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Beaver KO’s STL Sports Station

Jason Barrett

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KXFN (1380 AM), which airs a lot of sports-talk programming, was off the air for several days recently and that provided plenty of fuel for conspiracy theorists. The station is leased by talkstl.com — a web-based programming provider — from Grand Slam Sports. And Grand Slam is best known in the last couple years for a wild saga that includes unpaid bills that led to its transmitters being turned off and employee unrest that culminated with a fight in the studio that led to a broadcaster being arrested and a company executive being hospitalized.

Grand Slam finally ran its other station, KFNS (590 AM), off the air following its more than a two-decade run in the sports-talk business that was interrupted briefly near the end when it was switched to “guy talk” (and 1380 AM to women’s-oriented shows).

So late last week when KXFN began sounding like KFNS has since November — only a blast of static — the immediate suspicion for some was that another unpaid bill by Grand Slam had led to the power to the transmitter being turned off.

But talkstl.com owner Scott Gertken said the outage was caused by a transformer falling to the ground and creating a problem involving Ameren Illinois, not Grand Slam. The transformer powers the transmitter, which sends out the signal, and they are located in a remote area on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River near the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

“We were told (by Ameren) that they think a beaver may have chewed a tree down back in the flood plain, and that tree fell and … pulled the transformer and the wire (holding up a pole) down,” Gertken said. “It was in such a heavy vegetated area that they had to bring their forestry group in to even get in there and cut a path” to get the repairs done, which took 2½ days.

“That was a debacle,” said Gertken, whose station features J.C. Corcoran in morning drive-time and Kevin Slaten in afternoons. “We were really literally at the mercy of nature.”

Programming continued to run on the company’s website, but Gertken knows the conspiracy theory talk regarding the over-the-air signal was out there.

“That’s the fun part, that’s what keeps us alive,” he said, adding that his company’s relationship with Grand Slam is good.

“I think they’re trying to do what they need to do on their end to clean things up,” he said. “I think they’re making progress.on several levels. … I think they are really trying to do what they can to do to make things right.

Credit to the St. Louis post-Dispatch who originally published this article

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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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