Sports radio listeners in the Azalea City are in for some changes, as WNSP-FM brings in two new broadcasters to take the place of two who are leaving the station.
“Sports Drive” hosts Randy Kennedy and Creg Stephenson announced this week they are leaving the afternoon sports show, both for separate reasons. WNSP station manager Tim Camp said Kennedy told him he wants to do something else career-wise and Stephenson also decided it was a good time to call it quits, as he has a new child.
The pair’s last day on the air is Aug. 9, and the following Monday Camp said new afternoon host and programming director Dave Schultz will take over. Schultz was most recently with a sports station in Lafayette, Louisiana, and prior to that worked in the Miami market. He’ll be joined by Jordan Glasgow, who will produce the morning show for the station and co-host the afternoon show with Schultz. Camp said he will join the station in a couple of weeks.
Glasgow has worked with a station in Pensacola for the past four years, Camp said.
“Dave is a good fit for WNSP. He’s very familiar with the Sun Belt, where South plays, because of the Ragin’ Cajuns in Lafayette, and he knows the Saints and LSU,” Camp said, adding that he is up to speed on SEC football. He said Schultz was responsible for helping his station in Lafayette kick off an FM sports radio format that was able to draw better ratings than the existing sports talk station in just a few years.
As for his departure, Kennedy says he plans to remain on the Gulf Coast and will stay active in the local sports scene. He could not elaborate at this time. He will continue writing a weekly sports column for Lagniappe.
Still blacked out
The contract stalemate between AT&T/DirecTV and two national television conglomerates is nearing three months, which means four local stations have been “blacked out” by the carrier for most of the summer.
Negotiations between Sinclair Broadcast Group, Nexstar Media Group and AT&T have dragged on far longer than originally expected, leaving WPMI-TV and its sister station, WJTC-TV, and WKRG-TV and its sister station, WFNA-TV, blacked out on the carrier. WPMI is owned by Sinclair and WKRG is owned by Nexstar.
These blackouts are taking place across the country, leaving millions of viewers having to watch their local stations by hooking antennas up to their TVs. WPMI viewers have dealt with the impasse the longest, as the blackout began in late May. WKRG and WFNA were blacked out at the beginning of July.
“They are still in negotiations. I’m sure by the time NFL and SEC Football get started they will have a solution or they will lose even more subscribers,” WKRG General Manager Jesse Grear said. “They lost over a million subscribers in the second quarter alone and we’re hearing they’ve already lost a million more. Our viewers are finding us free over the air with an antenna, changed providers or are now signed up with a streaming service such as YouTube TV for much less. I think many viewers are asking themselves why they were paying so much for a service they could have gotten for about a third of the price all along!”
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