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Former Packer John Kuhn To Join 97.3 the Game

“On Thursday, The Game announced Kuhn will partner with former Wisconsin Badgers basketball star Brian Butch beginning Monday, May 4. Titled, Nine 2 Noon with Kuhn.”

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iHeart’s 97.3 The Game in Milwaukee is set to debut a new midday show featuring former Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn.

On Thursday, The Game announced Kuhn will partner with former Wisconsin Badgers basketball star Brian Butch beginning Monday, May 4. Titled, Nine 2 Noon with Kuhn. The station’s new midday show will fittingly air weekdays from 9am – noon.

“We are thrilled to have John Kuhn part of the team, and I can’t wait to see what John and Brian serve up together,” iHeartMedia Milwaukee’s Market President Colleen Valkoun said in a press release. 

News of Kuhn being courted by iHeart to join 97.3 The Game was first reported almost two months ago by Rich Kirchen of the Milwaukee Business Journal

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the iHeartMedia team and to continue learning and growing in this industry,” added Kuhn. “I look forward to bringing the same energy to the studio that I brought on the playing field during my days as a football player.”

Kuhn played nine seasons in Green Bay during his NFL career which spanned from 2006 – 2017. Last season, Kuhn worked as a sideline reporter during Packers broadcasts on Milwaukee’s WTMJ. The former fullback first joined WTMJ in 2014, co-hosting a show on select Tuesday nights during the NFL season while he remained an active player. 

Recently, The Game’s 9am – noon timeslot has been filled by popular Milwaukee sports radio host Chuck Freimund. Freimund was one of many employees laid off by Entercom nearly one month ago, following 11 years with 1250/105.7 The Fan. The same day he was let go by Entercom, Freimund landed with iHeart at The Game, and although he remains on staff, the longtime radio host doesn’t yet have a permanent time slot with the station.

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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.

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“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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