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Darren Smith Finds New Home At XTRA 1360

“Marty Caswell is also coming to XTRA 1360. She has been a reporter and producer with The Darren Smith Show since 2007.”

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Darren Smith has a new gig and he didn’t have to leave San Diego to find it. The former mid day host at The Mighty 1090 will now be heard in mid days on former crosstown rival XTRA 1360.

The move unseats Jon Schaeffer and Nick Hardwick, who hosted their final mid day show on Monday. Schaeffer will be moving to afternoons to join Steve Hartman and Rich Ohrnberger on the Loose Cannons. Hardwick will shift to being the station’s NFL Insider. His “Football Hour” will air on Monday and Friday mornings at 8 a.m. during Costa and Richards show.

Marty Caswell is also coming to XTRA 1360. She has been a reporter and producer with The Darren Smith Show since 2007.

The station’s new weekday lineup looks like this:

6 – 9 a.m. – Costa and Richards

9 a.m. – 12 Noon – The Herd with Colin Cowherd

12 Noon – 3 p.m. – The Darren Smith Show  

3 – 6 p.m. – The Loose Cannons

6 – 7 p.m. – Ernie Martinez

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Bonneville Takes Over Operations Of The Zone Sports Network

The KSLSports Twitter handle sent out a video hyping the new partnership as “Utah’s Sports Powerhouse.”

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The Utah Jazz and Bonneville International have a deal that sees the broadcast company take over daily operations of The Zone Sports Network. The deal also comes with a simulcast. All Jazz games will air on The Zone and on KSL Newsradio in Salt Lake City.

“Bonneville is proud to partner with the Utah Jazz, and we are grateful for the trust the Jazz have placed in us with their radio assets,” Darrell Brown, president of Bonneville International Corp, said in a statement on the KSL website. “Our two companies are uniquely aligned, sharing deep roots in Utah and a focus on serving local audiences with a commitment to high-quality content and operations. We look forward to bringing The Zone Sports Network together with KSL NewsRadio, KSL TV, and KSLSports.com to create a new Utah sports powerhouse.”

The KSLSports Twitter handle sent out a video hyping the new partnership as “Utah’s Sports Powerhouse.”

“Our radio and streaming alignment with the KSL platform for Utah Jazz games is a tremendous opportunity to bring our team to more fans over a much larger broadcast footprint,” said Jim Olson, president of the Utah Jazz. “The Zone has been the top-rated sports radio station in the market, and this partnership with KSL’s digital assets, equipment and experience will only further enhance the listening experience for Jazz and sports fans.”

Smith Entertainment Group acquired The Zone after purchasing the Utah Jazz earlier this year. The sale of the radio station was completed in May.

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Ariel Epstein Leaving SportsGrid

“I am forever grateful for what this network has done for me,” she wrote in a note to her followers.

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Ariel Epstein announced via Twitter that her time at SportsGrid is coming to an end. She will host the Thursday edition of her show The Morning After and that will be her final assignment for the company.

“I am forever grateful for what this network has done for me,” she wrote in a note to her followers.

She described finding the network and connecting with its President, Lou Maione, via LinkedIn. Epstein admitted that she thought SportsGrid seemed “sketchy” at first, but after her first audition she knew that it could be a dream come true for her.

During her time at SportsGrid, Epstein hosted Pro Football Today on Sundays during the NFL season. She moved to the network’s morning show The Morning After which included the addition of a popular segment,Til Bet Do Us Part.

Ariel has already lined up her next gig. She did not say specifically what it is, but noted that she’s excited to make that announcement soon.

“For now, I just want to say thank you to SG & all our viewers/listeners. You guys are the best. TIL BET DO US PART!!!” her message concluded.

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Outkick’s Matt Leode Dies At Age 46

“The Cleveland sports media community took to social media to say its goodbyes on Thursday.”

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Cleveland sports journalist and Outkick contributor Matt Leode has died after a two year battle with cancer. He was 46 years old.

Leode covered sports in Cleveland working mostly as a freelancer. In addition to writing, he made numerous appearances on FOX Sports Radio and on AP Radio. The Cleveland sports media community took to social media to say its goodbyes on Thursday.

Several of those colleagues participated in numerous fundraisers on his behalf. Matt Leode barely stopped working after his diagnosis according to the AP.

“He was funny, sweet, generous, loyal, faith filled and he had a talent for bringing people together. He made my life beautiful,” Leode’s wife Shanna wrote on Twitter after his passing.

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