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Houston Stations Adjust Lineups

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Steve Bunin, the former ESPN and Comcast SportsNet Houston anchor who now hosts a midday show on KFNC (97.5 FM), will move to Gow Media’s KGOW (1560 AM) as part of a schedule shift announced Monday that will include shows featuring veteran Barry Warner and former KGOW host Raheel Ramzanali.

Bunin, who has been hosting a KFNC show with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury, will now work with Salisbury from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on KGOW and Gow Media’s Yahoo! Sports Radio network, company president David Gow said. The afternoon show is heard in about 65 markets nationwide.

KFNC, meanwhile, will rearrange its late morning schedule to add local programming in the time slot formerly devoted to ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show.

Warner, who has worked in Houston radio since the 1960s and recently was selected for induction into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, will work with YSR anchor and former KBME (790 AM) host Dylan Gwinn from 9 to 10 a.m. weekdays.

Ramzanali, a member of the original KGOW staff in 2007, will return to the company to handle social media and digital media duties in addition to on air duties on KFNC. He will work from 10 a.m. to noon, and Salisbury will retain his noon-2 p.m. slot on KFNC.

John Granato, who formerly co-hosted the Yahoo! Sports Radio show with Salisbury, will now work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KFNC alongside Ramzanali and Salisbury. Fred Faour and A.J. Hoffman will continue hosting afternoons on KFNC from 4-7 p.m.

“We think that Steve Bunin has done well for us, and we are glad to put him out nationally,” Gow said. “Barry and Dylan will put a lot into their hour, and we’re delighted to bring Raheel back as a hip, edgy, quick-witted addition to our lineup.

“The midday show with Steve and Sean Salisbury has registered with listeners, and now we’re giving it four hours (on KGOW). And we have a number of advertisers who would like to be endorsed by John Granato.”

The Bunin-Salisbury show had a 2.2 percent audience share among men 25-54 in the most recent Nielsen Audio ratings book for Houston. The Granato-Salisbury show did not register in the most recent ratings.

The schedule changes are effective Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Credit to the Houston Chronicle who originally published this article

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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