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Corcoran & Slaten Join 1380AM

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Sports talk in St. Louis was born in 1992 at 1380 AM, which had the call letters of KGLD before soon becoming KASP. Now, nearly a quarter century later, 1380 is counting on several big names still around from that era to get it rolling.

Kevin Slaten and J.C. Corcoran, who have worn bad-boy hats on the St. Louis airwaves for decades, form the programming bookends of the operation. And Howard Balzer and Charlie “Tuna” Edwards are on the way.

The station, now known as KRFT, recently was leased by talkstl.com — a web-based programming provider. By taking over the radio station, it is also able to send its content out over the air.

The first move was to put longtime St. Louis sports-talk firebrand Slaten in the key afternoon drive-time slot (3-6 p.m.), when he has been doing his customary raucous show since mid-March.

Starting Monday, the station’s lineup grows again. The marquee name among the newcomers is Corcoran, who will be in the morning-drive slot (7-9 a.m.). Although he doesn’t do a sports show per se, he frequently touches on athletics. And sports will be the focus of the station throughout most of the day.

“Everything’s going to have at least a bit of a sports flavor,’’ said Scott Gertken, who runs the operation. “Probably 90 percent.”

Longtime St. Louis sports talkers Balzer and Edwards are to arrive April 20 from WQQX (1490 AM). And nationally syndicated jock-jabber host Jim Rome is on in early afternoons.

Gertken said he “giggles” when it’s mentioned that some think he’ll have trouble operating a regular radio station after having been in charge of a simpler online business. He said he has people working for him with a good understanding of regular radio, adding, “We couldn’t be more excited about the lineup we were able to finalize. We’ve done a whole lot in 10 days.”

The station, which is using NBC Sports Radio to provide its additional programming, currently is licensed to operate only during the daytime. But Gertken hopes to be on 24 hours by May 1.

CORCORAN’S RETURN

Corcoran has been on the St. Louis airwaves for almost all of the last three decades, at many spots on the dial. But vast changes in the business phased out his style — a morning show heavy on talk about news, entertainment, sports and politics mixed with music.

He ended up getting work in Houston last year but also did a show tailored to St. Louis for a time on KFNS (590 AM) — which now is off the air. The Houston gig fizzled after a format change, but he persevered. He has been conducting his program digitally (at jcontheline.com and a mobile app), which he plans to continue to do from 6-7 a.m. before his show starts on the 1380/ talkstl.com operation.

He’s known for his outspoken — sometimes controversial — stances. And he promises no changes in approach or format of the show.

“It will be exactly the same thing I’ve been doing,’’ he said. “Anybody who listens to the show is going to hear J.C. Corcoran — they know what they’re going to get.”

What gets his proverbial goat is the current state of the radio business.

“Its embarrassing to watch the forces that be at some of the bigger stations rumble around putting people on the air you can tell are going nowhere” while proven veterans are available, he said.

He adds that he finds it perplexing that he can be on in big markets (he’s done fill-in work in Chicago in addition to his time in Houston) but has had trouble finding on-air work at a major station in St. Louis — where he is established.

“You explain to me what the rationale is for people who run radio stations here that J.C. Corcoran is good enough to work in (markets ranked third and fourth nationally) but just not in market 21,” he said. “You explain that to me and I’ll write you a check.”

But he’s glad to be coming back on the St. Louis airwaves.

“It will be a general interest talk (show), entertainment and a heavy dose of my twisted mind,” he said.

1380’S WEEKDAY LINEUP

7-9 a.m. • J.C. Corcoran

9-11 a.m. • Chris Razavi, Todd Blackstock

11 a.m.-1 p.m • Howard Balzer, Charlie “Tuna” Edwards (starts April 20th)

1-3 p.m • Jim Rome

3-6 p.m. • Kevin Slaten

6 p.m. • T. Cole, Steve “The Greek” Jones

* Midday lineup before April 20 to be determined.

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DraftKings, VSIN to Deliver 70 Hours of Content From Super Bowl Radio Row

“The on-site opportunity will allow DraftKings and VSiN talent to deliver real-time insights and enhanced content featuring celebrities and athletes as the media, entertainment and sports worlds collide in Phoenix for the big game.” 

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DraftKings will make its debut on Radio Row at Super Bowl LVII next weekend, and will feature more than 70 hours of original content centered around the event. DraftKings talent will be on hand for both audio and video podcasts, while several shows from VSiN will produce their radio shows live from Radio Row.

“We’re excited to bring together this team of talented individuals to cover what has historically been the most bet game of the year at our company,” said Stacie McCollum, Vice President of Content at DraftKings. “The on-site opportunity will allow DraftKings and VSiN talent to deliver real-time insights and enhanced content featuring celebrities and athletes as the media, entertainment and sports worlds collide in Phoenix for the big game.” 

Podcasts from DraftKings featured at Radio Row include The Ross Tucker Podcast, The Sweat with Jessie Coffield and Emerson Lotzia, GoJo with Mike Golic Jr., and Golic and Smetty featuring the legendary Mike Golic and Jess Smetana of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

God Bless Football, the podcast partnership between DraftKings and Meadowlark Media featuring members Stugotz and Billy Gil of The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will record three episodes from Radio Row.

Meanwhile, VSiN radio hosts and analysts will be stationed at Radio Row for the week. VSiN’s Follow The Money hosts Mitch Moss and Pauly Howard, former NFL General Manager Michael Lombardi,VSiN’s Final Countdown hosts Stormy Buonantony and Matt Brown, and VSiN Primetime host Shaun King will all be live in Arizona producing content for the sports betting network.

“VSiN has distinguished itself as a leading voice in the sports betting space, in part, by staying at the center of the sports betting action,” said Brian Musburger, founder and CEO of VSiN.

