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101 ESPN Inks 5-Year Extension with ESPN Radio

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101 ESPN – the Pride of St. Louis Sports – has signed a five-year contract extension with the ESPN Radio Network, effective January 1, 2019. The new five-year deal coincides with the station’s 10-year anniversary. 101 ESPN officially launched on January 1, 2009.

For the past 10 years, 101 ESPN has been the undisputed live and local sports radio leader in St. Louis and around the bi-state area. The radio station’s hosts and contributors have been nominated and awarded various and numerous industry accolades, awards and recognition – including two back-to-back nominations for the prestigious National Association of Broadcasters’ Marconi Award for Sports/Talk Radio in both 2017 and 2018.

ESPN Radio Network programming available on 101 ESPN includes:

  • “Sports Center” (all night, overnight)
  • “First and Last” (3a-5a)
  • “Golic and WIngo” (5a-7a) Monday-Friday
  • “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” (7p-10p) (tape-delayed after “The Fastlane”)
  • “Freddie and Fitzsimmons” (10p-12a)
  • And various ESPN play-by-play programs and signature sports event, including MLB (Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week, All Star Game, MLB Post Season, and World Series); NBA (regular season, All Star game, Playoffs, Conference Finals and NBA Finals); NFL games; and College Football games, College Football Playoffs and the National Championship Game.  

Program Director Chris “Hoss” Neupert said, “Hubbard Radio management and the 101 ESPN team want to thank our listeners and the St. Louis community for their continued support over the last 10 years.”

Neupert continued, “Our entire team is looking forward to the strengthening of our partnership with the ESPN Radio Network, and the opportunity to offer innovative content and exclusive interviews, analysis and coverage for St. Louis’ sports fans.”

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Kentucky and Missouri Stations Switch Formats, Add FOX Sports Radio

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

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Sports radio listeners in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri can rejoice, thanks to a recent decision by Withers Broadcasting to switch formats.

Folks in the Paducah area of Kentucky can now find FOX Sports Radio on 95.9 FM, while listeners in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can find FSR on 97.3.

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

Among the lineup of hosts that can be heard on the stations include Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Jason Smith, Ben Maller and Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky.

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Kevin McNamara to Host Two-Hour Show on 790 The Score in Rhode Island

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Two months after announcing its triumphant return to the Rhode Island airwaves, Sports Radio 790 The Score is set to go live next week.

And in addition to the station’s lineup of national hosts and sports betting shows, former Providence Journal writer Kevin McNamara will be hosting the station’s only local show.

McNamara will host his show from 5-7 pm, sandwiched between You Better You Bet and Bet MGM Tonight.

McNamara, who hosted a one-hour show on WPRO, saw his time extended an hour. He said this is a great opportunity to get listeners involved early.

“In one hour I tried to be as newsy as I could,” McNamara told Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. “It’s basically a three-segment show — we’d try to have three different subjects. Now we’ll try to hit those three different subjects, but we’ll have a real avenue for calls.” 

The second hour of McNamara’s show will be simulcasted on WPRO.

The Score, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, will carry Providence men’s basketball, Brown men’s basketball and football, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees.

The station hopes to eat at some of the market share in Rhode Island currently held by both Boston sports stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Joel Utley, College Basketball’s Record Holder for Most Games Called, Retires

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record.

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Joel Utley has announced he is retiring from broadcasting and as the voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record. He broadcast 1,933 Kentucky Wesleyan games during that span, also a record for total games called. He began his career on December 2, 1961 when KWC defeated California State University – Northridge, 100-64. 

Utley also is the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles.

Joel Utley interviewing Rupp

“It was a tough decision to make, but the timing is right to step down,” Utley said. “What I have done as a broadcaster reflects my love for KWC. My career has been beyond any dreams I ever had.”

He is a member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and in September, Utley will be inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame.

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