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Jon Jansen Congratulated For Michigan Football Gig By Co-Host Mike Stone

“We kinda knew it was going to be you all along. You actually subbed for [Dan] Dierdorf a few times during the season; it kinda made sense.”

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On Tuesday, the University of Michigan and Learfield announced that Doug Karsch and Jon Jansen would be the new radio broadcast team for Michigan football.

For fans, the two bring familiar voices to Michigan football broadcasts. Karsch has been the sideline reporter and pre-game host on radio for the past 16 seasons, and has covered the program since 1994. Jansen was an All-American offensive lineman at Michigan and has been a halftime and post-game analyst for the past eight seasons. He also hosts two Michigan podcasts, In the Trenches and Conqur’ing Heroes.

Jansen is also a host on 97.1 The Ticket’s morning show in Detroit. And on Wednesday, he was congratulated by co-host Mike Stone on his new gig.

“We kinda knew it was going to be you all along,” said Stone. “You actually subbed for [Dan] Dierdorf a few times during the season; it kinda made sense. Doug, we weren’t sure about for a while. But look, here’s a guy who loves Michigan football, loved them his whole life, grew up in Ann Arbor. It’s a great day and Doug’s going to do a terrific job. We know you’re going to do a good job.”

Stone then suggested that the new Michigan football radio broadcast team needs a nickname. Although that seems more like a radio show thing than a game broadcast. Did the previous team, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf, have a nickname? For that matter, do Stone and Jansen have a nickname for their show? (Stone’s nickname is “Stoney.”)

Many suggestions may center on the fact that Karsch is actually a Michigan State grad, though he’s an Ann Arbor native and a lifelong Michigan football fan. So “Sparty” might be worked in there somehow. Some suggestions may not be safe for mainstream radio audiences, of course. But 97.1 The Ticket’s morning listenership has a chance to get creative and come up with something that sticks for years to come.

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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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