Radio & television show hits air from sports book

May 22, 2001 11:11 AM

"We’re on the air!"

That’s what can be heard each weekday evening from the Imperial Palace sports book.

The Sports Corner, is a radio and television show at the IP, taped from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and hosted by Don "Hollywood" Tegeler, Bill Fitzgerald, Harvey Hyde and Marty Rodick.

"We give the lines, but we don’t stress (that aspect)," said Tegeler, who is from upstate New York and Los Angeles. He moved to Las Vegas seven years ago. "The whole thing is to get people into the Imperial Palace. (During the radio show), the phones light up. They want to talk general sports."

The entertainment angle is stressed.

"We try to make it fun," said Fitzgerald, who was born and raised around the New York City area. "It’s not serious. We try to let the callers dictate the show. Whatever the hot topic is, we talk about it. Football is the most popular time of the year for us. Everybody thinks we have some inside information. We do make predictions on Fridays during football season."

The shows also can be heard nationally on the Internet via Talk American Radio Network.

"We get plenty of calls from our Internet listeners," Tegeler said.

According to Rodick, who is from Chicago and Southern California, the radio show can be more fun to produce.

"With radio, you can do it anywhere. I’ve even been waiting in airports and gone on the air," he said.

Rodick, who joins the show for one 10-minute segment each show, also has interviewed players for the radio after games, including Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux. He also travels across the country to Major League Baseball and NBA games.

Hyde appears on the show twice a week. He is a former UNLV football coach from 1982-85. In ’84 he guided the Rebels to their best season ever at 11-2, including a win in the California Bowl over Central Michigan, 52-24.

The show has had top people in the sports industry, including NHL great Wayne Gretzky, Chick Hearn (radio/TV voice of the Los Angeles Lakers), Bob Miller (radio voice of Los Angeles Kings) and former NFL running back Hershel Walker, who makes an occasional appearance.

There are other guests from the world of sports.

The shows also have trivia questions for callers. Once a month, a winner in the contest receives a free trip to Las Vegas.

"Everyone wants a free gift," Fitzgerald said. "That brings people to the show."

The show Monday and Wednesday through Friday (from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.), is exclusively a radio show.

On Tuesday, the show is both a television and radio show from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., it is exclusively a radio show.

The radio show is on KRLV 1340-AM in Las Vegas. It also is on the Talk American Radio Network and Talk American Radio Network II.

The networks reach about 220 stations in 40 states. The television show is then aired on Cox Communications Metro 48 Thursday 11 p.m., and also is aired on Channel 17 KEEN-TV Friday 8 p.m.