After launching in September with nighttime programming and adding weekend programming in January, NBC Sports Radio has finalized its daytime lineup in time for its launch on Monday, April 1 filled with former ESPN Radio talent. Erik Kuselias, who has been hosting the 7 to 10pm slot since the network’s launch in September, will move to mornings. The former ESPN Radio host also co-hosts Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. He will be followed by another former ESPN Radio host from 9am-12pm in Brian Kenny. Kenny will retain his primary position as a host on MLB Network. Former “105.3 The Fan” KRLD-FM Dallas host and current KXAS-TV sports anchor Newy Scruggs will follow with “Voices Of The Game” from 12-3pm. The program will feature a different co-host each ...Read More
Update 3:15pm: Baisden is now claiming that Cumulus Media Networks has locked him out of their studios and will run best-of programming through March 29. The Michael Baisden Show Staff has been “Locked Out” of Cumulus Studios…really Cumulus? In the words of Rodney King, “Can’t we all get along?” Just because we couldn’t come to an agreement is no reason to deprive the listeners, our affiliates, and our advertisers of only 9 days to say goodbye and show our appreciation. All their action does is make me more determined than ever to come back! And next time there will be no middlemen between me, my affiliates, and my listeners. Lesson learned! Now it’s time to get to work on the return of the Best Show On Radio… and I’ll be kicking ...Read More
Syndicated host Michael Smerconish, based at CBS’ 1210 WPHT Philadelphia will depart terrestrial radio for satellite on Monday, April 15. The program will air on SiriusXM’s “POTUS” (Channel 124) Political Talk channel in the 9am to 12pm Eastern time slot. In the AP story announcing the move, Smerconish has some fairly harsh words regarding the state of political talk on broadcast radio. The only people that I meet for whom the issues are hard left or hard right, the only people who see the world through ideological glasses, are those who have a microphone in front of them Smerconish, who had been syndicated by Dial Global since 2009, has been heard on WPHT for over a decade. He hosted mornings until the addition of his syndicated show moved him to afternoons and lat...Read More
Cumulus Country “94.7 Nash-FM” WNSH New York has brought on its first two on-air personalities. Kelly Ford, who departed Lincoln Financial Media’s 98.5 KYGO Denver last August after 20 years at that station will take the midday shift. Coming in from Detroit for afternoon drive is Jesse Addy. He had been APD/Afternoon host at Cumulus’ Hot AC 96.3 WDVD. Both will debut on Monday, February 25.
Update 2/13: “Z107.7” KSLZ St. Louis will be the tenth of Bobby Bones’ former affiliates to pickup Elvis Duran as his replacement. Duran will debut on Monday, February 18 with a week of best-of episodes. “103.7 Kiss-FM” WKXJ Chattanooga will announce its new morning show on Monday, February 18 to debut on the 25th. Update 2/11: “96.7 Kiss-FM” Austin and 97.5 KWTX Waco have also announced the addition of Elvis Duran. Original Report 2/10: With the Bobby Bones Show making its move to Country next week, his former affiliates have begun revealing their replacement programs. Elvis Duran will acquire seven new stations beginning on Monday as 94.1 WZBQ Tuscaloosa, “Hot 96.7” KHTO Hot Springs AR, “107.3 Hit Music Now” WRGV Pensacola...Read More
Six months following its launch, CBS Sports “98.7 The Fan” WHFS-FM Holmes Beach/Tampa has shuffled its lineup. Morning hosts Kirk McEwen and Chris Dingman lose the final hour from their show and will now air from 6 to 9am. Gary Shelton and Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski move from 10am-2pm to 9am-12pm. Rich Herrera and Booger McFarland slide from 2-6pm to 3-7pm. The Fabulous Sports Babe moves from overnights to 7-10pm replacing Todd Wright who leaves the station. The remaining dayparts will be filled from the CBS Sports Radio network with Jim Rome taking the 12-3pm slot, and the Scott Ferrall and Damon Amendolara shows in late nights. The entire CBS Sports Network feed continues to air on 1010 WHFS. 98.7 The Fan has been off to a slow start; generating just a 0.4 share in the Ho...Read More
Uncle Joe Benson has left his spot in afternoons at Classic Rock 95.5 KLOS Los Angeles and his heading to mornings at “100.3 The Sound‘ KSWD. Benson, who has been working in the Los Angeles market for 26 years, had been with KLOS since the demise of the Classic Rock “Arrow 93.1” format on KCBS-FM in 2005. At the Sound he replaces the team of Larry Morgan and Sheri Donovan. “Uncle Joe’s Rock & Roll Morning Show” will debut on Monday, February 4.
Update 1/28: Tim Brando will air exclusively on SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation (Channel 91) starting Monday, February 4. The Press Release announcing the move follows: Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that it has become the new radio home of the Tim Brando Show, the popular national sports talk show hosted by college sports broadcaster Tim Brando. The Tim Brando Show will air nationwide every weekday (9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET) starting Monday, February 4, on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 91). The show, which will air on radio exclusively on SiriusXM, will cover the world of sports, with a focus on college athletics, featuring an array of compelling guests, topics and commentary. “I’m thrilled to have our show on SiriusXM College Sports Nation,”...Read More
After settling a lawsuit between he and then Citadel Broadcasting last summer, Paul Finebaum has departed Cumulus Sports “Jox 94.5” WJOX-FM Birmingham with the expiration of his contract. OutkickTheCoverage.com is reporting that Finebaum will join Cox’ “97.3 The Zone” WZNN following the expiration of a three month non-compete. According to that report, Finebaum will be joined at WZNN by Ryan Haney, the current Program Director at WJOX who will take the same position at The Zone. WJOX-FM has moved its midday show “The JOX Roundtable” hosted by Lance Taylor, Jim Dunaway, and Ryan Brown into the 2-6pm timeslot vacated by Finebaum. Finebaum’s program was regionally syndicated to stations throughout the southeast and nationally on SiriusXM. Fineba...Read More
Clear Channel has announced it has signed Steve Harvey to a five year contract extension to continue as host of the syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show. As part of the deal, Harvey will work with Clear Channel on expanding his show internationally and creating new programming and promotional projects. The full press release follows: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach in the U.S. than any other radio or television outlet, today announced an exclusive long-term agreement with top national radio personality, comedian, television host and best-selling author Steve Harvey to renew and expand his relationship with the company. Under the agreement, the multimedia icon will continue his current role as host of The Steve Harvey Morning ...Read More
While attention was made to Clear Channel’s wide-scale layoffs on December 6, it seems that CBS has quietly been making staff cuts as well. Update 1/2: A few more cuts have become public since our first report: Dallas – AC “103.7 Lite-FM” KVIL morning team Gene & Julie did not have their contracts renewed. Middayer Tony Zazza replaces them. New York – WCBS-FM APD Lenny Bloch departs. His voicetracked overnight shift was replaced with a live shift hosted by Dave Stewart, formerly of 95.5 WPLJ. Original List 12/17: Since December 6 the following on-air talent have been confirmed to be let go from CBS owned stations. Atlanta – Morning hosts Frank Ski and Wanda Smith are leaving Urban “V103” WVEE after being unable to come to terms on a cont...Read More
“Trapper Jack” Elliot and Jim “Infoman” McIntyre are out of mornings at CBS AC “New 102” WDOK Cleveland as their contracts were not renewed. Elliot had been with WDOK for the past 17 years. The station had featured Elliot’s farewell audio on its website but quickly purged it along with all mentions of the pair within a half hour of his show ending this morning. Jen Toohey remains in the WDOK morning slot. WDOK relaunched as “New 102” in January 2012.