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Mike Francesa & Dave Portnoy Headed To Justin Pizza

“With Wednesday’s ALCS rainout forcing a game to be played Friday, the weather almost delayed the “One Bite” review.”

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It took nearly six months, but WFAN’s Mike Francesa finally has a date and location set for his “One Bite” pizza review with Barstool’s Dave Portnoy. Friday, October 18th at 1pm, The Pope and The Prez will score a slice from Justin Pizza in the Bronx, down the street from Yankee Stadium.

Last week, ready to set a date, Francesa had Portnoy call his show to discuss their schedules and the two decided on October 18th. At first, Portnoy, a die-hard Red Sox fan, scoffed at the idea of doing a pizza review near Yankee Stadium, so they picked Friday, an off-day for the ALCS. 

With Wednesday’s ALCS rainout forcing a game to be played Friday, the weather almost delayed the “One Bite” review. Francesa will broadcast from Yankee Stadium for both Games 4 and 5 of the ALCS Thursday and Friday, making him unavailable to be in Manhattan for the review.

Luckily, Portnoy is willing to visit Yankee Stadium for some pizza and an hour after Francesa announced they needed to reschedule, the review was back on.

It took phone calls, tweets and meetings in Saratoga, but it seems like Francesa and Portnoy will finally eat pizza together. The discussion dates back to April, when a caller asked Francesa if he would consider scoring a slice with Portnoy. Seemingly unaware of what the caller was talking about and possibly concerned it was a prank call attempt, Mike snarkily asked, “how do you know I eat pizza?” A few days later Portnoy called Francesa to invite him for a review. 

Although Francesa keeps referring to the “One Bite” review as the “pizza challenge,” the iconic sports radio host does not need to take more than one bite to score a slice. It’s not the first pizza related feat for a notable WFAN host as Maggie Gray ate an entire 18” pie during one show last summer.

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.

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“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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