Longtime San Diego Sports radio personality Scott Kaplan has been pink-slipped at Broadcast Company of the Americas’ south-of-the-border Sports/Talker XX 1090 after calling a reporter/analyst from the Mountain West TV Network “a sasquatch of a woman” on his morning show. As a result of Kaplan’s departure, his morning show partner and former San Diego Chargers linebacker Billy Ray Smith is also out of a gig and is said to be “considering future projects.” A post on the station’s website reports that beginning tomorrow morning (2/8) another pair of longtime San Diego Sports media personalities, Dave Palet and Jeff Dotseth, will take over the morning slot that’s been occupied by The Scott & BR Show for the past 11 years. “We are making this significant change in our morning programming after very careful consideration and evaluation of several important factors,” said ‘Double X 1090’ GM Tex Meyer in a release. “Dave and Jeff have an established and highly successful tenure in this market and we look forward with great enthusiasm to their vibrant humor, sports knowledge and overall fresh approach to our supportive and highly loyal listeners.” The San Diego Union-Tribune has the backstory behind Kaplan’s sudden departure HERE.
CBS Radio/Philadelphia outlets WPHT and 94WIP strike a multi-year broadcast partnership that will have both stations carrying live play-by-play coverage of all Philadelphia Phillies pre-season, regular season and post-season games. Phillies hometown radio announcers Scott Franzke and Larry Andersen will continue to call the games that will now air on both longtime radio flagship WPHT-AM and WIP-FM. “It’s a very exciting time for WPHT and WIP and this partnership with the Phillies only adds to the interest audiences have in these two leading radio stations,” said CBS/Philly SVP and Market Manager Marc Rayfield of the just-inked contract extension. “We look forward to the future with the most thrilling team in baseball!”
WJFK/Washington APD and Executive Producer for the station’s Sports Junkies morning show, Bret Oliverio, exits the CBS Radio station and the broadcast biz for a move to North Carolina, where he’ll join his family’s restaurant business. The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg has more HERE … Get well wishes to Chicago Talk radio veteran Steve Cochran who has been M.I.A. from his WIND afternoon show for the past week after experiencing chest pains. TimeOutChicago’s Robert Feder reports that Cochran — who also hosts a nightly show on KTRS/St. Louis — expects to be back on the air in both cities “soon” … Premiere Networks syndicated radio talker and GBTV head honcho Glenn Beck is hitting the road again with a new live comedy tour, Unelectable 2. Beck (pictured) says that “no one will be spared — Democrats, Republicans, lawmakers and law-breakers” — on his latest live tour that kicks off next month in Tampa. Get more details and see additional tour stops HERE.
Veteran talker Doc Thompson — who just over a week ago returned from his honeymoon to learn that he was losing one of his two Clear Channel on-air gigs at WLW/Cincinnati — has now lost his second gig at sister News/Talker WRVA. Thompson (pictured) is talking about the many sudden changes in his life on his Facebook page HERE … Congrats to MSNBC host and former Air America radio talker Rachel Maddow on being named this year’s recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to “artists, activists and those whose work exemplifies the themes and values found in the writings of John Steinbeck” … Calling All Cubs Fans: WGN/Chicago has launched a contest in search of the next great Chicago Cubs anthem. The winning entry will become the official Cubs song for the 2012 season and will be played on-air in conjunction with WGN’s game broadcasts and promos. Cubs fans nationwide can get all the details and the official entry rules HERE.
Dave Graveline and his Into Tomorrow crew are just back from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Sky. Dave’s Cruise Into Tomorrow was billed as a “tech conference at sea,” with numerous sessions and events for fans to enjoy in between trips to the bar and buffet. Pictured in this “Captain’s Table” souvenir moment are (seated, l-r): Dave, Captain Goran Blomqvist and the ship’s hotel director Jean-Michel Dhelin, along with (standing, l-r) Into Tomorrow staffers Horacio Balseiro, Chris Graveline and Rob Almanza.