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1010 XL Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary

“1010 XL has created a 15th Anniversary video series, ‘The Voices of 1010 XL’, where on-air hosts tell their stories.”

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Jacksonville sports station 1010 XL first hit the airwaves on April 2, 2007, broadcasting live from the NCAA Final Four. The station’s goal was to bring local sports talk to the Jacksonville airwaves with live programming in place from 6a-7p Monday through Friday. A local investor group funded the start-up and the staff was built from the area’s most prominent sports personalities from radio, television and writers. 

Since then, the station has continued to grow. An FM signal (WJXL-FM 92.5) was added in 2012, the radio rights to the Jacksonville Jaguars were secured in 2014, and the Florida Gators joined the station in 2021. Those additions combined with regular investments in on-air contributors, increased local programming, which now extends weeknights to 10pm ET, and the creation of an all-female weekly show ‘Helmets and Heels’, which helped launch the careers of numerous female talents have helped the brand cement its position in the local marketplace.

But those weren’t the only moves made to assure sustained success.

1010 XL has also partnered with the PGA, and featured play by play of high school sports and other local colleges. As the appetite for sports betting content increased, a content partnership was formed with VSiN. And now with the world seeking content across multiple platforms, the station has made a full fledged commitment to becoming multi-platform focused, making video, podcasting, and social media a key part of its programming strategy. The willingness to adapt and take risks are a key reason why the station has remained an integral part of the Jacksonville sports community, and one of the market’s top local billers.

“We greatly appreciate our partnerships with the Jaguars, Gators, PGA and local colleges and high schools,” said President and General Manage Steven Griffin. “I really believe we have realized our goal to be Jacksonville’s local sports outlet. We have more that we can and will do, but we have a programming, sales and support staff I wouldn’t trade for any in the country.”

To help the station celebrate 15-years in operation, the hosts are reflecting and reminiscing with callers, guests, and key people who have helped the brand enjoy sustained success. Additionally, 1010 XL created a 15th Anniversary video series, The Voices of 1010 XL, where on-air hosts have shared their personal stories related to the growth of the brand and their respective shows. It can be found at the 1010 XL YouTube Channel by clicking here.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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