My Favorite Radio Station (ESPN-AM 1150)
Posted: April 11, 2014
I was driving around this week and listening to my favorite radio station, ESPN-AM 1150, when I thought someone in the studio made a mistake. I heard a short mention of "Oldies 1150" over the announcer discussing the previous day's sports scores. About 10 minutes later, I heard a similar interruption.
When I returned to the office, I retrieved a news release via e-mail from Mid-West Family Broadcasting announcing format changes to its two AM radio stations. I was shocked to learn that the ESPN radio format was being discontinued on the AM dial.
I am ESPN junkie - especially when I am driving in my car. But as the shock wore off, I realized that WEAQ, the station I used to work at in the late 1980's and early 1990's, was going to honor some of the greatest rock 'n roll music ever recorded featuring hits from the late 1950's through the 1970's.
Some of the artists featured in the new format will be the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Dave Clark 5, The Doobie Brothers, Drifters, Elvis Presley, Four Seasons, Hollies, Lovin' Spoonful, Monkees, Rascals, Rick Nelson, The Rolling Stones, Supremes, Three Dog Night, Turtles and many more.
When I worked at WEAQ, which was at 790 on the AM dial at the time, the music format was skewed for an older audience. Keep in mind that I was only in my early 20's, but I grew up listening to Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, Frank Sinatra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Johnny Mathis. So the music format on WEAQ-AM 790 was an extension of what I listened to growing up because my father preferred that type of music in the house.
The other AM station owned by Mid-West Family, WAYY-AM 790, is also making some changes.
The first change will be a one-hour extension of the weekday morning show featuring John Murphy and Bob Bosold to 10am. There will be more local talk and a segment highlighting local sports talk.
In addition, Bill Michaels will have an extended time slot discussing Wisconsin sports from 10am-2pm, followed by CBS Sports Radio anchors Jim Rome and Doug Gottlieb. Although I'm not a big fan of Jim Rome because he seems to dislike much of the Midwest (he's a California native), I can tolerate Doug Gottlieb.
I will definitely miss my ESPN radio programs. Fortunately, many of my favorite radio shows are simulcast on television, which may mean that I need to fork out some extra cash and pay for the expanded cable television package in my office.