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Costa’s St. Louis Return in Question

Brandon Contes

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Sports radio host, Dino Costa could be headed back to St. Louis, but a move that seemed official just days ago, is now questionable.

The plan was for Costa to join KFNS 590 in St. Louis each weekday from 11pm – 2am, a return to the station he spent just six weeks at in 2016 .  Costa was supposed to start on December 3rd, but his debut was put on hold, with station owner Randy Markel stating he wants to find a more prominent timeslot for the controversial radio host, a process that should take no longer than a month.

However, Dino’s stalled return to KFNS coincided with people digging up racially charged social media comments and connecting them with Costa.

“Unfortunately there are a number of people who have trolled me, who have purported to be me on various Twitter accounts,” Costa told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “Like a lot of people who have to put up with this kind of stuff, whatever has been posted certainly doesn’t constitute my own feelings and I certainly abhor this.” Costa added “The people who know me best know my heart and DNA does not include those kind of thoughts. It’s despicable.”

While KFNS plans to investigate the social media claims, Markel told the Post-Dispatch Costa’s delayed start was caused by a need to reshuffle the station’s lineup and nothing to do with social media.

“If I did find out they’re true, that would affect things, but I don’t think that’s the case,” said Markel. “I just don’t think he’s that nutty. It just doesn’t make sense for him to do something like that. Knowing they could be traced to him, why would he sabotage himself? He’s promised to me he’d be nothing but a soldier. I think this is typical social media BS.”

Costa is a highly talented sports radio host, but his commentary on politics and social issues have certainly played a role in his struggle to find a consistent home on the dial following his five-year run at SiriusXM.  After being let go from SXM in 2013 Costa attempted to create his own platform, charging listeners an annual fee.  Costa also had short stints in St. Louis, Portland and most recently New York before announcing plans to head back to KFNS.

In January of this year, Costa joined 970 The Answer in New York, brokering his own show four days a week from midnight – 3am in hopes of it spring-boarding into a bigger opportunity.  That opportunity never came to fruition in New York, with Costa ending his show on 970 last month.

“But I’m not dead yet,” wrote Costa on his blog.  “Discouragement? Yes. Depression? For sure. A few other things. Humbled? Yes. Regretful?  Of some things, no question. But none of these things I mention has anything to do with my on-air presentation.  In other words, while I have felt regret for some things over the last 5-years, none of it has anything to do with how I do my radio show.”

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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