Nestor Aparicio has been referred to as “Nasty Nesty” on the radio, where he is known to some St. Louis listeners from his yesteryear days as a host nationally on Sporting News Radio.
But Aparicio, who now owns and appears on a Baltimore sports-talk station, is doing something this summer that’s the opposite of nasty. He’s in the middle of a marathon of trekking to all 30 major-league ballparks in a 30-day period in which he is rallying people to have their mouths swabbed in order to be included in the international bone marrow registry.
The effort, which has been dubbed “Give A Spit,” rolls into St. Louis on Friday and it has a big personal tie. In March of last year Aparicio’s wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. She received a bone marrow transplant and is doing fine now.
Jenn is going to about half the stops on the tour, and plans to join her husband in St. Louis after having returned home for a few days at her job as a network engineer for Verizon Communications. This is a huge milestone day. It was one year ago that she had her bone-marrow transplant.
“Meet me in St. Louis,’’ Aparicio said. “Friday’s a really big deal for us. I sure remember where I was a year ago.”
At many stops he has been allowed to set up a table in which fans can have their mouth swabbed to gather saliva, which is sent to the registry. It is analyzed and catalogued to create a profile that will determine if that person is a match for someone who needs a bone-marrow transplant. Other teams haven’t been as cooperative.
However the Cardinals are on the bandwagon after some red tape was eliminated Thursday. The couple is to be provided with a table in the family pavilion area of the Ford Plaza, on the main concourse near gates 5 and 6. The goal is to have fans give a saliva sample to be entered into the registry.
“People don’t understand the swabbing process, it’s so easy,’’ he said. “We didn’t know anything about it 18 months ago, either. For a lot of people it’s Chinese and I understand that.”
Awareness is another big goal of the tour.
“Sometimes the swabbing part is a little bit ceremonial, because you can’t swab 5,000 people at a baseball game,’’ he said. “You can swab 50, you just don’t have enough time. If you can get a person every two minutes to put their spit on a Q-tip, you’re doing pretty damn good. But a lot of people don’t even know about this, so we want to let them know this goes on.”
On the awareness front, the couple is to appear on Howard Balzer’s sports-talk radio show, at 11 a.m. on KXFN (1380 AM). Balzer has been a frequent guest on Aparicio’s programs over the years. And the effort is being backed by a strong social media campaign, including a presence on his Facebook page and on Twitter at #GiveASpit and #JennStrong.
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Greg Hill to Jeff Van Gundy: ‘You Sounded Like You Were on the Bucks’ Payroll’
“After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.”
They are nothing if not blunt in Boston. That was the case Tuesday morning when The Greg Hill Show welcomed ABC/ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy to the program to preview the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, it was a cordial visit. Questions mostly focused on the headlines related to officiating throughout the playoffs and what the Celtics would have to do to make it to the NBA Finals, which Van Gundy thinks will happen.
“I think Boston’s been the best team in the league,” he said. “I think they’re gonna win it all this year.”
Greg Hill said after the conference semi-finals matchup with Milwaukee, he was surprised to hear Jeff Van Gundy felt that way.
“Jeez, I’m glad to hear you say that,” Hill told Van Gundy. “It almost sounded like you were on the Bucks’ payroll at times during that last series.”
After a pregnant pause, Van Gundy answered through laughter, throwing a zinger right back at Hill and crew.
“You know what? I get used to that and then the Bucks people say I want Boston to win. Not that you guys would be homers or anything.”
Jeff Van Gundy will join Mike Breen and Mark Jackson at the broadcast table for the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC and ESPN. Game 1 between the Celtics and Heat is scheduled for Tuesday night at 8:30 in Miami.
99.7 The Fox Becomes New Carolina Panthers Flagship
“The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004.”
The Carolina Panthers are on the move in Charlotte. The team is leaving WBT. Their new radio home will be 99.7 The Fox, iHeartMedia’s classic rock station.
The station will carry all Panthers game broadcasts, the Panthers pregame and postgame shows as well the team’s weekly coach’s show. There will also be an on-site presence for every home game at Bank of America Stadium.
“We are thrilled to increase iHeartSports NFL partnerships with the addition of the Carolina Panthers. The passion between a sports team and its fan base is one-of-a-kind, and we’re thrilled to expand the Carolina Panthers’ reach to their passionate supporters with our new multi-media deal,” Kevin LeGrett, President of iHeartMedia Sports, said in a press release. “iHeart’s reach in Charlotte is unprecedented, meaning more fans will hear their favorite team than ever before. The partnership will include broadcast, streaming, podcast, events, marketing and promotional elements which will drive results for the Panthers!”
“The team at 99.7 The Fox is delighted to once again be the broadcast home of the Carolina Panthers, bringing best-in-class content from the team to its dedicated and passionate fans,” Dave Carwile, President of iHeartMedia Multi-Platform Group – Charlotte, added. “We know how special the relationship and connection between the city of Charlotte, the Panthers and the fan base is, and we’re thrilled to enhance that bond with an expanded coverage area reaching more fans on 99.7 The Fox. We can’t wait to get started.”
The new deal represents a return to The Fox for the Panthers. The station was the team’s flagship from 2000 through 2004. Every other year of the franchise’s existence, their games have been heard on WBT.
“The Panthers are incredibly grateful for our partnership with Radio One, and the role that WBT has played in sharing some of the greatest moments in franchise history for 22 seasons, including each of the past 17,” Jake Burns, Chief Commercial Officer for the Carolina Panthers, said.
Indiana Sports Talk Station Set To Flip Formats
“The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”.
Sports fans in Muncie, Indiana may soon lose their favorite sports station. Listeners to Muncie Sports 92.5 have heard promos teasing a new station coming to the frequency.
The promos say that station owner Woof Boom Broadcasting is “building a new radio station for Muncie and Delaware County”. The station has also changed its call letters. What was WXFN is now WMUN.
Muncie Sports 92.5 airs on two signals. 1340 AM is a 1000 watt station. 92.5 FM is a translator signal.
The station airs an hour-long local show hosted by Mark Foerster on weekdays at 4 pm. It carries syndicated programming from FOX Sports Radio and is the local affiliate for the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, Cincinnati Reds, IndyCar Series, Ball State University football and women’s basketball, and three local high schools.
ESPN 680 is still available from nearby Marion,IN. Two Indianapolis sports talk stations are strong enough to be heard in the town as well according to Radio Locator.