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Tony Bruno Out At SiriusXM and Sports Map Radio

“He is off-air this week for a scheduled vacation, but Crossing Broad says they’ve been informed by Sports Map that Bruno won’t be returning to their network”

Brandon Contes

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Last week, sports radio icon Tony Bruno took aim at Deadspin for what he considered to be a hit piece, calling them a “clickbait, dirtbag site.” 

His opinion of Deadspin is unlikely to have improved, after Crossing Broad reports Bruno has been removed from both SiriusXM and Sports Map Radio in response to the “hit piece.” The Deadspin story in question was written by Thomas LaForgia, titled ‘NBA Players Can’t Read,’ Idiot Proclaims on Radio.

After the column was published, Bruno was quickly removed from appearing daily on SiriusXM’s Dan Patrick Radio. He is off-air this week for a scheduled vacation, but Crossing Broad says they’ve been informed by Sports Map that Bruno won’t be returning to their network either. 

Although the damning Deadspin headline attributes “NBA Players Can’t Read” to Bruno, the actual quote from the radio host was not exactly that. During his show from Monday Aug. 24, airing on Sports Map Radio and SiriusXM’s Dan Patrick Radio, Bruno referenced a meme featuring four pictures of LeBron James reading the first page of a book. 

After a commercial break, Bruno was critical of LeBron’s social stances, telling his co-host Harry Mayes, “that’s why I despise LeBron James and I despise the NBA.”

“Most of these guys don’t – can’t even read, for god’s sake,” Bruno later said. 

The situation was described appropriately within the Deadspin column, but as BSM reported last week, Bruno took issue with the headline and threatened legal action.

“Maybe this schmuck doesn’t know what quotation marks mean. Quotation marks mean it is what somebody said. You put that as your headline, of course that’s going to get people to come on and read the story,” Bruno said last week in response to LaForgia’s column for Deadspin. 

If The Tony Bruno Show is indeed finished on Sports Map Radio, it was a short tenure, having joined the network last May. The show’s run on SiriusXM was similarly brief, lasting just five months. 

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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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