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Kaplan’s Wants Mighty 1090 Back On Air By August 1

“Kaplan and the Bichara family enjoyed their time together during their meetings and both sides are hopeful a partnership can work.”

Brandon Contes

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An inspired Scott Kaplan returned to The Scott & BR Show on Monday after meeting with the owner of San Diego’s 1090 AM frequency.

In April, longtime San Diego sports radio leader, The Mighty 1090 went dark following a financial dispute between the station’s operator, Broadcast Company of the Americas and owner of the 1090 transmitter, Andres Bichara.  Last week, Kaplan flew to Monterrey, Mexico in hopes of building a relationship with the Bichara family, to create a partnership and reincarnate The Mighty 1090.

“It was much more about me going to the Bichara family and making it very clear, I’m not the guy who was part of the previous regime that made you feel like you got screwed over in business,” Kaplan said during Monday’s episode of Scott & BR.  “I have nothing to do with those people, I got screwed over too.”  

Since The Mighty 1090 went dark in April, Kaplan has continued to broadcast The Scott & BR Show live on YouTube and TuneIn every weekday at 3pm PT.

The outlook for bringing The Mighty 1090 back to the airwaves seems like a difficult task, but one that Kaplan believes will happen.  “My goal is to have us on the air August 1st, I explained to everybody, you can’t lose football season, we have to be on-air for football season.”  

Kaplan and the Bichara family enjoyed their time together during their meetings and both sides are hopeful a partnership can work.  The Bichara family has owned and operated numerous radio stations since their grandfather began purchasing them in the mid-1900’s.  Leasing a radio station, as they did with 1090 to Broadcast Company of the Americas, was a rare occurrence, the Bichara family is used to operating the stations they own themselves.  This time around, Kaplan hopes The Mighty 1090 can eliminate the middleman and partner directly with ownership.

“Innovative professional people who are making money in the radio industry, not necessarily in San Diego or L.A., they’re doing it in Laredo, Texas or Monterrey Mexico, I bet they’d bring an awful lot to the table when it comes to partnership, consulting, ideas and innovation, you want to be in business with guys like that,” Kaplan said regarding a future working with the Bichara family.

During their meetings, Kaplan explained the 1090 AM transmitter would need to be surrounded with digital aspects to be successful, which Andres Bichara agreed.  The two sides wrote down numbers on paper and discussed the costs of running a radio station, with the next step being for Kaplan to project the expenses and sales of operating 1090.

The August 1st date of relaunching The Mighty 1090 sounds like a lofty goal, but Kaplan explained they’re “under the gun.”  All of 1090’s broadcast equipment is still in their old studios.  With rent being due to the landlord, they either need to figure out a partnership with the Bichara family to start paying station expenses or remove all equipment which would incur an additional cost. 

The quickest solution would be for Kaplan to come up with a plan that sees the Bichara family agree to operating The Mighty 1090 so that rent could be paid and broadcast equipment can stay where it is.  Both Kaplan and the Bichara’s want a partnership to ensue, now it’s about the numbers making sense for both sides.

“Theres a potential relationship here that we might be able to do more things together than just this first radio deal, but let’s get this thing done first,” Kaplan said.

If Kaplan is able to strike a deal to resuscitate 1090, he has confirmed thru Twitter that the station will drop the Mighty 1090 name in favor of Team 1090.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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