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Finally, he came back to Salt Lake for a year at KFAN, after the Jazz took over 97.5 FM/1280 AM The Zone, moving their broadcasts there. And now, the radio nomad moves on, again.
During his time in Utah, Graham molded and remolded sports talk here, the way it sounded, the way it was done, and he says he’ll do the same in Boston. He was an innovator and a lightning rod, once starting a movement called "KWOOF," an acronym for Keep Women Out Of Football. He bet his life that BYU wouldn’t beat Oklahoma, which it did, causing Bronco Mendenhall to ask for collection on the bet. Graham reneged. He spoke his mind — "It sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks, sucks" — and has the scars to prove it. And he yelled a lot — and got yelled at a lot.
"This is bittersweet," he says, with a tight grin, the pizza now gone. "I really love it here. I like the people, the market, the passion of the fans. I will always consider Utah my home and I’ll come back here — at least to visit."
Say goodbye to Kevin Graham, then — and a prayer for Boston sports.
GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.
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