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Q & A with Jason Goff of The Score

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More than a decade ago, Jason Goff was known to WSCR-AM 670 only as a passionate caller named “Jason from Evanston.”

Starting Monday, the Evanston Township High School graduate will co-host the station’s midday show with Matt Spiegel.

Goff, 34, spoke to The Tribune about his new job, returning to Chicago and the challenges that lie ahead. Here is an edited transcript.

Q. How did the caller “Jason from Evanston” rise to become a midday cohost?

A. Some hard work and some breaks, and some people that cared about my growth. I interned when I was 19, and it was a different time with internships. I interned for a longer period than people usually do now, and got hired while I still was interning. I got myself a part-time producing shift with Dave Baum on Saturday mornings at 5 a.m. … I slowly but surely worked my way up, picked out little things in the craft that I thought applied to me, and tried to find my voice along the way.

Q. What else were you doing while you were interning?

A. I had come from (Southern Illinois University in) Carbondale. At that time, I was working a couple of jobs, but I knew radio was it for me. So after my freshman year at Southern Illinois, I came home and told my mom, “I’m not going to get it just sitting in somebody’s classroom. I have to intern and figure this out.” When I came home, I actually enrolled myself in DeVry University because I was told I needed college credit, but I didn’t really stick to the DeVry curriculum. I was just doing it to get in the door and be close to the station. Three times a week, I took two busses and a train for six months. There was an Oakton Community College thing in there as well, but that was short-lived. Everyone in there was sort of a weirdo; I didn’t think it was the best atmosphere for me. It was pretty much The Score or bust for me.

Q. What about sports radio was so appealing to you?

A. Neither of my parents are from this country (both are from Belize). My mom used to listen to a lot of talk radio in the house, and as a kid I grew up listening to WLS at all times, people like Don Wade and Roma and Catherine Johns. It was permeating through the house. … I was fascinated by the art of connecting with someone through a radio without pictures, instead painting those pictures and just having fun with a listener.

Q. What about Chicago as a sports city?

A. Chicago is different because of the connection and passion that the fans have to their sports teams, but the knowledge as well. Being in Atlanta for 21 months (hosting an evening radio show), it was different from a standpoint of, “the teams were there, so you couldn’t speak badly about them.” There were of course fans that understood that being objective about your team didn’t make you a bandwagoner, but Chicago’s knowledge of the intricacies and some of the things that happen business wise gives it a different feel.

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Kevin Shockey Named Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015.

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KJR Assistant Program Director Kevin Shockey has been named the new Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio in Denver.

“I’m leaving a station that I love and going to a new station with talent that I believe in and I can’t wait to work with,” Shockey said in a Facebook post announcing the move. He added that it’s time “for a new challenge and a step up. That also means it is time to step out and take a risk.”

Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015. He will fill the seat vacated by Dave Tepper, who became the Program Director of KOA earlier this summer.

His final day at KJR will be Wednesday. He’s expected to start working in Denver on Monday October 10th.

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Dan Le Batard: What 790 the Ticket Did to Jonathan Zaslow Was Horrifying

“But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz used its local hour portion of their podcast to discuss the folding of Miami’s 790 the Ticket. A large portion of the show staff previously worked at The Ticket and had many memories and thoughts on the end of an era for the brand.

Le Batard began by saying that it feels like they’ve grieved four different things in relation to the station, but it still stirred something when the news became official. Le Batard asked Stugotz, one of the founders of the station, what he felt when the switch happened.

“I wasn’t as sad as I thought I would be for a couple of reasons,” Stugotz said. “One: super proud of what we accomplished and built there. Secondly, and I’m serious about this, it probably lasted 17 years longer than what I thought it was going to last and for that I am thankful.”

The show went on to talk about one of the last pillars of the station, Jonathan Zaslow, being let go recently and how it was the final connective tissue that many had to the station where they began.

“My connection point (to 790 the Ticket) was the people there,” began Mike Ryan Ruiz. “The final nail in the coffin was when they let (Jonathan) Zaslow go, who was one of the original 790 hires. They did so in a crude fashion, I felt but…”

“Oh it was crude. It was crude,” Le Batard jumped in. “And that is what got stirred for me. That’s what got stirred for me when, it seemed 790 was dead to me because of some of the stuff that happened with the Local Hour at the end that I found disrespectful. But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful. The awful part of this awful radio business.”

Ruiz said that Zaslow should have been given an explanation and it wouldn’t have taken much.

“In fact, the explanation Zaslow should have gotten was ‘we’re consolidating both stations and don’t worry, we’ll tell the Miami Heat for you,’. Should have been a nice little human touch in regards to the Zaslow thing.”

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Kayla Anderson Added to 104.5 The Zone Morning Show

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor to WKRN-TV in Nashville.

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Kayla Anderson has been added to the 104.5 The Zone morning show, newly titled Ramon, Kayla, and Will, joining Ramon Foster and Will Boling on the Nashville station.

Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor on WKRN-TV in Nashville. A graduate of Washington State University, she has also worked at television stations in Spokane, Missoula, Tucson, and Columbus in addition to her time in Nashville.

“After spending the last 15 years in local TV covering sports, I’m thrilled to venture into Sports Talk radio, joining 104.5 The Zone in the mornings with Ramon, Will and producer Jonathan Shaffer,” Anderson said. “I’m truly looking forward to hanging with this talented crew, talking sports, interacting with the listeners, and having lots of fun doing it!”

Anderson said on Twitter she is “so excited to join this group!”

Boling had been the interim host of the morning show after the August departure of Jason Martin.

Ramon, Kayla, and Will will be heard from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM each weekday morning.

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