Kiley and Booms started the day off, they handed it to Andy Baskin and Reggie Rucker. Adam the Bull and Dustin Fox are coming up later in the day. It is a day of excitement and chock full of guests as 92.3 WFAN looks to stack the deck for their first day on the air in Cleveland. The story isn’t even close to being told until a couple months from now when they fill the ad inventory and the overload of guests wears off. When these hosts get into the grind of hosting a show for multiple hours every day and the newness wears off, what will the Cleveland sports talk landscape look like?
You can’t tell this story without looking squarely at WKNR. Earlier this year, they made the decision to go more local at the expense of the first hour of the Jim Rome show. By extending Rizzo’s show an hour, WKNR gave themselves a significant revenue opportunity. To say that the decision went smoothly would be a lie. Jim Rome himself has complained vocally about it, not to mention his fans.
Rizzo’s show has been under the microscope on Twitter lately as Rizzo has wondered aloud if he should do the show by himself without Aaron Goldhammer and Chris Fedor. Are there any two more controversial personalities than those two in Cleveland sports media right now? Some people love them, and their haters are vocal and fervent. Is that a good thing for the show because it will keep people tuned in for the controversy, or is it something that will drive listeners to the new game at 92.3 WFAN?
I know a lot of people don’t care about sports media. As we’ve been talking about this stuff over the last few weeks, there are plenty of people who are bemoaning the thought of more “banal” sports talk in the world, let alone in place of the last bastion for alternative rock on the Cleveland airwaves. I can’t help but looking forward to see how it shakes out.
It could be a referendum on local vs. national programming as WKNR does battle with Mike & Mike along with Jim Rome. At the same time, WFAN has gone outside the market to bring in Adam the Bull for their most precious time slot to compete with Reghi and Roda in afternoon drive. Granted they paired Adam the Bull with former Buckeye Dustin Fox, but still, it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out after the initial excitement and newness wears off.
In all honesty it will probably be difficult to find a “winner.” People will probably pick and choose their favorite shows and jump back and forth. I still have a tough time believing there won’t be at least a few “casualties” as the competition heats up and these two stations work to get and keep listeners.
Who will be the first to fall, if anyone?