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Costa’s St. Louis Return in Question

Brandon Contes

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Sports radio host, Dino Costa could be headed back to St. Louis, but a move that seemed official just days ago, is now questionable.

The plan was for Costa to join KFNS 590 in St. Louis each weekday from 11pm – 2am, a return to the station he spent just six weeks at in 2016 .  Costa was supposed to start on December 3rd, but his debut was put on hold, with station owner Randy Markel stating he wants to find a more prominent timeslot for the controversial radio host, a process that should take no longer than a month.

However, Dino’s stalled return to KFNS coincided with people digging up racially charged social media comments and connecting them with Costa.

“Unfortunately there are a number of people who have trolled me, who have purported to be me on various Twitter accounts,” Costa told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “Like a lot of people who have to put up with this kind of stuff, whatever has been posted certainly doesn’t constitute my own feelings and I certainly abhor this.” Costa added “The people who know me best know my heart and DNA does not include those kind of thoughts. It’s despicable.”

While KFNS plans to investigate the social media claims, Markel told the Post-Dispatch Costa’s delayed start was caused by a need to reshuffle the station’s lineup and nothing to do with social media.

“If I did find out they’re true, that would affect things, but I don’t think that’s the case,” said Markel. “I just don’t think he’s that nutty. It just doesn’t make sense for him to do something like that. Knowing they could be traced to him, why would he sabotage himself? He’s promised to me he’d be nothing but a soldier. I think this is typical social media BS.”

Costa is a highly talented sports radio host, but his commentary on politics and social issues have certainly played a role in his struggle to find a consistent home on the dial following his five-year run at SiriusXM.  After being let go from SXM in 2013 Costa attempted to create his own platform, charging listeners an annual fee.  Costa also had short stints in St. Louis, Portland and most recently New York before announcing plans to head back to KFNS.

In January of this year, Costa joined 970 The Answer in New York, brokering his own show four days a week from midnight – 3am in hopes of it spring-boarding into a bigger opportunity.  That opportunity never came to fruition in New York, with Costa ending his show on 970 last month.

“But I’m not dead yet,” wrote Costa on his blog.  “Discouragement? Yes. Depression? For sure. A few other things. Humbled? Yes. Regretful?  Of some things, no question. But none of these things I mention has anything to do with my on-air presentation.  In other words, while I have felt regret for some things over the last 5-years, none of it has anything to do with how I do my radio show.”

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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105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ Do Battle With 95.7 The Game’s The Morning Roast Ahead of 49ers vs Cowboys

“Hill and Shasky went after Shan & RJ’s ratings and Bobby Belt’s intensity. Shariff and Choppy fired back making fun of Hill’s voice.”

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Sports radio content has fueled the hate between Dallas and San Francisco this week as the Cowboys get set to visit the Bay Area. A joke made by 105.3 The Fan’s GBag Nation made some 49ers fans angry. Gavin Dawson and Bryan Broaddus said the Cowboys “could use an injury” to 49ers running back Christian McCaffery.

Other hosts at 105.3 The Fan took to Twitter after a 49ers fan spread the clip on social media calling the joke “pathetic.” Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy were among them. They argued that it is crazy for anyone to think Dawson and Broaddus were serious.

The vitriol between the two towns played out Friday morning on two Audacy stations, the aforementioned Fan in Dallas and 95.7 The Game in San Francisco. Shan & RJ connected with Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky of The Morning Roast for a quarter-hour of smack talk.

“We’d like to congratulate you guys on still being there,” Shariff said. “We know the rotating door there normally. We didn’t think you’d still be there from last year.”

He then gave credit to Sahsky for contributing his winnings from their last bet to the families and community in Uvalde affected by the Robb Elementary shootings.

From there, the niceties were over. Hill and Shasky went after Shan & RJ’s ratings and Bobby Belt’s intensity. Shariff and Choppy fired back making fun of Hill’s voice.

All five hosts explained their pick for the game. Only Shariff went against his home team, predicting the 49ers to win by double digits. Belt and Choppy didn’t give a second thought to supporting the Cowboys.

Joe Shasky wasn’t buying the confidence.

“It’s gonna be Rangers and Bocci talk Monday when they lose,” he said as the two shows signed off.

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Sweeny Murti Departing WFAN

“Thanks to everyone who helped to bring me here, keep me here, and thrive here.”

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WFAN New York Yankees beat reporter Sweeny Murti has announced today is his final day with the radio station.

In a tweet announcing the move, Murti said “I tried to bring the right amounts of confidence and humility on the air. I strived to hold my own with the great hosts on our station and just tried to make good radio with every appearance.”

Sweeny started as a producer at WFAN in 1993, before eventually ascending to the role of the station’s Yankees reporter in 2001. He was grateful to his colleagues and friends for his time at the New York station.

“Thanks to everyone who helped to bring me here, keep me here, and thrive here. Thanks to so many wonderful friends and colleagues who made going to work fun. And thanks to every one of you for listening and taking this ride with me. It has truly been my honor, and I hope you will join me on the next adventure.

Sweeny Murti did not disclose what his next move would entail.

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Westwood One Releases Study of NFL Fans Following Playoffs on Radio

“The study also found that 82% of those surveyed who said they listen to the NFL on AM/FM radio consider themselves extremely/very passionate about the NFL.”

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The NFL will be one step closer to determining who will play in this year’s Super Bowl after this weekend, and one thing is for certain, football fans will follow the games any way they can. That includes listening to games on the radio.

Westwood One, which is the official network radio partner of the NFL, revealed just how strong listenership of the NFL on the radio is thanks to a recent study.

According to Westwood One’s Audio Active Group, which unveiled the data compiled by Nielsen Scarborough USA+ and MRI Simmons USA, NFL playoff listeners on AM/FM radio are more likely to work full-time and have higher disposable income compared to TV viewers.

Additionally, MRI Simmons found that radio listeners are keener to attend sporting events, look up sports information on their phones more frequently and be more active in fantasy sports than their TV watching counterparts.

The study also found that 82% of those surveyed who said they listen to the NFL on AM/FM radio consider themselves extremely/very passionate about the NFL.

The average age of radio listeners is younger than the average TV watcher. The study found that the average age of people who listen to the playoffs/Super Bowl on the radio is 46, while the average age of folks who watch on TV is 53.

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