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Mason & Ireland Moving to Afternoons as Part of Lineup Changes at ESPN LA 710

“This is the second year in a row ESPNLA 710 has changed their lineup prior to the fall quarter.”

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For the second year in a row, ESPNLA 710AM is shuffling their weekday lineup just before the fall quarter begins.  At the forefront of ESPN LA’s changes is one of sports radio’s longest tenured shows, Mason and Ireland which will move to afternoon drive.  The new lineup goes into effect on Tuesday, September 3rd.

Steve Mason and John Ireland will replace Jorge Sedano who hosted afternoon drive for one year.  Last September, Sedano moved from mornings to afternoons, but now the popular host is heading to evenings from 6:30p-9p.  With Sedano and Mason and Ireland moving to later timeslots, ESPN Los Angeles will pick up the nationally syndicated Will Cain Show from noon – 3pm.

Sedano, who joined ESPN Los Angeles in 2016, is expected to be featured on the station’s Lakers coverage, along with continuing to contribute to NBA programming on television for ESPN.  ESPN 710 LA is the flagship radio station of the Lakers.

“We are excited to further strengthen an already powerful talk lineup by moving Mason & Ireland to afternoon drive and capitalizing on the momentum of The Will Cain Show,” said Scott McCarthy, VP/GM of ESPNLA 710, in a press release. “These two shows plus Keyshawn, LZ and Travis, LA’s only local sports morning show, and the always compelling Stephen A. Smith will keep listeners updated on local and national major sports stories. Jorge Sedano’s NBA expertise will prepare listeners for the night’s action and takes on greater importance with the high expectations surrounding the Lakers and Clippers.”

ESPN LA’s longtime duo and new afternoon show, Mason and Ireland first teamed up in 1994 on San Diego’s XTRA 690.  After five years together, Mason moved to New York City to join WNEW.  Mason and Ireland reunited on KSPN 710 in Los Angeles from 2003 – 07, and again in 2008 where they’ve since remained.  Both hosts signed multiyear extensions with the radio station earlier this summer.

ESPN LA’s new lineup:

6 – 10am         The Morning Show with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis 
10am – Noon  The Stephen A. Smith Show                                       
Noon – 3pm   The Will Cain Show                                                      
3 – 6:30pm     Mason & Ireland 
6:30 – 9pm     The Sedano Show

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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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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