Tyler Media has announced the lineup for its news sports station, 107.7 The Franchise, which plans to launch at 2 p.m. Monday. It includes three former Sports Animal radio network personalities, Mike Steely, Lump (Jay Lynch) and Sam Mayes.
5:30-9 a.m.: “The Show” with Steely, Lump and John Rohde. Rohde, who worked as a sports reporter and columnist for The Oklahoman for 26 years, joins two former Morning Animal personalities.
9-11 a.m.: “The Mid-Day Mayes” with Sam Mayes, a former OSU offensive lineman.
11 a.m.-3 p.m.: “The G-Men” with Kelly Gregg and Erik Gee. Gregg is a former OU and NFL defensive lineman. Gee, an OU and Norman High School graduate, has 16 years of sports broadcasting experience, the past 12 years in Albuquerque, N.M.
3-7 p.m.: “Casillas & Company” with Tony Casillas and David Garrett. Casillas is a former OU and NFL defensive lineman. Garrett, a former radio voice of the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints, is the current UCO play-by-play announcer.
The Franchise will be the flagship station for OU sports, including airing Bob Stoops' press conference at 12:05 p.m. Mondays and the coaches shows. Other programming includes NFL games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. The night time talent lineup will vary.
“From top to bottom, we have one of the most premier groups of people for a launch,” said Ty Tyler, Tyler Media president. “It's amazing how it all came together.”
Tyler said he expected his 100,000-watt station, which he said would have the most powerful sports signal in central Oklahoma, would compete with the Sports Animal radio network. “We think there is room for another major sports station in town,” he said.
The Franchise was picked as the name because it represents the station's attitude, Tyler said. “We think it's a hip, fun name. We're The Franchise. You're the biggest, the baddest, the best.”
The current format of Classic Rock on 107.7 FM will move to a new frequency and be 104.5 Classic Rock KRXO, which will cover all of Oklahoma City, Tyler said. The lineup of Bob and Tom, Cara Rice, Buddy Wiley, Kelso, Unkle Dave and Rick Caldwell is making the transition to 104.5 FM.
— “Mission October,” which will debut at 6:30 p.m. Monday on Fox Sports 1, will give baseball fans a behind-the-scenes look at a team fighting to reach the playoffs and then win the World Series. The first episode of the seven-episode series, produced by MLB Productions, will look at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Six-time Pro Bowl running back Jerome Bettis has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. He will appear on “NFL Live” and “SportsCenter,” beginning Sept. 1.