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Local Radio Personalities Headline 'Sportlandia', A New Program

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    PORTLAND, Ore. - The Trail Blazers online programming venture,, which launched in early-November, has added a new program to its lineup.

    'Sportlandia', a talk show that weaves Portland, pop culture and the Trail Blazers together, made its debut on Feb. 18. The show connects the audience with the team in a way that "Keeps Portland Weird" through relevant local topics, bands and Portland locations. With an interactive format, hosts Sarah X Dylan and Greg Nibler, who also host the popular podcast 'Funemployment Radio', are able to answer questions from viewers live on-air during their hour-long broadcast.

    "I'm excited to take on the challenge of being on-camera while taking questions live from viewers," said Dylan, who has worked in in both radio and television. "The spontaneous interaction from fans is something that we aren't able to have with our podcast, and I'm glad to have it back."

    Sportlandia, which airs Fridays at 4 p.m., broadcasts from a new site each week. It debuted at Spirit of 77, a sports bar in northeast Portland, and was shot from Land Art Gallery for the 'Boomshakalaka' art exhibit last week. In its first four episodes, Sportlandia has totaled nearly 9,000 views - numbers that compete for the site's top show.

    "The Trail Blazers' relationship with its fans typifies what makes Portland such a special place," said Trail Blazers Vice President of Broadcasting and Digital Entertainment, Dick Vardanega. "Sportlandia presents a unique opportunity to reach a non-traditional audience, which, hopefully, can be made into Blazermaniacs."

    Nibler and Dylan met while working for the Rick Emerson Show in 2006. When the show was cancelled in 2009, the two promptly started the popular podcast 'Funemployment Radio', which was nominated for the 2010 National Comedy Podcast of the Year, facing the likes of comedians Adam Corolla and Kevin Smith.

    "When the Trail Blazers approached me about co-hosting a show, it was a no-brainer," said Nibler, who has worked in local radio for the past ten years. "I've been a Trail Blazers fan my whole life, and to be involved with something like this is a dream come true."

    In addition to his radio experience, Nibler has worked as an actor and played in multiple bands. Dylan's previous work includes eight years of radio experience, modeling and a stint as the traffic reporter for KOIN-TV.

    The Sportlandia timeslot is subject to change in the event of a Trail Blazers broadcast. This is the case for tonight's broadcast; Sportlandia will start at 2:30 p.m. in lieu of the Portland at Charlotte pregame show at 3:30 p.m.

    You can follow Sportlandia on Facebook and Twitter.

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