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Miami Heat’s Shane Battier moving to Coral Gables

 
 
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Miami Heat sharpshooter Shane Battier just plunked down $3.22 million on new digs in Coral Gables.

And in addition to getting a really cool 1926 crib bordered by a golf course, Battier shot down any remaining rumors that he’s tradable.

Those were fueled by the fact he listed for sale his previous digs in Coconut Grove days after a championship run in which he saw limited action — except for Game 7 when he came up big with 18 points.

Now, Miami-Dade County records show Battier, 34, became the proud owner of a colonial-style home on Santa Maria Street, near the 15th hole of the Riviera Country Club.

The ballplayer’s new five-bedroom, four-bathroom home boasts 6,100 square feet of space fully renovated in 2008, according to real-estate listings. It has hurricane-impact windows, a generator, wraparound balconies, and a great-party backyard.

Records show Battier paid cash.

His previous homestead, a modern villa in the Bonita Park area, is up for sale for $1.9 million.

Radio daze

Shakeup in radio land: West Palm Beach’s perennially top-rated KVJ Show, a morning staple up north for 14 years, is moving to the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market and a rival company.

Hosts Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington and at least one staffer, are starting a new gig Aug. 5 on The Coast 97.3 FM.

They told their bosses at the Clear Channel station Wild 95.5 FM on Monday that they would be moving.

Rolston, 40, Sinicki, 39, and Pennington, 36, specialize in drive-time banter with topics going from the mundane to the shocking to the downright silly, often with PG-rated sexual overtones.

The show captured the essence of the Palm Beach area in all it gaudiness, fickleness, and diversity, but it’s unclear how it will fare in flash-and-dash Miami.

“It’s very exciting,” Rolston said. “We wanted to bring the show to the next level, and we understood that it wouldn’t be possible in West Palm Beach. The Coast is giving us the resources to create an even better show.”

The Coast, owned by Cox Media Group, has been a low-rated station for years and is in dire need of star appeal.

In a statement, Program Director Tom Calococci called KVJ “the real deal.”

“Make no mistake,” he wrote, “this is NOT a small market morning show.”

(Columnist Jose Lambiet has occasionally appeared on the show.)

Emmy honors

Hometown boy done good: Miami Palmetto Senior High School grad Jerry Kolber is being mentioned in the same breath as Oprah Winfrey, Anthony Bourdain, James Lipton, and Gwyneth Paltrow these days.

All are up for an Emmy TV award in Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

Kolber, 41, is nominated as the creator and executive producer of the new National Geographic Channel hit series Brain Games, which reveals the inner workings of the brain through interactive games and experiments.

His years in Miami, Kolber said, gave him the boost he needed to create the concept.

“Growing up in Miami,” Kolber said, “I spent a ton of time in the Everglades, riding bikes at Matheson Hammock, and roaming around Whispering Pines. ... There’s no question that being surrounded by nature so much of the time inspired my interest in relatable science.

“Growing up in Miami in the ’80s was a strange experience, which no doubt helped me create this very strange TV show, I mean, Emmy-nominated series about the brain. Who would’ve thought?”

The program is hosted by Jason Silva, who also grew up in Miami.

The 2013 Emmys show is scheduled to air live Sept. 22 on CBS.

Read more Jose Lambiet stories from the Miami Herald

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