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Scott Sapulpa Sues Journalists That Misidentified Him As OK Radio Announcer That Used Racial Slur

When The Oklahoman initially reported the story they used Sapulpa’s name instead of Rowan’s and many other outlets then used that story as the basis for their own reports, per Awful Announcing.

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Scott Sapulpa is suing Gannett and two of its journalists after being wrongfully identified as the Oklahoma radio announcer who used a racial slur during a girl’s high school basketball game, according to Awful Announcing.

Back in March, BSM reported on the incident in which Matt Rowan was the announcer who didn’t realize his microphone was live when he directed a racial slur at the Norman High School girls’ basketball team, which was kneeling for the “Star Spangled Banner” before a playoff game.

When The Oklahoman initially reported the story they used Sapulpa’s name instead of Rowan’s and many other outlets then used that story as the basis for their own reports, per Awful Announcing.

Rowan eventually identified himself as the man who made the statement and The Oklahoman amended its report. The reporter who wrote the story, Cameron Jourdan, also put out a tweet updating his reporting and admitting to the error.

Despite the correction, Awful Announcing reported that “Sapulpa filed suit in Oklahoma district court on Thursday against Gannett (which publishes The Oklahoman), The Oklahoman and USA Today; reporter Cameron Jourdan; reporter Nuria Martinez-Keel; high school announcer Matt Rowan; NFHS Network LLC; and CBS Sports Inc.”

Sapulpa is seeking “compensation for damages for defamation, negligence, gross negligence, malicious wrong,” amongst other claims.

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Tim Allen Joins 97.3 The Game

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It took Tim Allen just over 24 hours to find a new job after being laid off by 1250 The Fan‘s during Audacy’s round of cuts.

Allen tweeted he’s joining iHeartMedia’s 97.3 The Game to continue his long running Milwaukee Brewers postgame shows. Allen worked for 1250 The Fan for 17 years before being cut Tuesday.

97.3 The Game announced this news this morning during The Steve Czaban Show.

“It has been a crazy few days. I will just say that,” Allen said during his appearance. “Change is something that people handle a little bit differently and, man, what a run. It really was…I’m excited for this change.”

Bill Schmid noted how influential Allen was in starting his career. Schmid also said when he got the news of Allen’s departure from 1250 The Fan, he sent a text to his boss that just said “Tim Allen” and Allen’s phone number.

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Jason Martin Exits 104.5 The Zone

According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from 104.5 The Zone’s morning show.

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According to reports, Jason Martin has been removed from Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone morning show.

The station website now shows Ramon Foster as the sole host from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, while Twitter users claim the station’s Buck Reising said Martin is no longer with the station.

The morning show’s former Twitter handle @JMartAndRamon no longer exists, being replaced by @RamonAndWill, appearing to pair Ramon Foster with producer Will Boling.

Martin joined 104. The Zone’s morning show in August of 2020, and agreed to a multi-year contract in September of that year.

This is a developing story. More information will be added when available.

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Portland Trail Blazers TV, Radio Broadcasts To Call Away Games Remotely

Rip City Radio 620’s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.

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Portland Trail Blazers broadcasters will have a different vantage point for away games during the 2022-2023 season.

Rip City Radio 620‘s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.

“They will not be sending radio or television on the road with their team,” Jaynes said. “Also, what I’ve heard and I’ve tried to check this out, I have not found any other team in the league that’s doing this.”

On Twitter, a user asked Jaynes if potentially the broadcast crew asked to not travel, which Jaynes said did not happen while noting the broadcasters will “enjoy more time at home”.

Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd make up the Trail Blazers television crew on ROOT Sports, while Travis Demers serves as the radio play-by-play announcer. Rip City Radio 620 is the flagship of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.

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