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Prime Time Sports Adds Deitsch, Brunt and Shannon

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Sportsnet 590 The Fan is adding reinforcements to Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown. The Toronto sports radio station has announced that McCown’s afternoon program will add Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, Sportsnet Hockey Central insider and analyst John Shannon and Stephen Brunt as co-hosts. Shannon will appear daily between 4-5p ET. Deitsch and Brunt will visit between 5p-7p ET. To make the situation work, Deitsch has confirmed he’s relocating to Toronto.

“Stephen and Richard are two of the most prominent, well-respected sports journalists in North America,” said Dave Cadeau, national format director of sports, Rogers Media. “Their insight, knowledge and experience will make for fantastic discussion – and debate – with Bob. We have the most educated sports fans in Canada tuning in to Prime Time Sports on a daily basis, and with a combination of these three in the booth, they will create the most intelligent and thoughtful show in sports talk radio.”

McCown signed a contract extension with the station this past December. He has hosted Prime Time Sports since 1989, becoming the most listened to sports radio personality in Canada during that time. During the last ratings check he was 1st in average minute audience with Men 12+ and 25-54.

Brunt returns to the co-host chair after spending the past two years on The Jeff Blair Show. He has over 30 years of experience in sports media as an author, host and award-winning journalist. Deitsch meanwhile has over 20 years of experience in sports media including spending the past two decades at Sports Illustrated working in nearly every division as a writer and editor.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I’m a huge fan of Toronto, having visited the city often since my days as a college student in Buffalo,” said Deitsch. “It has been a thrill to get to know Bob McCown, a legitimate sports broadcasting icon in North America, and other staffers at Sportsnet 590 The FAN, and I look forward to making the transition from a regular guest on Prime Time Sports to the chair next to him. I think this is going to be a lot of fun, hopefully not only for me but also for the loyal Prime Time Sports listeners.”

The changes also include Damien Cox taking on an expanded role at Sportsnet. The award-winning journalist will continue to appear on Sportsnet 590 The FAN, write regular columns for sportsnet.ca and appear regularly on television.

For more information on Prime Time Sports including to hear Deitsch and Brunt’s appearances with McCown announcing the news click here.

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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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