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The ESPN 97.5 signal is back! Also, your update for Aug. 11th

By Lamont Mann

For nearly two months,  the ESPN 97.5 signal has been distorted.  Honestly, this issue really didn’t effect me because I usually listen via stream. That being said,  I have a few WiFi “dead spots” in my area. And when I lose my internet strength… I switch to regular radio.

Let it be known that I need afternoon talk radio in my ear. So much that I have actually discovered new routes to my home in order to avoid avoid these “dead spots.” So thank you ESPN 97.5, for adding twenty minutes to my commute.

When this issue began, all I could hear was a bunch of noise… and naturally, I figured it was my radio. And then it went on for about 3 weeks. And then I heard ESPN finally address it.

After the cat was out of the bag, they continued to explain over and over again to the audience that it “was out of their hands.”  In other words, the signal loss was too technical to explain – and obviously not a quick fix.

I am no radio expert, but I associate with a few people that do – enough to know that the signal loss was bad for advertisers.  So not only was this a problem for advertising revenue, but anything that was being broadcast suddenly came off as some “Garage Band” type of shit… in other words, small time.

Although there are multiple shows on ESPN 97.5, Fred Faour and AJ Hoffman of “The Blitz” are the anchors.  I have been listening to them for five years as they kicked their way into the ratings battle.  They have built a huge following over the years – and to see it crash for 3 weeks over some shit that is completely out of their control is… trash.


The signal is back, for the areas that normally receive it.


In the world of economics, there’s a theory that catastrophes are actually good for growth and innovation.  The most common example is Japan after Hiroshima. Some have theorized that all of the innovation we have seen come out of Japan has a direct correlation to their country being decimated.


Colin Kaepernick Rally – Organizers have planned a rally for Kaepernick in front of the NFL headquarters.  At first I thought it was a joke… until Spike Lee retweeted it.

You play to win the game – Check out Brien O’Donal’s Texans Q&A

Is Charlie Pallilo the Astros curse?  Every since Charlie announced his return to radio, the Astros have sucked.

Just kidding. I can’t wait for Charlie’s return.


“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche



Editor’s note: Lamont Mann is your weekly Friday updater, and also weighs in on a variety of subjects throughout the week. Former military man, UH Grad. Follow him on Twitter: @sportsmedialm


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