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JRSM Alum, Tiger Athlete Gets Premier Spot on Memphis Sports Talk Radio

By: Haley Hale

Gabe Kuhn, University of Memphis JRSM department alum and former Tiger football player, has started a new role at 92.9 FM ESPN Sports Radio in one of the premier spots for drive-time sports talk radio in Memphis.

“The Gabe Kuhn Show” went on-the-air February 6 and airs from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday. Kuhn replaced long-time host Gary Parrish, also a JRSM alum.

Kuhn graduated with a degree in journalism in 2016. He played football for the Tigers from 2014 to 2017 as an offensive lineman.

Journalism runs in Kuhn’s family — his father and brother were both journalism majors. When he got to campus, he knew journalism was something that he wanted to do. The general area of broadcast was always something that Kuhn was interested in, so radio came naturally to him.

Immediately after graduation, Kuhn didn’t enter the journalism world. He continued with football playing in a rookie minicamp with the New Orleans Saints and ended up with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football. After he was released from the Express in 2019, he joined WHBQ Sports56 in Memphis as an intern.

After about three weeks of his internship with Sports56, he landed a full-time position as a producer. He spent two and a half years as a producer before becoming a host of an afternoon show. He worked as a host for Sport56 until he was hired at his current position on 92.9 ESPN.

“I’m not trying to replicate his style,” Kuhn said when asked about the station’s switch from Parrish to himself. “I’m going to do my brand of radio.”

One of the advantages Kuhn brings to his new position is being not too far removed from the locker room. He does not just want to talk about sports. He wants to show the inside world of sports through interviews with coaches and players.

Brad Carson, station manager of 92.9, said Kuhn has found his voice in just a few weeks on the air.

“If there were expectations, I think he’s knocked it out of the park,” Carson said. “If you’ve heard him on the air, he sounds great.”

Carson said Kuhn relies on the things he is good at. He cited several examples of former athletes and coaches whom Kuhn has had on his show, including Joey Magnifico, a former tight end with the Tigers.

To keep up with Kuhn, you can follow him on Instagram and Twitter (@g_kuhn71).

PHOTO: Former Tiger football player and JRSM alum Gabe Kuhn, offers his insights on sports on his 92.9 FM ESPN Sports Radio show. Courtesy – Gabe Kuhn

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