CheckpointXP® and Blaze Fire Games Announce The #MyHBCUGotEsportsGame® Tour

CheckpointXP® and Blaze Fire Games Announce The #MyHBCUGotEsportsGame® Tour

CheckpointXP®, the multimedia video game and esports content arm of Beasley Esports, in conjunction with Blaze Fire Games, a licensed digital online game provider and developer of micro-credentialing esports courses for students, announce the #MyHBCUGotEsportsGameTour. The educational and competitive college esports experience featuring 25 participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities will officially launch this year.

The Tour, produced by Blaze Fire Games, will consist of two-day virtual events, including an esports panel discussion, a student-hosted show with guest appearances from student and professional athletes, and esports competitions. One hundred Esports curriculum scholarships will be awarded to each of the 25 participating schools. CheckpointXP® and CheckpointXP On Campus® have been selected as the lead media and content partner for the Tour and will control all coverage for the tournaments. 

“Bringing esports tournaments and educational opportunities to HBCU students helps bridge the digital divide, something Blaze Fire Games is committed to eradicating,” said Isiah Reese, CEO and Co-Founder of Blaze Fire Games. “We are especially excited that we have the support of the NBA2K and the National Basketball Players Association as we bring this to life on HBCU campuses. As a direct result of that support the Tour will kick off with a NBA2K Esports weekend. This will be the first NBA2K Esports event to take place across all 11 MEAC schools.  As the Tour schedule progresses, NBA2K Tournaments will be featured prominently in all weekend events.”

“This is the perfect next step to the HBCU Internship Program we announced together earlier this year,” said Leslie Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Beasley Esports “It is an amazing opportunity for the students and schools, providing career pathways through esports curriculum and putting them on the competitive collegiate esports stage for the first time, creating a new legacy.”

Complete details will be available in the coming weeks.

About CheckpointXP:

CheckpointXP is the multimedia video game and esports content arm of Beasley Esports, the esports division of Beasley Media Group, a multiplatform media company providing advertising and digital marketing solutions across the United States. The company owns 64 radio properties located in large and medium markets across the country, as well as offers capabilities in audio technology, esports, podcasting, ecommerce and events. BMG’s platforms reach more than 20 million consumers on a weekly basis.

About Blaze Fire Games:

Blaze Fire Games is a licensed digital online games provider, which taps into various creative talent and skills across the globe. The company aims to connect a diverse group of participants by introducing them to a career path to learn to compete in a gaming environment.  For more information, please visit www.blazefiregames.com.

The Tour, produced by Blaze Fire Games, will consist of two-day virtual events, including an esports panel discussion, a student-hosted show with guest appearances from student and professional athletes, and esports competitions. One hundred Esports curriculum scholarships will be awarded to each of the 25 participating schools. CheckpointXP® and CheckpointXP On Campus® have been selected as the lead media and content partner for the Tour and will control all coverage for the tournaments. 

“Bringing esports tournaments and educational opportunities to HBCU students helps bridge the digital divide, something Blaze Fire Games is committed to eradicating,” said Isiah Reese, CEO and Co-Founder of Blaze Fire Games. “We are especially excited that we have the support of the NBA2K and the National Basketball Players Association as we bring this to life on HBCU campuses. As a direct result of that support the Tour will kick off with a NBA2K Esports weekend. This will be the first NBA2K Esports event to take place across all 11 MEAC schools.  As the Tour schedule progresses, NBA2K Tournaments will be featured prominently in all weekend events.”

“This is the perfect next step to the HBCU Internship Program we announced together earlier this year,” said Leslie Fitzsimmons, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing for Beasley Esports “It is an amazing opportunity for the students and schools, providing career pathways through esports curriculum and putting them on the competitive collegiate esports stage for the first time, creating a new legacy.”

Complete details will be available in the coming weeks.

About CheckpointXP:

CheckpointXP is the multimedia video game and esports content arm of Beasley Esports, the esports division of Beasley Media Group, a multiplatform media company providing advertising and digital marketing solutions across the United States. The company owns 64 radio properties located in large and medium markets across the country, as well as offers capabilities in audio technology, esports, podcasting, ecommerce and events. BMG’s platforms reach more than 20 million consumers on a weekly basis.

About Blaze Fire Games:

Blaze Fire Games is a licensed digital online games provider, which taps into various creative talent and skills across the globe. The company aims to connect a diverse group of participants by introducing them to a career path to learn to compete in a gaming environment.  For more information, please visit www.blazefiregames.com.

Beasley Media Group’s WUKS-FM Switches to Urban AC Format

Beasley Media Group’s WUKS-FM Switches to Urban AC Format

Beasley Media Group Fayetteville announces 107.7 JAMZ/ WUKS-FM is now an Urban AC format. The change on the former urban oldies-based music station officially took place April 1st, 2021.

We’re extremely excited to be able to bring an Urban AC Format to Fayetteville, North Carolina,” said WUKS-FM Program Director, Kenny J. “The New Smooth R&B and Old School 1077 Jamz will super-serve listeners looking for a real Urban AC station!” 

