Longtime sports radio host and columnist Randy Kennedy will return to local airwaves Feb. 17 after roughly six months off the air, launching “The Randy Kennedy Show” with iHeartMedia.
Kennedy’s new show will be the centerpiece of the relaunch of iHeart’s all-sports station, Sports Talk 99.5. The station is currently known as The Jag. Kennedy will be joined by co-host Creg Stephenson, and the show will run 7-10 a.m., Monday through Friday.
Kennedy and Stephenson were a successful on-air duo for WNSP-FM, where they hosted “The Sports Drive.” The two have excellent on-air chemistry, Kennedy said, and he is excited to continue working together.
“I could not be more thrilled to be back on the radio in Mobile every day,” Kennedy said. “I’m even more excited to be able to do the show with Creg. The outpouring of support for our show over the last six months has been humbling and inspiring.”
In addition to his duties behind the mic, Kennedy also wears the programming director’s hat for what will be Sports Talk 99.5. The full Sports Talk 99.5 lineup is scheduled to hit the airwaves March 2, Kennedy said. He added the station will continue to be the home for the University of South Alabama Jaguars, broadcasting sporting events such as football and basketball, and said the station’s daily lineup will include “some highly respected and well-known talent.”
“I think listeners will be excited when they hear the complete lineup. Our goal is to be the best local sports station in the country,” Kennedy said. “That means we will concentrate on what we know best — high schools, South Alabama, Auburn, Alabama and other local sports. It’s time to get started.”
Kennedy is also a weekly columnist for Lagniappe and will continue writing “Behind the Mic” for the newspaper.
“60 Minutes” man
Mobile was abuzz when CNN anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper made an appearance in town for a segment he’s doing for the CBS newsmagazine on the discovery of the Clotilda.
Cooper was spotted throughout town and appears to have been gracious enough to take perhaps hundreds of photos with locals, and he also apparently got to see Mardi Gras here in its birthplace. But it was a working trip, and Cooper made an appearance in Africatown Saturday at the Spirit of our Ancestors Festival, where he interviewed Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson about the finding of the slave ship.
There was no immediate word on when the Clotilda piece might air on “60 Minutes,” but the discovery of the last American slave ship has launched a media frenzy. Currently, there are at least two books underway, possibly three documentaries and countless news stories.
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