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The Mightier 1090 Aiming To Relaunch By July 4

“After going dark more than a year ago, The Mighty 1090, which used to be San Diego’s top-rated sports station is gearing up for a relaunch as The Mightier 1090.”

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Major League Baseball players and owners have yet to agree on financial terms for starting their season, but San Diego’s XEPRS 1090-AM is ready to go when they are. Station investor Bill Hagen told The Times of San Diego, he’s hoping to launch The Mightier 1090 in conjunction with baseball’s comeback. 

“We would love to return to the airwaves at the same time as baseball,” Hagen said. “Hopefully, that return comes around the Fourth of July.”

After going dark more than a year ago, The Mighty 1090, which used to be San Diego’s top-rated sports station is gearing up for a relaunch as The Mightier 1090. Last month, Hagen announced he has a five-year lease with the Bichara family, who owns the station transmitter.

The station’s lineup has not been announced, but it will feature at least one local sports radio star. While most of The Mighty 1090’s weekday shows have since moved on to other San Diego radio stations, the popular Scott Kaplan remained a free agent. Instead of joining another station, Kaplan transitioned to hosting a daily live podcast, available on multiple platforms including a video stream on YouTube. Kaplan has agreed to be part of the new 1090, which will focus on sports and lifestyle programming.

“Scott is the all-star of sports radio in San Diego and Southern California,” Hagen told Rick Griffin of The Times. “We couldn’t be happier that we came to an agreement with Scott.”

Kaplan has compared his new partnership with The Mightier 1090 as a syndication deal, bringing his YouTube show to terrestrial radio. 

While a set date has not been announced, the return to terrestrial radio for Kaplan and The Mightier 1090 could come as early as five weeks from now.

“Every day we make progress towards the relaunch,” Hagen said. “Things have taken longer than first anticipated because of the challenging circumstances in the world due to the coronavirus. But, everything is positive. We’re on track.”

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Kentucky and Missouri Stations Switch Formats, Add FOX Sports Radio

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

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Sports radio listeners in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri can rejoice, thanks to a recent decision by Withers Broadcasting to switch formats.

Folks in the Paducah area of Kentucky can now find FOX Sports Radio on 95.9 FM, while listeners in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can find FSR on 97.3.

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

Among the lineup of hosts that can be heard on the stations include Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Jason Smith, Ben Maller and Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky.

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Kevin McNamara to Host Two-Hour Show on 790 The Score in Rhode Island

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Two months after announcing its triumphant return to the Rhode Island airwaves, Sports Radio 790 The Score is set to go live next week.

And in addition to the station’s lineup of national hosts and sports betting shows, former Providence Journal writer Kevin McNamara will be hosting the station’s only local show.

McNamara will host his show from 5-7 pm, sandwiched between You Better You Bet and Bet MGM Tonight.

McNamara, who hosted a one-hour show on WPRO, saw his time extended an hour. He said this is a great opportunity to get listeners involved early.

“In one hour I tried to be as newsy as I could,” McNamara told Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. “It’s basically a three-segment show — we’d try to have three different subjects. Now we’ll try to hit those three different subjects, but we’ll have a real avenue for calls.” 

The second hour of McNamara’s show will be simulcasted on WPRO.

The Score, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, will carry Providence men’s basketball, Brown men’s basketball and football, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees.

The station hopes to eat at some of the market share in Rhode Island currently held by both Boston sports stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Joel Utley, College Basketball’s Record Holder for Most Games Called, Retires

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record.

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Joel Utley has announced he is retiring from broadcasting and as the voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record. He broadcast 1,933 Kentucky Wesleyan games during that span, also a record for total games called. He began his career on December 2, 1961 when KWC defeated California State University – Northridge, 100-64. 

Utley also is the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles.

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“It was a tough decision to make, but the timing is right to step down,” Utley said. “What I have done as a broadcaster reflects my love for KWC. My career has been beyond any dreams I ever had.”

He is a member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and in September, Utley will be inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame.

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