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Sportscaster Kilcoyne leaves KFNS radio

Sportscaster Kilcoyne leaves KFNS radio


Martin Kilcoyne’s latest radio stint is over.

Kilcoyone, the sports director at KTVI (Channel 2), also has been moonlighting as a sports talk-show host alongside KSDK (Channel 5) sports director Frank Cusumano at 590 AM after previously working with fellow KTVI sportscaster Charlie Marlow.

Kilcoyne’s radio contract expired on Dec. 31, and he was off the air the following week and a half while he was on vacation in Hawaii. He returned this week, and now says his time at the station is over.

“We talked about me staying on but couldn’t come to an agreement,” he said. “It was a great three years and I truly enjoyed working with Charlie Marlow, Frank Cusumano and so many talented people. I feel good about the shows that I was a part of and I hope the listeners feel the same way.”

Cusumano will miss his colleague, but is hopeful the parting is not permanent.

“Not only is he one of my favorite people I have worked with, but he has become a good friend,” Cusumano said. “We have a good owner (Randy Markel), and I’ll be optimistic something can be worked out.”

Markel could not be reached to address the matter.

Cusumano has worked solo for the majority of his quarter century on St. Louis sports radio, and is doing that for the time being.

Kilcoyne was on from 10 a.m.-noon weekdays in his third go-round at KFNS, this time after a five-year run doing general-interest talk at KTRS (550 AM). He said his other endeavors, including working on podcasts with Cardinals television announcer Dan McLaughlin, played a role in his decision.

“I have a lot more on my plate these days with my (TV) duties,” he said. “We just completed a half-hour Super Bowl special that will be distributed to all of the Fox affiliates around the country within our Nexstar ownership group. It’s a behind-the-scenes look at the personalities and production folks who bring you the NFL on Fox. It’s a show we’re really proud to present.

“I will also continue to provide more digital content (for KTVI), as well as podcast segments” on McLaughlin’s site

The podcasts provide time to expound on subjects, often even more than does radio.

“Over the past year it was a blast hosting ‘Tony Talk’ with Tony La Russa and currently the hockey segments with Bernie Federko and Darren Pang,” he said. “I truly enjoy the long-form format. That said, I’m pretty sure I will re-surface in this wacky radio world.”

Super lineup

It will be 20 years ago on Jan. 30 when the St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl to cap a storybook season, and Howard Balzer is to interview both coaches from the game while on KFNS from 2-4 p.m. Friday.

In addition to the Rams’ Dick Vermeil and the Tennessee Titans’ Jeff Fisher (who later coached the Rams), San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has been booked as a guest.

Lynch, whose team is getting ready to play Green Bay on Sunday for the NFC title, was a defensive back on the Tampa Bay team that the Rams beat that season to advance to the Super Bowl.

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