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A Guide to Morning Sports Talk Radio
The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan, and The Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN 980-AM help fill the void for those who can’t get enough sports talk.
For those who can’t get enough sports talk at home or office, two popular morning-radio shows help fill the void: The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan, and The Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN 980-AM. Both are on-air boys’ clubs where the guys can opine, whine, and crack jokes about sports, pop culture, life, and each other. The Junks, as they’re known, started in broadcasting with a cable-access show in Bowie. Tony Kornheiser, a former sports columnist for the Washington Post, once was a commentator on Monday Night Football and appears on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption with good friend Michael Wilbon. Here’s a guide.
|The Sports Junkies||The Tony Kornheiser Show|
|YEARS ON THE AIR||15||19|
|WHO THEY ARE||J.P. Flaim, Jason Bishop, John Auville, and Eric Bickel
Photograph courtesy of CBS Radio.
|Kornheiser and an assortment of sidekicks
Photograph by Richard Greenhouse/ESPN.
|ORIGINALLY FROM||Prince George’s County||Long Island|
|HOURS ON AIR||5 to 10 am||10 to noon|
|OPENING LINE||“What’s up, everybody?”||“All righty then …”|
|WHO’S THE BOSS?||CBS Radio||Dan Snyder|
|ON-AIR JARGON||“Bro”; “donk” as a verb and noun||“Old guy”; computers are “Google machines”|
|ON-AIR MUSIC||Metal and rock||Oldies from the ’60s and ’70s|
|ON-AIR OBSESSIONS||Girls, sex, cocktails||Traffic, parking garages, modern technology|
|PREFERRED SPORTS||Football||Basketball and baseball|
|SPORTS HEROES||Michael Jordan, Eddie Murray||Willie Mays|
|WOMEN REGULARS||None||Torie Clarke, Jeanne McManus, Liz Clarke|
|COOL BUDDIES||Chris Cooley, former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich||James Carville, Arch Campbell, Michael Wilbon|
|CLOSING LINE||“We’re outta here.”||“If you’re out on your bike tonight, wear white.”|