"Sports Talk" auditions starts, Country "STAR" ends
The latest from the radio dial today:
Yes, Tom Gamble will be hosting WLW-AM's "SportsTalk" tonight, as Dennis Janson reported on the news Monday night. But he not the permanent replacement for Andy Furman. At least not yet. Gamble, one of the "Two Angry Guys”"morning team on WCKY-AM (1530 HOMER) was absent from the show this morning because he’s doing the "SportsTalk" tonight.
Darryl Parks, operations director for Clear Channel’s stations, says it a try-out. He says he's just starting the process of looking for a host. He won't say how long Gamble will be doing the show. He says he hasn't started the interview process for replacing Furman, who was fired last week after 18 years at the satation. Furman was suspended with pay for almost three weeks for calling Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh a “racist” on his Oct. 6 show.
Parks didn’t say how many candidates he might interview. And yes, former WBOB-AM sports talk host Tim Lewis has moved back to town, and he has told me that he’s contacted Parks about working for Clear Channel.
Woiuld Gamble be a good choice? Did you like hearing Richard Skinner going solo on the HOMER morning show today? Let me know.
Country STAR vanishes
The goofy countdown on FM 94.9 -- which replaced the country "STAR" format today -- will be broadcast for more that 48 hours, till about noon Thursday. That's when a new format -- music of some kind -- debuts on 94.9, and the old "STAR" country from 96.5/4.9 morphs into the new country "Wolf" on 97.3.
Jim Bryant, market manager for the four Entercom stations (formerly CBS Radio), won't say what kind of format will be placed on powerful 94.9. Could be hard rock to go against WEBN, could be a up tempo dance format sometimes called Party or Movin'. Maybe some of you can tell me what you hear about it, or give me your best guesses.
Entercom obtained country STAR 94.9 last week in a swap to Cumulus for oldies WGRR (103.5), to give Entercom a country monopoly with WUBE-FM (105.1). They're moving country to a weaker signal on 97.3 to protect B1o5, the city's No. 1 music station (WLW-AM is No. 1 overall). But the new Wolf will sound slightly different. The Ken & Kitty morning show stays, but Jesse Tack moves from midday to afternoon drive. Kat O'Connor will move from B105 to middays on the Wolf. Bryant won't say who will do middays on B105, or nights on the Wolf.
During the stunt, country listeners will have to go to B105.