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Dodgers Relaunch KLAC

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Now let’s see if the Dodgers can keep their radio broadcasts available.

That TV empire thing hitting just a bit of a hiccup, the Dodgers announced Monday that their entry into the world of radio was official with the relaunch of KLAC-AM as AM 570 LA Sports. The team said last September that it was renewing its broadcast deal with AM 570 and also acquiring an equity stake in the station, which is actually available to 100% of everyone within reach of its signal.

The relaunch, effective Monday, won’t bring radical changes to the station’s current sports talk format, but it will bring you a daily dose of Dodger Talk with Kevin Kennedy and David Vassegh.

The Dodgers are co-owners with the obnoxiously named iHeart Media of Los Angeles. The Dodgers now have a regular media empire, with their own TV station (rumor has it), radio station and, in conjunction with MLB, their own website. Guess they skipped over buying The Times.

AM 570 will continue to start its day with Collin Cowherd’s favorite sports talk host, Dan Patrick from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., followed by a new show, “LA Today,” that will be hosted by Bill Reiter and Leann Tweeden until noon.

Jay Mohr dons his sports talk hat from noon until 3 p.m., followed by the area’s best sports talk, the Petros and Money Show, featuring Petro Papadakis and Matt Smith, until 7 p.m. Kennedy and Vassegh’s Dodger Talk will air during weekdays beginning at 7 p.m., or immediately after games during the season.

Guess the days of the Dodgers flipping their local flagship radio station every so many years is over.

Credit to the LA Times who originally published this story

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Gregg Giannotti: Booger McFarland Take on Zach Wilson ‘Just Stupid’

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor. I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need.”

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Last night, Booger McFarland had harsh criticism for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, saying he was “a young man who grew up with a lot of money” and has never “had to accept accountability”. Fellow Monday Night Countdown analyst Steve Young pushed back on the criticism, and he was backed up by WFAN’s Boomer & Gio Tuesday, with Gregg Giannotti taking a strong stance.

Young, who went to BYU like Wilson, immediately countered McFarland’s analysis, saying “that doesn’t resonate at all”.

“Steve’s gonna obviously protect his buddy,” Esiason said. “He’s a BYU quarterback as well, and lives out there. I’m sure they know each other very. That’s kind of a — I don’t wanna say it’s a cheap shot — but that’s the thought process a lot of people have with Zach.”

“You gotta draft a quarterback that grows up poor,” Giannotti said sarcastically. “I’ve been saying that since the beginning of time. Those are the guys that you need. That’s a stupid take. His uncle is the one who’s a billionaire. It’s not even his family.”

Wilson’s uncle is David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways.

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Angelo Cataldi Bans Michael Irvin From WIP Morning Show After Cowboy Comments

“Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you.”

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The Philadelphia Eagles are on a roll this season, and 94WIP morning man Angelo Cataldi is not accepting criticisms of his team, and former Cowboy Michael Irvin is now in the crosshairs.

Irvin caught the ire of Cataldi after comments he made on First Take Monday about the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Earlier in the year, I featured comments made by Michael Irvin, then had him on the show and kissed his ass” Cataldi said. “Michael Irvin is a moron. Michael Irvin is a blithering idiot, and I will now prove it to you. ‘Oh my god, they won 40-3. Oh my god, let me start kissing the Cowboys ass again.’ Listen to Michael Irvin on ESPN yesterday.”

The show then played a clip of Irvin saying the Cowboys played a near perfect game, that showcased the best of their abilities, which saw the animated Irvin shouting in praise.

“Guy’s a moron. After calling the Eagles a dynasty in the offseason, he has changed his mind now. And guess who the best team is to him? You’re a moron, Michael Irvin! So I hereby decree that Michael Irvin is banned from the WIP Morning Show.”

“For the next two months,” co-host Rhea Hughes joked, alluding to Cataldi’s upcoming retirement.

“No! He’s done! Wait a minute,” Cataldi chuckled. “She’s right. She got me. For the next two months he’s banned, and then after that, all bets are off. And if he calls me at home, I’m not taking it!”

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Frank Frangie Prepared 20 Minutes of “Blowout Material” For Ohio State/Maryland Broadcast

“We almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

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1010XL afternoon host Frank Frangie had the opportunity to work as the play-by-play announcer for the Ohio State/Maryland game for Touchdown Radio Productions over the weekend, and discussed his preparation for the game on his show Monday.

Frangie serves as the radio voice of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the franchise had its bye week last Sunday, and was available to work for Touchdown Radio.

“I had the Ohio State/Maryland game, and I was so worried about a blowout and K.C. Jones — the former center from Miami who did the game with me and was on a couple of those Broncos Super Bowl teams — we had about 20 minutes of blowout material prepared,” Frangie said. “So much so that we almost went through it — almost rehearsed it — because I was convinced we were looking at 35-10 at the half. That’s just the way the Ohio State games go.”

Luckily for Frangie, and listeners/viewers of the game, it was a back-and-forth affair that saw Ohio State secure a late touchdown to extend a lead to 43-30.

“It was a hell of a game,” Frangie concluded.

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