five Stripes started to sellout crowds at Bobby Dodd Stadium on the campus of Georgia Tech, a temporary home until Mercedes-Benz was completed. Once the new building was finished, Atlanta United supporters invaded, and haven’t stopped since.
Twice this season, the folks at Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened the upper bowl to fill the building with the “17s,” Atlanta United’s affectionate nickname for its supporters. Twice the people filled the place.
On Oct. 22, for Atlanta United’s final regular-season match, 71,874 people saw the Five Stripes versus Toronto FC. That broke a barely-month-old record that Atlanta United set on Sept. 16 of 70,425. Prior to that point, no MLS crowd has ever eclipsed 70,000. Now the “17s” have done so twice.
Take a look at our Facebook Live postgame show and listen to Adam Schick and Jason Longshore tell the story of initially setting the record.
Live & Local Means Something
It was a tough night in Atlanta when the Alabama Crimson Tide took down the Georgia Bulldogs on Dec. 1 at the 2012 SEC Championship Game. The ‘Dawgs lost 32-28 and had a last-second shot to win the game, but couldn’t come up with the win.
Georgia fans had to watch Alabama advance to, and win, the national title over Notre Dame.
Barely six weeks old, 92-9 the Game opened its phone lines for Georgia fans to call and vent about their near-miss of a game. And call, and call, and call they did.
“That was the moment we realized sports fans in Atlanta need a place to talk, no matter the time,” said Mike Conti, who’s been with the station since its inception.
Fans lit of the phone lines and kept them full well into the wee hours, proving that lice and local was important, that weekend sports radio at the local level was important and taking calls until the calm had arrived was appreciated. Many of the 92-9 the Game family note that game, and the aftermath that ensued, was the moment they knew 92-9 was here in Atlanta to stay.