At 3pm today, Sinclair Communications pulled the plug on Soft Oldies “Vintage 96.5” W243DJ Norfolk/106.1 WUSH-HD2 Poquoson VA after just two and a half months. The station, which dropped its Active Rock “96.5 Rocks” identity on June 26, has now flipped to a simulcast of “Sports Radio 850” WTAR. The move comes days after WTAR announced a new programming schedule set to debut this coming Monday. Owner Bob Sinclair released the following statement regarding the change: We feel that Sports Radio 850 now has one of the one best lineups of any sports talk radio station in the US, and we just felt it was time to reach an even larger audience by simulcasting the station on 96.5FM. I feel that while ESPN used to be a great brand, the fact is that their morning sh...[Read More]
Sinclair Communications Sports 850 WTAR Norfolk VA is resetting its lineup on Monday, September 18. Nick Bailey, who currently hosts from 7-9am on WTAR will move to afternoons from 3-5pm. Bailey will be joined in his new timeslot by contributors Jason Dick, morning host at Alternative “101X” 101.5 KROX Austin TX which is partially owned by Sinclair, and Washington DC based SBNation Radio morning co-host Tim Murray. With that move Clay Travis’ “Outkick The Coverage” will now air from 6-9am, while The Rich Eisen Show will move from 6-9pm to 5-8pm. The Doug Gottlieb Show comes off the schedule, but the remainder of the Fox Sports Radio network lineup including Dan Patrick from 9am-12pm and Colin Cowherd from 12-3pm remains as is.
Sinclair Communications will flip “Comedy 850” WTAR Norfolk to a mix of News, Talk and Sports on Monday, January 27. VARTV.com shares the audio of the announcement on sister News/Talk 790 WNIS of the change. WTAR’s lineup will feature Wall Street Journal This Morning from 6-9am, Fox Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick from 9am-12pm and Jay Mohr Sports from 12pm-3pm, and Cumulus Media Network’s Michael Savage from 3-6pm. WTAR’s Comedy format registered a 1.0 share in the December 2013 PPM ratings.