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1310 The Ticket wins award; 103.3 FM ESPN Radio and 105.3 FM ‘The Fan’ make cuts

Posted 4:03pm on Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

First, the good news: sports-radio KTCK/1310 AM “The Ticket” has won another Marconi Award for Sports Station of the Year, AllAccess reports. The station also won the award, which honors excellence in radio, in 2007, and wasa fianlist in 2006 and 2011.

The award, presented by the National Assocation of Broadcasters, was announced Thursday night -- a day after word came down about cuts at KESN/103.3 FM ESPN Radio.

Kelly Webster, who does the SportsCenter updates during Randy Galloway’s Galloway and Companyshow from 3 to 6 p.m., and Landry Locker, who does the Locker Room segment at 1:30 p.m. during Fitzsimmons and Durrett, are on the way out, as well as one board operator and one producer, according to a source.

Webster hinted at the exit on the air Wednesday afternoon, and was straightforward on Twitter: “After 9 1/2 years at ESPN 103.3, I am being let go. Last day is 09/30. May be leaving their air, but not leaving twitter. Keep n touch!,” she tweeted Wednesday.

Dan Bennett, vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media Dallas/Fort Worth, declined to comment -- standard practice when it comes to personnel issues -- other than to confirm that Webster and Locker will not be retained.

Cumulus, of course, entered into a local marketing agreement with ESPN in August to manage and operate KESN, although ESPN retains ownership. That has led to speculation that the Atlanta-based company, which owns the Ticket, would move DFW’s longest-running sports-talk station from 1310 to 103.3.

But despite the cuts, there’s no indication of that happening, and Cumulus has a history of owning stations with similar formats in DFW, such as country stations KSCS/96.3 FM and KPLX/99.5 FM “The Wolf,” and news-talk stations WBAP/820 AM/96.7 FM and KLIF/570 AM. KSCS and WBAP were owned by Citadel Broadcasting when Cumulus bought Citadel in 2011, and although there have been some on-air changes, Cumulus has kept all the formats the same.

KESN will see another change soon when the aforementioned Galloway, who is also a Star-Telegram sports columnist, retires from radio after nearly 30 years on the air in DFW.

Meanwhile, The Dallas Morning News’ Barry Horn reported Wednesday that Mark Elfenbein and Jane Slater, hosts of Elf and Slater, are gone from their 10 a.m. slot at CBS Radio-owned KRLD/105.3 FM “The Fan.” Former evening show GBag Nation , with Gavin Dawson, Chris Arnold and Mike Bacsik, moves into the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. slot, Horn reports, with K&C Masterpiece , featuring Kevin Hageland and Cory Mageors, taking the 6-11 p.m. weeknight slot.

Elfenbein and Slater have both taken the cancellation in stride, judging from their Twitter feeds. “Thank you @ 1053thefan 3 of the best years I've ever had in Radio.Was a blast. To Twitter world, THX for the kind words. Ears & Eyes perked!,” Elfenbein tweeted Thursday. “Everyone pump the brakes. Yes it is true. It's a business these things happen but I thank @ 1053thefan and @ iamelf for the opportunity,” Slater tweeted.

The exit seemed to go a little more smoothly than the Fan’s cancellation of RAGE Radio, featuring Richie Whitt and Greg Williams, back in April. Williams and Whitt have both been vocal about their problems with station management (and with each each other), and both continue with sports (and other) coverage, Whitt on his DFWSportatorium.com blog and Greggo at Greggo’s Gigantic Blog and Cafe.

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