Miami sports fans need to tune in to The Andy Slater Show on 940 WINZ-AM. I’m not saying that just because I’m a guest host on his daily show today, which airs from 2 to 4 p.m. Slater is changing sports talk radio by doing old-school, shoe-leather reporting. He’s the only local sports announcer who works outside the studio, tracking down news leads.
This past April, he scooped all the Miami Dolphins beat writers. He was tweeting out all the team’s picks before the Dolphins made their selections. He’s so plugged into the Miami Marlins that he knows owner Jeffrey Loria’s next move before anyone else. On his Twitter feed, Slater broke the news that no Marlins player would attend a recent team charity event.
Recently, he tracked down the airplane that four Dolphins players took to visit former LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins following the shooting death of his pregnant former girlfriend. Jarvis Landry, Anthony Johnson, Kelvin Sheppard, and Mike Pouncey flew to Baton Rouge on a mission to recruit the undrafted free agent, who is not a suspect in the murder. Slater was at the Opa-locka airport to get a comment from the players when the plane landed. He was the only sports reporter to capture video of them stepping off the plane.
When former Dolphin Rob Konrad made national headlines after he fell off his boat and had to swim 16 hours to shore, Slater was the only journalist to get footage of the ex-fullback talking to police shortly after he came ashore.
Following the Miami Heat’s NBA finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs last year, Slater got a tip that LeBron James was attending a wedding in Coconut Grove. Slater got into his car at 11:30 at night to make sure he was outside the venue when LeBron exited. Why? So he could ask James if he was staying in Miami. He also confronted Miko Grimes, wife of Dolphins’ cornerback Brent Grimes, shortly after her Twitter meltdown bashing the NFL for mistreating its players. He got an exclusive interview with her.
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Finally, Slater broke the story of Derek Jeter’s tour of Marlins Park with Jeffrey Loria, which led to speculation that the Yankees' all-time great wanted to own part of the team. Oh, and don't forget Slater's reporting on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the lady accusing him and two other players of sexual assault in Miami.
Slater gets scoops. He has sources all over South Florida who feed him dirt. That’s why he's always breaking news on his show.
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