09/29/2005 11:00PM

Racing abounds on Vegas 'waves


If you've ever visited Las Vegas, you know there's an enormous amount of sports programming on radio. For all the arrows the pro sports leagues and the NCAA fling this way, credit Las Vegas radio with doing a tremendous job promoting horse racing and sports overall.

The main reason for that, of course, is that betting on horses and sports has always been legal here. It created a demand for information and the many shows provide analysis and handicapping for the favorite price tag in Las Vegas or anywhere else, free.

The beauty of radio is that these sports shows can be heard worldwide over the Internet. I'll give a rundown of the sports shows on radio here. But I recommend visiting each radio station's website for live streaming and program particulars. All airtimes are in the Pacific time zone.

KDWN-720 airs the most specialty sports shows in Las Vegas. It's a 50,000-watt station that can be heard far and wide at night. John Kelly, who's fine work over the years set the standard for sports betting shows, hosts the "Stardust Line" program that airs at 8:30 a.m. weekdays, on Friday at 9 p.m. plus Saturday and Sunday at 10 p.m.

KDWN has a five-hour block on Friday night, starting with "Don Best Sports" at 7 p.m., "Leroy's Sports Book" with Jimmy Vaccaro at 8, the Stardust Line at 9, "Sports Memo" with Tim Trushel at 10 . and Marc Lawrence at 11.

KBAD-920 is the flagship station for ESPN radio. Weekday programming includes John Hanson and Dave Cokin at 1 p.m., Al Bernstein at 3. and the "Clubhouse" show with Seat Williams and Paul Howard at 5.

KSFN-1140 carries Sporting News Radio on the weekends.

KLAV-1230 has "Sportsline with Dave Scandaliato" at noon weekdays. On weekends, the "Track Talk" horse racing show with Kelly, Gordon Jones, and Patrick McQuiggan airs at 7:30 a.m.

KSHP-1400 carries the Sports Byline USA network. The "Race Day Las Vegas" horse racing show with Ralph Siraco airs at 9 a.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. weekends. "Race Day Las Vegas Extra" is a sports show with Siraco and Rick Herron at 10 a.m. weekdays. The "Race Day Las Vegas Wrap Up" show, which I host, is on at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

KENO-1460 is the flagship station for Fox Sports radio. The local weekday sports talk starts with the "Vegas Sportswire" with Tim Trushel at 7 a.m., and continues with the "Wiseguys" with Steve Cofield and Mike Responts at noon, "You Can Bet on It" with Larry Grossman at 2, and Papa Joe Chevalier at 4.

Former UNLV head football coach Harvey Hyde hosts numerous sports shows on both KDWN and KSHP.

It's naive to believe that sports betting doesn't go on outside of Las Vegas. So if you want to hear what local experts are thinking about the horses and the games, check out some of these shows over the Internet.

Richard Eng is the turf editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and host of the Race Day Las Vegas Wrap Up radio show.