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Inside High School Sports back on the air

The longest-running sports talk show in Syracuse has found a new home.

The Onondaga Community College Inside High School Sports show returns to the airwaves on Saturday after a four-week hiatus. The show, which features host Mike Bristol with Eagle Newspapers sports editor Phil Blackwell as co-host will be aired at 9 a.m. Saturdays on ESPN Radio 97.7 and 100.1 FM as well as 1200 and 1440 AM. The show was previously offered on WHEN 620 before that station converted from its sports talk format.

Bristol said the move is a great one for the show and for fans of high school sports who will now find the show on both FM and AM dials. Galaxy Communications, owners of the ESPN Radio flag in Syracuse, also partners with Syracuse University to carry SU football, men's and women's basketball and lacrosse games.

"In this market, it's SU sports, and high school sports, and now people can find them both in the same place," Bristol said. "Also, the ESPN brand is the greatest sports brand in the world... and the great thing about it is that they keep building that brand."

The format of the show is consistent from week to week, but Bristol and Blackwell said they always focus the attention on the student-athletes. The Bottar Leone Round Robin at the beginning of the show features special guests like OCC lacrosse coach Chuck Wilbur, basketball coach Dave Pasiak and former Bishop Grimes football coach Brad Keysor. They talk about the big games from the previous night and preview upcoming matchups.

The show then turns to the McDonald's Coaches Corner, which features interviews with coaches from around Section III. Bristol said it is an important element of the show that they don't focus all their attention on the football and basketball, but make sure to discuss all the sports that make up the high school sports landscape.

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