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The Mightier 1090 Aiming To Relaunch By July 4

“After going dark more than a year ago, The Mighty 1090, which used to be San Diego’s top-rated sports station is gearing up for a relaunch as The Mightier 1090.”

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Major League Baseball players and owners have yet to agree on financial terms for starting their season, but San Diego’s XEPRS 1090-AM is ready to go when they are. Station investor Bill Hagen told The Times of San Diego, he’s hoping to launch The Mightier 1090 in conjunction with baseball’s comeback. 

“We would love to return to the airwaves at the same time as baseball,” Hagen said. “Hopefully, that return comes around the Fourth of July.”

After going dark more than a year ago, The Mighty 1090, which used to be San Diego’s top-rated sports station is gearing up for a relaunch as The Mightier 1090. Last month, Hagen announced he has a five-year lease with the Bichara family, who owns the station transmitter.

The station’s lineup has not been announced, but it will feature at least one local sports radio star. While most of The Mighty 1090’s weekday shows have since moved on to other San Diego radio stations, the popular Scott Kaplan remained a free agent. Instead of joining another station, Kaplan transitioned to hosting a daily live podcast, available on multiple platforms including a video stream on YouTube. Kaplan has agreed to be part of the new 1090, which will focus on sports and lifestyle programming.

“Scott is the all-star of sports radio in San Diego and Southern California,” Hagen told Rick Griffin of The Times. “We couldn’t be happier that we came to an agreement with Scott.”

Kaplan has compared his new partnership with The Mightier 1090 as a syndication deal, bringing his YouTube show to terrestrial radio. 

While a set date has not been announced, the return to terrestrial radio for Kaplan and The Mightier 1090 could come as early as five weeks from now.

“Every day we make progress towards the relaunch,” Hagen said. “Things have taken longer than first anticipated because of the challenging circumstances in the world due to the coronavirus. But, everything is positive. We’re on track.”

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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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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