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Ex-LA Times Columnist Now Sports-Talk Radio Host on ‘Mightier 1090’

Times of San Diego, October 19

by Rick Griffin

Arash Markazi, former sports columnist with the Los Angeles Times, is now hosting “The Arash Markazi Show,” a one-hour, weekday sports talk show from noon to 1 p.m. on XEPRS 1090-AM, The Mightier 1090.

 

According to an LA Times article, Markazi was placed on paid leave before he resigned in August of this year following an investigation into allegations of plagiarism and ethical impropriety.

The Times article, published Sept. 21, said, “Markazi’s departure was the latest in a series of scandals that has engulfed the newsroom and led to an extraordinary reshuffling atop The Times. Since early last year, six prominent editors have been either pushed out, demoted or had responsibilities reduced because of ethical lapses, bullying behavior or other failures of management.”

Before joining the Times in 2019, Markazi was a senior writer at ESPN for nine years. He grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from USC in 2004, after which he worked as a staff writer for Sports Illustrated for five years.

“Every story has two sides and that is definitely the case with this as well,” said Bill Hagen, station operator, who launched the San Diego-based station in August. The sports-talk station had been off the air since April 2019.

“I had no issues whatsoever of bringing Arash on board at The Mightier 1090. His knowledge of all things sports in SoCal and experience with all types of media channels was a big plus for us. Adding Arash’s show was another important piece of getting our iconic 1090 back to its rightful position as the No. 1 radio station in Southern California.

“Each and every day we continue to build this iconic radio station back into something that everyone will love. Adding another local show with Arash was a huge step in the right direction.”

Markazi told Times of San Diego his brief tenure at the LA Times is “behind me now.”

“It wasn’t a good fit and I sensed from the beginning that I wasn’t wanted,” he said. “I made some mistakes but much of what was put out there about me by my former colleagues simply isn’t true. But, that’s behind me now. I left a great job at ESPN to work at my local newspaper because I still love and believe in print journalism.” Markazi’s role as talk-show host is not new to him. He said he has filled-in as a guest host and been interviewed many times on Los Angeles radio stations ESPN 710-AM and KLAC 570-AM over the past decade.

 

“I don’t see it so much as a pivot but as an extension and growth of my career,” said Marakazi. “I’ve been involved in sports talk radio in some way shape or form for about 25 years. It has always been my dream to host my own sports radio talk show and I’m thankful that dream has become a reality. I look forward to connecting with fans.”

According to a station statement, Markazi began dreaming of hosting a radio sports talk show as a youngster in elementary school and later at Norte Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.

“When I was in grade school, I would listen to the old Mighty 690 every day and type out faxes to my favorite sports talk radio hosts at the station since I was too young to call in,” Markazi said. “When we were asked to draw our future jobs in school, I drew a picture of me hosting a sports talk show on the old 690. I even created a logo for my radio show in school, but I was too nervous to actually pursue it. So, it remained nothing more than a childhood dream. Well, 26 years later that dream has become a reality.”

 

Markazi’s interviews on The Mighty 1090 can be heard at his website, TheMorningColumn.com. Recent discussion topics have included Dodgers playoff games, the Clippers hiring Ty Lue as head coach, the Lakers NBA championship and how the Los Angeles Chargers find new ways to lose after blowing a 17-point second quarter lead for two consecutive weeks. The blog post headline read, “Are the Chargers cursed or jinxed?”

 

Current weekday programming on The Mightier 1090 includes: “The Morning After,” a nationally syndicated talk show with hosts Ariel Epstein and Jared Smith, 6 to 9 a.m.; Rich Eisner, a nationally syndicated talk-show host, 9 a.m. to noon; Scott Ferrall with two shows per day, including “Ferrall Coast to Coast,” 1 to 3 p.m. and “Ferrall On The Bench,” 7 to 9 p.m.; Scott Kaplan, 3 to 7 p.m.; Bill Schmid, 9 p.m. to midnight.

