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The Fan Morning Show Reacts to Death of Franco Harris

“I got here early this morning and had some police sources get in contact with me, and was absolutely not going to speak a word of it until it was 9 million-percent confirmed.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers legend Franco Harris has died, and The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh was on the air as the news was confirmed by media reports.

“We were planned out, and we’re going to rip up the whole show,” Colin Dunlap said. “Channel 4 is reporting right now, sources confirm Steelers Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris has died at the age of 72. That’s according to Channel 4. It’s on their website, it’s breaking news on their broadcast right now.”

Dunlap then admitted he was told the news early Wednesday morning, but wasn’t going to talk about it until it had been confirmed.

“That being said, I got here early this morning and had some police sources get in contact with me, and was absolutely not going to speak a word of it until it was 9 million-percent confirmed…the timing is absolutely incredible. The celebration due to happen this weekend. Guys, I’m at a total loss for words.”

“I still haven’t been able to process what’s going on,” Chris Mack said. “I still haven’t been able to process all this — not because of the news, we all deal with death in different ways — but because the timing of all this. Absolutely unbelievable. Three days before he was to be honored with his number retirement in front of Steelers fans and the world. Two days shy of the anniversary of the Immaculate Reception.”

“It’s secondary at this point but I don’t know what you do with the ceremonies this weekend,” Dunlap said. “Art Rooney II is in a position that is totally unenviable right now. There’s seemingly no decision you can make that would feel like the right one.”

Mack later added many in Pittsburgh sports media had clashed with Harris over the years, admitting the two had phone calls where they vehemently disagreed about something the radio host had said, but he was one of the original people to make the Steel City their home after their playing days and was a pillar of the community.

“The timing on all this is so gut-wrenching,” Dorin Dickerson said. “To know he was going to be honored on Saturday and the situation we’re in, it’s absolutely tough. So tough.”

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FOX Sports Radio Broadcasting Live From Arizona & Las Vegas For Super Bowl Week

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Sports radio will descend upon Glendale, Arizona and the greater Phoenix area next week for Super Bowl LVII, and FOX Sports Radio will be out in full force.

FOX Sports Radio announced Thursday that Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, Jonas Knox, Doug Gottlieb, Steve Covino, Rich Davis, Chris Broussard and Rob Parker will all be live from either radio row, State Farm Stadium or Scottsdale Stadium starting Monday.

Dan Patrick and his crew will be at Scottsdale Stadium, which is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. Colin Cowherd will broadcast two shows from State Farm Stadium, site of this year’s Super Bowl, on Thursday and Friday.

The rest of the FSR names mentioned above will all be doing their respective shows from radio row at the Phoenix Convention Center.

FOX Sports Radio also announced Jason Smith and Mike Harmon will broadcast from the Wynn Las Vegas resort on Thursday and Friday. They will have a strong focus on all things betting with regards to the Super Bowl.

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Alpha Media Ends San Antonio Sports Star Simulcast, 1250 AM Goes All ESPN Radio

“Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.”

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San Antonio now has a frequency where people can find local sports talk and the full ESPN Radio lineup.

RadioInsight reported owner Alpha Media has tweaked what was on 1250 AM, launching it as ESPN 1250. The station will be San Antonio’s 24/7/365 home for ESPN Radio. That will include NBA, NFL and MLB play-by-play on top of talk.

San Antonio’s Sports Star had been simulcasting on 1250, but Alpha will carry on with live and local programming on the stronger FM frequency. Alpha launched Sports Star on 94.1 back in June of last year, giving San Antonio its first FM sports talk station.

Sports Star is the home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers in San Antonio.

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ESPN Radio 94.1 Sells Station Naming Rights To Priority Automotive Group

“The programming on the station does not change.”

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Max Media has found an interesting new revenue stream in Virginia Beach. ESPN Radio 94.1 has sold its naming rights. The station has rebranded as Priority Auto Sports Radio 94.1 ESPN.

“This is an important partnership for us,” said Priority Automotive COO Matt Elmer. “At Priority Automotive we think sports ties everyone together, so this is a great opportunity for us to be a voice in the community and partner with the number one voice for sports in Hampton Roads, ESPN 94.1.”

The programming on the station does not change. Listeners in the 757 will still hear the nationally syndicated ESPN Radio lineup except for in afternoon drive when The Tim Donnelly Show is on the air.

“The partnership between ESPN 94.1 and Priority Automotive is a natural evolution for both companies,” President and Market Manager Keith Barton added. “From the many youth organizations to college teams, Priority Automotive Has been dedicated to sports in Hampton Roads for decades. Max Media is incredibly proud to be partnered with such a class organization.”

Priority Automotive owns 17 car dealerships across Virginia.

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