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.
San Francisco’s KGMZ (FM, 95.7) is reporting Guy Haberman, heard locally on KFIG (AM, 940), is joining the Bay Area radio station on Dec. 3. He will take over the 7-10 p.m. weeknight time slot plus host the weekday Oakland Athletics “Pre-Game Dugout Show” and “Post-Game A’s Talk” programs during baseball season.
Haberman has been heard locally 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7-9 a.m. Fridays. Along with his duties at KFIG, Haberman worked with the Fresno Grizzlies, WAC Sports Network plus Fresno State University’s women’s basketball and softball teams.
His departure comes just weeks after a deal was made to switch programming off of KFIG of its previous dial spot at AM 1430 to the 50,000-watt 940 AM.
This is a major move for Haberman as he goes from the Fresno market, ranked 67th, to fourth ranked San Francisco market.
UPDATE: Here’s more info, from The Bee, on the end of Swearengin’s show. Still no word on who will replace him.
ORIGINAL POST, 9/12: Paul Swearengin announced today that his morning radio show, heard on KFIG (AM 1430), will end this week.
He says he will continue to do special assignments for the local sports talk radio station but will focus more time on church work.
Swearengin started covering local sports while at Fresno State in the late ’80s. He joined KFIG after working for KSEE (Channel 24.1). He’s been the host of “Dog Talk” and an announcer for Fresno State Baseball.
He’s married to Fresno mayor Ashley Swearengin.
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CELEBRATION OF THE NIGHT: The Juice Crew, the morning show on B95, is having a “listener appreciation” bash to celebrate 10 years on the air. It’s happening at Rome Nightclub with special guest Ron Artest of the L.A. Lakers.
Make no mistake, keeping a morning radio show on for 10 years is no small feat. Radio is a fickle industry, where morning shows get tossed aside or revised all the time. So for The Juice Crew’s Greg “G-Man” Hoffman and Andre Covington to be stalwarts in their 6-10 a.m. spot for 10 years is rarity, especially when you consider they’re a local show not a syndicated one. Can you think of a longer-running local morning show?