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Ric Butler Exits FOX Sports Knoxville

Butler has been with the station since 2017.

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Courtesy: Fox Sports Knoxville

Ric Butler has announced his departure from Fox Sports Knoxville and The Drive, which airs from 3-6 p.m. CT. The afternoon drive host released the news on Twitter, confirming that he is staying in the Knoxville area, with a new venture coming soon.

“Friday will be my last day with Fox Sports Knoxville,” Butler wrote in the note posted on Twitter. “I couldn’t be possibly more grateful for the last four years. Fox Sports Knoxville gave me my first opportunity in the business and I never expected what it would turn into. I have more great memories than I could possibly count.”

Butler joined the station as a 20-year-old University of Tennessee student that was in search of a sense of community in the city. He found it in Fox Sports Knoxville.

“I’ll never be able to tell Russell [Smith] and Nate [Hodges] thank you enough for everything they did for me,” Ric Butler said. “I joined FSK when I was a sophomore at UT and really didn’t have many friends. Hell, I was trying to transfer out of UT at the time. Nate and Rusell watched over me, always lent a helping hand, and always believed in me.”

Ric Butler helped launch The Blitz, which airs on the station from 10-12 p.m. CT. The show is built around a fast-paced, rapid-fire style show, hitting all the sports stories locally and around the nation.

“I’ll never forget launching a brand new radio show with my friends – The Blitz. To Brandon, Chance, Westin, Charley, and everybody else that joined our show, thank you for the most fun of my life.”

Butler’s final broadcast of The Drive is this afternoon as he says goodbye to the station that’s shaped the early years of his career. Catch the last show from 3-6 p.m. CT on fanrunradio.com.

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Fox Sports 910 Adds Arizona State Hockey

All home games and select road games will air on the station, and will also air a weekly coaches show feature Greg Powers.

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iHeartMedia’s Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix will air Arizona State men’s hockey on the station this season.

All home games and select road games will air on the station, and will also air a weekly coaches show feature Greg Powers.

“Fox Sports 910 and iHeartMedia Phoenix are proud to partner with Arizona State University as they launch their inaugural radio broadcast for hockey play-by-play,” iHeartMedia Phoenix Market President Linda Little said. “We look forward to bringing ASU Hockey to fans throughout Phoenix on Fox Sports 910 and nationwide on the iHeartRadio app.”

Tyler Paley will serve as the team’s radio play-by-play voice.

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Jerry Coleman Exits 105.7 The Fan

Coleman, who hosted the 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM shift, had been on the Baltimore sports scene for more than 20 years.

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Sports with Coleman host Jerry Coleman has announced he’s been dropped from 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore due to a cost cutting measure.

Coleman, who hosted the 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM shift, had been on the Baltimore sports scene for more than 20 years. He had previously served as the Fan’s on-field reporter for the Orioles and Ravens.

Coleman says the move happened as a previously planned vacation was about to begin.

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810 WHB Celebrates 100 Years On-Air

The longtime top 40 station switched to sports in 1999, and held a banquet celebrating the milestone brought former Kansas City Chiefs and Royals, as well as current and former Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats to the city.

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810 WHB celebrated 100 years of on-air excellence at an event Thursday night.

The longtime top 40 station switched to sports in 1999, and held a banquet at The Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City to celebrate the milestone brought former Chiefs and Royals players, as well as current and former Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats to the city.

“We had a chance to be exposed by them in many ways. We had a great season, and we’re all very proud of it and very proud to be here,” said Kansas Head Basketball Coach Bill Self to KCTV.

100% of the proceeds from the event were given to Kansas City charities. The station also honored host Nate Bukaty for his numerous charitable works in the city since joining the station in 2004.

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