“Super Bowl LVII is the first to be played in a legal sports betting state and we’re thrilled to drop some of the industry’s leading sports betting experts right into the action to help new and experienced bettors alike prepare for one of the biggest days on the sports betting calendar.”

The entire DraftKings and VSiN schedule for the week is included below. All times listed are Mountain Time, and the schedule is subject to change.  

Monday, February 6ShowHost(s)
7:00-9:00 a.m.The Ross Tucker PodcastRoss Tucker 
9:00-10:00 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noonThe Lombardi LineMike Pritchard
1-2 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownStormy Buonantony
Tuesday, February 7ShowHost(s)
7:00-9:00 a.m.The Ross Tucker PodcastRoss Tucker
9:00-10:00 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noon The Lombardi LineMike Pritchard
12 p.m.-1p.m.God Bless FootballStugotz and Billy Gil
1-2 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownStormy Buonantony
4-5 p.m.Golic & SmettyMike Golic and Jessica Smetana 
7-8 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
Wednesday, February 8ShowHost(s)
5-8 a.m.Follow the MoneyMitch Moss and Pauly Howard
7:00-9:00 a.m.The Ross Tucker PodcastRoss Tucker
9:00-10:00 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noon p.m.The Lombardi LineMichael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher
1-2 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownStormy Buonantony
4-7 p.m.VSiN PrimeTimeShaun King
Thursday, February 9ShowHost(s)
5-8 a.m.Follow the MoneyMitch Moss and Pauly Howard
8-9 a.m.The GM Shuffle PodcastMichael Lombardi
9-10 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noonThe Lombardi LineMichael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher
Noon-1 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
1-2 p.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownMatt Brown
4-7 p.m.VSiN PrimeTimeShaun King
7-8 p.m.GoJoMike Golic Jr. and Brandon Newman
Friday, February 10ShowHost(s)
5-8 a.m.Follow the MoneyMitch Moss and Pauly Howard
9-10 a.m.The SweatEmerson Lotzia and Jessie Coffield
10 a.m.-noonThe Lombardi LineMichael Lombardi and Patrick Meagher
Noon-1 p.m.God Bless FootballStugotz and Billy Gil
2-4 p.m.VSiN Final CountdownMatt Brown
4-7 p.m.VSiN PrimeTimeShaun King

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Ramie Makhlouf Late For Show On Sactown Sports 1140 While Stuck in Elevator

“I have the flashlight and the entertainment of Twitter, and you, and other friends I’ve texted to fill them in on my situation to get material out of.”

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Tuesday, January 31st is probably a day Sactown Sports afternoon host Ramie Makhlouf will never forget.

The station’s afternoon show — Cattles & Ramie — began without him. Nick Cattles explained to listeners why Makhlouf was absent.

“I am here to tell you that my co-host, my friend Ramie Makhlouf is stuck in an elevator,” Cattles said. “This is not a joke. Ramie is stuck in his apartment building’s elevator. I have a lovely drive into work from Roseville — suburbia — and I was driving in, during this 35-minute trek I felt my pocket vibrating. I felt my phone moving. I thought ‘Someone is sending me a bunch of texts. Something is happening right now. I hope all is good’.”

Cattles then read verbatim the texts he received from his co-host as Makhlouf was stuck in the elevator.

“He usually does the crossover with Deuce and Mo, ’cause I get here too late…At 1:36 PM, Ramie texts in ‘Fellas, I’m currently stuck in the elevator of my building…no joke. Not even sure if you’re getting this. I’ll keep you posted’. I just imagine Ramie stuck in that elevator thinking ‘I hope they’re getting these texts, I hope they’re getting these texts’. Five minutes later, no one has responded to Ramie’s text yet. Ramie texts in ‘And the lights went out’.

“Three minutes later, at 1:44 PM, he texts in ‘Can someone please text me if you all are getting these texts?’ So I text back one minute later ‘I’m getting this’. Ramie then sends back a picture. A very dramatic, moviesque picture…a dark elevator, no lights on, looks like a blue hue in the top left, coming from some energy source, and then you can see the panel of the elevator — just to freak him out even more — with a red light on underneath.”

Cattles then had Makhlouf call into the show from the elevator, with the Sactown Sports host thankful he had his phone with him.

“Thank god for phones, man,” Makhlouf said. “Otherwise, I’d just be sitting here in the dark. I don’t get scared of the dark, I just lose my mind when it’s complete darkness and nothingness. I have the flashlight and the entertainment of Twitter, and you, and other friends I’ve texted to fill them in on my situation to get material out of. I’m fine, just chilling in here waiting to get me out of the elevator.”

After joking that he was stuck in the elevator literally feet away from his apartment, Ramie Makhlouf took listeners through the play-by-play of how he got in the predicament, before saying a technician was 10-15 minutes away. He later joked that his girlfriend offered to come talk to him through the elevator door, but was reserving that offer until he “really started to freak out”.

While on the phone with his co-host, Makhlouf was freed from his encapsulation and was on his way to the studio to resume the normal show.

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Marc Bertrand Signs Contract Extension at 98.5 The Sports Hub

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception.”

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Zolak & Bertrand co-host Marc Bertrand will remain on Boston’s 98.5 The Sports Hub for the next several years.

According to All Access, Bertrand and parent company Beasley Media Group reached an agreement on a contract extension.

Bertrand said being a Sports Hub lifer is something he’s very fond of.

“I take great pride in having been a part of the station since its inception,” Bertrand said. “I’m fortunate to have great teammates on Zolak & Bertrand and as a group, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal listeners. It is their support and engagement that makes this job fun every single day.”

Bertrand and partner Scott Zolak have been on the air together since 2015.

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