AL ESCHBACH (1945- ) is considered by some as the father of sports talk radio. One listener in 1976 didn’t think a Jersey City guy would make it as a sports announcer in Oklahoma, but four decades later, his broadcasts are more popular than ever. He worked for the Oklahoma Daily at OU, Norman Transcript, and The Oklahoma Journal. He started at KTOK as sports director in 1976 and has worked for various radio and TV stations since. Eschbach is in the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame and teaches at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College.