Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Morning Rush Adds Little Rock Affiliate, Former Hog QB Stoerner

Tommy Craft had hoped to get his morning show, The Morning Rush, on in the Little Rock market in May. It didn’t work out but six months later it made its debut on new sports talk station the Source 93.3 FM.
The deal came to fruition when former Arkansas basketball star Pat Bradley announced he was leaving The Source  in early November. He and former Razorbacks standout quarterback Clint Stoerner began hosting Bradley and Stoerner in the Morning in May.
When Bradley left, station co-owner Steve Renfro, a  Northwest Arkansas businessman, contacted Craft, who is the station manager at ESPN 96.3in Fort Smith and has co-hosted The Morning Rush with Derek Ruscin since 2008.
The two parties struck a deal quickly and Stoerner, whose contact was up at the end of this month, was re-signed by Capital City Broadcasting, and joined the Morning Rush. The show began airing Nov. 25.
The partnership means the show that runs weekdays from 6-9 AM not only in the Little Rock market but can also be heard in Fayetteville on 99.5 FM and in Nashville on 105.5 FM. Those stations had run B&S in the morning. The Morning Rush’s other affiliate besides, the strong … Read more >

Bradley returning to 103.7 The Buzz

A year after he left 103.7 the Buzz, mid-day show personality Pat Bradley returns to the sports and entertainment station that gave him his big break.
The station made the announcement Thursday night at the Christmas Karaoke event at Verizon Arena. Bradley, who begins his second stint Feb. 5th, joined his former The Zone show co-host and The Buzz program, director, Justin Acri, and The Zone producer, Matt Travis, on stage to perform along with other Buzz personalities and local celebrities.
“I’m excited to have him back. It’s been an interesting year, and I think we’ve both grown professionally this year being in different settings and not working together,” Acri says. “I think it’s going to be a great 2014 with Pat on board.”
Bradley, a former University of Arkansas standout basketball player, left The Buzz last February to host his own morning show at startup KKSP Sports 93.3 The Source. However, Bradley left The Source  last month just, six months after he and former Razorbacks quarterback Clint Stoerner began airing Bradley & Stoerner in the Morning weekdays from 6-9 AM.

Justin Acri and Pat Bradley are reunited on the air after a year absence.

Justin Acri and Pat Bradley are reunited on the air after a year absence.

“For me, it feels good … Read more >

UCA Can Thank Conque for Historic Rise

I hope someone at the University of Central Arkansas sent Clint Conque a thank you note. The program owes its all-time winningest coach greatly after he announced Saturday he’s leaving for the same position at Southland Conference rival Stephen F. Austin.
In 14 years he transformed a hapless program into winners — not only at the NCAA Division II level, which is hard enough, but Conque also guided the Bears through a transition to NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) status in 2006..
UCA advanced to the FCS Playoffs in 2011 and 2012 and had a good chance this season if it hadn’t been for a nasty injury bug.
ConqClint Conqueue made the move look so easy, I’m not sure UCA administrators and fans realized how tough that really can be. As good as the Gulf South Conference is, the Southland is one of the better FCS conferences. There are some traditionally rich programs in that league, and to make the jump into that fray and knock heads with the best and move to the upper echelon instantly  is unheard of. Not many smaller schools enjoy overnight success moving up. In fact, some never make an impact.
The Louisiana native … Read more >

Harsin’s Departure Could’ve Been Handled Better

Bryan Harsin has left Arkansas State for Boise State. Wednesday it became official. Over the past couple of days, depending on the source, Harsin was going to his hometown to coach his alma mater, then it was going to be former BSU coach Dirk Koetter, then Harsin had removed his name — and it was Koetter’s job for sure, then a report disputed the report about Harsin pulling his name and finally …. word came from ASU that Harsin had resigned.
What. A. Mess. A mess that Arkansas State had nothing to do with or control over. This is all on Harsin and Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle. This search seemed to be WAY too public, which led to misinformation. Remember how Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long handled the coaching search that ended with the hiring of Bret Bielema? It was air tight. So secretive that no one, not even the most diligent media members new, until UA wanted it public.
Out of respecArkansas State Football - Fall Camp 1st Practicet for ASU administration and fans, Harsin could have informed Boise State, he’d only interview for the job if he was the only candidate. Then BSU could decide if they really wanted him, and the $1.75 … Read more >

Lashlee Humbled by Quick Rise, Broyles Award Experience

Rhett Lashlee had dreams of becoming a star quarterback like his boyhood idol — San Francisco 49ers great Joe Montana. That didn’t pan out but real life has been pretty good.
On Tuesday, Lashlee was honored in Little Rock at the Broyles Award banquet as one of the top college football assistant coaches. In a few weeks the Springdale native leads Auburn’s offense in the BCS National Championship Game. The rise has been rapid. In 2009 Lashlee wasn’t even coaching football, he was running VYPE High School Sports magazine in Northwest Arkansas. A few years later the 30-year-old former Shiloh Christian High School star quarterback has played a vital role in turning a dreadful Tigers team into contenders.

Photo by Bobby Ampezan/ADG Rhett Lashlee and his wife, Lauren, have enjoyed an amazing ride that included being a Broyles Award finalist.

Photo by Bobby Ampezan/ADG
Rhett Lashlee and his wife, Lauren, have enjoyed an amazing ride that included being a Broyles Award finalist.

“I just got an opportunity and have a lot of people to thank,” the Auburn offensive coordinator says. “I have to thank coach [Gus] Malzahn for giving me the opportunity, obviously, and even Gene Chizik [former Auburn coach] and Houston Nutt [former Arkansas coach] gave me opportunities to work on their staffs. There’s a lot of great coaches that can … Read more >