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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

Paul "The Fish" Sturgeon Hooked By 96.5

After a 3-1/2 year absence, "The Fish" has returned to radio. Paul "The Fish" Sturgeon was added to the WFTK-FM (SupertalkFM96.5) airaves at noon-3 p.m. last Saturday. He's on again tomorrow, and he will fill in for Andy Furman 4-7 p.m. Monday.

Sturgeon, 38, was a part of the old WBOB-AM (1160) "The Score" and "Bob" sports stations from 1995 to 2000, when Clear Channel bought it and shut it down. He did periodic fill-in work at Clear Channel, but has been off the air since January 2004. His real job is in sales for a local marketing company.

"The chance to be back on the air talking sports, guy stuff and entertaining people -- I just can't quantify my exuberence," he says. "Sometimes you don't know how much you miss something until you get to do it again."

Sturgeon, a 1987 Lloyd High School graduate, had offers from stations out of town, but he didn't want to leave here. He studied communications at UK, and was thinking about law school, when he switched gears and started interning at The Score in 1995.

"This is something I've wanted to do again, but the right opportunity just hasn't been there," he says.

It's been quite a week for WBOB-AM alumni. Sturgeon started his new show last Saturday... Richard Skinner, who began his "Two Angry Guys" show with Tom Gamble on WBOB, was fired Monday from Clear Channel's WCKY-AM (HOMER 1530)... and Tim "The Big Dog Lewis," former WBOB PD and host, took over Skinner's morning show on Tuesday. Lewis had hired the "Two Angry Guys" in 1997.

By the way, from what I hear the "Two Angry Guys" will reunite, and do a morning show on Supertalk by the end of the year. Having the "Two Angries" in the morning, with Andy Furman in the afternoon, would give that station a boost.... though certainly not No. 1 in the market or anything crazy like that, despite Furman's recent claims that Supertalk is "the bigger one." Calm down, Andy :)

Welcome back, Fish.


at 5/28/2007 10:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can seeing it slowly taking shape. WFTK 96.5 in the not too
distant future will become the sports leader in this market. Slowly Clear Channel is showing signs of weakness and fading. Now lets hope the following happens to 96.5:
The re-birth of the two angry guys.
The moving of the Reds broadcasts to 96.5.
The moving of the Bengals and finally firing Brad, I think I am an announcer, Johannsen.
Right on 96.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

at 5/28/2007 9:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha! That's funny...... I needed to luugh. 96.5 a SPORTS LEADER? They have Miami. They won't get the Reds. The Bengals are way to happy at CC. Think again...Furman!

at 5/29/2007 7:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

haaa. thats funny - The Bengals happy with Clear Channel? Are your nuts. Who could like the constant yealling and ho-hoing that Lapham does on the broadcasts. You can hardly hear whats going on with him sounding like someone getting drilled in the back of a Nash Rambler!!!! He knows football, but the antics got to go. Not enough space here to go into detail about how horrible Brad J is.

at 6/05/2007 9:54 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gentlemen: The Bengals signed a long-term extension (7 years?) with CC prior to last season and eventual new ownership maintains renewal option.

You can forget the BENGALS. The Reds, while a possibility would not make a deal to broadcast exclusively on FM given the long history on a huge AM proprty which, I believe is #1.

at 6/05/2007 10:53 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO ANON 9:54....The Reds will do what they believe is good for their NETWORK. WLW is killing their network and their ability to market to cities like Dayton, Lexington, and Louisville. When CC puts the Reds on a station in Lexington with less than 100 watts at night, that doesn't help the local marketing of the team. They don't care if it's AM or FM.

It doesn't really matter if the station is #1. That's an overall 12+ number that is meaningless. KTRS in St. Louis is now the home of the cardinals and they're the #10 station in the market. The same now goes for Pittsburgh and Minneapolis.

Look for WLW to keep the games because CC bent over. WLW does NOT want to lose that image.

at 6/05/2007 3:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

to ANON at 9:54. Oh God , they signed a 7 year deal. Does that mean we have to suffer that long before they maybe change the loser announcers they now have. They make so damn much noise when you try to listen, you cant really tell what is happening. I know Lapham forgot more football than I will ever know, but Dave, take a breath. As for Brad, well Brad, just do TV sports and leave it at that!! Get Ken Broo to do the games again!!!

at 6/05/2007 4:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's all about the money....plain and simple. Who will pay the teams more money.

at 6/05/2007 4:54 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anon 9:54am; Yes, indeed it is a 12+ number. Forget the myths. Ultimately, it's the ad revenue that counts most to the rights holder and the team. It's all about the billing, the budgets, the payroll. St. Louis, Pittsburgh, anywhere.
Its all about the money.

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