Tom Calococci Named Program Director at KOAS-FM in Las Vegas

Tom Calococci Named Program Director at KOAS-FM in Las Vegas

Beasley Media Group announces Tom Calococci has been named as the new Program Director at JAMMIN’ 105.7/KOAS-FM in Las Vegas. He will officially begin his new position on Monday, April 5, 2021.

Calococci most recently served as Affiliate relations ambassador at Sheet Happens in Dallas, Texas.

“We spoke with many talented programmers across the country,” said Beasley Media Group Las Vegas Vice President and Market Manager, Peter Burton. “Tom’s energy, experience and knowledge of the format came out on top. He is the perfect choice to complement our incredible team here in Las Vegas!”

“We know Tom Calococci well, from his time successfully programming Beasley’s Power 96 in Miami several years ago,” said Beasley Media Group Chief Content Officer, Justin Chase. “KOAS is in good hands with this capable programmer. Welcome back, Tom!”

“I am beyond thrilled to be rejoining the Beasley team,” said Colococci. “I’m looking forward to working with Peter Burton, as well as VP of Programming Justin Chase, and the wonderful people in Las Vegas. I can’t wait to get started!”

Adamas Esports to Serve as the Official Performance Partner for the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws

Adamas Esports to Serve as the Official Performance Partner for the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws

The Houston Outlaws are pleased to announce a partnership with Adamas Esports Performance & Training Ltd.  Adamas has expanded its professional training service offerings to include partnerships with several top level esports organizations in 2021- leveraging the approach they have brought in working with Olympians, Pro Sports and XGames athletes.

The Outlaws are excited to announce this collaboration as the team integrates these science-based performance-techniques into player training regimen as they approach the opening of Season #4 of the Overwatch League.

Adamas will provide performance coaching and health & wellness expertise to Outlaws players and coaches as part of the partnership. Services will include sports psychology, coaching development workshops, and lifestyle coaching and recommendations delivered through online workshop sessions and one on one time with the athletes.

“The Outlaws organization have made a big commitment to the health, wellness and performance of their players,” said Adamas Chief Executive Officer Caleb Cousens. “We are looking forward to continuing to help build the right culture with the team leadership and give all their athletes the tools they need to perform when it matters.”

“We are thrilled to be leveraging the proven expertise of Adamas Esports in an effort to give the Outlaws a competitive advantage this season,” said Lori Burgess, Chief Operating Officer for the Houston Outlaws. “Our goal is to accelerate our performance and to ensure that our players are poised to achieve optimal results in their quest to win together as a team.”

Adamas looks forward to contributing to a culture of wellness and success in the Outlaws organization, and the Outlaws plan to share some of the training tips to fans that love the game as much as the team does! #AnteUp #OutlawsNation

About Adamas Esports:

Adamas Esports was founded in 2018 and is an emerging global leader in esports performance. The team specializes in performance coaching, sports psychology, and exercise science, providing professional services to top tier esports organizations across a multitude of competitive titles, including League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Overwatch. To learn more about Adamas Esports, its services or its methodology, visit adamasesports.gg.

About Beasley Esports:

Beasley Esports is the newest division of Beasley Media Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns and operates 62 stations (46 FM and 16 AM) in 15 large and mid-size markets in the United States. As a company, we are committed to creating high-quality cross-platform content for consumers; catering to esports and video game fans and fanatics. Beasley Esports brands include the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws, CheckpointXP, CheckpointXP on Campus, and Team Renegades, Beasley Esports is committed to delivering premier content and entertainment for professional and casual gamer. 

Beasley Media Group to Debut the MASON & STARR Morning Show in the Motor City

Beasley Media Group to Debut the MASON & STARR Morning Show in the Motor City

Beasley Media Group Detroit announces the MASON & STARR Morning Show will debut from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. weekdays on 105.9 KISS-FM beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021.

A legendary Motor City radio veteran, John Mason most recently served as the Midday Personality at KISS-FM. Angie Starr is best known for her work as night host and weekend air talent on the station. Together, they are the perfect combination to take over mornings in the Motor City!

“MASON & STARR will be a show all about Detroit and the lives of our incredible listeners,” said Mason. “We will have fun, play lots of Smooth R&B and Old School music, and have really cool giveaways. Tune in weekday mornings to hear the REAL Detroit!”

“I was born and raised in Detroit so I’m excited to partner with Mason in bringing fun, information and positive energy to morning radio in the Motor City,” said Starr.

“It’s a privilege to welcome the legendary Mason and Angie Starr back to mornings in Detroit,” said Zannie Glover, Program Director of Beasley Media Group’s 105.9 KISS-FM and 105.1 The BOUNCE. “I am most excited for our KISS-FM listeners. Ask anybody in Detroit and they’ll tell you Mason is The MAN!

 “Now more than ever, familiar, genuine voices are local radio’s strongest asset,” said Beasley Media Group Vice President of Content and Detroit Director of Detroit Programming, Scott Jameson. “Mason’s brand equity, along with Angie’s infectious energy and authenticity will jump start the day for 105.9 KISS-FM!”