Beginning January 1st, suburban Pittsburgh AM WWCS/Canonsburg, PA will become the Steel City’s new home for FOX Sports Radio. The move will make WWCS the market’s 3rd Sports radio outlet, competing against CBS Radio’s “93.7 The Fan” (KDKA-FM) and “970 ESPN” (WBGG).The new FOX Sports 540’s weekday lineup will feature Zakk & Jack (6-9am); DirecTV Entertainment/Premiere Networks syndicated Dan Patrick Show (9am-noon); Premiere’s Jim Rome Show (noon-3pm).; FSR’s Loose Cannons (3-7pm); Petros & Money (7-10pm); FOX Sports Tonight (10pm-1am).; and JT “The Brick” (1-6am). In addition, the station will also carry FOX Sports Radio’s entire weekend lineup, featuring Anthony Gargano, Mike North, Andy Furman, Rob Dibble, Andy Roddick and Bobby Bones. Commenting on his station’s pending flip to Sports/Talk, GM Sima Birach, Jr. said. “We are happy to provide Pittsburgh with the best line-up of sports programming around the clock with FOX Sports Radio. Our mission is to please the great sports fans of Pittsburgh.”
WPLZ-FM/Chattanooga is dropping it’s locally produced Talk format after a three year run. O-u-t as a result of the decision is PD Gary Poole, News Director Louis Lee and hosts Robert Nash and David Karnes. Brewer Media President Jim Brewer told Chattanooga Times-Free Press Business Editor Dave Flessner that the station would debut a new format with a new PD in January. “Being a small, single market cluster it’s exceedingly difficult to compete against national broadcasting companies who have so much syndicated programming and infrastructure,” Brewer told the newspaper. “I think we offered a good product and I will miss having News/Talk in our building,” Cumulus Media owns and operates market leading News/Talker WGOW-AM & FM.
CBS Local Digital Media, a network of websites and mobile applications, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Examiner.com, a leading online publisher that features local expertise from some 85,000 contributors known as Examiners. The deal will integrate both teams’ editorial staffs to create original lifestyle content for local audiences, with editorial pieces published on CBS’s locally targeted properties in more than two dozen major markets nationwide. Stories written by Examiners will be rolled out to all 25 of CBS Local’s websites within the first quarter of 2012, with content focused on “Best Of” guides and “Top Spots” lists covering a range of topics including arts and culture, shopping, food and drink, nightlife and music, travel and outdoors. “Over the course of the past 18 months we’ve built a platform that quickly garnered interest from millions of users searching for the best local news, information and entertainment,” said Ezra Kucharz, (pictured) President, CBS Local Digital Media. “Taking our vision one step further by working with a stable of contributors with expertise in their field will greatly enhance the audience’s experience. This is not just about telling you where to go and what to see – it’s providing ‘insider access’ to a city you may be visiting or have lived your whole life that you can’t get anywhere else.”
The New Year will see the debut of The Fork Report, a new weekly show on KFI/Los Angeles hosted by self-proclaimed “food geek” Neil Saavedra (pictured). Saavedra, who also hosts the long running KFI-based Sunday morning syndicated program The Jesus Christ Show and serves as the Clear Channel News/Talker’s Director of Marketing, says the new show will cover a wide array of food news. “People who love food will love this show,” he says. “And people who don’t love food … well, who cares what they think.” The new weekend show debuts January 7th … Syndicated Solutions’ Rick & Bubba Show headed off on their yearly holiday vacation this week, but not before the show’s crew performed their annual rendition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, featuring the voices of characters who were part of the show over the past year and others who have “stood the test of time”. Check out a YouTube video of this year’s in-studio performance of the holiday classic HERE.
Pop icon Donnie Osmond recently dropped in for a chat with WGN/Chicago host Garry Meier during the talk host’s 2nd annual “Very Garry Christmas” broadcast, live from The Signature Room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s John Hancock Center. Donnie and his equally famous sister are spending three weeks in the Windy City performing Donnie & Marie’s Christmas In Chicago.