Steak Shapiro and Sandra Golden are returning to the airwaves in Atlanta. The former 680 The Fan morning duo are moving across town to join 92.9 The Game for a new show with an old name. Barrett Sports Media broke the news earlier today, it was officially confirmed at 4pm on The Game’s afternoon show Dukes and Bell.
The longtime friends and on-air partners will team up again under the moniker The Front Row. It was the same name their show used previously on 680 The Fan. Additional members of the show cast are expected to be named at a later date.
As with their previous partnership, Shapiro and Golden will not necessarily stick to sports. An email sent to Barrett Sports Media promises the show will cover a variety of Atlanta topics in addition to sports including food and entertainment.
During an appearance today on Dukes & Bell, which included Mark Zinno who was filling in for Mike Bell, Shapiro expressed his excitement to join the station, and specifically to be heard on a big signal on the FM dial.
“After doing this for twenty five years, practically every day of my life, I’ve been off the radio for a minute,” said Shapiro. “To be with Sandra, and bring back The Front Row, and be at this station, I’m used to stations with little bitty signals. That’s been my career. Having started and built a station called 790 The Zone and then somewhere else, to be at a 100,000 watt flamethrower with the NFL, NBA, Atlanta United, big personalities, in a city that’s given me everything I could’ve ever asked for, a city that I love, and to squeeze me in from 9 to 11 every morning, and to be surrounded by these properties, and meet some new guys, I’m thrilled, and have to thank Rick Caffey, Mike Conti and everybody here for putting us in a great spot.”
Shapiro and Golden were radio free agents. Steak lost his job at 680 The Fan in Atlanta amidst Covid-19 related layoffs in 2020. He had been with the station since 2014 in morning drive working alongside Golden and former Falcon Brian Finneran. Prior to that he built an impressive profile as one of the city’s top talents at 790 The Zone, a station where Golden worked as well. Since losing his show at 680, Shapiro has continued hosting his locally produced television show Atlanta Eats.
Golden meanwhile announced she was leaving The Fan a short time after Shapiro. Her final day was February 19, 2021.
“I’ve had a ten year run at the station,” Golden said when announcing her departure from 680. “I’ve been here in Atlanta doing media since 1997 and I feel like it is the greatest blessing of all time.”
The new incarnation of The Front Row will launch on Thursday August 4th. The show will be heard weekdays from 9a-11a. The program is being added to The Game’s current lineup, not replacing another show. Instead, the station will replace a ‘Best of’ hour of John & Hugh’s, and reduce Andy & Randy’s show by 1-hour.
The new lineup at 92.9 The Game will look like this:
5-9 AM: John & Hugh
9-11 AM: The Front Row
11-2 PM: Andy & Randy
2-7 PM: Dukes & Bell
7-11 PM: John Chuckery
NHL All-Star Game Airing Exclusively on SiriusXM After Contract Extension
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter.
SiriusXM and the NHL have reached an extension that will see the satellite service continue to carry every league contest. The new multi-year deal will run through the 2028-2029 season.
Part of the deal includes the NHL All-Star Game airing exclusively on SiriusXM. The game had previously been distributed by Westwood One before Sports USA Media took over the rights in 2021.
The game — held on Saturday, February 4th — will feature Steve Kouleas and Gord Stellick in the booth. Scott Laughlin will work as the broadcast’s rinkside reporter. All three are regulars on NHL Network Radio. Stellick and Laughlin serve as hosts of NHL Morning Skate, while Kouleas hosts the station’s afternoon show, The Power Play.
NHL Network Radio will also provide live coverage of the league’s All-Star Media Day on Thursday, February 2nd and the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 3rd.
The deal includes SiriusXM continuing to produce and distribute SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on the platform for the duration of the contract.
Peter Rosenberg: Gio’s Rant ‘Gimmick Infringement’ of Don La Greca
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay.
The war of words between WFAN’s Boomer & Gio and 98.7 ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show continued Monday, with a quip from Peter Rosenberg about a rant from Gregg Giannotti.
Giannotti, a Vikings fan, was discussing his viewing situation during Monday morning’s show as the franchise played the New York Giants. His wife, two daughters, mother, mother-in-law, and best friend joined him to watch the Super Wild Card game, and the WFAN host detailed that the situation grew more tense with each passing moment due to comments made by those in attendance.
Giannotti eventually admitted to yelling at his friend, and jokingly shouted “Not the time, Louise!” after his mother-in-law commented about how good the Giants had gotten during a Saquon Barkley touchdown run.
The rant didn’t go unnoticed by Rosenberg, however, and he replied to Giannotti’s video clip of the segment by saying “Fake Don Lagrecca (sic) much? This is called gimmick infringement”.
The comment from Rosenberg comes after Giannotti was critical of he and La Greca last week. Giannotti claimed the pair were “bootlicking” Michael Kay after walking back comments he made about getting a producer at the station fired by calling them “performance art”.
While criticising Kay, Giannotti could not identify Rosenberg, only calling him “whatever his face”.
“He’s gonna retire. It doesn’t matter whether you kiss his ass or not, it’s not gonna be the difference in you getting that job when he leaves,” Giannotti said of La Greca and Rosenberg. “Just stop it. Just stop kissing his ass.”
Rosenberg responded to the disapproval from Giannotti last week by tweeting “My favorite part of the trash talk from the guy on the fan is ‘pick on someone your own size Michael Kay… pick on me’…LOL who are you?!!!!”
Jim Rome: Sad Paul Allen Is The Saddest Thing Ever
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down.”
One of Super Wild Card Weekend’s biggest upsets came in the Giants/Vikings game on Sunday afternoon, and Vikings radio voice Paul Allen obviously wasn’t thrilled about the final offensive play.
Jim Rome picked up on that listening to Allen’s call of Kirk Cousins finding T.J. Hockenson short of the line to gain, ending Minnesota’s season.
Rome said he hurt for Allen, who like many followers of the Vikings were shocked to see the second seed in the NFC playoffs bounced the first weekend.
“On the one hand sad P.A. is the saddest thing ever. I hate that so much,” Rome said Monday. “But he turns into pissed P.A. too. I mean that is a brutal way to lose. And what’s sadder than sad P.A.?”
Allen went viral halfway through the 2022-23 season, with his calls of a wild game against the Buffalo Bills on November 13. Allen went through a complete roller coaster of emotions as Buffalo fought to win 33-30 in overtime.
Rome added that he thought disappointing Allen was the worst of all for the NFC North champs.
“Never mind letting yourselves down, never mind letting your employer down, never mind letting your fans down, you let the great P.A. down,” he said.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing 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 and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.