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Gary Dolphin Suspended By Iowa Hawkeyes

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Iowa Hawkeyes play-by-play man Gary Dolphin has been suspended by the school for two games after making comments about a Hawkeyes player on a mic that the broadcaster did not realize was live. During Iowa’s victory over Pitt on Tuesday night, Dolphin and his broadcast partner Bobby Hansen said that Pitt coach Jeff Caple’s time as an assistant at Duke is helping the Panthers with recruiting. That is when Dolphin thought the broadcast was no longer on air.

He said to Hansen that Iowa guard Maishe Dailey would “dribble into a double-team with his head down” and then added the exclamation “God!”. While the broadcast was at break, a producer at Learfield Sports’ studios left the broadcaster’s microphone on. Audio of that incident can be heard in the Tweet below.

Dolphin, who has been the voice of Hawkeye football and basketball for the last 22 years, apologized to listeners and the team on air during the game’s second half. Still though, he will miss the opening of Iowa’s Big Ten schedule. The school has suspended him for two games. That will include Friday’s home game against Wisconsin and Monday’s trip to Michigan State.

Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta added an interesting wrinkle to this story. He says the two game suspension isn’t just about Dolphin’s comments about Dailey. “The two game suspension is a result of those comments, as well as some ongoing tensions that have built up over the past couple of years. This time away from the microphone will allow a chance to work through some of these issues.  I truly appreciate the time and energy Gary puts into promoting Hawkeye Athletics.”

Barta gave no indication of what those building tensions are or have been. It will be interesting to see how or if Dolphin addresses the issue when he returns to the mic for Iowa’s December 6th game against Iowa State.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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