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Focus On Fotball For Missouri Radio

Jason Barrett



Now that all the main cable and satellite providers in the Columbia area other than Mediacom are officially on board with the SEC Network, it’s time to move on to a different medium.

When fall rolls around, it’s not only the television outlets that see their sports schedules burst at the seams. Radio stations also roll out a full slate of programming. In Mid-Missouri, that means Zimmer and Cumulus stations are ready to hit us with more than just afternoon sports talk and Major League Baseball.

Zimmer’s KTGR again will be home to the area’s University of Missouri coverage. Matt Michaels has taken over for the departed Will Palaszczuk on almost all fronts for KTGR. In addition to sharing duties on “The Big Show” from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays with new producer Brandon Kiley, Michaels will host “Tiger GameDay,” airing three hours before the kickoff of each Missouri football game on all KTGR frequencies. “GameDay” will be moved back into the studio from the set outside Memorial Stadium this year, “allowing us to take calls,” Michaels said.

That leads into programming from Learfield Sports’ Mizzou Sports Properties, with Zimmer’s KCMQ/96.7 FM added to KTGR’s 103.1 FM and 1580 AM as the flagship station for “Tiger Tailgate” two hours before kickoff, “Tiger Pregame” an hour before kickoff, the game itself and then “The Wrap-Up Show” postgame. KTGR’s 100.5 FM will provide regular ESPN programming during both MU football and basketball games this year.

Once again, Brad Tregnago will handle “Tiger Tailgate” duties, with analyst Mike Kelly and color man Howard Richards joined by sideline reporter Chris Gervino during the “Tiger Pregame” and game broadcasts and Gary Link and Kurtis Gregory taking over for “The Wrap-Up Show.”

On Mondays during football season, Michaels will break down the previous Saturday’s game and hit on any other MU news from 8 to 9 a.m. on KTGR on “Mizzou Mondays.”

“The exception is Week 1, where we’ll do it on Tuesday, Sept. 2, because of Labor Day,” Michaels added.

And on Monday nights, starting Aug. 25, Mike Kelly will again host MSP’s “Tiger Talk” at 7 on KCMQ and KTGR alongside Coach Gary Pinkel and/or assistants and players live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia.

MSP General Manager Bob Welch added that there’s the possibility of an SEC preview show being added as conference play approaches.

“Once we get through the early part of the schedule, we’ll start eyeballing what the SEC looks like,” Welch said. “Nothing’s confirmed, but it’s something a lot of fans have asked us to do. It’s just a matter of putting it to paper.”

KTGR also will again be bringing Mid-Missouri the Rams — though not in the preseason — and a weekly high school game featuring Rock Bridge, Hickman and/or Battle, beginning with the Bruins’ contest with Rockhurst at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.

And Jon Ingram continues to host “The Sports Wire” from 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday.

Cumulus, meanwhile will deliver plenty of NFL football. In addition to the Chiefs airing on KBBM/100.1 FM, Cumulus will offer games on Sunday afternoons and Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights through Westwood One.

Sunday afternoon doubleheaders will air on KZJF/104.1 FM, while Sunday and Thursday night games will be on 104.1 FM and KFRU/1400 AM. Monday night games will air on 1400 AM and KLIK/1240 AM, and the “Chiefs Kingdom” recap show lands on 104.1 FM at 7:06 p.m. Mondays.

The first broadcast is Packers at Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Chris Kellogg, operations manager for Cumulus in Columbia and Jefferson City, added that Cumulus also will feature a national college football game of the week on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM each Saturday during the season. The schedule includes the following games featuring SEC teams: Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13; LSU at Auburn, Oct. 4; Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 18; and Florida at Florida State, Nov. 29.

Missouri State football games with air on KJMO/97.5 FM in Jefferson City. And on the high school front, Jeff City’s games again will be on 1240 AM.

George Young and Bryan Fulcher continue to co-host “The Closers” weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM — MU football media days also will be covered on both stations on Mondays — and NASCAR Sprint Cup races are on 1240 AM whenever they are run.

There of course will be much shuffling in the coming months, with Zimmer carrying the Cardinals and Cumulus the Royals, creating a need to shift programming to different stations under each company’s umbrella.

“We’ll move things around as best we can,” Kellogg said. “We’re fully committed to NFL stuff. That takes priority. But it’s a good problem to have.”

For more on this story visit the Columbia Tribune where it was originally published

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Cumulus Announces 790 The Score in Rhode Island is Officially On The Air

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

Jordan Bondurant



After reporting last week that Kevin McNamara would be the station’s only local host in the programming lineup, 790 The Score in Providence, Rhode Island is officially on the air.

The station, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, has been revived and will serve as the market’s first sports and sports betting station.

“The station features a lineup of expert personalities that deliver unique sports talk and sports betting insights that entertain, inform, and engage,” said Holly Paras, VP and market manager of Cumulus Providence. “We think Providence sports and sports betting fans will love 790 THE SCORE!”

In addition to shows like Bet MGM’s The Daily Tip and others like Bet QL Daily, listeners can catch some of the top national talent on the airwaves throughout the day and night. This includes hosts like Jim Rome and Amy Lawrence.

McNamara will host his show Kevin Mac Sports Hour daily from 5-7 p.m.

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Paul Finebaum Will Make $700K Advance Ahead of Nick Saban-Jimbo Fisher Book

Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

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Paul Finebaum

Though there’s still some time before a finished products reaches bookshelves, but ESPN’s Paul Finebaum is reportedly set to get a nice six-figure advance by Penguin Press.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Finebaum will make $700,000 plus royalties for the deep dive into the rivalry between the two SEC head coaches.

Back in the spring things came to a head between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, as the two engaged in a verbal spat in separate press conferences over name, image and likeness.

Saban said Fisher and his staff utilized NIL and “bought every player” in the Aggies’ spring 2022 recruiting class.

Things got so heated and drew so many headlines that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey had to step in and try to get the former colleagues to cool it.

Finebaum is teaming up with Alabama beat reporter John Talty to write the book.

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Sports Gambling Podcast Network To Stage 24-Hour Fantasy Football Draft

“The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed Draft Day 2.0.”



Sports Gambling Podcast

If you’re serious about Fantasy Football, the Sports Gambling Podcast Network is bringing back a tradition you’ll want to pay attention to. 

For the second year in a row, Ryan Kramer will draft 24 different teams over the course of a 24 hour marathon that will be streamed across multiple video platforms. 

“Fortunately, the analytics research is done so I can focus now on news coming out of the camps to sharpen my views and deliver the well-reasoned selections that people need to get an edge in their drafting,” Kramer said in a press release. “It’s a bit of an audacious undertaking, but the growing phenomenon of Fantasy Football deserves this level of commitment and our SGPN audiences always respond.” 

The event begins at 3 pm on Tuesday and is dubbed “Draft Day 2.0”. All of the content will originate from the Sports Gambling Podcast Network’s studios in Los Angeles. 

The marathon will also be a fundraiser. The network is using GoFundMe to raise funds for a colleague named Darryl injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. A portion of proceeds generated from the sale of Sports Gambling Podcast Network branded apperal will also go to the effort. 

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