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Travis Tells Francesa To ‘Hang Up The Microphone’

“Travis cited a study that stated “old people” are the most responsible for spreading fake news.”

Brandon Contes

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By now you’ve probably seen that WFAN’s Mike Francesa mistakenly thought Todd Gurley and Bill Vinovich actually exchanged jerseys following Sunday’s controversial Rams Saints NFC Championship game.

“The Gurley-Vinovich photo is not real,” Mike said after a commercial break, but it was too late.  Francesa’s reaction to the photo-shopped image has been shared on social media and replayed on radio shows around the country thousands of times this week.  Although he’s still fairly new to Twitter, Francesa is no stranger to going viral on the internet as people are always eager to point out his miscues.

On Tuesday, Fox Sports Radio host Clay Travis went so far as to suggest it’s time for Francesa to retire.  “I think you gotta hang up the microphone if you’re making mistakes like that,” said Travis after playing Francesa’s reaction to the fake photo.  It’s not the most outlandish opinion from Travis since the next time Mike retires will be the second time he retires.

Travis cited a study that stated “old people” are the most responsible for spreading fake news.  “People want to blame millennials for everything, but the people who shared the most fake news as a percentage of age is by far old people and it’s because old people…they don’t really understand how the internet works,” said Travis.

It’s one thing for an 80-year old aunt to share a fake picture with their family, but it’s another when you’re behind a microphone broadcasting to a city of 8.6 million people.  Travis certainly isn’t the only one to level criticism at The Sports Pope. Francesa’s error was a hot topic on sports radio across the country over the past two days.

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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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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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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