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WBNS Celebrating 100 Years On-Air

“100 years of doing anything well is impressive. Through our broadcasting, we’ve become part of the fabric of our community.”

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WBNS Radio in Columbus is celebrating 100 years on-air.

WBNS-AM was launched in 1922 by C.A. Entrekin as WCAH in the living room of his home, before being purchased by the Wolfe Family in the early 1930s. They changed the call letters to WBNS, with BNS standing for the family’s business interests Banks, News, and Shoes.

The Wolfe Family began experimenting with the FM band in the 40s before acquiring 97.1 FM in 1957.

The station is now owned by TENGA, and operates as 97.1 The Fan and 1460 ESPN Columbus.

“It is so exciting to be celebrating 100 years of broadcasting tradition and excellence on ESPN Columbus,” said vice president and station manager Todd Markiewicz.  “The Wolfe Family provided a century of tradition and service to our community and our entire team is proud to carry on that legacy. 100 years of doing anything well is impressive. Through our broadcasting, we’ve become part of the fabric of our community with a front row seat to its rich history.  These historic call letters have not only stood the test of time, but have gained momentum and grown into a local, regional, and national sports marketing leader.”

WBNS has served as the flagship radio station for Ohio State Athletics since 1983. It has also served as the radio home of the Columbus Blue Jackets since their inaugural season in 2000. In addition, 97.1 The Fan is the Columbus home for the Cleveland Browns.

To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the station will air a one-hour special at 9:00 PM to commemorate the occasion.

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Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP

WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

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94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.

A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.

He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.

In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.

The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.

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Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open

“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.

In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”

The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.

“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”

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Mike Conti: ‘Appaling’ That ‘Some Creep’ Posted Bob Rathbun Video Online

“He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.”

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Bob Rathbun, the television voice of the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a scary medical emergency on Monday night and it was captured on live television. The video then spread across the internet thanks to Twitter.

Mike Conti, the program director at 92.9 The Game in Atlanta, is part of the station’s coverage of the Hawks. He admitted that when he saw the video, he had trouble getting in the right headspace to do the game.

“Bob’s a friend to all of us,” he said Tuesday morning as he talked to John & Hugh, the station’s morning show. “He is a true gentleman. He is a friend to all of us. It was hard for me to do the broadcast last night having watched that.” 

Conti noted that he was not watching TV when the incident happened. He saw the video on social media and is not happy about that.

“Some creep decided to post the video online, which I thought was appalling, but I could not avoid the video. It came up on my Twitter.”

The video is indeed disturbing. Awful Announcing posted the video on Twitter Monday night, but deleted it after backlash from members of the Atlanta media.

Bally Sports Southeast issued a statement after the game saying that Bob Rathbun was treated for dehydration. Conti reported that he had spoken to Rathbun, who is expected to fully recover.

“He’s good. He’s okay,” Conti said. “I don’t want to say too much just to respect Bob’s privacy, but I think Bob would be okay with me saying Bob is okay.”

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