Now that all the main cable and satellite providers in the Columbia area other than Mediacom are officially on board with the SEC Network, it’s time to move on to a different medium.
When fall rolls around, it’s not only the television outlets that see their sports schedules burst at the seams. Radio stations also roll out a full slate of programming. In Mid-Missouri, that means Zimmer and Cumulus stations are ready to hit us with more than just afternoon sports talk and Major League Baseball.
Zimmer’s KTGR again will be home to the area’s University of Missouri coverage. Matt Michaels has taken over for the departed Will Palaszczuk on almost all fronts for KTGR. In addition to sharing duties on “The Big Show” from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays with new producer Brandon Kiley, Michaels will host “Tiger GameDay,” airing three hours before the kickoff of each Missouri football game on all KTGR frequencies. “GameDay” will be moved back into the studio from the set outside Memorial Stadium this year, “allowing us to take calls,” Michaels said.
That leads into programming from Learfield Sports’ Mizzou Sports Properties, with Zimmer’s KCMQ/96.7 FM added to KTGR’s 103.1 FM and 1580 AM as the flagship station for “Tiger Tailgate” two hours before kickoff, “Tiger Pregame” an hour before kickoff, the game itself and then “The Wrap-Up Show” postgame. KTGR’s 100.5 FM will provide regular ESPN programming during both MU football and basketball games this year.
Once again, Brad Tregnago will handle “Tiger Tailgate” duties, with analyst Mike Kelly and color man Howard Richards joined by sideline reporter Chris Gervino during the “Tiger Pregame” and game broadcasts and Gary Link and Kurtis Gregory taking over for “The Wrap-Up Show.”
On Mondays during football season, Michaels will break down the previous Saturday’s game and hit on any other MU news from 8 to 9 a.m. on KTGR on “Mizzou Mondays.”
“The exception is Week 1, where we’ll do it on Tuesday, Sept. 2, because of Labor Day,” Michaels added.
And on Monday nights, starting Aug. 25, Mike Kelly will again host MSP’s “Tiger Talk” at 7 on KCMQ and KTGR alongside Coach Gary Pinkel and/or assistants and players live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia.
MSP General Manager Bob Welch added that there’s the possibility of an SEC preview show being added as conference play approaches.
“Once we get through the early part of the schedule, we’ll start eyeballing what the SEC looks like,” Welch said. “Nothing’s confirmed, but it’s something a lot of fans have asked us to do. It’s just a matter of putting it to paper.”
KTGR also will again be bringing Mid-Missouri the Rams — though not in the preseason — and a weekly high school game featuring Rock Bridge, Hickman and/or Battle, beginning with the Bruins’ contest with Rockhurst at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.
And Jon Ingram continues to host “The Sports Wire” from 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday.
Cumulus, meanwhile will deliver plenty of NFL football. In addition to the Chiefs airing on KBBM/100.1 FM, Cumulus will offer games on Sunday afternoons and Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights through Westwood One.
Sunday afternoon doubleheaders will air on KZJF/104.1 FM, while Sunday and Thursday night games will be on 104.1 FM and KFRU/1400 AM. Monday night games will air on 1400 AM and KLIK/1240 AM, and the “Chiefs Kingdom” recap show lands on 104.1 FM at 7:06 p.m. Mondays.
The first broadcast is Packers at Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 4.
Chris Kellogg, operations manager for Cumulus in Columbia and Jefferson City, added that Cumulus also will feature a national college football game of the week on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM each Saturday during the season. The schedule includes the following games featuring SEC teams: Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13; LSU at Auburn, Oct. 4; Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 18; and Florida at Florida State, Nov. 29.
Missouri State football games with air on KJMO/97.5 FM in Jefferson City. And on the high school front, Jeff City’s games again will be on 1240 AM.
George Young and Bryan Fulcher continue to co-host “The Closers” weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM — MU football media days also will be covered on both stations on Mondays — and NASCAR Sprint Cup races are on 1240 AM whenever they are run.
There of course will be much shuffling in the coming months, with Zimmer carrying the Cardinals and Cumulus the Royals, creating a need to shift programming to different stations under each company’s umbrella.
“We’ll move things around as best we can,” Kellogg said. “We’re fully committed to NFL stuff. That takes priority. But it’s a good problem to have.”
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Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at [email protected].
Mike Mulligan: Sports Radio is More Difficult Than Other Formats Think
He shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
On Friday morning’s edition of Mully & Haugh on 670 The Score in Chicago, co-host Mike Mulligan outlined the difference with music radio that hosts are not continuously talking to the audience, instead taking mic breaks and then interspersing commentary with different songs.
