Most of the questions that have popped up during the recent changes in local talk radio have been about the loss of sports talk radio host Jim Rome from Fresno’s KCBL (AM, 1340). When Rome changed to being syndicated by the CBS Sports Radio Network instead of the Fox Sports Radio Network, he was replaced Jan. 2 by actor-comedian Jay Mohr in the 9 a.m. time slot.
The closest radio station broadcasting Rome’s show is in Modesto. But, that may be changing soon.
The web site Radio Insight is reporting that Fresno’s KJZN (FM 105.5) looks ready to switch from its conservative talk format — that features Rusty Humphries and Andrea Tantaros — to a sports talk channel. Station management has registered the domain name 1055TheGame.com.
If the station does make the switch, the CBS lineup would be the biggest sports talk radio syndicator left as KCBL (AM 1340) airs Fox Sports and KFIG (AM 940) is home to ESPN.
More as the story unfolds.
There won’t be a TV Beat column Thursday because of the holiday. Here are a few things of interest that can’t wait until the column returns Nov. 29.
Last chance: Time is running out for the “Annual ValleyPBS Holiday Online Auction.” You have until 8 p.m. today to go to valleypbs.org/auction to place your bid.
There are more than 300 items including lodging in Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite and Las Vegas. Also available are tickets to the Fresno Grand Opera and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.
A new place to talk?: All Access, the online site that monitors the radio industry, is reporting that Clear Channel has registered the domains “powertalk1400.com” and “powertalk967.com.” This could be a clue to what the radio company plans to do with the syndicated talk programming of its Premiere Networks company that will be leaving KMJ (AM 580) later this year.
In Fresno, Clear Channel owns KALZ (FM 96.7) and KRZR (AM 1400). The hot adult contemporary and sports talk formats could be switched to a new local talk radio station anchored by Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.
Remember, this is only speculation now. More later.