Tyler Media's new sports station might benefit Jim Traber

Traber's contract with the Sports Animal expires in October
by Mel Bracht Published: July 12, 2013
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Sports Animal personality Jim Traber might benefit from the addition of Tyler Media's new sports talk station at FM 107.7 if it makes a bid for his services. Traber, who has been with the Sports Animal radio network for 14 years, said his contract expires at the end of October and he wasn't necessarily looking to make a move. “I'm happy with where I'm at,” he said this week. “I don't know if they still want me or not.”

Last year, Traber, a former Oklahoma State quarterback and Baltimore Orioles first baseman, was ranked No. 66 on Talkers magazine's first ranking of the top 100 sports talk show hosts.

Mike Steely, a Sports Animal morning personality, is expected to join the new Tyler Media station. Steely, who hasn't appeared on the Sports Animal in more than two weeks, said he had no comment when asked if he was leaving the station.

Ty Tyler, president of Tyler Media, said the sports station is pursuing local talent for time slots from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. He said the 100,000-watt station, which will be the flagship station for OU sports, will have the strongest signal of any sports station in the market. Classic Rock KRXO, which had been on 107.7, will move to a 250-watt translator on FM 104.5, a new frequency granted by the FCC.

DAVIS FAVORED TO WIN HOME RUN DERBY

ESPN baseball analysts John Kruk and Nomar Garciaparra rank Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis as the favorite to win the Home Run Derby at 7 p.m. Monday on ESPN. The pair will be join host Chris Berman and reporters Buster Olney and Pedro Gomez on ESPN's coverage team.

“He can hit to all fields, which sometimes doesn't factor into the Home Run Derby,” Kruk said. “The fact that, when you watch his home runs, he doesn't swing hard, so as the later rounds come on, if he keeps advancing, to me he's going to be fresher than anyone else in this thing. I think to me he's the leader in the clubhouse right now to win it, even though Prince (Fielder) won last year.

Garciaparra said Fielder's experience will be a big plus.


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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