The arrival of the internet followed by the explosion of social media during the past decade has led to a massive change in the way people receive sports information. As a result, it’s forced broadcasters to take a closer look at what’s critical and less important on their radio stations.
For KNBR in San Francisco, they’ve arrived at the conclusion that the need for sports updates was minimal, and as a result they’ve made the tough decision to eliminate them from their on-air presentation.
Due to the change in strategy, update anchors Matt Kolsky and Joe Hughes are no longer working for the station. Hughes and Kolsky each thanked the station and their former colleagues on Twitter and acknowledged that although it’s tough to lose an opportunity, they understood the station’s decision and the way listener habits had changed in recent years.
Ryan Covay who also contributed on-air as a host, update anchor and off the air as a producer is sticking around. Kate Scott who previously delivered updates in morning drive left the station in January.
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 [email protected].
FOX Sports Radio Added to Sports 1440 in Edmonton
“We heard loud and clear from our listeners that they wanted even more sports coverage, and now that’s going to happen overnights and on weekends with FOX Sports Radio.”
After debuting last month, Sports 1440 in Edmonton has bulked up its daily lineup by adding syndicated shows from FOX Sports Radio.
“We heard loud and clear from our listeners that they wanted even more sports coverage, and now that’s going to happen overnights and on weekends with FOX Sports Radio,” said Jackie Rae Greening, Sports 1440 Program Director. “We’re excited for their great team to join ours!”
The network’s morning show — Two Pros and a Cup of Joe with LaVar Arrington, Brady Quinn, and Jonas Knox will be heard from 4-7 AM. Additionally, The Jason Smith Show with Mike Harmon and The Ben Maller Show will be heard consecutively from 9:00 PM-4:00 AM. The entire FOX Sports Radio lineup will be heard on weekends in the Alberta capital.
The addition of the network lineup coincides with local programming being announced on Sports 1440. The Kevin Karius Show is heard from 7-11 AM, while Fantasy Frenzy with Halley & Douglas airs from 11 AM-12 PM. The Lowdown with Lowetide airs from 12-2 PM, with The Jason Gregor Show handling afternoon drive from 2-6 PM.
Sports 1440 is owned and operated by Stingray Radio. It is the lone sports station in the Edmonton market after the abrupt shutdown of TSN 1260 in June.
100.9 The Mitt Debuts in Central Michigan
“Our area has such great sports fans and we wanted to recommit ourselves to them.”
Michigan Baseball Foundation Enterprises has rebranded WLUN-FM as Sports Radio 100.9 The Mitt through a partnership with FOX Sports Radio.
The new station features a morning show from the Michigan Sports Network titled X’s and BrO’s with Anthony Bellino, along with a local evening program called The Payoff. Afternoons also feature The Huge Show with host Bill Simonson from 3 to 6 p.m., marking a new era for the station that was previously associated with ESPN Radio.
In addition to syndicated national programs, including The Dan Patrick Show and The Herd with Colin Cowherd, listeners will be able to tune into live sporting events including the NFL on Westwood One, Great Lakes Loons baseball, Michigan State football and basketball, and local high school sporting events.
Brad Tunney has been named the general manager of the station. Tunney has been with the entity since 2015 as a member of the Loons broadcast team.
“Our area has such great sports fans and we wanted to recommit ourselves to them,” he said in a statement. “FOX is a perfect partner for us to get national favorites like Dan and Colin on the air between a local lineup of seven hours of local talk. I’m really excited for our listeners to also re-gain a live local show in The Payoff that they can interact with and lean on for great local sports coverage.”
Despite the new position, Tunney will continue to be on the call for the games along with John Vicari delivering the play-by-play. Vicari will also be commentating on most of the high school sports coverage on 100.9 The Mitt while serving as the broadcast and content coordinator for the outlet. Rich Juday will continue in his role as the director of sales complete with a new slate of on-air and off-air offerings.
Sactown Sports Turns Afternoons Over To ‘The Drive Guys’, Whitey Gleason and Kyle Draper
“The new afternoon show officially launches on Wednesday, October 4th.”
Three months after joining forces in middays, Sactown Sports 1140AM hosts Kevin “Whitey” Gleason and Chris Watkins are being split up to complete the station’s daytime lineup.
Effective Wednesday, The Drive Guys featuring Gleason and Sacramento Kings studio host Kyle Draper take over afternoon drive from 2-6 PM. Watkins remains in middays. He had been hosting the Chris Watkins & Co Show in a fill-in capacity from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM since April.
“We are excited to continue to elevate the Sactown Sports brand with the addition of The Drive Guys,” Bonneville Sacramento SVP and market manager Steve Cottingim said. “Kevin has been a fabric in the Sacramento community for four decades now and pairing him with Kyle Draper, who is a familiar voice to our listeners through the Sacramento Kings broadcast, just highlights our commitment to Sacramento sports.”
Gleason confirmed the move on Monday evening, and Watkins chimed in expressing his thanks to Kevin for all he had done the past few months. Watkins joined Bonneville Sacramento in 2018 and went from assistant promotions director to producer and podcast host to midday host in a five-year span.
The full daytime lineup for Sactown Sports begins at 6 AM with The Carmichael Dave Show with Jason Ross and concludes with Gleason and Draper.
Gleason is no stranger to Sacramento listeners. He has been regularly featured on the air in town for more than four decades, primarily as a part of The Rise Guys morning show from 1999-2011. He also hosted on ESPN 1320 for five years with Mark Kreidler.
Draper has been hosting for NBC Sports California’s Kings coverage since 2020. Before arriving to California’s capital city, he served in a similar capacity for NBC Sports Boston for 11 years.
The Sactown Sports 1140AM lineup has gone through a few changes in 2023. Dave “Deuce” Morgan and Morgan Ragan left in April. Nick Cattles and Ramie Makhlouf followed over the summer. Sactown Sports is hoping Gleason and Draper can add stability and a drive time show that local fans enjoy tuning in for.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.