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JT the Brick to 95.7 made official, Guy Haberman leaves station

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A few hours before Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to recommend raising the hotel tax in Las Vegas to raise $750 million in public funds for a new football stadium, Las Vegas resident and noted Raiders fan/employee John Tournour made an announcement of his own.

Tournour, otherwise known as JT the Brick, expressed his Raiders-to-Vegas thoughts to the Las Vegas Sun on Aug. 29.

Well, I want to start off by saying that I think they are a great fit in Oakland. I’m not here to bring the Raiders to Las Vegas. The majority of their fans are in Oakland, but because there don’t seem to be any more options left in Oakland and there are no negotiations ongoing and the government officials up there don’t seem to have any interest in making this a priority, I think Vegas is the perfect fit.

It’s a huge entertainment and travel destination, and I believe the city of Las Vegas would love to support a global brand like the Raiders. I don’t think the city could support every NFL team, but the Raiders are one of only four or five in the entire league that are well-known globally and have a global fan base, and Vegas is a global city.

Many Raiders fans have chosen to ignore the first part of what he said, and focus on the “Vegas is the perfect fit” quote. He’ll have to navigate those waters pretty carefully on 95.7 The Game, otherwise he’ll face some backlash. Although that could be exactly what he wants, seeing as he’s been performing on the radio for a long time after getting his start as a regular caller on Jim Rome’s show. When “Sound off like you got a pair!” is the catchphrase in your Twitter bio, you’re probably looking for as many bold, brash takes as possible.

However, he can just wait until later in the day to talk about how great the Vegas Raiders would be.

He’s also a Yankees fan, which should go over well with those who listen to the Athletics flagship station for A’s talk. But Tournour should have no problem keeping things local on non-Raiders topics if he wishes.

Here’s what he said a couple weeks ago about Colin Kaepernick on Fox Sports Radio:

“If you sit during the anthem, you’re nuts. OK? You’re nuts. I’m not going to hate you, I’m not going to mock you, I’m not going to make fun of you. I think you’re nuts. OK? You’re not the person in my backyard over the weekend, you’re not the person I’m going to dinner with, you’re not the person I’m texting going, ‘Hey, come over to my house.’ It is a line in the sand for me. I’ll respect your right to not do it, but you’re not in my clique and my crew. And I know I speak for most Americans when I say leave the anthem alone, leave the flag alone. Respect it, or get the hell out of here. Or if you’re going to stay and protest, be able to accept the consequences that come with this.

“And this is the final point. People would ask me all the time, ‘Why do you think this Brady thing is such a big deal?’ And I said it’s a lifestyle move. For the rest of Brady’s life … people are going to remind him that he was suspended by the NFL. He’s gonna have all those rings and all that money and the hot wife, Giselle, but people in the back of their minds are going to say ‘Brady was suspended.’ Brady doesn’t like that, that’s why he fought hard for that. For the rest of your life, if you sit for the anthem and people know about that publicly, that will stay with you forever. If you want to deal with those consequences, keep going at it and live your life and do it that way, but there are consequences to doing that and disrespecting the anthem.”

So, over the course of a few days, KGMZ got louder and older. The Brick (age 50) replaces a couple of guys in their early-30s from 10-to-noon, and today Guy Haberman announced he is also leaving the station, two days after John Middlekauff and Chad Doing were relieved of their duties.

We knew The Game would make an aggressive move or two at some point during program director Don Kollins’ tenure, and here we are. We’ll see if this is it for a while or if more changes are coming. I’m not sure what’s in store for Doing, who came here from Portland, but I would bet Haberman and Middlekauff will stay in the Bay Area.

Podcast, perhaps? Both are already frequent contributors on CSN Bay Area, and the demise of their sports-heavy show on 95.7 — which rarely veered into pop culture — has led to a pretty strong reaction (reminiscent of when Jason Barrett pulled the plug on “The Rise Guys”).

Middlekauff released his own statement yesterday:

33 Comments
33 comments
depuppy3
depuppy3

@AlsSpirit I'm not a fan of his. He was trolling me on twitter and I never even @ him. I just responded to a DD tweet. Called Vegas tiny

Gil Batzri
Gil Batzri

JT is completely unlistenable, he is a total ass. Couldn't stand him on 1050, couldn't stand him on FSR, and won't stand him on 957. He comes on, the channel goes off.

Poor move there whoever you are at 957. Most of the moves have been passible to OK, this isn't one. 

Sam
Sam

Sorry I'm a little late on this too, but it is a very huge move.  I was shocked to hear someone other than HaberKauff an hour ago on my way home.  I must be one of the only ones to enjoy their show. Obviously will need to adjust to the changes on The Game.

USF1974
USF1974

I admit I listen to 95.7 on my way to work primarily because I can't stand Radnich, but man-o-man, this JT guy will drive me back to KNBR or force me to skip Sports Talk Radio altogether during my commute!  His shtick may play well in Vegas or some other Shock Jock market, but 95.7 already has one of those guys (Damon Bruce) whom I don't listen to.  Come on Program Director: more Pappa, Townie, Guru and Zachariah! 

Wino
Wino

I dont get all the hate, KNBR is far and away a superior listening experience than whatever you can find on the 95.7 shitshow. I cant say this move is unexpected though, I mean they still employ Damon Bruce, so why not fill up every time slot with similarly minded, pea brained, past their prime frat bros who probably spend their weekends picking fights with other parents at little league games.

