For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Drew Deener
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
1) GIANT ANIMATRONIC T-REX FORCES AUSTRAILIAN PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TO RELOCATE
COOLUM, Australia -- Golfers at the Australian PGA Championship might feel as if they are going back in time. Way back in time.
The new owner of the Palmer Coolum Resort has erected between the No. 9 green and 10th tee a 26-foot mechanical T-rex, which flips its tail and opens its mouth to unleash a menacing roar when anyone approaches. The owner, billionaire Australian mining magnate Clive Palmer, at least has agreed to turn it off during the tournament. But it's one reason the Australian PGA will be leaving Coolum after 11 years.
"I've heard it sounds like we are going to 'Jurassic Park,' so this will be interesting," Robert Allenby said.
Palmer wants to import more molded dinosaurs and turn the ocean resort into a theme park, or maybe a casino, but his plans have clashed with a tournament that dates to 1905. The owner already has put up more than 60 signs around the golf course to promote his interests, which includes his plan to build a replica of the Titanic. Some of those signs, however, are in the landing areas on the fairways. That forced organizers to mark those areas "ground under repair," where golfers will be able to move the ball if the shot is affected by the signs.
On Sunday, the issue came to a head with Australasian PGA Tour officials, and the tournament appeared in jeopardy. The show will go on, at least this year. PGA chief executive Brian Thorburn said Tuesday that this will be the last year at Coolum. It will be played in Queensland next year, and the tour is looking at other options beyond that in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Thorburn said he wouldn't get into the "cut and thrust" of the negotiations Sunday, or how close the tournament was to being canceled.
"We have had a great run on the Sunshine Coast, it has been fantastic, but nothing stays forever," Thorburn said. "Emotionally, it will be sad."
Palmer tweeted on Sunday: "We had some issues with pgaofaustralia but all now resolved amicably and we are looking forward to the tournament at Palmer Coolum Resort."
The tournament moved to Coolum in 2002 after two years at Royal Queensland in Brisbane. But it's also been played at Royal Melbourne, where Hale Irwin (1978) and Seve Ballesteros (1981) were among the winners, and other top Australian courses. This year's field includes Adam Scott, Greg Norman, Darren Clarke, Geoff Ogilvy and Australian Open champion Peter Senior. The T-rex is nicknamed "Jeff" and is activated by movement. Golfers playing social rounds recently have taken "dinosaur mulligans" when the roar occurs during a backswing on the 10th tee.
Palmer has agreed to turn off the robotic features of the dinosaur during the tournament, although it might be featured during Wednesday's pro-am. When asked if he ever imagined the century-old Australian PGA would be played on a course with a 26-foot T-rex, Thourburn smiled and said "no."
"But having said that, let's put it into perspective," he added. "It has generated some tremendous publicity for this tournament and we don't have a big marketing budget so in that regard everybody knows that the PGA is on at Coolum at the moment."
Defending champion Greg Chalmers was taken aback by the prehistoric beast.
"I'm glad it's not roaring, that's a good start," Chalmers said. "It is just a little strange. It is not what I expected to see."
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