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Belleville’s Smallmon returns to St. Louis sports radio from ESPN mothership

ESPN producer sees room for women in sports radio

ESPN radio producer Michelle Smallmon advises young women to be competitive and go for the dream job.
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ESPN radio producer Michelle Smallmon advises young women to be competitive and go for the dream job.

Belleville native Michelle Smallmon will return to 101.1-FM ESPN and St. Louis radio after two years at ESPN’s national headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

Smallmon, a graudate of Althoff, will be on the air daily on the “The Bernie Miklasz Show,” which she previously produced.

During her time at the ESPN headquarters, Smallmon, 31, worked as a producer for the weekday evening radio show called “Jorge & Jen,” broadcast nationally on www.espnradio.com, the ESPN app, SiriusXM, Apple iTunes, Slacker Radio and TuneIn.

When she departed ESPN, she was producing the successful “Ryen Russillo Show” on the ESPN radio network, lending to the show as a regular on-air contributor. In addition to her work as a show producer and on-air presence, Smallmon earned acclaim for cultivating popular podcasts and video segments for ESPN’s national site, said 101.1 program director Chris Neupert.

“It’s great to have Michelle come home to 101 ESPN. She will be a great addition to ‘The Bernie Miklasz Show’ and we are excited to continue improving our great sports radio station,” Neuport said. “We are also looking forward to her contributions on www.101sports.com.”

Prior to her experience at ESPN’s headquarters, Smallmon was with 101 ESPN in St. Louis from 2009-2015. She produced and did on-air work with Miklasz and the afternoon “The Fast Lane” show.

A graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in broadcast journalism, her first job out of college was entry level, as a production assistant with KSDK-TV.

The station also announced Monday it had extended Miklasz’s contract. Previous to his affiliation with ESPN, Miklasz was a sports writer and columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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