One of the founders of sports talk radio in Nashville will return to hosting a daily show this summer.
After nearly four decades working in radio, George Plaster spent the last two years as Belmont University’s Associate Athletic Director of Marketing. According to The Tennessean, Plaster resigned from his Belmont position earlier in the week, with plans to return to the airwaves.
Expected to debut July 15th, Plaster will host a daily sports show from 3 – 6pm on WSM 650, a 50,000 watt country music station known for being the home of The Grand Ole Opry.
“There were two things I had to have if I was ever going to get back into radio,” Plaster told The Tennessean. “The first one was I wanted a strong signal and WSM-AM is one of the twelve strongest AM signals in the country. The other was I wanted to know that management of the station was going to be supportive of me and with (WSM general manager) Chris Kulick that’s a given. He’s one of my closest friends in radio and I know he shares the exact same visions for how this is going to be done that I do.”
The 3 – 6pm timeslot is a familiar one for Plaster, having hosted those three hours from 2003 – 2012 on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone and from 2012 – 2016 on 102.5 The Game. Last year, Plaster launched a Sunday night show on his new radio home, WSM 650. According to Plaster, listener interaction will modernize, but the formatics of his new show will mimic that of his past programs.
“We’ll talk sports. That’s not to say we’re not going to have fun doing it because we are,” Plaster said. “The other part is it’s not just going to be me talking. I want listener participation as much as anybody in this business. It will change some because the world has changed, but a lot of what we’ll do is a lot of the kinds of things we’ve done throughout all those years.”
Station GM, Chris Kulick noted with WSM continuing to carry a country music format, Plaster’s afternoon drive sports show will feature guest appearances from some of today’s biggest stars in music. The addition of Plaster to WSM will see Nashville Today move to a new time of 10am – noon.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
David Schultz Out At 105.5 WNSP
“I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions.”
WNSP is looking for a new afternoon show. A source tells Barrett Sports Media that David Schultz has been let go.
Schultz served as the Program Director as well as the host of The Game Plan in afternoon drive. Michael Brauner has been his co-host since last April.
David Schultz came to Mobile in August of 2019, replacing Creg Stephenson and Randy Kennedy, who is now heard on crosstown rival Sports Talk 99.5. Before coming to Alabama, Schultz hosted mornings on 103.7 The Game in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is also a former contributor to WQAM in Miami.
“To the listeners of WNSP, it has been my honor and pleasure driving you home from work since August of 2019,” he wrote on Twitter. “I had a blast covering the Jaguars, Tide & Tigers, Saints, and high school sports and then sharing my opinions. I appreciated your patience as it took this ‘yankee’ a bit to get used to his surroundings. Thank you very much for bringing me into your homes, cars, and phones.”
The station’s permanent afternoon plans are far from solidified. BSM has learned that Mark Heim — who currently hosts The Opening Kickoff on the station — will cover the shift in the interim.
Audacy, New York Mets Announce Addition of Keith Raad, Pat McCarthy
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast.”
Raad joins the crew after spending last season announcing games for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets single-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. He has also been the voice of Wagner University football and women’s basketball since 2017.
McCarthy — the son of Philadelphia Phillies television voice Tom McCarthy — has served as the voice of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA-affiliate of the Phillies. He has filled in on Phillies broadcasts during the past two seasons, in addition to working as a football, and men’s/women’s basketball announcer for Princeton and St. Joseph’s Universities.
“The Mets are excited to have Keith and Pat join WCBS 880 as part of the Mets broadcast,” said Andy Goldberg, Executive Vice President, and Chief Marketing Officer, New York Mets. “Having Keith called up from Brooklyn, and being a local New Yorker to keep it in the family is what the Mets are all about.”
Raad will serve as the play-by-play and color commentator on the club’s broadcasts, while McCarthy will host the pregame and postgame shows, and step into the play-by-play role held by Howie Rose during select broadcasts.
“As we round the bases towards Spring Training, we’re proud to officially welcome Keith Raad and Pat McCarthy to our popular coverage of Mets baseball alongside Mets Hall of Famer Howie Rose,” said Chris Oliviero, Market President, Audacy New York. “Once again, the Mets offseason has created anticipation and optimism for the 2023 Amazins’ and we’re looking forward to being the audio home for every moment on-air and digitally.”
ESPNU, SiriusXM End Partnership, Channel 84 Rebrands as SiriusXM College Sports Radio
“Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed.”
SiriusXM still has a college sports radio station on its platform. It’s just called something different now.
A report from Cord Cutters News confirmed that ESPNU and SiriusXM have ended their partnership. Channel 84, which used to be known as SiriusXM ESPNU Radio, is now known as SiriusXM College Sports Radio.
ESPNU had been with the satellite radio provider since 2017. The channel itself, which has been on the Sirius lineup since 2010, was called SiriusXM College Sports Nation when it first launched.
Beyond the name and branding, nothing else for the channel has changed. Listeners can still tune in to hear hosts like Danny Kanell, Dusty Dvoracek, Rick Neuheisel and EJ Manuel, as well as live college sports play-by-play broadcasts.
The move doesn’t end ESPN’s partnership with Sirius. Cord Cutters noted that College GameDay will still be fully simulcasted on channel 81, which is ESPN Xtra.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.