The All-New Mightier 1090am Announces

New Local Show

Southern California, October 6

Southern California’s sports leader, The Mightier 1090, recently returned to the airwaves last August and today announced that they are launching another new local show, The Arash Markazi Show from 12pm-1pm, Monday-Friday. The show will start on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

 

Arash Markazi spent the previous 16 years as a sports columnist with the Los Angeles Times and a senior writer at ESPN and Sports Illustrated. He has covered every major sports event from the Super Bowl and the World Series to Wimbledon and the Tour de France.

 

A Southern California native, Markazi dreamed of hosting a sports talk radio show when he was in grade school, later at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

 

"When I was in grade school, I would listen to the old Mighty 690 every day and type out faxes to my favorite sports talk radio hosts at the station since I was too young to call in,” said Markazi. “When we were asked to draw our future jobs in school, I drew a picture of me hosting a sports talk show on the old 690. I even created a logo for my radio show in school but I was too nervous to actually pursue it so it remained nothing more than a childhood dream. Well, 26 years later that dream has become a reality. I can't begin to say how excited I am for the debut of The Arash Markazi Show on The Mightier 1090."

 

After graduating from USC, Markazi was hired by Sports Illustrated and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on Campus. He soon began writing a weekly column for Sports Illustrated's website and his intimate and quirky portraits of athletes promoted the Los Angeles Times to name him one of the Faces to Watch in 2006. After five years at Sports Illustrated, Markazi joined ESPN in 2009 before becoming a sports columnist at the Los Angeles Times in 2019. His first assignment was to cover the Los Angeles Rams playing in Super Bowl LIII.

 

Located at 1090 AM on the radio dial, The Mightier 1090 features an all-star lineup that includes long-time San Diego prime-time sports-radio staple, Scott Kaplan. The Mightier 1090 is the Flagship radio station for The Rich Eisen Show and Sportsgrid Radio’s Scott Ferrall Shows.

 

“We are really excited that Arash is joining the team,” said The Mightier 1090’s Bill Hagen. “Each and every day we continue to build this iconic radio station back into something that everyone will love. Adding another local show with Arash was a huge step in the right direction.”

About The Mightier 1090am – The Mightier 1090 has one of the largest signals in North America with the ability toreach more than 24 million California residents from Baja to San Diego and up to Orange County, Los Angeles andthe Central Coast. The 1090 AM broadcast signal has been active for nearly 80 years.

The Mightier 1090am Announces Local Show in Recently Released Lineup

Southern California, August 20 

The Mightier 1090am (XEPRS) has announced that “The Dave Smith Show” will debut on Saturday, August 22, 2020. He will host two shows each week; Saturday 6pm-10pm and Sunday 6pm-10pm. Smith has over 25 years broadcast experience in Southern California and had the #1 rated Afternoon Drive-Time Sports Talk Show in Los Angeles. He is a 5-Time winner of the L.A. Daily News "L.A.'s Best Sports-Talk Show Host” and has been a Pre/Post Game Host for the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, Chargers, USC football, USC basketball, UCLA football and UCLA basketball. Dave Smith is known for a fast paced, topical show with strong opinions and humor which once led to Shaq picking him up in the locker room and holding him over his head!


"When I first heard The Mightier 1090 was returning to the airwaves, I couldn't have been more excited because, as a 25-year listener, I missed the best sports-talk station in Southern California. And when I learned I was going to be a part of the new line-up, it was a highlight of my career; my first job in radio was on The Mighty 690 in San Diego and 25 years later I'm coming back home, “ committed Dave Smith. “Dave is a great addition to The Mightier 1090 All Star Lineup. We are thrilled that we are adding another 8 hours of local content each week as well. Our lineup is an ongoing “work in progress” and signing Dave to 1090 was a major milestone for us,” said The Mightier 1090’s Bill Hagen.


The Mightier 1090am has crafted a unique combination of a lifestyle and sports format with several notable all-stars of broadcasting.

About The Mightier 1090 The Mightier 1090 has one of the largest signals in North America with almost 80 years of broadcasting history. The signal covers a population of over 24,000,000 people up from the Baja to San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and all into the Central Coast.

The All New and Mightier 1090am Running “History of 1090” Audio Loop and Announces “On-Air” Launch Date

Southern California, August 13 

The Mightier 1090am (XEPRS) has begun playing a loop over the air that takes listeners on an “audio journey” of the history of this iconic radio station in anticipation of their official launch date.


