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Bob Rathbun: I Don’t Even Remember Passing Out

“I told the folks at Bally that I consider myself to be the most fit broadcaster that they have, because they now have the papers to prove it.”

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Atlanta Hawks broadcaster Bob Rathbun returned to his post for Bally Sports on Monday night, a couple of weeks removed from suffering a medical emergency live on the air.

Rathbun appeared on 92.9 The Game in Atlanta on Tuesday, and he provided an update.

“I feel fine, and that’s the great benefit of this whole experience,” Rathbun told Sandra Golden and Rob Tribble, who was filling in hosting The Steakhouse. “I think it was just one of those events that happened. And the great folks at Emory checked me out from head to toe.”

Rathbun added that doctors ran a number of tests to see if he was suffering from a condition or having an issue, and he has been given a clean bill of health.

“I told the folks at Bally that I consider myself to be the most fit broadcaster that they have, because they now have the papers to prove it,” he said. “They ran every test known to man, and I passed them all, everything’s fine, and it was great to get back to work last night.”

The moment itself on December 5 proved to be a scary one, as Rathbun fainting caused a mad scramble both at State Farm Arena and for the Bally crew behind the scenes. Bob said he had little memory of actually fainting.

“I don’t remember passing out, but I came too pretty quickly and (color commentator Dominique Wilkins) is standing over me and says ‘You passed out!’ And I said, I did?” Rathbun said. “So I really don’t even remember being faint at all. I was sick that day as many of you know. I wasn’t feeling well. But that’s the last thing that I thought was gonna happen. But I remember everything after that for sure.”

Rathbun did think about how fortunate he was that it happened while he was working. He felt like had he been behind the wheel or doing something else, he might have been in bigger trouble.

“If it’s gotta happen, there’s no better place than in front of the Hawks bench with the training staff and the team doctor standing there in two seconds and the EMT team right around the corner,” he said. “Not many people are that fortunate.”

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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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