Long-time reporter both at KTAR and throughout Arizona Jim Cross has been inducted into the Arizona Broadcaster's Association Hall of Fame. Jim Sharpe and Jayme West bring Cross in to celebrate. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hurricane Ian blew threw Florida and caused catastrophic damage. A couple KTAR employees have multiple family members who live in Florida and experienced the worst of it.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As the last few primaries make way for general elections to come, Republican voters in Arizona will find an entire slate of 2020 election deniers. Jim Sharpe, host of Arizona's Morning News on KTAR, joins Chuck with his insight on the Copper State's politics in 2022.
KTAR's Mike O'Neil joined Arizona's Morning News to discuss how the democrats respond in November after nearly all of the Trump backed candidates won their respective GOP primary. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
KTAR's Taylor Tasler joined Arizona's Morning News and reported on her recent trip to the elections department. She explains what happens to a ballot, where it goes and who sees it. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Legendary sports radio and NFL play-by-play icon, Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton joined for a wide conversation about his career, the San Diego sports media market, the San Diego Chargers and more. Hacksaw and the History of Sports Talk Radio Lee shared his Long Island roots and the start of his radio news/DJ career in his college days on a radio station in Appalachia. After a great run broadcasting pro hockey in Cleveland, he took his talents to the desert to announce Arizona State football and basketball. Hacksaw also hosted a sports talk show on KTAR in Phoenix shocking the locals with critical comments of ASU's football suspension, the Suns getting blown out in the first round of the 1981 NBA playoffs, and the ineptitude of Bowie Kuhn during the 1981 MLB strike. This was the start of the “Best 15 Minutes in Radio.” This was the start of “Putting Topics on the Table.” “React!” Lee was determined to grab his listeners by the throat and hold them for 4 hours of compelling sports talk radio. Hacksaw's reputation in Arizona led to a 1986 phone call from the Noble Broadcast Group in San Diego to be the San Diego Chargers play by play guy and start a sports talk show on the Mighty 690. At the time the station was broadcasting rock n roll and Wolfman Jack. Little did they know that things were going to radically change in the next few years. Lee was the only sports guy in the entire station, and he started with a blank slate. How in the hell was he going to pull this off? He started by creating a 9-hour NFL Sunday broadcast with a 2-hour Countdown to Kickoff pre-game show, the live game, and then a post-game show with caller participation. The Mighty 690 Sports Talk Radio Meanwhile, every afternoon drivetime Hacksaw hosted his talk radio show using many of his provocative techniques to drive listenership. Lee was a sensation bringing sports facts, stats, and opinions in the late 1980s. He was the internet before the internet was a thing. After a brief transition to sports and news talk, the station went 100% sports starting in 1989. The Mighty 690 was the 3rd radio station in America to go all sports, and the first on the west coast. 690 had a “blowtorch signal” that carried Lee's show from “Baja to the Canadian Rockies” As 690 went all sports, many new voices took the microphone to create a wide variety of opinions and styles on sports talk: Jim Rome came on board to start his Scrub Saturday show. He later got the night shift right after Hacksaw's show, working on developing his style, his smack, and his clones. Rome later went on to national fame, but did you know Hacksaw was first offered the national gig prior to Rome but he turned it down. Steve Hartman joins the station and with Lee's recommendation he was paired up with former Monday Night Football producer Chet Forte. Two loudmouth guys: one young, one old, one west coast, one east coast. It was perfect. Steve Mason and John Ireland took on the morning show and later saw their careers take them to new places. Scott Kaplan and Billy Ray Smith joined the station creating a strong show and a loyal listening audience of Great Friends. The Coach John Kentera joins the station sharing his wealth of knowledge of local high school sports, plus offering his commentary on the San Diego pro and collegiate sports teams. Hacksaw on the Chargers: I root for Herbert to Win, but Spanos to Lose As a long time voice of the San Diego Chargers play-by-play, and as an NFL junkie, Hacksaw was right at home broadcasting the Chargers every Sunday. We retrace some of the magical moments of the Chargers Super Bowl season including stories about Bobby Ross, Stan Humphries, Stan Brock, Tony Martin, Dennis Gibson, and the playoff run against the Dolphins in Steelers. We reminisce about the good vibes as both the team and the community both came together in a very special way. After the 1997 season The Mighty 690 lost its broadcast rights to the t...
KTAR Senior Reporter Jim Cross joins Arizona's Morning News to talk about the road traffic over the holiday weekend as well as possible flight delays. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
KTAR reporter Jim Cross joins Arizona's Morning News to discuss last night's four-way GOP debate between the Republicans running for governor and what Arizona voters can take from the event. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rosie On The House broadcasts from KTAR/Phoenix. Ryan Hatch discusses the history and plans to celebrate KTAR's 100th Anniversary. Weekly To Do on Orangeburg Pipe. What is it and if you have a home built from the 1950's thru early 1980's what to do if you have it. Plus homeowner questions on smoke detectors, roofing and more!
The Flagstaff Pipeline fire has now reached over 20,000 acres. Jim and Jayme are joined by KTAR reporters Jim Cross and Taylor Tasler to get live updates on the Haywire and Pipeline fires in Flagstaff. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.