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Kaplan Addresses Mighty 1090 Operation Issues

“Although 1090 won’t be airing any local content terrestrially for the foreseeable future, the hosts plan to continue broadcasting their shows on the station’s app.”

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The future of San Diego’s sports leader, The Mighty 1090 is in question after on-air contributors arrived to an empty parking lot Wednesday while the station aired no local content.

The Mighty 1090 is operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas while the transmitter is leased from an owner in Mexico.  As reported last December, 1090’s owner, Andreas Bichara was not satisfied with Broadcast Company of the Americas and could look to find a new operator.  Four months later, the relationship between 1090’s owner and operator doesn’t seem to have improved.  

Afternoon show host and San Diego sports media staple, Scott Kaplan addressed the situation on Periscope Wednesday afternoon.  While 1090’s ratings are successful, their new morning show Ben and Woods is 5th, Darren Smith is first in the midday and Scott Kaplan’s afternoon show sits second in the market, Kaplan acknowledged “there is a relationship issue between the company and the owner.”

Wanting to respond to a suggestion that he purchase 1090, Kaplan alluded to interest, but after signing a non-disclosure agreement with Broadcast Company of the Americas, he needs to be careful with what he says.

“I am planning to put a group together and let’s build a really kick-ass modern day media company, that’s what I’d like to do,” Kaplan said, hinting at the possibility of saving 1090. The longtime Scott and BR host added that he asked both the parent company of the radio station and 1090’s ownership to give him a “little time.”

Although 1090 won’t be airing any local content terrestrially for the foreseeable future, the hosts plan to continue broadcasting their shows on the station’s app.  “We will be streaming the show on our app and website so plan accordingly,” Ben and Woods tweeted, with Kaplan adding “we’re going to stay on the air until this gets resolved.”

“There’s an easy thing to do which is to run and join another team and maybe that’s the best thing to do,” said the longtime host of Scott and BR.  For the time being, his plan is “to stay, dig in, fight, take a big risk and think about a big reward.”

Broadcast Company of the Americas recently had two of its other operated stations removed from the airwaves for reportedly failing to pay rent to a different ownership group, also located in Mexico.  

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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Dan Dakich: Craig Carton is ‘The Way Talk Radio Should Be’

“If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

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Craig Carton has prided himself on being one of those hosts who tells it like it is, especially when talking about New York’s pro sports teams.

That willingness to call a spade a spade and levy criticism on teams like the Jets and Giants, especially when things are not going well on the field, is something Dan Dakich has always seen as a recipe for success in the industry.

Interviewing Carton on Thursday on his Outkick show Don’t @ Me, Dakich praised the WFAN afternoon host for essentially creating a blueprint for how sports talk should be done.

“In Indianapolis I’m the bad guy right, because I say look the Colts stink, this regime is 46-49-1 – why are you telling me the GM is the best in the country – why are you telling me Frank Reich can really coach?” Dakich said. “New York’s different, though, right? I mean, New York they expect you to say look if you ain’t any good then you ain’t any good. Yu don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I think that’s the way talk radio should be.”

Carton noted that what’s key in how you critique a team or a front office, executive or owner is finding a balance. He said you can’t as a host be the ultimate homer and blow smoke up everyone’s behind.

“You have to be able to be critical when it’s warranted,” Carton said. “If you’re being critical because you want to be the guy that’s always critical I don’t think you can do that either. I think you gotta be honest. And criticism comes with it.”

Carton pointed out that the fan bases in both New York and in Indianapolis are ultimately the same, because at the end of the day it’s all about making sure you have competent people calling the right shots. He added that the organizations are the same too because of how sensitive they can be to criticism, which he said if they don’t like it, “too bad.”

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Nick Ashooh Joins BetMGM Tonight

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The talent lineup for the BetQL show BetMGM Tonight is expanding, and Nick Ashooh is joining the team.

The news became official on Thursday when BetQL announced the addition of Ashooh on Twitter.

Ashooh has worked mainly in the D.C. market up to this point in his career, hosting for Audacy and NBC Sports Washington. He had been contributing sports betting content for the BetQL network for the latter part of the last year.

Ashooh joins co-hosts Trysta Krick and Ryan Horvat on BetMGM Tonight. The show can be heard weeknights from 7-11 p.m.

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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 $1.5 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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