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Bernie Miklasz Out Amid Lineup Changes At 101 ESPN

“Miklasz’s show has topped Barrett Sports Media’s list of the Top 20 Mid-Market Morning Shows each of the last three years.”

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Starting on Monday, 101 ESPN will have a new weekday lineup. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy have forced St. Louis’ sports radio leader to make adjustments including parting ways with one of the most recognized personalities in the market.

Several hosts will change dayparts to help the station move forward but the headline that is certain to generate a lot of attention is the exit of longtime host Bernie Miklasz.

Miklasz has been a fixture in St. Louis sports media for decades. The former St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist joined 101 ESPN in April of 2009. He’s spent most of the past decade patrolling 101’s airwaves, delivering ratings, and earning recognition from industry executives as the #1 Mid-Market Morning Show in BSM’s annual Top 20 each of the past three years.

101 ESPN afternoon host Randy Karraker paid tribute to Miklasz today on his show and said the situation was the result of the economy being shut down. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reached out to Miklasz for comment and he wasn’t ready to discuss the situation but did say that he’s trying to keep things in perspective and stay positive.

With Miklasz gone, 101 ESPN will turn to Randy Karraker to take over the morning drive slot. Karraker will be joined by Miklasz’s former co-host Michelle Smallmon for a new show. The program is expected to air weekdays from 7a-10a CT.

Karraker’s move to mornings creates an opening in afternoons on the station’s top rated program The Fast Lane. Brad Thompson and Chris Rongey will remain with the show and taking over Karraker’s role will be midday host Anthony Stalter. Stalter originally joined 101 as the show’s producer and has since gone on to thrive as a host working alongside the late Chris Duncan and former Blues player Jamie Rivers. He’s also added PT hosting opportunities at the ESPN Radio network.

As Stalter moves into afternoons and away from middays, 101 will add a 1-hour show featuring St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Dan McLaughlin from 10a-11 CT. They’ll also retool the midday show with Rivers, adding one of its rising stars Brandon ‘BK’ Kiley as the lead host. The midday team will occupy the weekday slot of 11a-2p CT.

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Kentucky Sports Radio Joins On3 College Sports Network

KSR’s content has been independent for the past 16 years.

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On3 just caught their first big fish in the fan site pond. The college sports and recruiting digital media company announced Kentucky Sports Radio as their first fansite to join the company.

The addition bolsters On3’s portfolio while giving KSR access to a wider swath of University of Kentucky fans. Rivals.com and 247Sports.com founders created On3. The site is angling itself as a new player in the space.

“Kentucky Sports Radio is a significant addition to On3, and we are honored they are the first fansite to join the network,” CEO of On3 Shannon Terry said in a press release. “Not only is KSR the market leader, but it is also easily one of the largest fan sites in the industry, if not the largest.”

On3 plans on covering recruiting, college sports, and the NFL draft using their wide range of reporters and talent across the country.

“The decision to be the first site to join up with On3 was both difficult and easy,” KSR founder Matt Jones said. “The difficult part was giving up the complete independence that we have had since the creation of KSR 16 years ago. But it was easy because once I saw what On3 had in store and its plans for revolutionizing the coverage of college sports, I knew it was the best fit for KSR and all Kentucky fans.”

It’s not easy to give up 15-plus years of content independence, but the chance was too good for Jones and KSR to pass up.

“Joining On3 will ensure that KSR will remain the best site in America for the coverage of a collegiate sports team for the most loyal fans in all of America,” Jones said.

Jones, Drew Franklin, Tyler Thompson, and the whole KSR team are entering a new chapter in the site’s history as Wildcat Football gets set to kick off on Sept. 4th.

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Texans GM Tells SportsRadio 610 To Give Away His Money

The Texans finished with a 4-12 record in 2020.

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The Houston Texans are in a peculiar spot as an NFL franchise, but general manager Nick Caserio made one thing clear in a post-training camp press conference this week.

The longtime league executive shouted out “the guys at 610” and all of the faithful SportsRadio 610 listeners in Houston. “Maybe you guys can take a poll on how many transactions we are going to have,” Caserio said when asked about the number of roster moves the team will have during camp. “I’ll maybe give a hundred bucks to the winner.”

There you have it, Caserio’s is a man of his word and has thrown down the $100 gauntlet to correctly gauge his roster moves over the next month. The poll on SportsRadio 610’s website has four different multiple-choice options for fans to choose ranging from zero roster moves to 50-plus.

GMs usually have their reasons to avoid media chatter. Listening to talking heads rip your decisions or make suggestions for better moves isn’t a foolproof way to achieve success in the NFL. Yet, Caserio wants to have some fun with the fans and media in an endearing way.

Sexual assault allegations against star quarterback Deshaun Watson are still looming, and the team gutted its roster this offseason. All in all, Caserio stepped into a difficult situation, but he seems to be making lemonade out of lemons.

SportsRadio 610 is the Texans flagship affiliate. The station produces all things surrounding the game broadcasts each week of the season and supports three weekly shows on the team. They air the Romeo Crennel Show, on Mondays at 5 p.m. local time in Houston, the Texans Players Show, airing Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and Texans Replay, an hour-long condensed replay of the previous week’s Texans game, which broadcasts on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Click here for more info on the contest.

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Toronto Blue Jays Bring Back Radio Broadcast

“The decision coincides with the team’s return to the Rogers Center.”

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The days of simulcasting are over in Toronto. The CBC is reporting that after going more than half the season without a dedicated radio call for their games, the Toronto Blue Jays will welcome back their radio crew on Friday night.

The decision coincides with the team’s return to the Rogers Center. The Blue Jays have not played a true home game in more than a year as Canada’s travel and COVID restrictions have forced the team to relocate to the United States temporarily in order not to be left out of the last two Major League Baseball seasons.

When making the announcement that games would be simulcast on TV and radio, Rogers Communications and the Blue Jays said it was a decision motivated by financial factors. It was unpopular with many people. In Canada, fans with vision issues said that they could not follow the game without the more descriptive radio call. In baseball, the team drew the ire of both fellow broadcasters and celebrity superfans.

“Taking the radio call away, we knew it would get a negative feedback — and it did,” Rob Corte, vice-president of Sportsnet and NHL production, told The Athletic. “There are certain elements of a radio broadcast that you can’t duplicate when you’re trying to have a broadcast of doing television and radio.”

Fans will get a paired down booth for the remainder of the season. Ben Wagner will be back at the dedicated radio play-by-play voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. He will be alone in calling the games though. Rogers will not provide a color commentator.

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