Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ramsey, Duncan Return to Wxos Airwaves

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ramsey, Duncan Return to Wxos Airwaves

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The possible move of Kevin Slaten from traditional radio to an emerging form of broadcasting is part of a busy week in the local sports media. The rundown:

Bob Ramsey . He has been in the St. Louis sports-talk business since it began 1992 with no significant gaps and will continue to do so despite not having his contract renewed about a month ago at WXOS (101.1 FM). He had been working evenings with Brian Stull but lost his job in a cost-saving measure Stull now works alone. But Ramsey has been re-hired, to join Zach McCrite in the 9-11 a.m weekday slot. He replaces Rick Venturi, who retired late last year. Ramsey worked with McCrite in a fill-in role several times in recent weeks but now is set to join him full time on Feb. 11.

"With Bob, Zach sounded better and with Zach, Bob sounded better," 101.1 program director Kent Sterling said. "The chemistry is good." Ramsey also had negotiations with another local sports- talk station, KFNS (590 AM) for which he worked before moving to WXOS. He said his discussions with relatively new KFNS general manager Katy Pavelonis were serious. "It got pretty far along," Ramsey said. "I really respect her, she's got the energy and the foresight to get that place back on track. I wish her all the luck. I consider her a friend, and I never had met her before" these talks.

"It truly was an 11th-hour offer" from WXOS," he said. "I wasn't playing one side against the other by any means. If (101.1) had waited a couple more days to make their offer, maybe by Monday I'd have been over there at KFNS."

Chris Duncan . He has returned full time to his role as a co- host on 101.1's highly-rated 2-6 p.m. show after having been limited to some brief appearances since being diagnosed with brain cancer in late September. He had surgery in October. "He's getting back to his routine, and he's back with his strong opinions," Sterling said, adding that Duncan's contributions to the station and morale there aren't limited to what people hear on the air. "He's fun in the hallways, he's fun in the offices. He really livens things up." With Duncan now back and Ramsey set to return, Sterling is happy. …

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