Former ESPN and Comcast SportsNet Houston anchor Steve Bunin will join Gow Media’s KFNC (97.5 FM) Wednesday as co-host of the station’s midday talk show with former ESPN colleague Sean Salisbury.
Bunin, who was among the dozens of CSN Houston employees who were laid off when bankrupt CSN Houston was sold to AT&T and DirecTV last fall, takes the position vacated by former station program director Dave Tepper, who left Houston to work for a station group in Omaha.
Along with the noon-2 p.m. show with Salisbury, he also will contribute to Gow Media’s Yahoo! Sports Radio and to network flagship station KGOW (1560 AM), said Chris Hall, the stations’ vice president and general manager.
“We are bringing in Steve for a broad role,” Hall said. “His primary role will be the noon show, but he will be able to work on the network, and we are excited about being to able to work with him on a national level.”
Bunin and Salisbury worked together at ESPN on television and radio, and Bunin said he has followed Salisbury’s career since the former NFL quarterback was a rookie with the Seahawks in Seattle, Bunin’s home town.
“It’s the end of a long winter,” said Bunin, who elected to remain in Houston with his wife, who is a rheumatologist at Methodist Hospital, and daughter rather than seek a job elsewhere in broadcasting.
“Sean was the kind of guy who would buy pizza for everybody in the office during ‘Monday Night Football’ (at ESPN),” Bunin said. “We will have an informative, entertaining show with two guys who enjoy their job.”
KFNC’s local programming is limited because of its ESPN Radio affiliation, but Hall said the station will consider expanding the Bunin-Salisbury midday show if circumstances warrant. As for the chance to work with Gow’s national network, Bunin said, “It’s also appealing to get back with a national platform.”
Salisbury also will continue to co-host an afternoon show with John Granato on KGOW.
Credit to the Houston Chronicle who originally published this story
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Kevin Shockey Named Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio
Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015.
KJR Assistant Program Director Kevin Shockey has been named the new Program Director of Altitude Sports Radio in Denver.
“I’m leaving a station that I love and going to a new station with talent that I believe in and I can’t wait to work with,” Shockey said in a Facebook post announcing the move. He added that it’s time “for a new challenge and a step up. That also means it is time to step out and take a risk.”
Shockey has been with iHeartMedia in Seattle since August of 2006, ascending to the Assistant Program Director role in 2015. He will fill the seat vacated by Dave Tepper, who became the Program Director of KOA earlier this summer.
His final day at KJR will be Wednesday. He’s expected to start working in Denver on Monday October 10th.
Dan Le Batard: What 790 the Ticket Did to Jonathan Zaslow Was Horrifying
“But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful.
The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz used its local hour portion of their podcast to discuss the folding of Miami’s 790 the Ticket. A large portion of the show staff previously worked at The Ticket and had many memories and thoughts on the end of an era for the brand.
Le Batard began by saying that it feels like they’ve grieved four different things in relation to the station, but it still stirred something when the news became official. Le Batard asked Stugotz, one of the founders of the station, what he felt when the switch happened.
“I wasn’t as sad as I thought I would be for a couple of reasons,” Stugotz said. “One: super proud of what we accomplished and built there. Secondly, and I’m serious about this, it probably lasted 17 years longer than what I thought it was going to last and for that I am thankful.”
The show went on to talk about one of the last pillars of the station, Jonathan Zaslow, being let go recently and how it was the final connective tissue that many had to the station where they began.
“My connection point (to 790 the Ticket) was the people there,” began Mike Ryan Ruiz. “The final nail in the coffin was when they let (Jonathan) Zaslow go, who was one of the original 790 hires. They did so in a crude fashion, I felt but…”
“Oh it was crude. It was crude,” Le Batard jumped in. “And that is what got stirred for me. That’s what got stirred for me when, it seemed 790 was dead to me because of some of the stuff that happened with the Local Hour at the end that I found disrespectful. But what they did to Zas was horrifying. What they did to Zaslow after 18 years of service, calling him in and not giving him any explanation, awful. The awful part of this awful radio business.”
Ruiz said that Zaslow should have been given an explanation and it wouldn’t have taken much.
“In fact, the explanation Zaslow should have gotten was ‘we’re consolidating both stations and don’t worry, we’ll tell the Miami Heat for you,’. Should have been a nice little human touch in regards to the Zaslow thing.”
Kayla Anderson Added to 104.5 The Zone Morning Show
Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor to WKRN-TV in Nashville.
Kayla Anderson has been added to the 104.5 The Zone morning show, newly titled Ramon, Kayla, and Will, joining Ramon Foster and Will Boling on the Nashville station.
Anderson will begin hosting Wednesday morning. She has previously worked as a sports anchor, reporter, and digital contributor on WKRN-TV in Nashville. A graduate of Washington State University, she has also worked at television stations in Spokane, Missoula, Tucson, and Columbus in addition to her time in Nashville.
“After spending the last 15 years in local TV covering sports, I’m thrilled to venture into Sports Talk radio, joining 104.5 The Zone in the mornings with Ramon, Will and producer Jonathan Shaffer,” Anderson said. “I’m truly looking forward to hanging with this talented crew, talking sports, interacting with the listeners, and having lots of fun doing it!”
Anderson said on Twitter she is “so excited to join this group!”
Boling had been the interim host of the morning show after the August departure of Jason Martin.
Ramon, Kayla, and Will will be heard from 6:00 AM-10:00 AM each weekday morning.