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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

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Murphy and sports talk

Back in the saddle: It didn't take local sports anchor Dan Murhpy long to get back on the air after being dumped by WTEN back in August. As reported late yesterday:
Murphy will return to the airwaves next month with a daily afternoon sports talk show on WOFX (980 AM). Murphy will host a 3 to 5 p.m. show on the Clear Channel sports station starting Monday, Nov. 7. The show will be called ``Murphy's Law'' -- the same title the sportscaster's nightly commentary segments were on WTEN. Murphy will also do regular sports commentary segments on ``Don Weeks & The 810 WGY Morning News'' on sister station WGY (810 AM).
That's welcome news. I always liked Murphy on WTEN. I don't have a clear recollection of him when he was doing radio on WPTR, but I'm definitely eager to see what he can do with 2 hours a day of local sports talk.

Murphy's move will adds to the already nice set of options for sports talk radio listeners in the SmAlbany area. AM 980 now has Wyland, Jim Rome (syndicated), and Murphy going straight from 10am to 5pm, while WROW has Mike and the Mad Dog (syndicated) from 2pm to 6:30. And although I usually only listen to it for yankee games, WTMM 1300 has round the clock sports that features the Dan Patrick Show in the afternoon, Mike and Mike in the morning, and The Herd midday. All together, that's a local radio menu with a lot of variety and talent.

And gosh, it sure beats the old days. Seems like just yesterday I was trying to pull in WFAN 660 from New York in order to get any decent sportstalk during the afternoon drive.

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At 11:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

If your going to about sports radio on WOFX and WROW, you ought to at least mention WTMM, which is the only 24 hour sports talk station in the area. Plus, it's an ESPN affiliate and blows the doors off OFX which is pretty amatuerish most of the time. Mike and the Mad Dog is pretty good but ROW has chosen to skip the first (best) hour of the show for some unknown reason.    

At 10:09 AM , Blogger Matt said:

You're right, I forgot 1300. I will update the post. I only listen to it for the yankee games. I'm a pretty local fan, so the national shows don't interest me as much as the local ones.

Do you really think the "Mike and the Mad Dog" show is just "pretty good"? I think it's a bit better than that - especially since it is largely focused on new york sports.    

At 3:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

It's not Mike and the Mad Dog on WROW.

It's Lard Butt and Rabid Mutt...

Besides, who listens to WTMM? Who can listen to WTMM? I've seen two kids, each holding a can connected by a string, crank out a better radio signal than WTMM.    

At 9:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Whenever men complain about women talking too much, I just think about these sports talk shows and pre/post-game shows.    

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