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ESPN 1500AM radio is fighting for relevance, MinnPost's David Brauer reports, highlighting one of the sports radio lineup switches made recently.

Hubbard-owned 1500 has announced a flip of its afternoon shows. Starting in early- to mid-February, Joe Soucheray will air 1-3 p.m. and Pat Reusse and Phil Mackey will be on 4-6 p.m. Soucheray and Reusse, the station’s highest-rated hour, will still air at 3 p.m., and younger talent Mackey and Tom Pelissero will be on from 6-7 p.m., Brauer notes.

Brauer explores what the changes might mean for 1500 in its sports radio war with Clear Channel-owned KFAN.

Meanwhile, Jeff Dubay, once the sports talk cohost of the popular 9-noon show with Paul Allen on KFAN, is this week on 1500 with cohost with Judd Zulgad, in a direct matchup vs. his old partner Allen. Dubay in a tweet last week called it an on-air audition, which he seems to be enjoying:

And K-TWIN, the new home of the Minnesota Twins for 2013, recently announced that in the new year it will welcome new personalities: KARE-TV Channel 11 anchor and reporter Rena Sarigianopoulos, as well as local radio veterans Brian “B.T.” Turner and Cane Peterson. Sarigianopoulos and Peterson will join host KARE 11′s sports director Eric Perkins on K-TWIN’s morning show from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. weekdays.

The Minnesota Twins on Monday announced plans for the club’s 53rd annual Twins Winter Caravan – and the first stop is K-TWIN radio on Jan. 14.

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