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If your AM radio is on the fritz, catch up on all your sports talk here.

"The wild rumor buzzing around TV circles these days is that Metro Sports and new anchor Dave Stewart have tried to pitch a somewhat syndicated sportscast for the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. slots on the local television stations. The rumor has had enough bite to throw a scare into some local sports reporters and anchors, who pointed a finger at Stewart."
-- Jeffrey Flanagan, The Kansas City Star
"I heard from a television sportscaster that [Metro Sports] pitched this idea, and [KMBC] Channel 9 and [KCTV] Channel 5 just laughed at them. But [WDAF] Channel 4 and [KSHB] Channel 41 were interested."
-- Jason Whitlock, WHB 810
"Actually, it's not a bad idea. Bottom line is, where there's smoke, there's fire. If you don't think these conversations didn't go on, you're highly mistaken. Hey, this happened. Don't buy this crap that it didn't happen."
-- Bill Maas, 810
GH: Read on for Stewart's response to the above comments.
"When John Denison [Stewart's boss at Metro Sports] tells me conversations with other TV stations in town never happened, they never happened. I only needed to ask him once. As for channels 9 and 5 laughing at the concept, let me tell you, nobody who works in this market in TV news is laughing at Metro Sports. I've been blown away by the feedback from others in the business. At least one person from every station at the Final Four was drooling over our temporary set, production facilities and time commitment in Atlanta. It made a statement. Experienced, quality people are beating our door down and want in on the action, many from in town, and that's why there are rumors and lots of discussion. One major problem we battle is getting the word out. The Star refuses to put us in their TV listings. The excuse we're given is that we're not 24 hours. That is a major hurdle. We have programming on air 24 hours a day. To me, that is lame. Apparently it's OK for CNBC and other outlets to air infomercials all night, but we can't count repeat sports segments from CNNSI as legit programming. Metro Sports has come a long way in five years, and we're still going through growing pains. But it will get better because there is a solid commitment from management."
-- Dave Stewart, Metro Sports

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