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Sports Radio Changes Begin Today Across The Country

Jason Barrett



While the NFL’s Black Monday is spent focusing on those who are headed to the unemployment line, the sports radio format today celebrates a number of new additions. Many of these stories have been reported on this website over the past few weeks but since we recognize that the holiday’s are a time where you try to unwind and disconnect from the day to day grind, here’s what you need to know to get caught up on anything you might have missed.


92.9 The Game begins a new venture into middays as a result of parting ways last week with Randy Cross. Rick Kamla continues to host the program but the station hasn’t yet announced if they will or won’t replace Cross’ spot.


104.3 The Fan turns its midday program over to Ryan Edwards and Shawn Drotar. Josh Dover and James Gomez take over the late night slot. Mike Evans continues to host morning drive with Joel Dreesen but without Vic Lombardi who has left the station. Mark Schlereth will officially join the show to complete the trio in late January.

iHeart launches into the sports space with Denver Sports 760. Dan Patrick and Colin Cowherd’s programs air on the new sports talker along with two local shows hosted by Andy Lindahl and Dave Logan and Susie Wargin.


SportsTalk 790’s changes go into effect with Matt Thomas joining Lance Zierlein on the “Proper Gentlemen of Sports”. Adam Clanton shifts from mornings to middays where he teams with former NFL veteran Sean Jones from 12p-3p. Charlie Pallilo adds an hour to his afternoon program and now broadcasts from 3p-7p, while Greg Koch and N.D Kalu reduce their program by an hour and now air from 10a-12p.

Miami/South Florida:

640 Sports begins the post-Sid Rosenberg era. The station parted ways with the talented morning man last week due to needing to reduce expenses. Fox Sports Radio’s “Daybreak with Mike North and Andy Furman” settles into morning drive starting today.

Oklahoma City:

Dylan Buckingham takes over middays today on 107.7 The Franchise. His promotion comes as a result of Zach McCrite departing to return home to Louisville, Kentucky.

St. Louis:

CBS Sports 920 kicks off “The Writer’s Block” with Benjamin Hochman, Derrick Goold and Rob Frederickson today at 12pm. The station also has former hockey player and current St. Louis Blues Analyst Kelly Chase debuting his bi-weekly hockey show starting at 2pm.

590 The Fan KFNS begins its new morning show with Dave Rapp and Matt Berger at 6am. Former morning host JC Corcoran shifts to middays with the returning Bob Ramsey and Jeff Vernetti at 11am. Howard Balzer moves his program up to 1pm.


NBC Sports Radio starts the New Year without Erik Kuselias in morning drive. Erik announced two weeks ago he was leaving the network. No permanent changes have been announced yet and the network website still says Kuselias is there but Jim Daniels and Scott Seidenberg were on the air anchoring morning today.

Yahoo Sports Radio kicks off their new weekday programming with Joe Spano in middays and Matt Perrault hosting evenings LIVE from Las Vegas. Perrault will have Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw appearing on his debut program.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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Nick Wilson: Deshaun Watson Press Conference ‘Insulting’ To Local Media

“You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters get to say, ask, or think.”





Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson met with the media for the first time yesterday since being reinstated by the NFL after the league ruled he was guilty of violating the Personal Conduct Policy due to improper sexual advances towards more than two dozen massage therapists. 92.3 The Fan afternoon host Nick Wilson called Watson’s press conference “trash” and “insulting” to local media.

Watson told reporters he would only answer football related questions from the assembled media members, which Wilson took issue with.

“You can’t bury this story simply by saying ‘I won’t talk about it’,” Wilson said. “It is insulting to the media who covers this team. This is not about Nick Wilson, I promise. This is about the beat reporters who cover this team. It is insulting — intentionally or not — to say ‘You know what, guys? I love y’all, but I’m going to dictate what you ask me’.

“You don’t do that. You dictate when you speak, your opening statement, or how you respond. You — neither Deshaun, his lawyers, or anybody involved in this — get to dictate what those reporters — who work very hard day in, day out covering this organization, covering Deshaun Watson, covering this town — get to say, ask, or think. That was trash.”

Co-host Dustin Fox added the whole job of the media is to bring information to fans, and Watson wouldn’t allow reporters to do that Thursday, and may never do that.

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Gregg Giannotti: Biggest Issue With Craig Carton, Jon Jastremski Feud Is “Mole” At WFAN

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems.”




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A feud has sprung up between WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton and former WFAN host John Jastremski. Boomer & Gio discussed the spat on Friday morning’s show, with Gregg Giannotti being troubled by a revelation.

During his New York New York podcast, a voicemail left for Jastremski asked about Carton’s comments, but the caller said a WFAN employee sent him the clip of Carton’s criticism.

“So that means we have a mole,” Boomer Esiason said.

“That right there is a problem,” Gregg Giannotti added. “‘We both have a mutual friend that still works over there’ and that person shared a link of Craig talking about JJ (Jastremski). So, clearly, that person is on JJ’s side and they’re still working here. That’s a mole! That’s someone going against the team! And I think know who that is!”

Esiason then asked if he knew the person, to which Giannotti said he did. He then asked if he would be upset by who it was, which Giannotti affirmed as well.

The show then played the final portion of Jastremski’s rant, which included him saying to Carton “I’m not listening to a crook. So you know what? Go take a f—ing hike.”

“Jesus!” Esiason exclaimed. “Good for JJ, though. Standing up for himself.”

“I like both of these guys. I do. I got respect for both of them,” said Giannotti. “Everybody doesn’t have to go to the jail, crook thing with Craig every single time. Do they? It’s low-hanging fruit. Everybody goes there. There’s no way he can defend himself in that way because everybody saying ‘You went to jail’ didn’t go to jail, and it’s not apples and oranges. But the business stuff is apples-to-apples.

“So when I hear that, I’m just like ‘Ok, you went there. Be a little more creative than that’. As far as I listen to legend things, please, nobody has given me worse advice in my life than Mike Francesa did. Nobody. I would still be out in the newsroom cutting Islander highlights if I listened to that guy. And the only reason why Mike liked JJ was because he didn’t feel he was a threat. The only people Mike likes is the people he feels non-threatened by. And that’s where that comes from.”

After concluding Jastremski’s rant was a “little over the top”, Giannotti then turned his attention to the “mole” inside the station.

“The thing that bothers me the most about this is the leak from within the building. Someone here is sending this audio out to a former listener…to cause problems. That — to me — is an issue. The guy on the voicemail said ‘We may or may not have a mutual friend that still works at the radio station’ and this guy just slammed the radio station. And he’s friends with the guy who slammed the radio station and then slammed Craig and this guy’s on their side?! And this guy that works here is on their side?! That to me is a major, major problem.”

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