The future of San Diego’s sports leader, The Mighty 1090 is in question after on-air contributors arrived to an empty parking lot Wednesday while the station aired no local content.
The Mighty 1090 is operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas while the transmitter is leased from an owner in Mexico. As reported last December, 1090’s owner, Andreas Bichara was not satisfied with Broadcast Company of the Americas and could look to find a new operator. Four months later, the relationship between 1090’s owner and operator doesn’t seem to have improved.
Afternoon show host and San Diego sports media staple, Scott Kaplan addressed the situation on Periscope Wednesday afternoon. While 1090’s ratings are successful, their new morning show Ben and Woods is 5th, Darren Smith is first in the midday and Scott Kaplan’s afternoon show sits second in the market, Kaplan acknowledged “there is a relationship issue between the company and the owner.”
Wanting to respond to a suggestion that he purchase 1090, Kaplan alluded to interest, but after signing a non-disclosure agreement with Broadcast Company of the Americas, he needs to be careful with what he says.
“I am planning to put a group together and let’s build a really kick-ass modern day media company, that’s what I’d like to do,” Kaplan said, hinting at the possibility of saving 1090. The longtime Scott and BR host added that he asked both the parent company of the radio station and 1090’s ownership to give him a “little time.”
Although 1090 won’t be airing any local content terrestrially for the foreseeable future, the hosts plan to continue broadcasting their shows on the station’s app. “We will be streaming the show on our app and website so plan accordingly,” Ben and Woods tweeted, with Kaplan adding “we’re going to stay on the air until this gets resolved.”
“There’s an easy thing to do which is to run and join another team and maybe that’s the best thing to do,” said the longtime host of Scott and BR. For the time being, his plan is “to stay, dig in, fight, take a big risk and think about a big reward.”
Broadcast Company of the Americas recently had two of its other operated stations removed from the airwaves for reportedly failing to pay rent to a different ownership group, also located in Mexico.