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Pascarita Returns To The Airwaves

Jason Barrett

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S.A. radio will gain a new sports talk show Monday with a familiar – and once-controversial – local voice at its helm.

That’s Walter Pasacrita, former longtime air personality and salesman for Ticket 760 (KTKR-AM), who, back in 2007, was blasted by both the media and the Spurs after an offensive skit featuring a fake Allen Iverson aired on the talk show he co-hosted.

Starting next week, Pasacrita will talk Spurs, Cowboys, Texas Longhorns and more. “San Antonio Sports Talk” will air from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays on KONO-AM (860).

As sports fans likely already know, the AM side of KONO — which had been an S.A. destination for oldies for decades — switched formats more than a year ago.

Though KONO-FM continues as a top-rated popular hits station here, its AM sister now essentially belongs to CBS Sports Radio and its syndicated fare, such as “The Jim Rome Show.” The station also airs Missions games and UIW football.

Its latest venture is local talk, giving the two already existing afternoon drive sports hosts on Ticket 760 (Geoff Sheen) and ESPN 1250 (Jason Minnix and Dat Nguyen) some new competition.

To hear the not-exactly-humble Pasacrita talk, however, he has no competition — at least none of his caliber. What makes him different, he said in a phone chat Friday, “is I have more experience on the radio in San Antonio than the rest of those people, I’m more passionate about sports than the rest of those people. I don’t sugarcoat anything. . .and don’t let relationships get in the way of what should be stated. I tell it like it is.”

He does have many years of experience in this area – nearly 13, he said, having started on S.A. radio in 2000.

However, there are many here who, upon hearing his name, may still bristle from his part in an insensitive bit of radio that aired in spring of 2007 on the Ticket 760 show then co-hosted by Pasacrita and Jeff Vexler.

A recap: According to an Express-News story at the time, the locally produced skit, which included a fabricated interview with then-Denver Nuggets guard Iverson, contained references to Iverson and teammate Carmelo Anthony providing the Spurs drugs — something from their own “special stash” — before a game, implying that’s why Denver won.

The segment also included a mention of Iverson and other players cruising the River Walk looking for sex with “Mexican” women. In addition, the fake Iverson talked about firing a gun into the air with the bullet falling on a homeless person. That was OK, the impersonator said, because the man turned out to be an “illegal alien.”

Ouch. Deeming the skit highly inappropriate, the Spurs proceeded to sever ties with Pasacrita and Vexler.

“We don’t want them involved in any way, shape or form with Spurs programming,” was the way team spokesman Tom James put it.

However, Pasacrita said he’s long since made peace with the team.

“It wasn’t too long after that I apologized to Coach Popovich and R.C. Buford,” he said.

“I’ve mended the fence with the Spurs and have covered the Spurs since that time many, many times.”

However, he also pointed out — repeatedly — that he himself didn’t do anything wrong, “other than participating in that skit that we did.

“I never wrote it and I didn’t say anything controversial in it. The producer who put it together was fired at the time.”

As for making it up to offended listeners, the talk host stated he did apologize to the audience right after “the stupid skit” aired. “After it played out at 4:45 p.m., and we came back at the top of the hour at 5 p.m., I apologized to the listeners,” he recalled.

Now, he hopes to move on.

Pasacrita said he’s “thankful to the folks at Cox Media Group — owners of KONO — for wanting to do some live local sports,” adding the whole thing will be his baby. Not only will he host “San Antonio Sports Talk,” but he’ll executive produce it.

Come fall, he’ll also bring a Saturday morning show to the mix. Pasacrita will debut that at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 on KONO-AM.

Roger Allen, director of programming for KONO, said he’s thrilled to have Pasacrita. “We’re excited to have Walter on board” and that “his experience level and brand name in the market will be the first live local sports on CBS Sports 860.”

Credit to My San Antonio who originally published this article

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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