The future of San Diego’s sports leader, The Mighty 1090 is in question after on-air contributors arrived to an empty parking lot Wednesday while the station aired no local content.
The Mighty 1090 is operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas while the transmitter is leased from an owner in Mexico. As reported last December, 1090’s owner, Andreas Bichara was not satisfied with Broadcast Company of the Americas and could look to find a new operator. Four months later, the relationship between 1090’s owner and operator doesn’t seem to have improved.
Afternoon show host and San Diego sports media staple, Scott Kaplan addressed the situation on Periscope Wednesday afternoon. While 1090’s ratings are successful, their new morning show Ben and Woods is 5th, Darren Smith is first in the midday and Scott Kaplan’s afternoon show sits second in the market, Kaplan acknowledged “there is a relationship issue between the company and the owner.”
Wanting to respond to a suggestion that he purchase 1090, Kaplan alluded to interest, but after signing a non-disclosure agreement with Broadcast Company of the Americas, he needs to be careful with what he says.
“I am planning to put a group together and let’s build a really kick-ass modern day media company, that’s what I’d like to do,” Kaplan said, hinting at the possibility of saving 1090. The longtime Scott and BR host added that he asked both the parent company of the radio station and 1090’s ownership to give him a “little time.”
Although 1090 won’t be airing any local content terrestrially for the foreseeable future, the hosts plan to continue broadcasting their shows on the station’s app. “We will be streaming the show on our app and website so plan accordingly,” Ben and Woods tweeted, with Kaplan adding “we’re going to stay on the air until this gets resolved.”
“There’s an easy thing to do which is to run and join another team and maybe that’s the best thing to do,” said the longtime host of Scott and BR. For the time being, his plan is “to stay, dig in, fight, take a big risk and think about a big reward.”
Broadcast Company of the Americas recently had two of its other operated stations removed from the airwaves for reportedly failing to pay rent to a different ownership group, also located in Mexico.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”