After just three-and-a-half months with 590 The Fan KFNS as their midday host, Steve Savard is leaving the St. Louis radio station for an unannounced new opportunity.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Savard shared the news of his departure last Friday, telling listeners that he’s “been presented with an opportunity I can’t pass up.”
Savard was part of the recent push for more sports talk at KFNS, having joined the station shortly after they added popular St. Louis host and journalist Bernie Miklasz. Both Savard and Miklasz were recruited by general manager John Hadley who is leading the charge to reemphasize sports on KFNS.
Although his stay was brief, Savard’s departure from KFNS shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. When he joined the station in January, the sportscaster painted the opportunity as a placeholder, telling the Post-Dispatch that he would consider leaving for the right TV gig.
“I’m not itching to leave my hometown after building a brand here for 26 years,” Savard told the Post-Dispatch earlier this year. “But if the right television news situation came along and it was a good integrity and journalism fit, I would consider it. John understands that.”
Savard’s ties to St. Louis sports run deep. From 2000-2015, he served as the Rams radio play-by-play voice, he also worked as a sportscaster and news anchor with KMOV for more than a quarter-century, until he was let go last September as part of financial cuts induced by the global pandemic.
Hosting a daily radio show was a new venture for Savard. As Hadley wished Savard well in his yet to be announced venture, the station GM noted reviews of the show were very positive.
KNBR Program Director Jeremiah Crowe To Exit in Mid-July
“KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe informed his staff on Monday that he’ll be leaving the station in mid-July. Crowe and his family are moving to Las Vegas.”
After enjoying five great years with San Francisco’s sports radio ratings king KNBR, Jeremiah Crowe is ready for a new adventure. The sports leader’s program director informed his staff on Monday that he’ll be leaving the station in mid-July. Crowe and his family are moving to Las Vegas, creating a PD vacancy that should become one of the crown jewel programming opportunities in sports radio.
Crowe joined KNBR’s programming team in May 2016. He initially ran KNBR 1050 and served as KNBR 680’s Assistant Program Director before being elevated to the top job in July 2016. Prior to joining KNBR, Crowe spent four years as the Assistant Program Director for KNBR’s local competitor 95.7 The Game. He was recognized as the 7th best PD in the format in BSM’s Top 20 of 2020.
“After five successful years at Cumulus San Francisco, I’ve decided to move on from my post as KNBR’s Program Director,” said Crowe. “I’d like to thank Dave Milner, Bruce Gilbert, Justin Wittmayer and Larry Blumhagen for their support in entrusting me to lead one of the most prestigious and dominant brands in sports radio history. The privilege of working alongside the best staff in all of radio while experiencing the Bay Area’s rich culture has truly been the experience of a lifetime. I’ll always cherish the deep friendships made around The Sports Leader’s studios, and plan to visit often. Our family looks ahead to our next chapter in Las Vegas, ground-zero for the ever-expanding sports betting industry.”
After accomplishing everything he hoped to in the Bay Area, Crowe has his sights set on making an impact in the sports betting space. The category is one which Crowe is both experienced in and passionate about. He told BSM he’ll begin exploring his professional options once he settles into his new Las Vegas residence. With nearly a decade of programming experience in a top five market, and another ten years spent previously working on the national circuit for ESPN Radio, Crowe should have no problem finding suitors for his services.
Sports radio this year has seen a number of programming changes at top markets and stations. Spike Eskin is leaving WIP in Philadelphia to lead WFAN in New York. Eskin’s exit leaves WIP searching for a new PD, a situation that WEEI in Boston is also going thru. With Crowe leaving KNBR, Cumulus SVP of Sports Bruce Gilbert and new GM Larry Blumhagen immediately begin scouring the nation for the right person to guide the sports leader to future wins. With a strong FM/AM signal, the San Francisco Giants and 49ers play by play rights and a talented staff in place, the next programmer chosen to lead KNBR is stepping into a great situation.
Court Dismisses MA Mayor’s Lawsuit Against Barstool
The Massachusetts SJC upheld the decision to dismiss Joe Curtatone’s lawsuit against Kirk Minihane and Barstool Sports.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the ruling of a lower-court judge to dismiss the lawsuit by Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone against Kirk Minihane and Barstool Sports. The lawsuit in question was regarding a 2019 recorded interview between Curtatone and Minihane, with the latter claiming he was Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.
The phone call came after the mayor joined a number of others criticizing the Boston Bruins for partnering with Barstool Sports for an in game promotion. He characterized the site’s goal as to “disguise misogyny, racism & general right wing lunacy under a ‘sports’ heading.”
Curtatone contended that by using a different identity to gain access to the recorded phone call, it played into the state’s law against secretly recorded conversations. Justice Frank Gaziano claimed the “truthfulness with which that identity was asserted is irrelevant” in regards to the law. In essence, Curtatone was not recorded over the phone without his knowing, so no matter whom was on the other end of the line, it is not a violation.
Minihane was not the only one to celebrate on Twitter, as Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy — a longtime adversary of the politician — also got in on the action.
“Obviously when you have a case of first impression go before the Supreme Judicial Court you’d prefer to win, but I accept the Court’s decision and thank the justices for giving our case a hearing,” Curtatone told Boston.com.
BetQL Network Expands BetMGM Partnership With 2 New Shows
BetMGM and Audacy agreed on a multi-year deal in March.
Audacy is expanding the BetQL Network in a big way. The multi-platform partnership with BetMGM is adding two shows to its lineup: The Daily Tip and BetMGM Tonight starting June 21. Audacy houses the network on its app and a few large markets, including The Bet 1430AM (KEZW-AM) in Denver, 93.1 HD3 in Los Angeles, and The Bet 105.9 FM-HD2 in Chicago.
Michael Jenkins and Chelsea Messinger host The Daily Tip, airing from 6 to 9 a.m. ET every weekday. The show is featuring guests, analysts, and BetMGM experts, including bookmakers. Sports bettors get fed all the info they need to attack the daily cards.
On the flip side, Quinton May and Ryan Horvat have the real-time live gambling angles covered on BetMGM Tonight. The show is airing from 7 to 11 p.m. ET and will help guide sports bettors towards their next live bet or aide them in recognizing value on events for the next day.
“We are ecstatic to announce the next phase of our planned expansion of the ‘BetQL Network,’ said Audacy President of Sports Mike Dee. “Our partnership with BetMGM – who is co-developing these shows alongside our sports programming team led by Matt Volk [Vice President of Sports] – enables us to create this new content that will both entertain and inform our audience around daily sports betting activity. We aspire for the ‘BetQL Network’ to become the go-to destination for the sports betting community and we’ll continue to announce new content to this dynamic platform over the next few months.”
Audacy just signed a multi-year deal with BetMGM in March of this year, and they are cementing that relationship.
“We’re extremely excited to introduce new programming to Audacy’s BetQL Network,” said BetMGM Chief Revenue Officer Matt Prevost. “Each show will feature in-depth perspectives from BetMGM traders and sports betting experts, giving listeners unique betting insights only accessible on Audacy.”
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