The Blues aren’t alone in their move from KMOX to WXOS for their radio broadcasts.
Sportscaster Alex Ferrario also is making the switch, and his departure opens a spot for longtime area broadcaster Joe Pott to join St. Louis’ most legendary station.
Ferrario, 28, is a Lindenwood University grad who had been at KMOX (1120 AM) since becoming a producer there six years ago. He eventually moved to an on-air position, hosting a hockey show as well as programming surrounding Blues and Cardinals broadcasts, plus making appearances on “Sports Open Line.”
It was a part-time job, one that required him to have other employment, and he has been serving as a “pest control technician” for a business his father owns. But he won’t have to be a termite inspector or bug sprayer anymore, as his new position is full time.
Ferrario figures to be busy at WXOS (101.1 FM). He is to be the primary host of Blues pregame and postgame shows, provide reports about the team on the station’s talk shows, have some social media duties and fill in when regular hosts are out.
“It’s super exciting,” said Ferrario, who went to Fox High School. “I can’t say enough how pumped up I am.”
And he is grateful for the chance he was given at KMOX.
“It was fantastic,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I am without the opportunity at KMOX. They put me on the air.”
But it was a juggling act, between bug control and bugging athletes for interviews. Now he can put the spray can aside.
“It was a huge goal of mine, finding a full-time job,” he said.
KMOX programming director Steve Moore is happy for Ferrario.
“I always want to see young people grow and develop, and there are times when they have to take the next step,” he said. “I’m super happy for Alex to get a full-time job — he’s passionate about the Blues. It will be a great thing for him.”
Filling the opening at KMOX created by his departure is Pott, and a part-time slot fits right into his schedule because he already has a full-time position.
Pott, 41, is the media liaison for Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s athletics department and also oversees its broadcasting arm. In addition, he has done the radio play-by play of Cougars men’s basketball and baseball teams since 2008 and broadcast some games on television when SIUE contests were on Fox Sports Midwest.
He also called games of the Gateway Grizzlies, the independent league baseball team based in Sauget, from 2001-2010.
“This is pretty exciting,” said Pott, a Parkway North High graduate. “Anybody who grew up in St. Louis in the '80s, listening to (Jack) Buck and (Mike) Shannon doing the Cardinals, to be part of that tradition” is special.
Pott will be working mostly on weekends, conducting Cardinals pregame and postgame programs, though he will appear occasionally during the week. The plan is to have him also host some “Sports Open Line” shows and provide sportscasts.
“I’ve known Joe for a long time. Joe is a pro and this situation appears to be a really good fit,” Moore said. “He is a passionate baseball guy, loves the Cardinals. I think he’ll do very well with this opportunity.
“I’m happy for Joe. He’s waited for this kind of opportunity. I think this will be good for him.”
Pott will be a busy man now, with his regular job during the week and a lot of KMOX duties on weekends and some weekdays. He is grateful to those at SIUE who are allowing him to moonlight.
“Thankfully they have worked with me on this,” he said.
And Pott got key input from someone else, too.
“I had to clear it with my wife, Emily,” Pott said, chuckling. “She said, ‘You’d be crazy to pass it up.’”
He knows this spot at KMOX could be the path to eventually landing a full-time sportscasting job, something that once was a goal. But he is taking a realistic approach.
“Who knows?” he said. “I’m happy at SIUE. But this is a great opportunity.”