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ESPN Radio 1250 to shut down

Stan Savran dutifully took notes during the Steelers game, preparing for his ESPN Radio talk show with cohost and best friend Guy Junker.

"I was all set to offer my opinions and talk over the game with Guy (on the air)," Savran said. "Now, it's kind of empty. There is no one to talk to."

ESPN Radio 1250's local programming was shut down Monday by its parent, ESPN. The station also fired its six on-air employees.

The station will carry ESPN's national programming, including the "Mike and Mike" morning show, for the remainder of the year. It will become Radio Disney on Jan. 1.

"It was a business decision," said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president for ESPN Audio.

Three local shows with contractual ties to ESPN Radio 1250 will continue, including two with Steelers ties: "Going Hollywood with LaMarr Woodley" on Tuesdays and "Black and Gold Uncensored," with James Farrior and Larry Foote on Wednesdays.

Also, "The Trib Total Media High School Football Pregame Show," with producer Michael Grau and Tribune-Review sports columnist Kevin Gorman also will continue from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays.

The station will continue to carry Penn State football games through the remainder of the season.

Besides Savran and Junker, drive-time hosts Scott Paulsen and Mike Logan, Chris Mack and Steelers reporter Ken Laird were fired.

Savran and Junker will remain visible on TV. Junker is a sports anchor on WTAE-TV Channel 4, and Savran is host of Pirates and Penguins pregame shows, plus the "Mike Tomlin Show" on FSN Pittsburgh.

For years, they were paired on a popular FSN Pittsburgh sports talk show before Junker left the station. They were reunited two years ago on ESPN Radio.

"When I got yanked out from FSN, I thought we would never work together again," Junker said. "Now, I don't know if we will ever get that chance again."

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