UPDATED: Noon, today:
A memo sent out to some of the Sherman Oaks-based Fox Sports Radio gang laying out a new lineup for early 2014 has left Pat O’Brien, Steve Hartman, Rob Dibble and Amy Van Dyken without a place to call their show, according to several sources.
The “Fox Sports Primetime” slot “will be replaced by a new program to be announced shortly,” the memo said.
On Wednesday’s show, O’Brien was not on the air with Hartman, replaced by Lincoln Kennedy via a line from his home in Phoenix. Sources say O’Brien will not be on any longer going forward.
O’Brien’s shelf life at the station ended up just more than three years after trying to rebuild his sports media career.
Hartman, a fixture in L.A. sports radio since his days at KFOX-FM and XTRA-AM, said in an email: “I have had the longest uninterrupted run in So Cal sports radio history. Not bad for a former Raiders PR guy. I will stay on at Fox Sports Radio in some capacity past the first of the year but I’m talking to several people, both in radio and television, about future opportunities. I’ve been insanely lucky to have a vocation that is also my advocation. It was certainly time for a change and I can’t wait to find out what’s next.”
Whever Fox Sports Network does with that spot, KLAC-AM (570) in L.A. will go local programming in that window. Sources say Fred Roggin, the KNBC-Channel 4 longtime anchor who has been subbing in the station of late, will be hired fulltime for that spot.
Meanwhile, in the 3-to-7 p.m. national slot, Fox has moved Las Vegas-based John “J.T. The Brick” Tournour, with partner Tomm Looney, from late nights to the earlier slot. But neither will be heard in L.A. because Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith, who had been national in that window for the last five years, stay in the same slot but will only be heard locally.
From 7-to-11 p.m., Fox national has replaced Dibble and Van Dyken with Jason Smith, who once held the overnight spot at ESPN Radio. On many nights in L.A. between April and October, that spot will often be filled by Dodgers games.
Fox’s national lineup will also move Ben Maller from weekends to weekdays in the 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift, followed by “Fox Sports Daybreak” with Andy Furman and Mike North from 3 to 6 a.m.
The new lineup keep Dan Patrick (6-to-9 a.m.) and Jay Mohr (9 a.m.-to-noon) in their usual spots.