Entercom Makes Major Lineup Changes To WQAM & WAXY Miami; Rebranding 560 As The Joe
Entercom is shuffling the programming on its two Sports stations in the Miami market to take 560 WQAM in a more national direction rebranded as “560 The Joe” and making “790 The Ticket” WAXY more locally focused starting Monday, August 5.
The new all-local “790 The Ticket” will move current 1-4pm hosts Brendan Tobin, Brian ‘The Beast’ London and Leroy Hoard into mornings from 6-10am. Former morning hosts Jonathan Zaslow and Amber Wilson move to middays from 10am-2pm. WQAM afternoon hosts Marc Hochman and Channing Crowder will move to WAXY from 2-6pm, but also simulcast on WQAM from 3-6pm. Zach Duarte adds the 6pm hour to his former 7-10pm show on nights with no Miami Heat game and CBS Sports Radio’s Scott Ferrall and Amy Lawrence will run in late nights.
The “560 The Joe” lineup will feature current morning hosts Joe Rose and Zach Krantz remaining in that slot. ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard will move from his former homebase at 790 to WQAM for 10am to 1pm and eliminating the local only hour show his team did on WAXY. ESPN’s Stephen A Smith will be added from 1-3pm. Best of programming will air from 6-7pm and ESPN Radio in nights and overnights around Miami Dolphins, University of Miami and Florida Panthers play-by-play.
The moves result in two departures from the cluster: WAXY morning co-host Brett Romberg and WQAM midday co-host Josh Friedman. Friedman’s co-host Alex Donno will remain with the company to work on University of Miami broadcasts and hosting Fight Night, while former WAXY afternoon host Curtis Stevenson will remain in an off-air capacity.
Entercom ended up with two Miami sports talkers following its 2017 purchase of CBS Radio. WAXY held a 0.9 share in the June 2019 Nielsen Audio ratings while WQAM had a 0.5 share. iHeartMedia’s 940 WINZ had a 0.3 share.
Right now the plan is for us to do the final local hour (as presently constituted) on 790 The Ticket on Monday morning. Entercom is giving us the opportunity to say goodbye to that frequency and we’re going to take them up on that offer. – An obviously disappointed Mike Ryan
— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) August 2, 2019
— Curtis J. Stevenson (@CapCurtis) August 2, 2019
Sad to say our midday show is no more. I’m still with 560 WQAM for Canes broadcasts, Fight Night and other things. We were having an amazing time and it was a blessing to work with @560Friedo, @DanDayRadio, @AlexMSolana and hearing from every1 who made our show part of their day.
— Alex Donno (@AlexDonno) August 2, 2019
I'm very sorry to say that due to cost cutting, I'm no longer with @560WQAM. I want to especially thank @AlexDonno, @DanDayRadio, @AlexMSolana, @ZachKrantz, @JoeRoseShow, @MarcHochman and @OfficialCrowder. I'm going to miss this job terribly and don't know what the future holds.
— Josh Friedman (@560Friedo) August 2, 2019
Entercom, a leading media and entertainment company and the unrivaled leader in sports radio, announced an enhanced local programming lineup on AM 790 The Ticket (WAXY-AM), home of the Miami Heat. Subsequently, sister station WQAM, home of the Miami Dolphins, University of Miami Hurricanes and Florida Panthers, will be rebranded as 560 The Joe WQAM. All changes are effective August 5.
“Our stations are the home of sports in Miami. These strategic enhancements to our programming allow us to better serve fans and increase opportunities for our partners,” said Keriann Worley, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom South Florida. “We are committed to maximizing fan engagement and look forward to bringing them more coverage of their favorite local sports teams.”
AM 790 The Ticket weekday lineup is as follows:
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “Tobin, Leroy & Beast”
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: “Zaslow & Amber”
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: “Hoch and Crowder”
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: “Zack Duarte” or game
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.: “Scott Ferrall”
2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.: “Amy Lawrence”
560 The Joe WQAM weekday lineup is as follows:
6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: “The Joe Rose Show with Zach Krantz”
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: “Dan Le Batard with Stugotz”
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: “Stephen A. Smith Show”
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: “Hoch and Crowder”
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: “Best of 560 The Joe”
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: “Spain & Company”
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.: “Freddie & Fitzsimmons”
1:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.: “SportsCenter All Night”
5:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.: “First & Last with Jason Fitz”