One of the founders of sports talk radio in Nashville will return to hosting a daily show this summer.
After nearly four decades working in radio, George Plaster spent the last two years as Belmont University’s Associate Athletic Director of Marketing. According to The Tennessean, Plaster resigned from his Belmont position earlier in the week, with plans to return to the airwaves.
Expected to debut July 15th, Plaster will host a daily sports show from 3 – 6pm on WSM 650, a 50,000 watt country music station known for being the home of The Grand Ole Opry.
“There were two things I had to have if I was ever going to get back into radio,” Plaster told The Tennessean. “The first one was I wanted a strong signal and WSM-AM is one of the twelve strongest AM signals in the country. The other was I wanted to know that management of the station was going to be supportive of me and with (WSM general manager) Chris Kulick that’s a given. He’s one of my closest friends in radio and I know he shares the exact same visions for how this is going to be done that I do.”
The 3 – 6pm timeslot is a familiar one for Plaster, having hosted those three hours from 2003 – 2012 on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone and from 2012 – 2016 on 102.5 The Game. Last year, Plaster launched a Sunday night show on his new radio home, WSM 650. According to Plaster, listener interaction will modernize, but the formatics of his new show will mimic that of his past programs.
“We’ll talk sports. That’s not to say we’re not going to have fun doing it because we are,” Plaster said. “The other part is it’s not just going to be me talking. I want listener participation as much as anybody in this business. It will change some because the world has changed, but a lot of what we’ll do is a lot of the kinds of things we’ve done throughout all those years.”
Station GM, Chris Kulick noted with WSM continuing to carry a country music format, Plaster’s afternoon drive sports show will feature guest appearances from some of today’s biggest stars in music. The addition of Plaster to WSM will see Nashville Today move to a new time of 10am – noon.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”