ESPN has announced that the Paul Finebaum Show will debut in syndication on Monday, August 12. Based out of ESPN’s Charlotte studios, the program will run daily from 2 to 6pm Eastern. The program will not be distributed as part of the primary ESPN Radio service, but rather as a standalone distributed by Cumulus Media Networks. ESPN affiliates will have first right to the program in all markets. The only stations officially announced for carrying the show as of now are his former home 94.5 WJOX-FM Birmingham and sister 100.5 WJQX Birmingham, which will be flipping to ESPN Radio on Monday.
Update 8/1: As it prepares to flip to ESPN Radio, 100.5 WAPI-FM has changed call letters to WJQX. The station will officially be branded as “JOX 2: 100.5 ESPN” to tie into the branding of sister 94.5 WJOX-FM. That move could lead to ramifications for Townsquare Media’s 99.1 WDGM Tuscaloosa. The station, branded as “99.1 The Deuce“, airs some programming from WJOX dating back to when it was also owned by Cumulus. Townsquare has registered a number of domains related to the hometown Alabama Crimson Tide for the station: 991TheTide.com, 991RollTide.com, 991Tide.com, BamaSports991.com, RollTide991.com, TheTide991.com, Tide991.com, TideRadio991.com, and TideSports991.com. Original Report 7/24: Cumulus Conservative Talk “100 WAPI” will break its AM/FM si...[Read More]
Update 7/25/08: 1005TheVibe.com has been registered by CSC Corporate Domains, the registrar responsible for all of Citadel’s internet operations. We’d expect Rhythmic CHR or Urban to form a tandem with sister Urban AC “Hot 107.7” WUHT to compete with Cox’s Urban “95.7 Jamz” WBHJ and Urban AC “98.7 Kiss” WBHK. Update 7/21/08: As of today, sister Sports 100.5 WJOX has moved to the 94.5 frequency. 100.5, licensed to Northport, AL rimshots Birmingham from the Southwest from near Tuscaloosa, while 94.5 broadcasts from the center of Birmingham. WJOX had moved from 690 AM to 100.5 in November 2006. Original Post 7/5/08: Following its broadcast of the local July 4 fireworks, Citadel Adult CHR “The New 94.5” WYSF Birmingham, AL flipp...[Read More]