Friday, August 14, 2009

The Coveted Third Hour

It had become a running joke on Good Karma sports WKNR/850 "ESPN 850"'s mid-morning show, hosted by WJW/8 "Fox 8" sportscaster Tony Rizzo.

Whenever a new "announcement" was being touted, Rizz and the gang joked around that it didn't involve adding a "coveted third hour" to the two hour program, which has aired weekdays from 10 AM to noon.

Well, this time, it apparently does involve that "coveted third hour".

We'd heard from readers that such an announcement was made at the end of Friday's "Really Big Show"...but the confirmation for us appears on the station's official Twitter account:

Heard the Really Big News? The Really Big Show is extending their hours to 9am-12pm starting Sept. 8! Three hours of Hammer and Rizz, yay!

Though we're convinced many would not have worded that last sentence in exactly the same form as WKNR did, the two hour show has always seemed a bit crowded to Rizzo and the gang (producer/sidekick/assistant program director Aaron Goldhammer, Josh Sabo, etc.) try to do a less-structured-sometimes-not-sports show, with lots of "extra hijinks", in a very short time slot.

Left unsaid is the fate of the final hour of ESPN Radio's flagship morning drive show, "Mike & Mike", which now airs on WKNR from 9 to 10 AM.

We're wondering if the Worldwide Leader is OK with the 6-9 AM only slot, or if the fourth hour of "M&M" gets nudged over to WWGK/1540 "KNR2", displacing the first hour of Fox Sports Radio's Dan Patrick Show. We don't know the answer to that part of it at this time.

Patrick's show, of course, airs 9 AM-noon on Clear Channel sports WARF/1350 Akron "Fox Sports 1350", which may have a larger coverage area in the Cleveland market than WWGK, with its current 1 kW East Side-based signal...


derek said...

I of course have no idea what they'll do with the morning hours, but here is what I would like to see: Move Steve Czaban back into the 6-9 slot on 850. Or get a good local morning host to fill that slot.

WoodCroft Ohio said...

The M and M show is almost unlistenable when Mike (stammer) Golic is on. At least the other Mike has a brain in his head and can orate a lucid thought. The same cannot be said for Golic. It's as painful to listen to Golic as it was to listen to President Bush, and that was painful. How a show this lame could have remained on the air for as long as it has is one of lifes great mysteries. Maybe those in the broadcast business would be able to explain it. I only listen when they aren't on - and I've written that show and said the same thing I'm saying here.

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

2 thoughts:

1) There's still a spam comment on your Monday post.
2) It's not a question of IF they'll move the last hour of Mike and Mike IMO. I bet it's more a question of where and when...and I don't know if WWGK would be where. ESPN, as you'd previously reported, likes to have full clearance of that show. Somehow, this might not make the folks in Bristol too happy...

Anonymous said...


Zabe is back in AM drive on 1350am. Airs 6-9am.