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.
Those of you who have been listening to the syndication talk radio show featuring former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on KIRV (AM 1510) will have to reset your dials. Starting Monday, “The Mike Huckabee Show” will air 9 a.m. – noon on KGED (AM 1680).
Former Fresno mayor Jim Patterson, one of the three KGED owners, says that the program became available about a month ago and they jumped at the chance to add it because the program looks at current events through Christian values. Patterson says its a perfect way to celebrate the launch of the Christian talk format on KGED just over a year ago.
The addition of Huckabee means bumping “Real Radio,” “R & R Show,” “Leading the Way,” Family Life Today” and “The Janet Mefferd Show” on KGED. Paterson says many of those programs will move to the noon – 2 p.m. slot. Details of the new lineup will be announced next week.
“The Mike Huckabee Show” started in April and is heard on approximately 600 radio stations.