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Dino Costa Flames Out at KFNS in St. Louis

Jason Barrett



Well, that didn’t last long. After six weeks, Dino Costa is leaving 590 The Fan KFNS in St. Louis.

In an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Costa says he’s leaving after learning that ownership were in talks with others about a potential takeover which could result in a restructuring of management.

“There have been strong rumors over the last couple weeks that there could very well be an ownership restructuring for 590 and I have made it clear to Randy Markel — that I’m not interested,” Costa said. “I have nothing but great things to say about Randy. But I indicated to him that I have no desire to work under a restructured ownership paradigm with the station. I made it clear before I came to St. Louis that I was not looking necessarily to get back into commercially run radio with just any person or any group or any station. It had to be a tremendous fit across the board. I perceived this to be a perfect situation with Randy. I told them that if there is going to be a change and someone else will be coming into the organization to run the day-to-day operations that I have no desire to work for anyone else.”

Costa entered St. Louis creating an immediate stir. He delivered verbal jabs to the station’s local competitors, and even had choice words with one of his own teammates Kevin Slaten. The KFNS morning host said he would crawl back to Wyoming on his hands and knees if he didn’t dominate the market within a year.

Ironically, Tim McKernan, who was one of the recipient’s of Costa’s wrath, is at the center of Costa’s decision to exit. KFNS management have had talks with McKernan about potentially operating the radio station. Markel and McKernan though both say that Costa has jumped to conclusions.

“Starting in early February, we were contacted by several media outlets about opportunities,” McKernan said. “We continue to have conversations, but at this point, we have no deal in place with any of the stations.”

Markel added, “There is no sale, there is no anything,”. “Have we talked about partnering up at some time? Absolutely. I talk to people every week. There is always talk in this business about, ‘What if we do this, what if we do that?’ But there is no deal to announce at this time.”

Costa wanted a guarantee that he’s in the radio station’s long-term plans, and would be unaffected by any regime change, but Markel couldn’t provide one for him. As a result, Dino took Thursday off to make sure he was comfortable with his decision to leave. He planned to do one final show on Friday.

Markel though says that despite Costa leaving the door open for a possible return, his days at KFNS are over.

“I like Dino, he’s like your crazy brother you have to bail out of jail,” Markel said. “I believe in Dino. He’s very talented. But it’s the BS that comes along with him that’s hard to take. He came into this area with a scorched-earth mentality and it just didn’t work. It’s the way he wanted to do it, I wasn’t about to stop him. You hire somebody to do what they do, he tried it. It didn’t work. It was a constant uproar. Me for one, I’m tired of the drama.”

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Zolak and Bertrand Broadcast During Patriots/Panthers Fights

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak.



Zolak and Bertrand

Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand were broadcasting live from the New England Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. During their show, things got heated between the two teams, multiple times, and the show was there to call it all.

Bertrand was bringing the show back from commercial break and noted that there had just been a fight moments before Zolak and Bertrand were live.

“This drill got escalated by the Panthers here,” said co-host and former Patriots quarterback. “This is number three (fights)in a freaking kickoff drill. A kickoff drill!”

Shortly after, Bertrand was describing the efforts to separate the two teams when even more chaos erupted.

“They’ve separated all the players,” began Bertrand, sensing some calm was being restored. “They’ve sent them on their way to the next period so you’ve got — and now here comes another fight. Another major fight! It’s happening right in front of the stands.”

“These guys are a-holes man,” spoke Zolak. “Get these clowns out of here. All they want to do is fight. This is unreal. I’ve never seen anything like this.”

“What a scene,” said Bertrand.

“I’ve never seen anything like this at a camp… this is great today,” beamed Zolak. “Thank God we’re down here!”

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1140 The Bet Cancels ‘The Playmakers’

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.



In another cut from Audacy, 1140 The Bet has cancelled The Playmakers on their Las Vegas station.

The show, hosted by Lindsey Brown and Adrian Hernandez, aired from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Brown tweeted the news, saying “Sadly I have been informed that yesterday was our final show. I am thankful for the people it brought into my life & the experiences we created I am incredibly proud of our work & the boundaries we are eager to push in sportz radio. Today is a tough day. Tomorrow is on the way.”

Hernandez followed up by tweeting “I can’t put into words right now how I feel right now but in my radio journey from College in Tampa to Phoenix and now Las Vegas you were the best teammate I’ve ever had in radio and more importantly a great person. I appreciate and will miss you Badass Brown.”

According to the station’s website, it will replace The Playmakers with You Better You Bet from the BetQL Network.

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1250-AM The Fan in Milwaukee Reportedly Cancels Local Programming

The station is streaming CBS Sports and has removed the local daily lineup from the 1250 AM The Fan website.



1250 AM The Fan

Stunning sports radio news out of Milwaukee. 1250-AM The Fan has suddenly removed all of its local programming and switched over to CBS Sports Radio.

The news came as a shock to local listeners but even more surprising to the station’s staff. Here’s a tweet from Evan Heffelfinger noting that today was “everyone’s” last day at the station.

The station’s stream is currently airing CBS Sports Radio. The local daily lineup has also been removed from the 1250 The Fan website although show podcasts still remain.

In regards to the station’s talent, most have been quiet since the news began to trickle out. The Milwaukee Business Journal reported that recent NFL Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler was part of the cuts. Bart Winkler, Tim Allen, and Gary Ellerson are expected to be out as well.

“Over the past few years, Audacy has been on a transformational journey, investing in our capabilities to serve our listeners and customers and accelerate our growth through a number of strategic acquisitions, enhancements to our platform, and the addition of hundreds of team members to our workforce,” explained an Audacy spokesperson. “We remain committed to this exciting transformation which has made us a much stronger organization, but in light of current macroeconomic headwinds, like so many other companies, we have been proactively taking actions to mitigate against the impact of any downturn. These include evaluating budgets, reducing expenses, and also reducing our workforce.”

One host who is expected to remain involved is Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer. Fifer was part of the midday show, and also helped behind the scenes. According to sources, he’s likely to contribute off-air and with additional brand projects. The rest will have an opportunity to explore opportunities should any become available at 97.3 The Game, ESPN 94.1, WTMJ or any other local outlets.

Upon learning of the news, a few former 1250 hosts, Mike Wickett and Cliff Saunders, took to social media to share their sadness.

Ryan Maguire, who served as the PD of 1250 The Fan from 2006-2009, and is currently the PD of crosstown rivals ESPN Milwaukee and WTMJ, provided his perspective.

One host who left before the station was dismantled was former afternoon man Ramie Makhlouf. The longtime Milwaukee voice exited in June to join Sactown Sports 1140.

This is a developing story and as more information becomes available we’ll pass it along. 1250-AM The Fan is owned by Audacy, which just announced plans to reduce less than 5% of its programming staff.

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