The Ref radio network will change its programming lineup on Monday, dropping the syndicated Jim Rome Show and adding Rusty Olson, a longtime producer and part-time announcer for the Sports Animal radio network.
T.J. Perry, program director for The Ref, which includes Norman’s KREF-AM 1400, said the network decided to go with an all-local lineup weekdays. Rome’s show still airs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Oklahoma City on KEBC-AM 1340.
Olson, 39, a huge Oakland Raiders fan who grew up in Palo Alto, Calif., said he is excited about getting his own show, which will air 2-5 p.m. “This is a lifelong dream come true,” he said.
After graduating from OU in 2001 with a journalism degree, Olson joined the Sports Animal. He worked in a variety of capacities, including doing sports reports on Rick and Brad’s morning show on the KATT-FM 100.5 the past six months. “The last six years at the Animal have been great,” he said.
Myron Patton, who had been on 2-5 p.m., will move to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to replace Rome.
Bosworth remembered as draft bust: Who is the biggest Draft Bust in NFL history? The NFL Network’s new series, “NFL’s Top 10” tackles the subject at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The 60-minute show features interviews with players and coaches including Heath Shuler, former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth, Jerry Glanville and Art Schlichter.
In chronological order, here are the top 10 draft busts on NFL Network’s list:
Art Schlichter — 4th overall in 1982: Baltimore Colts.
Brian Bosworth — Seattle Seahawks top pick in 1987 Supplemental Draft.
Aundray Bruce — 1st overall in 1988: Atlanta Falcons.
Tony Mandarich — 2nd overall in 1989: Green Bay Packers.
Andre Ware and David Klinger — Ware 7th overall in 1990: Detroit Lions – Klingler 6th overall in 1992: Cincinnati Bengals.
Rick Mirer — 2nd overall in 1993: Seattle Seahawks.
Heath Shuler — 3rd overall in 1994: Washington Redskins.
Lawrence Phillips — 6th overall in 1996: St. Louis Rams.
Ryan Leaf — 2nd overall in 1998: San Diego Chargers.
Tim Couch — 1st overall in 1999: Cleveland Browns.