The University of South Alabama’s radio station — The Jag — is set to launch April 1, giving the school its own branded station covering sports and commentary.
Along with that, the Mobile area’s favorite curmudgeon is also going to be heard on FM radio after years on AM only.
“The Uncle Henry” show will help kick off The Jag’s introduction into Mobile’s media tapestry, as the popular local talk show takes to the airwaves 5-9 a.m. weekdays. While “Uncle Henry” will enjoy its new spot on 99.5 FM, it will continue broadcasting as well on 710 AM WNTM.
The Jag is the result of a long-term partnership between iHeartMedia and the University of South Alabama that will give USA a way of promoting its athletics to a wider audience. The Jag will be University of South Alabama Athletics, “Uncle Henry” and Fox Sports.
The Jag will carry USA Jag football, baseball and basketball, as well as all of their respective coaches’ shows. The first event it will carry live is the Jaguars’ spring football game Saturday, April 2.
With Uncle Henry batting lead-off, the rest of the day’s programming will feature Fox Sports shows with hosts such as Colin Cowherd, Rich Eisen and Jay Mohr. The Jag will also have its own iHeartRadio app channel.
Uncle Henry expressed excitement over the agreement and the birth of The Jag giving his show a larger reach.
“I AM THRILLED that iHeartMedia and USA are offering me the opportunity to be a part of this partnership! I am even looking into taking some classes at South so I can officially transform into a ‘Jag,’” Uncle Henry said.
The Uncle Henry show covers both local and national topics weekday mornings.
Francis to WKRG
Bebe Francis, who has enjoyed a stellar career in television advertising sales, recently took a position as WKRG’s local sales manager after about 18 months as sales manager at WZEW-FM.
Francis said her move back to television simply represents a return to the medium where she is most comfortable.
“It was just time to get back. TV is my passion and my career,” she said.
Francis came back to the Mobile market after years in New Orleans and signed on with WZEW after owner Ken Johnson coaxed her into the position.
“Ken wanted me to try to do it and it was a wonderful experience. I left on good terms and love the people there, but TV is my passion,” she said.
Monday was her first day at WKRG. No word yet on her replacement at 92ZEW.
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