Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Radio Teams Embark on Field Trip

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Radio Teams Embark on Field Trip

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Much of Jacksonville's sports talk on radio will be focused on Super Bowl XLI in Miami next week.

At least four of this area's radio sports shows will be situated along radio row, which will be housed at the Miami Beach Convention Center. When Jacksonville hosted Super Bowl XXXIX two years ago, more than 300 radio stations assembled at the Prime Osborn Center for much of the week.

WFXJ (930 AM) will have its morning show, Lamm at Large (co-hosts David Lamm and Joe Cowart) beginning Tuesday while the afternoon show, The Pete Prisco Show with CBS senior writer Pete Prisco, will originate from there all week.

The afternoon show on WZNZ (1460 AM), The Rumble (co-hosts Mike Dempsey and former Jaguars linebacker Tom McManus), will operate from the convention center all five days this week. In addition, Rick Ballou's afternoon show (noon to 3 p.m.) with Arley Johnson) will broadcast from Miami beginning either Wednesday or Thursday.

"We've already got several guests locked in, including Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Zach Thomas, Gil Brandt and some others," Dempsey said. "It's tough to say who else because you don't know who's going to be available which day. We'll tape a lot of interviews in the mornings and play them on the show in the afternoon in addition to the live interviews we get during the show."

Dempsey will also provide updated reports on The Frank Frangie Show with Tony Boselli each morning (7-10 a.m.) and to a lesser amount on Sports Final Radio (with co-hosts Dan Hicken and Jeff Prosser) which airs from 10 a.m. to noon each day. That show currently tops the ratings in Jacksonville, according to the latest figures released by Arbitron.

Live local television coverage of Super Bowl happenings will be provided by WJXT TV-4 sports director Sam Kouvaris, who will be in Miami much of the week as part of his duties as the Jaguars' media representative on the Hall of Fame committee. In addition, WTEV TV-47/WAWS TV-30 weekend anchor Lee Gordon will file reports from Miami over the weekend and will help co-host (along with sports director Dennis Evans) an hour-long Super Bowl special on at 11 a. …

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