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Big Band Disc Jockey Johnny Martin dies at 87

WRFD (88O AM) listeners lost an old friend last week. Johnny Martin, whose morning show was a fixture in Central Ohio during the 50′s and 60′s, died at 87 in Ashland, Ohio.

Martin worked at WRFD from 1957 to 1970. His morning show, “JM in the AM”, was mixture of farm news and big-band music he was fond of.

After leaving WRFD, Martin worked for the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio State Fair. Occasionally, he would do special features for the WRFD Farm Department when Joe Cornely was Farm Director. Mega Sports News creator Stuart Mason remembers him well. “When I was the morning announcer on WRFD from 1993-1996, Johnny would come into the station a few times a month to record special features with the farm department. At that time, the farm department had a big staff of Joe Cornely, Gary Jackson, Valerie Parks and Heather McConnell and Johnny would talk about old times in the farming industry and how things had changed over the years.” Mason continues,”Johnny would always compliment all of the air staff on a job well done. He would also bring baked goods with him to give to the staff. He was truly a nice man.”

When WRFD changed formats several years ago, they gave Martin a collection of thousands of 78-rpm albums which he maintained for years.

Johnny Martin was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and served in World War II. He was married for 60 years to his wife, Imi, whp preceded him in death.

Martin is survived by a daughter, Sandy Pifer; a son, John, of Sandusky, Ohio and five grandchildren.

MLS will start season under expired union contract

compiled from staff and wire reports

Major League Soccer will be starting the upcoming 2010 season, it’s 15th overall, under the rules of its expired labor contract.

Training camps have started, and the season opener is scheduled for March 25, when the expansion Philadelphia Union will play at Seattle. The MLS informed the union of its decision in January, putting the burden on the players whether to strike for the first time.

The Players want increased freedom of movement within the league and don’t like that most contracts are not guaranteed.

(MLS)

College Football Notes

(ISU)

compiled by staff and wire reports

* Idaho State head coach John Zamberlin’s contract will be extended until 2012 and include a $104,000 annual base salary. The state Board of Education approved the new deal which has $94,678 in compensation for coaching and the rest for his teaching duties at the university which is located in Pocatello.

* Washington State and Boise State will play a home-and-home series beginning with the 2016 season, that’s a 15 year break. Washington State holds a 4-0 series advantage over the Broncos, with all games played from 1997 to 2001, before the Broncos became a national power. The last time the two teams played was in 2001¬† as Washington State prevailed, 41-20 in Boise.

Ohio State baseball coach Bob Todd gets 1,000th win

courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Ohio State head coach Bob Todd picked up the 1,000th win of his career, a 20-9 victory over Richmond in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday afternoon. The ABCA Hall of Fame coach became just the 41st head coach in college baseball history to achieve the feat. Says Todd, “I have been in coaching for a long time and had some very talented players and assistant coaches.” “To win 1,000 is a great honor for me”.

12 Buckeyes had an RBI in the game including all nine starters. Matt Streng finished 2-5 with five runs scored and Chris Griffin finished 3-4 with a pair of RBI off the bench. Ryan Dews contributed three hits and two runs scored for the Buckeyes.

The baseball Buckeyes (3-0) will be back in action in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Friday against South Florida in St. Petersburg, Fla., with game time being 4:30 pm.

GAME NOTES

For the second consecutive game, the Buckeyes forced their opponent to use a starting position player as a relief pitcher.

The last time an Ohio State team scored 40 runs in the first three games  was 1996.

MLB NOTES: Spring Training

Dan Haren working out (MLB)

compiled from staff and wire reports

* Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch has announced that pitcher Dan Haren will be the team’s opening day starter. Hinch says he probably will select Edwin Jackson as the #2 starter and Brandon Webb as the number 3. Webb’s only game action during 2009 was on opening day, and he is rehabbing his way back from shoulder surgery. Webb has been the opening day starter the last fours for the D-Backs.

* The Houston Astros have extended the contract of general manager Ed Wade through 2012. Wade, who was the Philadelphia Phillies G.M. from 1998-2005, has been with the Astros since September of 2007.

* Kansas City Royals outfielder David DeJesus told the media recently that he is fine with moving from center field to left field. During this past offseason, the Royals added Scott Posednick to play left and Rick Ankiel to play center. DeJesus has started only16 games in his seven year career.

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