This week saw a lineup change at Mobile’s all-sports radio station — WNSP FM.
According to Randy Kennedy, program director, Patrick Woo, a scouting assistant with the Reese’s Senior Bowl, joins him as co-host of “Sports Drive” from 3-6 p.m. daily.
Mark Heim will also move from afternoons to mornings, joining veteran Lee Shirvanian for the revamped “Opening Kickoff” show from 6-9 a.m. daily.
“This is our first step in revitalizing WNSP and wnsp.com,” Kennedy said. He was named program director earlier this month after six years as co-host of “Sports Drive” where he worked with Heim. “I’ll miss having Mark to kick around every afternoon, but these moves are going to allow us to bring a fresh approach to both the morning and afternoon shows. I’m particularly excited about introducing a new personality such as Patrick to Mobile. His knowledge of college football is on par with any radio host in the country.”
WNSP listeners may remember Woo as co-host of the weekly “Senior Bowl Locker Room Report” on WNSP this past season. His previous radio experience includes stints as an intern with the “Bill King Show” in Nashville and guest appearances on the “Tim Brando Show” and the “Paul Finebaum Show.”
Woo graduated from Penn State, where he served as sports director of the student radio station and won a college Emmy for his TV work.
The station’s weekday lineup will now be set up as follows: “Opening Kickoff with Mark and Lee” from 6-9 a.m., the “Dan Patrick Show” from 9 a.m.-noon, “Pro Football Talk” from 12-1 p.m., “Scarbinsky” with al.com lead columnist Kevin Scarbinsky from 1-3 p.m., and “Sports Drive with Patrick and Randy” from 3-6 p.m.
Improvement at the P-R presses
According to multiple inside sources, the presses at the former Press-Register building on Water Street are undergoing an impressive upgrade.
The German-made press inhabiting the green-glassed building across from the GM&O Building is apparently getting some much-needed love, to the tune of millions of bucks, according to insiders as well as others familiar with the project. While the Newhouse Company, which owns the building, has tried to sell it off since taking the daily paper to three days a week and moving its operations downtown to Royal Street, it has also broken the printing operations into its own wing of the company.
The P-R is still printed at the facility, and it has also handled part of USA Today, as well as the Pensacola News-Journal. In October of last year it was announced the New Orleans Times-Picayune would be moving its printing operations to Water Street as well. At that time it was estimated the printing and packaging move from New Orleans to Mobile would take anywhere from 12-to-15 months.
Whether the press upgrades are directly related to the Picayune is not known.
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