Sunday, August 27, 2000

SPORTS ON TV-RADIO


Angry Guys, McAlister leave BOB

By John Fay
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Friday may have been the strangest day in local sports talk history.

        You had The Two Angry Guys (Tom Gamble and Richard Skinner) and Lance McAlister signing off on WBOB-AM (1160) and telling listeners they would be moving to HOMER (WCKY-AM 1360) on Monday.

        Six months ago, it would have been hard to imagine anyone on BOB mentioning HOMER, much less promoting a new show on it. But that's how things go in the wacky world of radio.

        BOB will relaunch as ESPN 1160 on Monday, the same day HOMER becomes 1360 HOMER The Sports Animal. Basically you have the same stuff, albeit less local programming, in two new packages.

        The Angry Guys and McAlister will be added to HOMER's lineup, giving HOMER nine hours of local programming a day to go along with Jim Rome.

        BOB will carry ESPN Radio programming for all but three hours a day. Doug Kidd and Greg Waddell will do a show from 4 to 7 p.m. each day.

        Lost in the shuffle are BOB's Tim Lewis and Paul Sturgeon and HOMER's Marc Amazon. All three are looking for work. That's the saddest part of this whole deal. We're losing nine hours of locally produced sports talk a day. And three guys who became very familiar to sports listeners here have been silenced.

        BOB's lineup will be Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg from 6 to 9 a.m., followed by Tony Kornheiser, followed by Dan Patrick, then Kidd and Waddell. After 7 p.m., BOB will run ESPN's Game Night. BOB will continue to carry Ohio State football and basketball. The station also will do a Northern Kentucky high school game of the week.

        “We're excited,” Kidd said. “We're going to be branded an ESPN station. They're happy to be in one place in this market.”

        LESS OF SOAS: Channel 9's Sports of All Sports, the original local Sunday night sports show, is being cut from an hour to 45 minutes.

        The show will begin at around 11:15 p.m. and run until midnight. It had been running from 11:30 to 12:30.

        “They've been doing this in other markets,” news director Scott Diener said. “Sports of All Sorts is very popular and has a long history here. We just want to get into it earlier and faster.”

        The biggest reason for the change is viewership drops significantly after midnight.

        Last week, for instance, at 11:15 p.m., 49 percent of the houses in the market were watching television. By 12:15 a.m. that had dropped to 29 percent.

        John Popovich, the host and the force behind SOAS, isn't happy about giving up 15 minutes of air time, but he said, “This is a more efficient way of doing it.

        Kathrine Nero will do her sports report from 11:15 to 11:30. That will lead right into Popovich's call-in portion of the show. Popovich had been recapping the stories of the day, which repeated what Nero had done. That won't be the case anymore.

        RANTS & RAVES: Harold from Lebanon called in support of Amazon: “I'm a bit surprised they let him go. I thought he had a great show. I really they think made a mistake.

        Darrell from Cincinnati called in to rip Wild Man Walker, the guy HOMER kept over Amazon: “I can't listen to him. I flip the channel off before I listen. That's tough for me to do, because I listen all day long. I'm glad they brought Lance over. He's the best in town. I look forward to the day he takes over Andy Furman's spot on the Big One (WLW-AM 700).”

        Got a rant or rave? Call me at (513) 768-8445 and leave a voice mail. Remember, keep it short, keep it to TV/radio sports, and leave your name and the part of town where you live.

        John Fay covers radio/TV sports for The Enquirer. He can be reached at 768-8445.

       



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