“Several months of work from a countless number of people have lead us to this week. We are giving The Mightier 1090am back to the millions of listeners of Southern California that have missed it since it went off the air almost 18 months ago.  Launching a radio station from scratch, during a pandemic with no ‘live’ sports has been daunting, to say the least, but we made it! I am very proud of the product we are putting on the air,” said The Mightier 1090’s Bill Hagen.


The Mightier 1090am has crafted a unique combination of a lifestyle and sports format with notable all-stars of broadcasting; Rich Eisen, Scott Kaplan, Scott Ferrall and Tony Bruno lead the primetime lineup weekdays.

The All New and Mightier 1090am goes “LIVE” @ 9:00 am PT - Monday, August 17, 2020.

About The Mightier 1090 About The Mightier 1090am – The Mightier 1090 has one of the largest signals in North America with almost 80 years of broadcasting history. The signal covers a population of over 24,000,000 people up from the Baja to San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and all into the Central Coast.

“The Rich Eisen Show” Launches on Southern
California’s “The Mightier 1090 AM” as Flagship Station

Southern California, August 6

 The Mightier 1090am (XEPRS) has announced that “The Rich Eisen Show” will be added to their ever-growing primetime lineup in anticipation of getting back on the air in August of 2020. The Rich Eisen Show will air Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 12:00pm and allows Eisen to use his engaging blend of insightful expertise with an offbeat mix of humor and pop
culture while continuing to attract the most recognizable names in sports and entertainment.


“1090 is an iconic and historic station where the entire team understands the type of show we are putting out on a daily basis. I am thrilled to be moving forward with them and being part of the re-launch of ‘The Mightier 1090am’ as they are an absolutely perfect fit,” commented Rich Eisen.


The Mightier 1090’s Bill Hagen added, “This exciting move is one of the final pieces of bringing The Mightier 1090 back on-the-air. Rich and his show will be a major focal point of the station. We have created a great blend of lifestyle and sports content for this re-launch. We look forward to getting back on the air very soon.”

About The Mightier 1090 The Mightier 1090 has one of the largest signals in North
America with almost 80 years of broadcasting history. The signal covers a population of over
24,000,000 people up from the Baja to San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and all into
the Central Coast. Visit TheMightier1090.com for more information.

About Rich Eisen Rich Eisen was the first on-air talent added to NFL Network’s roster in June 2003, five months before the network’s launch in November 2003. Eisen is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and earned a Master of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1994. Eisen resides in Los Angeles with his wife and long-time ABC, FOX and TNT sports broadcaster Suzy Shuster. Together, they have three children and two rescue dogs.

Notre Dame Football To Air On Southern California’s “The Mightier 1090AM”

Southern California, July 31 

Notre Dame Football is returning to the Southern California airwaves on
The Mightier 1090AM (XEPRS) via Skyview Networks. The Mightier 1090AM will be the exclusive radio home in Southern California for a full season of these highly anticipated games in 2020.


“We are steps away from getting this iconic station back on the air and inking a partnership with Notre
Dame Football and Skyview Networks was another ‘no-brainer’ for us in this goal. Skyview Networks is the home of play-by-play content and they were quick to provide what we were looking for as we
architect the programming for our station. We landed a game package that features the absolute best
matchups that will engage our listeners,” said The Mightier 1090’s Bill Hagen.


“The incredible reputation that has been built around the Fighting Irish is well-known across the nation, and we are confident in the opportunities and benefits our broadcast solutions will bring to the
university. We are eager to help continue expanding the network with quality heritage stations, like the Mightier 1090AM,” added Matt Stys, Vice President of Business Development.

About The Mightier 1090 The Mightier 1090 has one of the largest signals in North America with almost 80 years of broadcasting history. The signal covers a population of over 24,000,000 people up from the Baja to San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and all into the Central Coast. It is planning to be back “on-air” Summer of 2020.

