In recent months Jody Oehler, afternoon host on Fox Sports 910 has criticized Phoenix radio rival, John Gambadoro in an attempt to highlight his reporting mistakes.
Oehler, knows he’s fighting an uphill battle against Gambo’s Arizona Sports 98.7. Arizona Sports holds the radio rights to all four pro teams in Phoenix and more than quadrupled the ratings of Fox Sports in the latest Nielsen book. Gambodoro, who co-hosts the afternoon show on 98.7 with Dave Burns from 2 – 6pm, has been a staple in Phoenix radio for decades and he’s well connected in the local sports scene.
“I don’t actually think it’s unusual,” Oehler told Scott Bordow of The Athletic about his criticism of Gambo. “In most markets that happens. It’s only unusual in Phoenix. I think really what has happened is that there is a certain level of frustration about a lot of the unchecked information that comes out.”
Oehler has tweeted things such as, “He’s not interested in being honest with his audience, he’s interested in protecting his relationships” and “Doesn’t mention Robert Sarver once. I guess when you have vacationed with the owner, its hard to hold him accountable.”
Gambo is different than many radio hosts, in that he offers more than just opinions. Usually a host tells the audience what a team should do, but when you listen to Burns and Gambo it’s often about what the team is going to do. Because of his local sports connections, Gambadoro serves as a reporter to his own show on 98.7, often being the first to break news.
“I think he’s gotten a little reckless and someone has to hold his feet to the fire a little bit, I’m wrong all the time,” Oehler said to The Athletic. “I give 30 opinions a day and I’ve never been 100 percent. If you go around creating this impression that you’re all knowing and never wrong, when you’re wrong somebody is going to point it out.”
Oehler referred to Gambadoro as “top dog” in Phoenix sports radio when speaking with The Athletic, but that doesn’t change his desire to challenge the competition.