I think that also might explain why KOZN was nominated for the national Marconi Award for "Sports Station of the Year" alongside stations in New York City, Miami, Detroit, and (believe it or not) Bemidji. They certainly do a heck of a job with 7 hours of local sports talk each weekday, plus numerous specials throughout the year. It's easy to take issue with what they might be saying...but at least they are trying, unlike their competition.
I was reminded of this when I saw a tweet from former Omaha sports talk host Matt Perrault, who headed to Des Moines after his Omaha show was cancelled. Seems he's trying to trying his best to spin things for him:
Yeah... right... I guess the Northern Iowa upset over Kansas was interesting in March...but it's now July. A guy from Northern Iowa and the Vikings backup quarterback does not make for scintillating radio. But hey, it sounds like he's found his niche. Good for him that he's found a place in a smaller market where he can succeed.
Today's show. Prime example of why DMS > Omaha to work sports talk. Guests: Ali Farokmanesh (ESPYs) - Sage Rosenfels (camp) on July 16th.
In hindsight, I do think I may have been a little too harsh on his show's poor ratings. I recently learned that last summer, KXSP-AM's ratings fell to 0 after Perrault was let go. Even last fall, the station's ratings were half of what they were the year prior with Perrault's show on the air. It sure makes me wonder what the point of keeping "Big Sports 590" on the air when it seems virtually nobody is listening to it.
KFAB recently received an extension to be Omaha's affiliate for Husker sports through 2014. Not that it was any surprise. Certainly KXSP could clear up as much airtime as they could to carry anything and everything Husker related, but the tradition of the Huskers on KFAB counts for something. And frankly, as long as they keep Steve Pederson apologist Jim Rose relegated to the morning show and off the broadcasts, it's fine. And he makes just as much sense as a political commentator now as he did in his days mangling Husker play-by-play calls.