Clinch Gear Radio Partners with American Forces Network
San Diego, California – January 06, 2011 – Clinch Gear, the leading performance Mixed Martial Arts apparel brand, and the American Forces Network have announced a partnership to broadcast Clinch Gear Radio on AFN’s “The Voice” weekly, beginning Saturday, January 8, 2011.
Clinch Gear Radio takes listeners on a weekly one-hour journey inside the world of MMA. The show is hosted by award-winning sports radio personality Jeff Dotseth and "The Fight Professor" Stephen Quadros from Showtime television.
“Stephen and I are honored to have an opportunity to be the MMA radio show for U.S. military personnel stationed overseas,” commented Dotseth. “We appreciate everything these men and women do for our country, and our goal is to deliver an entertaining hour of radio each week that makes the day go by just a little faster.”
Since its October 2010 debut, Clinch Gear Radio has delivered strong ratings for its flagship station, XTRA Sports 1360 AM in San Diego, where it is one of the top weekend programs. Dotseth and Quadros bring an informed but accessible style to the airwaves, and have compiled an impressive guest list of MMA’s most recognizable athletes and insiders, including Dan Henderson, BJ Penn , John McCarthy, Dominick Cruz and Mike Goldberg.
AFN reaches more than 1 million listeners in 177 countries and U.S. territories, including every U.S. ship at sea. “The Voice” is AFN’s News/Talk/Sports channel, featuring mainstream personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Colin Cowheard and Jim Rome.
“MMA is extremely popular with our troops overseas, and we wanted to provide radio programming dedicated to the sport,” said Jef Reilly, Director of American Forces Radio Network Worldwide. “We love Clinch Gear Radio’s balance of enertainment and news, and we think they are the perfect fit for our network. We are delighted to have them on the AFN team to help us support and entertain our heroes around the world.”
About American Forces Radio
The American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) is part of the Department of Defense, and is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The AFRTS mission is to communicate Department of Defense policies, priorities, programs, goals and initiatives. The service provides stateside radio and television programming, "a touch of home," to U.S. service men and women, DoD civilians, and their families serving outside the continental United States. AFRTS includes the Radio and Television Production Office (RTPO), The Pentagon Channel News Center, and the Defense Media Center.
About Clinch Gear™
Founded in 2003, Clinch Gear™ is a leading manufacturer of performance sports apparel with a particular focus on mixed martial arts and amateur wrestling. Clinch Gear is led by two-time US Greco-Roman Olympian and two-time MMA World Champion Dan Henderson. Clinch Gear maintains a singular focus on product innovation, consistently seeking to elevate industry standards for fabrics and fit. Clinch Gear is headquartered in San Diego, California, and is part of the Collective Licensing International portfolio of youth lifestyle and performance brands including Airwalk®, Above The Rim®, Vision Street Wear®, STRIKEFORCE™, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®, World Snowboarding Championships™ and Hind® brands. For more information, visit www.clinchgear.com.
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About Collective Licensing International, LLC.
Collective Licensing International, LLC, a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE:PSS), was formed in January 2004 and is the owner and/or license operator of Airwalk®, Above The Rim®, Vision Street Wear®, Clinch Gear™, STRIKEFORCE™, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®, World Snowboarding Championships™ and Hind®. Collective Licensing International is based in Englewood, Colorado. http://www.collectiveintl.com/
About Collective Brands, Inc.
Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units covering a powerful brand portfolio, as well as multiple price points and selling channels including retail, wholesale, ecommerce and licensing. Collective Brands, Inc. includes Payless ShoeSource, focused on democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories through its nearly 4,500-store retail chain, with its brands Airwalk®, Dexter®, Champion® and designer collections Lela Rose for Payless, Christian Siriano for Payless and Isabel Toledo for Payless, among others; Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group, focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear sold primarily through wholesale and retail, with brands including Stride Rite®, Keds®, Sperry Top-Sider®, and Saucony®; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as Airwalk®, Above The Rim®, Vision Street Wear®, Clinch Gear™, STRIKEFORCE™, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®, World Snowboarding Championships™ and Hind®. Information about, and links for shopping on, each of the Collective Brand’s units can be found at www.collectivebrands.com.