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AJ Hoffman To Exit ESPN 97.5 Houston

“During Friday evening’s show, Hoffman informed the audience he had received an opportunity too good to pass up and will be leaving ESPN 97.5.”

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Eleven years is a long time. In radio years, that can feel like an eternity. That’s how long ‘The Blitz’ with AJ Hoffman and Fred Faour have been together in Houston on ESPN 97.5. But come summertime, that eleven year run will officially end.

During Friday evening’s show, Hoffman informed the audience that he received an opportunity too good to pass up. AJ will soon move to Las Vegas to join Pregame as its Executive Vice President and Director of Digital Content. Hoffman’s passion for sports betting and the gold rush that the category has produced was enough to lure the successful drive time host and programmer to Sin City. AJ said his new job won’t involve hosting a daily radio show. Some radio involvement though may happen in the future.

Faour told listeners that he knew the situation was too good for his longtime partner to pass up. He hoped they would be happy for AJ, and appreciate the eleven years of entertainment he provided them with. Fred shared positive news, adding that he agreed to stay on board with the radio station for another two and a half years. With Hoffman leaving, he said The Blitz could continue with a different voice or he could change timeslots. Given that 97.5 management learned of AJ’s situation on Thursday, the process had yet to begin.

Gow Media gave The Blitz over a decade of support. The program, which was put together by Altitude Sports Radio PD Dave Tepper, described itself as ‘not for the faint of heart, the politically correct, or anyone with any sensibilities’. It has been the cornerstone of 97.5’s lineup for the past decade, a show which helped the station set itself apart. As 97.5 figures out their next path forward, we’ll keep you posted on BSM.

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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