Talking to Vic “The Brick” Jacobs at last night’s Lakers-Cavs game, it seemed like something was going down today in the land of KLAC-AM (570). We heard several rumors/reports/more rumors during the day … phone calls starting as early at 7:30 a.m. … Honestly, we were more interested in what was going on in DC to care much about any noise outside …
But with Brooks Melchior’s report on his blog (linked here) and other sources, what appears to have happened is:
== Most of the Fox Sports Radio show hosts are out: Ben Maller (overnight), Andrew Siciliano and Krystal Fernandez (afternoons), Craig Sheman and James Washington (mornings).
== Don Martin has emerged from a merger as head of both KLAC and Fox Sports Radio, and formed a new lineup of programming.
Locally on 570, it won’t sound that much different. The day starts with Dan Patrick (6 to 9 a.m.) and Jim Rome (9 a.m. to noon).
“The Loose Cannons” continue on with Steve Hartman and Jacobs, but drop Mychal Thompson and add Chris Myers, who had been working on Fox Sports Radio. Thompson will be leaving with the Lakers’ game package when the team goes from 570 to KSPN-AM (710) and is expected to land some sort of Laker-related gig (probably a pre-game show) in the fall.
PMS — Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith — go from a local L.A. show to something that’s syndicated.
No solid information on whether Tony Bruno replaces JT The Brick on the syndicated side as well, but considering Bruno’s recent hiring and push to get him into more markets, that makes sense for programming in the post 7 p.m. slot.
Also no news about when this all begins.
It’s part of the world of consolidation and preservation, stopping the bleeding and still looking for a way to compete for Clear Channel, which also apparently blew out a bunch of employees at XTRA Sports in San Diego (making them switch to the syndicated stuff). Sales managers, ad staffs … they’re all disappearing, too.
As KSPN becomes more syndicated heavy — Mike & Mike, Cowherd, Tirico/Van Pelt leading into local programming — it’s really no stunner. All it means is KLAC’s survival instinct, in its post-Laker existence, means no local shows. They all belong to KSPN and KLAA-AM (830).
God save the world of sports media. At least another day.