Cept for Greg Papa. Greg Papa can walk on water.

RaiderClay
RaiderClay

I'm sooooo happy this couldn't of worked any better. Middlekauff is NOT a sports talk show host. I so glad we don't have to hear about him watching sports in the 90's. Remember when he thought Terrell Pryor was going to be a good QB? 957 needed someone that could talk about all sporting topics. 


JT the Brick is perfect. He's gonna get everyone pumped up. Remember him back in the day on 1050? JT is one of the elite in the Business

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

Sorry I'm a little late on this but, wow, what a huge move for 95.7.  It will be interesting to see how he will fare going up against Gary and Larry in the same timeslot. Apparently Haberkauff's ratings weren't good, which obviously could be another why this move happened. At the same time though, it was kind of unfair they were up against Gary and Larry in the same timeslot. With JT The Brick, 95.7 has real competition to go up against Gary in the same timeslot.

In a way this move also makes sense especially now that it's football season, because for Raider fans, they will essentially have Raider talk on 95.7 from 10AM to 3PM on most days during football season, with JT The Brick, and then  Greg Papa. For Raider fans, during football season, that's pretty much 5 hrs of daily Raider conversation during the week that they won't get elsewhere. I wonder if this move was more for Raider fans than anything.

As far as Haberman leaving goes, that was kind of bizzarre. I wonder if 95.7 asked him to leave and/or take another role on 95.7 like move to mornings or something like that, or if he decided to just leave on his own when his friend and co-host Middlekauff was let go. If he left because of Middlekauff getting let go, it shows you how strong their friendship really is.  How many other people would seriously leave their job because their friend they grew up with and worked with, got fired from that same job?

At least for Haberman, this wasn't his only gig as he does stuff for Comcast and Pac-12 Network as well. I guess at the very least, he will have more time to focus on his duties at those places.

Beaver
Beaver

If you're tired of all these 95.7 shenanigans, be sure to tune into KNBR this Sunday when the 49ers flagship station will be featuring Horse Racing, Financial Scams and 13 hours of old, white men reminiscing about baseball. Stick around though because at 11 PM America's #1 Sport Station will give it's first football score of the day.  Sure, it's back to baseball at midnight, but between 11 and 12 on Sunday nights, the 49er flagship has got you covered! 

Sunset Boy
Sunset Boy

That’s too bad. I guess I’m in the minority here, but when I did listen, I felt Haberkauff were a pretty good duo, certainly less painful on the ears than KNBR’s Radnich and Larry. Haberman reminds me of a millenial version of Bob Costas: polished broadcasting skills and articulate, which is unfortunately the exception these days, especially on sports talk radio. 

JT the Brick is a dinosaur, I had no idea he was even still around. I remember hearing him on Sports Fan Radio Network back when I was in college, which was a while ago. Even then he came off as a humorless meat head. Was hoping 95.7 could offer something a little different to this market, because it didn’t work when JT was on KNBR 1050 back in the 2000’s. Not sure why its going to work now.

95.7 needs to find a suitable replacement to go with Greg Papa. Everyone they’ve matched him up with since Lund’s departure seems to be a bad fit, and he’s the best host the station has to offer. As uncomfortable a listen as Lund could be, when he was paired with Pop, it just worked. No idea why. Maybe chemistry just takes time. 

SFF49JYP4L
SFF49JYP4L

10-12 is going to be an unlistenable Raiders infomercial. 

RaiderAB
RaiderAB

So don't listen then, tune your radio back to those niner loving clowns on knbr, clown!

Ken
Ken

What about Haberman and/or Middlekauff coming up to Sacramento? Guy was doing work for the Kings last year on CSN, and Middlekauff I believe has family in the Davis area, and per his Twitter, he seems to watch Kings games. 

There are two sports radio stations up here, 1320 (ESPN) and 1140 (KHTK), and both cover basically all of the Bay Area teams -- of course, they swap Warriors talk for Kings talk. (But they definitely do not ignore the Warriors, one of the top teams in the NBA.) KHTK also broadcasts Kings, Raiders and A's games. 

1320 is where the Rise Guys are, but they are the only local show on the station. The rest of the programming are the national ESPN radio shows. KHTK has lots of local programming, and Jim Rome in the mid-morning, but does not have a local evening show following Grant Napear, who ends at 7 p.m. KHTK has also made changes to its morning and afternoon shows in the past few years. 

I think these guys would be excellent in this market. 

BrainyGirl00
BrainyGirl00

@BASportsGuy and it just gets worse. Maybe they want an older demographic for whatever reason, who knows.

MrKofyOfficial
MrKofyOfficial

But now you lose a passionate 33 year old male who follows Niners/Giants/Warriors. Don't think JT will cover those teams. Maybe I'm wrong😕.

Snyd
Snyd

No more changes on the morning show? So it's Joe & Lo forever? I'm going to throw up.

Otis Byrd III
Otis Byrd III

@Snyd haha. For now probably. It's not the same though, even though I like Lorenzo Neal. Will be interesting to see if they eventually bring in another host to replace Chad Doing in the mornings.

Matthewche
Matthewche

@BASportsGuy He was a big George W Bush guy back when he had his show on the Ticket 1050. Some things he ain't very educated on.

OaklandAsFan4L
OaklandAsFan4L

@BASportsGuy Now JT can harangue and insult the citizens & leaders of Oakland up close instead of from far away! About time.

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