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Rome fans should be happy

September 24, 2007
Some news and notes from the airwaves while trying to figure out why people don’t realize that DirecTV is the only place to go if you’re a football fan:

Rome fans can rejoice

Jim Rome’s third hour has returned to the local airwaves at ESPN Radio 1430, which is good if you’re a fan of his, but not if you’re me.

With the departure of Dan Patrick from ESPN’s 1-4 time slot, the suits in Bristol finally picked Mike Tirico and Stephen A. Smith to replace Patrick last week. Tirico now goes from 1-3 and Smith gets the final hour. Of course, I can’t tell you how Tirico will do because we will not get a chance to hear him.

What will we hear? We’ll get to listen to another hour of Rome’s fan base calling in and doing second-rate stand-up that is supposed to be sports talk radio. Gosh, I was hoping for more insult radio, and that is what I have received.

Tirico is probably going to be insightful and entertaining, like he is when he does the NFL and college football on ESPN TV. Though Smith isn’t one of my favorites, his strong opinions are entertaining.

For the life of me, I wish I could understand why insult sports talk radio is such a big hit with Rome fans in this area.

Luck of the Irish

If you are a fan of Notre Dame football, you can still hear the Irish on the radio in our area.

The EDGE 1400 out of Cambria County is carrying the Irish games with Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett handling play-by-play and color duties respectively every Saturday afternoon.

During the day time, this is a signal that you can pick up with your radio, but if the game goes past 5 p.m., you will lose the signal.

However, based on how the Irish are playing, you may want to find a nice, quiet FM station.

Speaking of The EDGE, they are also carrying two NFL games every Sunday afternoon, courtesy of Westwood One Radio.

BTN hit-and-miss

Even though it’s been great watching more college football on Saturdays courtesy of the Big Ten, it has yet to find its niche during the week.

This past Thursday, while scanning the channel for something to watch, it had students from Northwestern University on rehearsing a musical number at a school auditorium.

Attention Jim Delany, unless those singers were members of the football team and the women’s basketball team, it shouldn’t be on schedule.

Its preview shows on Friday night and Saturday morning are very good, and its pregame, postgame and halftime shows are also solid, thanks to host Dave Revsine, formerly of ESPN.

Fix the Monday-Thursday programming and we’ll really have something special.

Scott Franco can be reached at 949-7032 or

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