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  • #152045

    udfan07
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    Looks like the new sports station will debut at 3pm today. Bruce Hooley will have a show from 3 to 7 pm and the station will be called 105.7 The Zone

    #152046

    gabigley1
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    105.7 appear to be stunting now with old tOSU and Michigan play by play football games. If this(105.7 Zone) was going to happen, I was expecting it to happen by Thursday morning. They just gave an ID for ‘WTVN 610’, for when this game was originally aired on WTVN! They didn’t remove this old ‘WTVN’ ID from this original play by play broadcast! I now hear BOB CONNERS on this play by play , so I’m guessing its from the 70s??!! Awesome to hear BC again!

    #152048

    schafe
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    That’s Ken Coleman on PBP, Connors on color. Coleman had previously done Browns and Indians games in Cleveland before becoming a legendary Red Sox announcer. Of course his son, Casey, became a legend of his own in Cleveland.

    #152050

    udfan07
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    #152060

    xmusicmatt
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    Not surprised. Now I question what they will do with 1230/105.3 with Fox Sports filling in on 105.7 now between the local shows.

    #152061

    Bill
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    Hooley’s show will be from 6am – 9am, according to the RadioInsight article and the statement from iHeartMedia Columbus.  http://radioinsight.com/blog/headlines/109267/105-7-the-zone-debuting-in-columbus/

    One 3-hour local program isn’t going to cut it.  105.7 The Zone does have the advantage of airing the Cavaliers.  But if they want to be taken seriously by listeners, they’re going to need to add additional local content, and not rely so heavily on national programming.  Otherwise I can’t see this station receiving anything higher than a 1.0 Nielsen rating.

    #152066

    Nathan Obral
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    Supposedly the plan calls for additional local programming. They will need to; effectively simulcasting 1230/105.3 for 21 hours a day is not going to work.

    Hooley and iHeart have been suggesting that the morning show, along with other potential local programs, can and will be simulcast on other iHeart sports stations in Ohio (Hooley referred to it on Twitter as the “I-71/77 corridor.”) and that it would be “syndicated to NEO at the beginning of the year.”

    Those stations currently include:

    • WNCO 1340 Ashland
    • WARF 1350 Akron^^
    • WSAI 1360 Cincinnati
    • WNIO 1390 Youngstown
    • WONE 980 Dayton
    • WBBD 1400 Wheeling WV
    • WIRO 1230 Ironton
    • WTCR 1420 Huntington WV^^^
    • WCWA 1230 Toledo

    ^^ WARF is one of two stations that clear Fox Sports Radio in the Cleveland market; Elyria Chronicle-owned WEOL 930 Elyria is the other.
    ^^^ WTCR and WIRO act as semi-satellites of each other.

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    #152067

    Nathan Obral
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    I would be shocked if iHeart wasn’t actively trying to woo Torg from the Q and put him in afternoon drive directly against his former show on the Fan.

    THAT would be a true shot in the arm for 105.7.

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    #152077

    MediaFan85
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    Not surprised. Now I question what they will do with 1230/105.3 with Fox Sports filling in on 105.7 now between the local shows.

    Maybe 1230 can become CBS Sports Radio and 105.3 can become the new home of The X. Just an idea. Or 1230 becomes the home of syndicated programming not on 610.

    #152079

    xmusicmatt
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    Maybe 1230 can become CBS Sports Radio and 105.3 can become the new home of The X. Just an idea. Or 1230 becomes the home of syndicated programming not on 610.

    Whatever 1230 takes 105.3 has to air as 105.3 is a translator for AM 1230 and can’t rebroadcast anything else.

    #152080

    Bill
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    WCKY AM (ESPN 1530) is a second sports station in Cincinnati owned by iHeartMedia.  WSAI (FOX Sports 1360) carries the FOX Sports Radio lineup 24/7;  ESPN 1530 airs ESPN Radio’s lineup 21 hours a day.  The only local content on 1530 is from 3pm-6pm.

    #152081

    Bill
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    Torg would probably have to sit out and fulfill a no-compete clause if he leaves QFM.  I’m guessing on-air talent have no-compete clauses regardless if he / she is terminated or leaves a station voluntarily.

    #152091

    schmave
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    I would be shocked if iHeart wasn’t actively trying to woo Torg from the Q and put him in afternoon drive directly against his former show on the Fan.

    THAT would be a true shot in the arm for 105.7.

    Absolutely. If they are going to limit local programming to three hours per day (not counting live games of regional teams), this will not last all that long. In this size market, people want and deserve local.
    I would like to see 1230 get CBS Sports Radio, but would iHeart basically cannibalize 105.7’s audience by going in that direction? That frequency unfortunately is a dumping ground for formats anyway and has been for years. Maybe go with talk, getting such programs as Herman Cain, Clark Howard and Dave Ramsey, stuff that doesn’t already air in this market.

    #152108

    delgriffith
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    My guess for 1230 would be regional latino.  Both the AM and translator signals serves the geographic population area well.

    #152111

    Nathan Obral
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    105.3 was meant to be paired with 1230 per the “AM Revitalization Abandonment” initiative. There’s next to no chance that they will separate.

    As for CBS Sports Radio… it’s not cleared by any other iHeart station AFAIK. NBC Sports Radio is cleared by iHeart stations, but 97.1 The Fan already clears it vis-a-vis “Pro Football Talk.”

    I think the ultimate goal is to make 105.7 a majority local sports station, and 1230/105.3 remaining as the national feed for FSR.

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