Twelve years after flipping to the sports format, 92.3 The Fan is planning an unprecedented celebration to honor its time on the air. The station is holding an event called The Dirty Dozen next Friday, Aug. 25 where all of its local programming will be live together on one stage. The announcement was made Monday morning on The Ken Carman Show with Anthony Lima, where they welcomed original station host Andy Baskin to the air to talk about the significance of the event.
“I just want to go back and relive all the nasty calls we got from the beginning era of 92.3 The Fan,” Baskin said. “All the people that were mad that we were not playing alternative music anymore. Oh wait, there weren’t very many of those.”
“Remember, you were in the middle of the day,” Carman replied. “I was at night – there were a few more of those calls.”
The station previously broadcast modern rock and alternative music before moving to sports on Aug. 29, 2011. Getting people to listen to the new sports station was a difficult task during the early days because of the familiarity the station had fostered with its audience.
“Can I tell you about a Saturday night show for five hours that I did where I had to beg my friends to call?,” Lima said. “I went out there after the show and said, ‘Well, maybe I should have stayed in television.’”
While it was not ideal to be taking calls from people looking for music, Carman remembered eventually just giving in so he could have other voices over the air. Through his proficiency as an on-air host, he was able to shift those conversations to focus on the topic at hand.
“It just became a big Nirvana or Foo Fighters debate and then I go, ‘Alright, what do you think about the Browns?,’ and they’d eventually get in about the Browns,” Carman said. “….We’ve taken many a call that was much more unhinged since that time.”
Lima, along with Carman and Baskin, are looking forward to reminiscing on the early days of the station and its evolution to this point at the forthcoming event. Carman made sure to remind listeners that they can be a part of it by listening live or using the rewind function on the Audacy app. Over the 12 years, the Cleveland sports scene has had several triumphs and tribulations – including a World Series appearance in 2016 and long-awaited NBA championship by the Cavaliers during that same year.
“It has been a tremendous honor to be with both of you at the same time,” Baskin said to Carman and Lima. “I enjoyed working with you over the last two weeks individually to hear all of your little faults on how you guys get under each other’s skin. It has been fantastic being able to jump in on the morning show.”
John Kincade Celebrates 700th Show at 97.5 The Fanatic
“In radio, if you could find a show that’s faced more adversity in 700 shows, I’d like to buy them a beer.
97.5 The Fanatic host John Kincade reached a milestone for his show on Tuesday – show number 700.
Kincade has been on the air at the Philadelphia station since 2020. He made sure to show love to everyone involved with the show for all they’ve done.
“Congratulations to the entire crew,” he said.
The road to 700 for Kincade in Philly hasn’t always been an easy one. One thing John has been dealing with has been a colon cancer diagnosis back in the spring that led to a brief time away from the show.
Still, Kincade was thankful for the listeners who’ve continued to tune in and get the show to this point.
“In radio, if you could find a show that’s faced more adversity in 700 shows, I’d like to buy them a beer. That is what I would say to you,” Kincade added. “We appreciate all of you being a part of us for 700 shows, and we hope you’re gonna be with us for the next 700.”
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.
Paul Allen: I Don’t Know What We’ll Do if Taylor Swift Says Yes to Announcing With Us
Allen offered to let Swift announce a portion of the upcoming Vikings/Chiefs game with him on KFAN.
It’s been a few days since VP of programming for iHeart Twin Cities Greg Swedberg attempted to get Taylor Swift’s attention ahead of Sunday’s Chiefs/Vikings game in Minneapolis. But Swedberg’s offer for Swift to come to the KFAN FM 100.3 broadcast booth and potentially do some play-by-play with Paul Allen still stands.
Swedberg was a guest with Paul Allen on Tuesday. Allen, the radio voice of the Vikings, asked Swedberg what exactly the plan was for Swift if she happened to see him and say hello.
“I thought she could come in and give you a break on play-by-play,” Swedberg joked.
“That’d be sweet! That’d be great!” Allen responded.
Swedberg has known Taylor Swift since she was a teenager just breaking through on the country music scene. While he said he wouldn’t consider them close friends, they know each other as associates.
Allen asked what would happen if she did show up. She usually rolls pretty deep with security and the like, so the situation in the broadcast booth could be crazy. But Swedberg did say he realizes Swift likely isn’t going to come say hello or anything on Sunday. He acknowledged that it’s possible Taylor doesn’t even show up in Minnesota at all. He just wishes some people would let people enjoy things.
“It’s a bit. Pretty much everything we do here is a bit to a certain extent,” he said. “But, I wouldn’t rule it out. It’s possible.”
“We would make room, wouldn’t we?” Allen asked.
Paul asked Greg the possibility that Swift and Travis Kelce’s family could be situated in a suite near the broadcast booth. Swedberg said if that’s the case, it would make it hard for her to ignore stopping in to say hi.
“If she wants to come in, it’s a quick trip from that booth – I’ve made that little trip myself – into your booth,” Swedberg said.
“It’s an extreme longshot, but hey, you know somebody for 17 years you take a shot,” he added. “And she’s very conscious of PR, and it would be a great scene!”
Greg Hill: NFL, Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift All Working Together for Publicity Stunt
“I don’t think Taylor Swift needs the publicity.”
Are Taylor Swift, Travis Kelce, and the NFL in cahoots to drive publicity for each other? That’s what WEEI morning host Greg Hill believes.
During The Greg Hill Show Tuesday, the Boston-based host led a discussion about whether or not Swift was more popular than the NFL. Co-host Courtney Cox argued that it’s undeniable she is more famous than the NFL on the global stage. Meanwhile, colleague Jermaine Wiggins argued the pop start isn’t even the most popular artist in America.
“The reason this came up is because of the massive fraud, charade that is being pulled on America by all of them,” Hill said. “And that’s Kelce, that’s her, and that’s the NFL. Who is it benefiting the most? I think Courtney is right. I don’t think Taylor Swift needs the publicity.”
Producer Chris Curtis claimed 2.5 million people in Brazil watched Super Bowl LVII, while only 2 million attempted to get tickets for Swift’s shows in the country. Cox argued that was an apples-to-oranges comparison.
Hill maintained the alleged relationship between Swift and Kelce is simply a ploy by the NFL to seek out a new potential fan base with Swift’s massive following.