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Sports Talk Veteran Larry Coltar Dies in Flood

Brandon Contes

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Veteran sports radio personality, Larry Cotlar, died Saturday night after floodwaters in Des Moines, Iowa swept Cotlar into a creek as he attempted to exit his stalled vehicle.  Six to eight inches of rain fell per hour, with a nearby creek rising 15 feet in just over three hours.

Cotlar has been a broadcaster in sports radio since 1974.  A staple in Des Moines, Cotlar hosted an afternoon show on ESPN 1350 while also serving as the voice of the Drake University Bulldogs.  Cotlar’s career also included stops in Vegas and Chicago as a national radio host.

With the outpouring of sadness and kind words from people around the country, the respect Cotlar earned throughout his career stretched beyond his credentials from behind the microphone.

“I think Larry would be a guy that would not want to talk about his legacy,” said Andy Garman, who co-hosted an afternoon sports radio show with Cotlar for five years on 1700-AM in Des Moines. “He just loved doing his job every day. He came in with a smile and said, ‘Let’s go to work.’”

Cotlar’s 44-year broadcasting career saw him develop enough connections to author an autobiography titled The Biggest Rolodex in Sports.  According to Randy Wehofer, who previously worked with Cotlar on a national show and currently serves as an assistant manager of the Iowa Cubs, the rolodex was no exaggeration.

“When news breaks and you wonder, ‘Who can we call on this?’ He knew. He was always prepared, and that’s so much of this business. You’ve got to react quickly and know who to call. He built relationships and made them last,” Wehofer said.

Cotlar recently survived prostate cancer after undergoing surgery in 2017 and became an outspoken advocate for men to get tested.  The 2007 Iowa Sportscaster of the year is survived by his wife, Deb Brewer-Cotlar and two sons.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

 

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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