Learfield Communications pulled the plug Tuesday on the South Carolina Radio Network and SportsTalk with Phil Kornblut but Kornblut’s show will still go on as planned, at least in the Midlands.
Keven Cohen of The Point 100.7/1470 AM said SportsTalk will air on their station at its normal 6-8 p.m. spot but won’t be carried throughout the state on various affiliates. People can listen to the show at www.makethepointradio.com if they are outside the Midlands.
The POINT, which carries local program in the morning and afternoon, has been SportsTalk’s Columbia-area affiliate since 2014. The POINT is not affiliated with Learfield, which owned SportsTalk since 2008.
“Phil is a part of The POINT’s family and when someone in your family needs you, you step up,” Cohen said.
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Earlier Tuesday, Learfield, announced that South Carolina Radio Network and SportsTalk would be disbanded. The SportsTalkSC website no longer exists and now redirects to the Learfield homepage. The same is true for the South Carolina Radio Network.
Kornblut has been the host of SportsTalk for the past 35 years in addition to covering high school recruiting throughout South Carolina. SportsTalk aired on 28 radio stations around the state. He is joined on the show nightly by Tom Hayes and Will Palaszczuk plus many prominent players and coaches throughout the state.
According to Cohen, it will just be Kornblut on the show for right now.
The South Carolina Radio Network aired across the state and had news reporters at such places as the S.C. State House.
“Effective today, SportsTalk Radio Network and SportsTalkSC are no more. Learfield closed South Carolina Radio Network effective immediately. I can be followed @. Thanks and we’ll be talking soon,” Kornblut posted on a new Twitter account Tuesday.
According to a statement from Learfield, the company wants to devote more of its resources in the Midwest and stated there weren’t enough growth opportunities with South Carolina Network.
“The Learfield News Ag go forward business strategy is to focus specifically on our core market in the Midwest and the networks that present significant growth opportunities. The South Carolina Network dissolving is included in this strategy where our research shows little to no growth opportunity and it has been underperforming for the past several years. We’ve always had a strong presence in the Midwest and this is our core geography for both News and Ag. Learfield will reallocate resources to continue to grow Brownfield and strengthen our position in the ag market and add focus to the core news networks,” Learfield News said in a statement.
But it was only a matter of time before it was announced that Kornblut’s show would remain on the airwaves. His devotion to high school recruiting was ahead of its time before national sites picked up on covering recruiting.
Kornblut also writes recruiting updates and a weekly column distributed to many media outlets around South Carolina, including The State. The six-time S.C. Sports Broadcaster of the Year was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2018.
“I spent a large portion of my adult life working alongside Phil Kornblut. His passion and dedication to covering sports in South Carolina is unmatched,” former SportsTalk co-host Kevin McCrarey posted on Twitter.