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ESPN Confirms Radio Plans Involving Stephen A. Smith

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ESPN has confirmed The Big Lead’s initial report that Stephen A. Smith will be moving his show from Mad Dog Sports Radio to 98.7FM ESPN NY and ESPN LA 710 in Los Angeles. The show will officially take over the 1p-3p slot on the NY radio station, and the 10a-12p slot on the LA sports talker starting Tuesday January 17th. Additionally, Smith’s show will be available on SiriusXM channel 80, and originate from ESPN Audio’s headquarters in Bristol, CT.

The show will also be available digitally on ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app and TuneIn Radio, and as a daily podcast. The radio program will have no impact on Smith’s daily appearances on First Take, ESPN’s daily debate program which airs M-F 10a-12p ET.

“This is Phase I towards much bigger things on the horizon,” said Smith. “There is no better way to get this party going than by starting in my hometown (Queens) New York, and LA, the City of Angels. But like I said, this is only the beginning. Stay Tuned!”

Traug Keller, senior vice president of ESPN Audio, added, “There is no one like Stephen A. and his show is a must listen. Sports fans will now have more options to listen to his heartfelt commentary on the issues of the day, through our flagship stations in New York and Los Angeles, on our digital platforms and on SiriusXM.”

The network also announced a few other changes taking place on January 17th. The first two hours of Russillo & Kanell will move to ESPN Xtra, SiriusXM Channel 81, while the third hour will remain on ESPN Radio Channel 80.

In New York, The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz will move from 98.7FM ESPN NY to ESPN Deportes Radio New York 1050AM and air from 12p-2p ET. Le Batard’s show will still be carried nationally, although his New York exposure has been reduced.

In Le Batard’s place on 98.7FM will be Hahn and Humpty. The duo previously had hosted 12p-3p on the station.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, the addition of Stephen A. creates some extra adjustments. Mike Trudell and Mychael Thompson will lose their 9a-Noon midday show, and shift to weeknights 6p-8p when Lakers games aren’t on the air. Their move requires Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington’s afternoon show to be trimmed from 3p-7p to 3p-6p.

Also, ESPN LA 710 will extend the morning show with Jorge Sedano, Keyshawn Johnson and LZ Granderson from 6a-9a to 6a-10a, although it’s unclear if all three men will be involved during the final hour.

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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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