Filling in for David Haugh on Friday’s edition of the program was Gabe Ramirez, who used to work in the format with B96 as the host of its morning show. Mulligan’s assertion about the differences between the two formats resulted in a conversation about the differences between the grenres, with Ramirez explaining the difficulties that music radio hosts face on the air.
“The music station’s still creating content,” Ramirez said. “You get to have a guest – since I am going to defend my music stations – you get to have a guest and toss them a softball question and listen to them rant for five minutes.”
Mulligan disagreed with this perspective, conveying that he does not feel their program provides guests with easy questions. Additionally, he shared that he has worked with people on morning shows that he has seen come to a station fully hungover who play music and proceed to sit on the couch.
“As a former sportswriter, we sit around and we talk about sports,” Mulligan said. “We talk about the sports we cover and we talk about other sports.”
“You have to talk about Justin Fields seven days in a row,” Ramirez replied. “As a morning show for music, you have to come up with new content every day.”
Rather than taking umbrage towards the response, Mike Mulligan explained that the key to effectively performing his job is being able to discuss important stories of the day even when they are not the headlines. Furthermore, he expounded on the commitment that it takes to watch the amount of sporting events and to be properly informed on the action so he is able to take the air.
“That I will agree with,” Ramirez said. “I’ve told people this – they ask me, ‘What’s the biggest difference?’ The prep, without question, is way more difficult in sports radio because everyone that’s listening to you already knows the answers and you have to be equally if not more informed in all of those things.”
Minnesota Twins Set to Tab Cory Provus as New TV Voice, Kris Atteberry as Lead Radio Announcer
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012.
After Dick Bremer exited the Minnesota Twins TV booth in October, the search began for his replacement. The MLB franchise didn’t have to look far, though.
Twins radio voice Cory Provus is reportedly set to become the new TV play-by-play broadcaster for the club, according to a report from Dan Hayes of The Athletic.
Provus has been the radio voice of the Minnesota Twins since 2012. Many immediately tabbed him as the club’s replacement for Bremer, who retired after 40 seasons as the lead television voice of the American League club. Before joining the team in 2012, Provus worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as the number two broadcaster after spending two seasons as the radio pregame host for the Chicago Cubs.
Meanwhile, Kris Atteberry has been signaled as the person set to replace Provus inside the franchise’s radio booth. He has served as the pregame and postgame host for the Minnesota Twins Radio Network since 2007. Atteberry joined the club after spending five years calling games for the then-Independent St. Paul Saints from 2002-2006.
While the television and radio broadcast crews appear set, questions remain about where the team will televise its games in 2024. The club’s contract with Bally Sports North has reportedly expired, and it has yet to sign an agreement with the bankruptcy-laden RSN, or with a local over-the-air television station.
Joe Giglio: Bonta Hill, Joe Shasky Need to Stop Trashing 94WIP Listeners
“We gotta stop the ‘lowlife’, ‘scumbag’, thing about Philadelphia fans. We haven’t crushed your fans once.”
In one of the biggest games of the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to host the San Francisco 49ers. A war of words has ensued between 95.7 The Game and 94WIP hosts, but Joe Giglio believes there is one area and trope that needs to end.
On Friday, 95.7 The Game’s morning show — hosted by Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky — joined 94WIP’s midday show hosted by Joe Giglio and Hugh Douglas.
The two shows traded barbs with one another before Giglio called out Hill and Shasky for their comments about Philadelphia locals and 94WIP listeners. Last season, the pair ventured to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship Game, and have repeatedly spoken poorly about the city and the Eagles’ fanbase.
After Shasky mentioned the show’s parody song “Cry Eagles Cry” — a play on the franchise’s famous song and chant “Fly Eagles Fly” — Joe Giglio shared his displeasure with the pair.
“That song was one of the dopiest things I’ve ever heard on the radio,” Giglio said. “It was so dopey, the Cry Eagles Cry thing.”
“It was one of our highest-rated shows ever, I’m not gonna lie,” Hill responded. “So, thank you, Philadelphia.”
“That’s good. You take that and run with it. But guys? We gotta stop the ‘lowlife’, ‘scumbag’, thing about Philadelphia fans. We haven’t crushed your fans once. You guys were crushed. And maybe one of your dummy callers that called into us, but you gotta stop. The way you’ve painted everyone for the past year, it’s just wrong. Whatever your experience was, that’s not everyone here, guys.”
Earlier this week, Hill and Shasky described Eagles fans with the words Giglio described. 94WIP host Jon Marks didn’t take kindly to the remarks, either, which led 95.7 The Game to publish videos of the treatment the morning duo received when they visited Philadelphia as proof that the pair received harsh treatment.