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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.”

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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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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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