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Kaplan Addresses Mighty 1090 Operation Issues

“Although 1090 won’t be airing any local content terrestrially for the foreseeable future, the hosts plan to continue broadcasting their shows on the station’s app.”

Brandon Contes

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The future of San Diego’s sports leader, The Mighty 1090 is in question after on-air contributors arrived to an empty parking lot Wednesday while the station aired no local content.

The Mighty 1090 is operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas while the transmitter is leased from an owner in Mexico.  As reported last December, 1090’s owner, Andreas Bichara was not satisfied with Broadcast Company of the Americas and could look to find a new operator.  Four months later, the relationship between 1090’s owner and operator doesn’t seem to have improved.  

Afternoon show host and San Diego sports media staple, Scott Kaplan addressed the situation on Periscope Wednesday afternoon.  While 1090’s ratings are successful, their new morning show Ben and Woods is 5th, Darren Smith is first in the midday and Scott Kaplan’s afternoon show sits second in the market, Kaplan acknowledged “there is a relationship issue between the company and the owner.”

Wanting to respond to a suggestion that he purchase 1090, Kaplan alluded to interest, but after signing a non-disclosure agreement with Broadcast Company of the Americas, he needs to be careful with what he says.

“I am planning to put a group together and let’s build a really kick-ass modern day media company, that’s what I’d like to do,” Kaplan said, hinting at the possibility of saving 1090. The longtime Scott and BR host added that he asked both the parent company of the radio station and 1090’s ownership to give him a “little time.”

Although 1090 won’t be airing any local content terrestrially for the foreseeable future, the hosts plan to continue broadcasting their shows on the station’s app.  “We will be streaming the show on our app and website so plan accordingly,” Ben and Woods tweeted, with Kaplan adding “we’re going to stay on the air until this gets resolved.”

“There’s an easy thing to do which is to run and join another team and maybe that’s the best thing to do,” said the longtime host of Scott and BR.  For the time being, his plan is “to stay, dig in, fight, take a big risk and think about a big reward.”

Broadcast Company of the Americas recently had two of its other operated stations removed from the airwaves for reportedly failing to pay rent to a different ownership group, also located in Mexico.  

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Joy Taylor Says Aaron Rodgers Is More Likeable After Pardon My Take Appearance

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said.

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On Monday, the Pardon My Take podcast dropped their latest episode which featured an interview with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Big Cat, one of the show’s co-hosts, is a Chicago Bears fan and has spent a lot of time not liking Rodgers publicly.

Colin Cowherd saw one of the many clips that the show shared and brought up how much he thought that Rodgers took ribbing from Big Cat and the podcast in stride. That’s when Joy Taylor offered that the interview could help Rodgers in the long run.

“It makes him astronomically more likeable,” Taylor said. “When you can show that you don’t take yourself that seriously, all of the animosity that people have towards you just kind of starts to wither away.”

She added that the disarming quality helps if people don’t perceive Rodgers as thinking he has all the answers.

“When people feel like they are projecting ‘I know more than you’ and ‘I’ve got it all figured out’ energy, people are like: ‘you got to be the smartest guy on the room all time time? You’re not.’

This is so likeable,” Taylor said. “It’s really funny.”

Cowherd agreed and even said he is probably going to go listen to it after the show.

“Aaron is genuinely laughing as they make fun of him and that is an incredibly endearing quality.”

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WNSR Debuts ‘Power Hour’ with Sami Kincaid

Nashville’s WNSR debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

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Power Hour with Sami Kincaid

Nashville has a brand new voice to listen to on WNSR and her name is Sami Kincaid. On Saturday, the station debuted Power Hour with host Sami Kincaid.

The debut show featured Associated Press writer Teresa Walker, Vanderbilt women’s basketball guard Jordyn Cambridge and North Georgia assistant softball coach Alea White. The show is focused on women that are operating inside sports.

The show airs Saturdays from 9-10a CT.

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Toucher and Rich: Dennis Eckersley’s Retirement a “Huge Loss”

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

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On Monday, Dennis Eckersley announced that he was going to retire from the Boston Red Sox television booth at the end of this season. The current NESN analyst is leaving after twenty years on the air with the team.

The news broke during Toucher and Rich on 98.5 the Sports Hub and it gave show co-host Rich Shertenlieb a chance to mention the news and praise the departing personality.

“When Eckersley got in there (the booth),” Shertenlieb started, “he was great. It made all of them better when Dennis Eckersley was around. It’s going to be a huge loss.”

The show spent the rest of the segment talking about what Eckersley offered that made him so unique. That’s when Matt McCarthy, fill-in for Fred Toucher, said that Eckersley was exactly what you wanted in an analyst.

“You want someone that’s going to give you an opinion,” McCarthy said. “Eck gave you an opinion. He’ll be missed.”

McCarthy also pointed out that this is the latest major shakeup that has happened to the television broadcast in recent years.

“There’s no doubt this is a blow,” McCarthy added. “This is a tremendous loss to that Red Sox broadcast to which has taken a lot of hits over the years with the loss of Jerry Remy, the decision to move on from Don Orsillo and now Dennis Eckersley retiring… they are going to have to find an entertainer in there. Matt McCarthy

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