Citadel pulls plug on Jox 930It turns out Oklahoma wasn’t big enough for two sports stations — at least owned by Citadel Broadcasting. Citadel pulled the plug on Jox 930 on Monday and is temporarily airing ESPN Radio. Citadel plans to launch another undisclosed format on AM 930, Citadel spokesman Chris Baker said. Baker said Citadel launched Jox 930 in June 2007 with the idea of making it the home for Oklahoma City’s "sure bet” NBA team. In the end, he said WWLS, the Sports Animal, made more sense as the home for the Thunder. Baker said the death of Jack Mildren, who had teamed with Ron Thulin on the afternoon show, and the Sports Animal’s power upgrade also contributed to Jox 930’s demise. Ratings were disappointing as Jox 930 failed to show up in the summer Arbitron ratings for listeners 12 and older. Thulin, who covers college football for Versus and ACC basketball for Fox, was disappointed by Citadel’s decision. He noted his 3 to 6 p.m. afternoon show was averaging 20 to 30 calls and 10 to 15 e-mails a day and his national approach provided an alternative to the Sports Animal.
Short takes→Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla will broadcast the All-College Classic on Saturday, with Rhode Island vs. Oklahoma State at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN Classic and Virginia Commonwealth vs. Oklahoma at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. →The NFL Network’s broadcast of the Baltimore-Dallas game at 7 p.m. Saturday — the final regular-season game at Texas Stadium — will include interviews with former Cowboy players and a look back at memorable moments from the stadium. →ESPN and ABC will combine to present an NBA Christmas Day tripleheader. Orlando hosts New Orleans at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by San Antonio at Phoenix at 1:30 p.m. and, in a rematch of the NBA Finals, Boston at L.A. Lakers at 4 p.m. on ABC.