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Chris Carlin Launching Night Show On ESPN New York

“Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.”

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Four months after being let go by WFAN, Chris Carlin is returning to the New York sports radio scene. 

While filling in on ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show Tuesday afternoon, Carlin announced he’s officially joining the station as their weeknight host beginning Jan. 2, 2020. 

Carlin was paired with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott on Entercom’s WFAN two years ago to replace Mike Francesa in afternoon drive. When Francesa abruptly returned four months after his departure, Carlin, Maggie and Bart were squeezed into the station’s 1 – 3pm timeslot.

As WFAN began preparing for Francesa to leave afternoon drive for a second time in two years, the station let Carlin go prior to the start of the fall ratings book. The former Mike and the Mad Dog producer and longtime New York sports radio personality will now join ESPN New York in a full-time capacity.

Carlin will host nightly from 7 – 10pm, taking over for Alan Hahn who moves to early afternoons on the station.

With Stephen A. Smith departing his nationally syndicated 1 – 3pm show, ESPN New York will fill the void with local content featuring Hahn. The station has not officially announced the new 1 – 3pm show, but while welcoming Chris Carlin to the station via Twitter, Michael Kay also confirmed Hahn’s move to early afternoons.

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The addition of Carlin and shift of Hahn were both previously reported by The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand. Marchand also stated Carlin’s old radio partner, Bart Scott is departing Entercom and WFAN for ESPN New York where he’ll join Hahn daily from 1 – 3pm in 2020. 

Scott is still under contract with Entercom through the end of the year and remains on WFAN’s schedule for two days this week, Dec 18 – 19. ESPN can’t announce Scott will be joining the station until he’s no longer with Entercom, but Hahn not so subtly confirmed the former Jets’ linebacker will be his new co-host.

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While ESPN New York has caught WFAN in the ratings race during afternoon drive, they’ll now attempt to do the same with their other weekday shows. Beginning next month, ESPN New York will now be local from 10am – midnight.

10am – 1pm – Humpty, Canty and Rothenberg
  1pm – 3pm – Alan Hahn and Bart Scott
  3pm – 7pm – The Michael Kay Show
  7pm – 10pm – Chris Carlin

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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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