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Sports Animal's Jim Traber named among top 100 in sports talk

Traber only Oklahoma host on Talkers magazine's first ranking of sports talk show hosts
by Mel Bracht Published: July 19, 2012

Sports Animal talk show host Jim Traber has been ranked No. 66 on Talkers magazine's first ranking of the top 100 sports talk show hosts. Traber, a former Oklahoma State quarterback and Baltimore Orioles first baseman, is the only Oklahoma radio host on the magazine's “Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk.” Doug Gottlieb of ESPN Radio did not make the list.

The top five: 1. Mike Francesca, WFAN, New York; 2. Jim Rome, Premiere Networks; 3. Dan Patrick, Fox Sports Radio; 4. Boomer Esiason and Craig Canton, WFAN, New York; 5. Mike Valenti and Terry Foster, WXYT-FM, Detroit.

Other notables: 6. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN Radio; 8. Tony Kornheiser, WTEM, Washington, D.C.; 19. Kevin Calabro, KIRO-AM, Seattle; 22. Colin Cowherd, ESPN Radio; 24. Tom Tolbert, KNBR, San Francisco; 27. Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson, KTCK, Dallas; 57. Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco, WEPN-FM, New York; 59. Randy Galloway, KESN, Dallas; 80. Norm Hitzges, KTCK, Dallas.

FSOK to cover Big 12 media days

Fox Sports Oklahoma will have live coverage of Big 12 Football Media Days early sessions from 10-11 a.m. Monday and Tuesday. Wendell Barnhouse and Lesley McCaslin will anchor the shows from the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas. FSOK also will televise 30-minute recap shows, hosted by hosted by Ric Renner, at 10:30 p.m. Monday and 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday's show will follow the season premiere of “Fox Sports Live: Cowboys Training Camp” at 10:30 p.m. Dallas Cowboys radio voice Brad Sham and Cowboys Insider Mickey Spagnola will provide 15-minute update shows that will air after Texas Rangers postgame shows.

Short takes

— WWLS-FM 98.1 had a strong spring Arbitron ratings book, ranking No. 1 in men ages 25 to 54. ESPN 640, which made its debut March 29, had only a minimal showing, but showed growth throughout the survey.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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