The first person to take to the microphone on new Good Karma Broadcasting sports outlet WWGK/1540 "Cleveland's ESPN Radio 1540" as a local talk show host will be...
Well, at least for one day.
The station announced on its website that the FOX 8 sports anchor will host a special two-hour local show Saturday from 10 AM to noon, devoted to all things Ohio State...before the Buckeyes' highly-touted clash with Michigan for a shot to go to the BCS national championship game.
(Or, perhaps, a shot for a rematch in that game.)
The game itself, of course, is on competing Salem sports talker WKNR/850, the Cleveland market affiliate of the Ohio State University radio network.
From the WWGK website:
Join Fox 8 sports anchor Tony Rizzo on Saturday morning from 10 to 12pm. "The Rizz" will preview every angle and give you a chance to sound off on the Buckeyes before kickoff. You can reach the show at (216) 229-7500.
WWGK's blurb on the special show (one day only, as far as we know) says it'll be streamed on ESPNCleveland.com.
Well, at this point, we can't find any sign of local streaming out of the Good Karma operation... and we know that station boss Craig Karmazin has been a reader here, so we'll assume it'll be up sometime in the next couple of days. (Hint!)
Because as it did before, signing up for the station's club under the "listen live" link only takes one to a link to ESPNRadio.com. Not to mention that there's no "login" system, so you have to enter your information EVERY SINGLE TIME.
If there's a link for "Cleveland's ESPN Radio 1540"'s own in-house streaming, we can't find it.
Rizzo, of course, is far too busy to take to the radio airwaves during the week, but would be a rather interesting choice to become a regular local host on WWGK.
Local sports radio fans generally fondly remember him from his time at once-populist sports talk outlet WHK/1420 "The Fan" (now a Salem-owned conservative talk station)...not to mention for his long stint doing sports on WMJI/105.7.
As WJW's primary sports anchor, Rizzo is on the air at FOX 8 during the presumptive hole for a local show on the local ESPN Radio outlet - afternoon drive. But we wouldn't be surprised to hear him as a regular on 1540 on weekends...