Scott Ferrall is BACK with SoCal’s
Mightier 1090 AM

New York, New York – July 16, 2020

Well known sports radio personality Scott Ferrall returns to San Diego’s Mightier 1090 AM weekday lineup hosting “Ferrall Coast to Coast” airing live from 1-3 PM. Backing that up with some in game action, Ferrall returns to the microphone hosting his well-known show “Ferrall On the Bench” live from 7-9 PM.
“Returning to XPERS is an amazing opportunity for me to reconnect with my loyal Sothern California fans, many of which have become friends through the years. Sun, fun and sports are my passion and I jumped at the opportunity to work with the Southern California flagship station to create a dynamic experience for our fans. I’m honored to bring back my gnarly, irritating, annoying, old leather voice at 1090 AM for many years to come. Shake it up!!” said Scott Ferrall.
The Mightier 1090’s Bill Hagen said “We couldn’t be happier to bring back Scott Ferrall to the Southern California’s radio airways and are very excited that 1090 will be his West Coast Flagship station. We are getting closer and closer to getting this iconic station back on the air this summer. The addition of Ferrall was another important step for us. Year after year, Scott delivers his programs with an unrivaled level of energy and is profoundly hilarious. Welcome back Scott!!”


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SportsGrid Radio is a syndicated audio network providing extensive sports daily fantasy and gaming coverage of all the major sports leagues and special events. SportsGrid statistics and data is sourced from Sportradar, providing listeners with insightful player and team news, data, odds, statistics, and betting intelligence across the programming on the schedule. SportsGrid is the multimedia destination serving the massive sports wagering audience with the unrivaled best of breed talent, programming, data, and analysis. The Mightier 1090 AM radio station utilizes SportsGrid’s advanced cloud- based automation and live production technology platform.


About The Mightier 1090 Radio Station


The Mightier 1090 has one of the largest signals in North America with almost 80 years of broadcasting history. The signal covers a population of over 24,000,000 people up from the Baja to San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and all into the Central Coast. The station is planning to be back “on-air” Summer of 2020.

SportsGrid Radio Technology Platform Powers San Diego’s Mightier 1090 AM

New York, New York – July 2, 2020

SportsGrid Radio Network announced today an agreement to power the relaunch of San Diego’s Mightier XEPRS 1090 AM radio station using their advanced cloud- based automation and live production tools. The SportsGrid technology platform integrates a suite of automated live production tools and monitoring software utilizing a cloud-based virtual infrastructure. SportsGrid’s Radio production services will stream the Mightier 1090 audio feed through a low-latency IP connection from the cloud to the station’s transmitter, broadcasting the powerful signal to hundreds of thousands of listeners in Southern California.


“I’ve listened to the people, and the dream of bringing The Mighty 1090 AM back to Southern California has now become a reality,” said XEPRS station operator Bill Hagen. “The legendary tradition is back in a Mightier fashion, allowing for carefully thought out desired programming to once again serve the Southern California region,” Hagen proclaimed.


“The SportsGrid Radio team is thrilled to be an integral part of the relaunch of this iconic Southern California 50,000 watt clear-channel station,” said SportsGrid Principal Staff Officer & VP Radio, Michael Cardano. “The insightful technological outlook and leadership of Bill Hagen, combined with the familiar voice and local market understanding of Scott Kaplan, will undoubtedly allow San Diego’s renowned 1090am to regain its prominent position in the So-Cal marketplace,” Cardano added.


About SportsGrid Radio Network


SportsGrid Radio is a syndicated audio network producing exclusive original programming with extensive sports daily fantasy and gaming coverage of major sports leagues and special events. SportsGrid statistics and data is sourced from Sportradar, providing listeners with insightful player and team news, data, odds, statistics, and betting intelligence across the programming on the schedule. SportsGrid is the multimedia destination serving the massive sports wagering audience with the unrivaled best of breed talent, programming, data, and expert analysis.


About XEPRS The Mightier 1090 AM


About The Mightier 1090 AM – The Mightier 1090 has one of the most powerful radio station signals in North America with almost 80 years of radio broadcasting history. The 1090 AM station’s signal covers a population of over 24,000,000 people up from the Baja to San Diego to Orange County to Los Angeles and all into the Central Coast. The 1090 AM station is planning to be back “on-air” this summer.

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