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Kim Jones Details Health Scare To Francesa

“Jones said she “feels great” and has hosting gigs lined up for February on WFAN.”

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Joining Mike Francesa from Super Bowl Radio Row in Atlanta on Tuesday, WFAN host and NFL Network Reporter, Kim Jones spoke openly about the near death experience that hospitalized her for almost two weeks in November.

“A week ago today, I almost died…Great doctors saved my life, but that’s for another day,” said Jones during an Instagram video posted on Thanksgiving, but it wasn’t until her appearance with Francesa that Jones publicly detailed the incident.

“My neck got hot on both sides, I was at the Redskins (practice facility), and all of a sudden … I knew it was something out of the ordinary,” said Jones, also telling Mike that she never felt any previous symptoms.

Jones was treated by Redskins doctors before being rushed to the hospital where she lost consciousness, but was kept stable overnight and underwent surgery the following morning.

“It was an aortic dissection where the layers of your aorta separate and that leaves the aorta subject to rupture, which as great as you are Mike, you and I aren’t here if my aorta ruptures because I’m nowhere.”

Jones spent nearly two weeks at the Inova Heart and Vascular Institute in Fairfax, Virginia.  She was released on November 28th and made her NFL Network return on December 31st, forty-six days after being rushed to the hospital. 

“I was told by a cardiologist, I have a cardiologist and I have my surgeons …one of them told me 80 percent don’t make it to the hospital,” Jones said to Francesa.  Jones added that actor John Ritter died from an aortic dissection after he was misdiagnosed as having a heart attack in 2003.

More than two months after the health scare, Jones is back on NFL Network full-time, working at the Super Bowl where she considers herself lucky to be alive.  Jones said she “feels great” and has hosting gigs lined up for February on WFAN.

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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Kentucky and Missouri Stations Switch Formats, Add FOX Sports Radio

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

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Sports radio listeners in western Kentucky and southeast Missouri can rejoice, thanks to a recent decision by Withers Broadcasting to switch formats.

Folks in the Paducah area of Kentucky can now find FOX Sports Radio on 95.9 FM, while listeners in Cape Girardeau, Missouri can find FSR on 97.3.

Withers switched the two stations to sports talk from oldies and classic country.

Among the lineup of hosts that can be heard on the stations include Dan Patrick, Colin Cowherd, Jason Smith, Ben Maller and Outkick 360 hosted by Jonathan Hutton, Chad Withrow, and Paul Kuharsky.

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Kevin McNamara to Host Two-Hour Show on 790 The Score in Rhode Island

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Two months after announcing its triumphant return to the Rhode Island airwaves, Sports Radio 790 The Score is set to go live next week.

And in addition to the station’s lineup of national hosts and sports betting shows, former Providence Journal writer Kevin McNamara will be hosting the station’s only local show.

McNamara will host his show from 5-7 pm, sandwiched between You Better You Bet and Bet MGM Tonight.

McNamara, who hosted a one-hour show on WPRO, saw his time extended an hour. He said this is a great opportunity to get listeners involved early.

“In one hour I tried to be as newsy as I could,” McNamara told Bill Koch of The Providence Journal. “It’s basically a three-segment show — we’d try to have three different subjects. Now we’ll try to hit those three different subjects, but we’ll have a real avenue for calls.” 

The second hour of McNamara’s show will be simulcasted on WPRO.

The Score, which was last on the air in the market in 2008, will carry Providence men’s basketball, Brown men’s basketball and football, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics and the New York Yankees.

The station hopes to eat at some of the market share in Rhode Island currently held by both Boston sports stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub.

“I think, because it’s new, I’d encourage people to give it a shot,” McNamara said. “It will be very different from the Boston-based sports radio that we’ve become used to.”

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Joel Utley, College Basketball’s Record Holder for Most Games Called, Retires

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record.

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Joel Utley has announced he is retiring from broadcasting and as the voice of the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers.

Utley retires after 61 years as the team’s basketball play-by-play announcer which is a college basketball record. He broadcast 1,933 Kentucky Wesleyan games during that span, also a record for total games called. He began his career on December 2, 1961 when KWC defeated California State University – Northridge, 100-64. 

Utley also is the only broadcaster in the nation to call 12 NCAA Basketball Championship games (all levels) including eight Division II titles.

Joel Utley interviewing Rupp

“It was a tough decision to make, but the timing is right to step down,” Utley said. “What I have done as a broadcaster reflects my love for KWC. My career has been beyond any dreams I ever had.”

He is a member of the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and in September, Utley will be inducted into the Kentucky Broadcaster Association Hall of Fame.

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