Bernie Miklasz, the longtime influential sports activities columnist for the Submit-Dispatch who moved full time to sports-talk radio 5 years in the past, has been taken off the air.
He was one in every of 20 workers in Hubbard Radio’s St. Louis operation to be dismissed Friday, it was introduced on WXOS’ “The Quick Lane” present. That group contains Dan Bettlach, a producer on the station. Based on allaccess.com, a commerce web site, Bud Ford and Jerry Broadway of WIL additionally had been amongst these dropped.
Along with WXOS (101.1 FM) and WIL (92.three FM), Hubbard’s different native stations are KSHE (94.7 FM), KPNT (105.7 FM) and WARH (106.5 FM). Hubbard officers couldn’t be reached for remark, however the strikes had been attributed on the air to the coronavirus disaster that has led to steep income declines for a lot of companies — together with media retailers.
“We’re as victimized as a lot as anyone by the pandemic,” Randy Karraker, co-host of “The Quick Lane,” stated Friday on that program. “. . . It is a product of the economic system being shut down.”
He additionally paid tribute to Miklasz.
“He legitimized 101” when he arrived, Karraker stated.
Karraker has perspective. He was on the air the primary day 101.1 broadcast within the sports-talk format, almost 11½ years in the past, and is the station’s solely remaining authentic sportscaster.
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