Clear Channel Denver Announces Three New Talk Programs. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s three Denver-market spoken-word outlets are adding new live and local programming this month. At KOA, a new evening sports talk show will debut at 7:00 pm on July 9 called, “PrimeTime Sports with Andy Lindahl.” Lindahl has been an anchor and sports reporter with KOA since 1999 and is co-host of the station’s “Bronco’s GameDay” and “Broncos PrimeTime” as well as serving as a sideline reporter for Broncos and University of Colorado football. At KHOW, the station is announcing a permanent show for the afternoon drive daypart featuring progressive David Sirota and conservative Michael Brown called, “The Rundown with Sirota & Brown.” Sirota is an author and syndicated columnist who had served as host of the cluster’s progressive talk outlet KKZN. Brown – former Undersecretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush – had hosted an evening program on KOA. Sirota and Brown take over the slot held by Dan Caplis and Craig Silverman who hosted the show for the past eight years. Finally, at progressive talker AM 760 Colorado’s Progressive Talk (KKZN), KCNC-TV, Denver reporter Gloria Neal takes over the morning drive show from 7:00 am to 10:00 am on July 16. Neal served as a news anchor at KOA in the past.
Lionel Hosts Early Morning Show at WPIX-TV, New York. Commentator, talk host and podcast innovator Lionel of LionelMedia.com adds to his duties at Tribune’s WPIX-TV where he does commentary for the 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm news as he begins hosting the station’s early morning news program from 4:00 am to 6:00 am beginning today (7/2). The expanded role for the uniquely talented Lionel allows him to bring his one-of-a-kind perspective on the issues to New York viewers in a broadened format that programmers at WPIX believe will be an effective lead-in to its morning news programming. As reported by FishbowlNY, a memo from WPIX-TV news director Bill Carey indicates the program will be conversational in style and allow Lionel’s natural delivery to lead the program’s direction. Lionel also presents several short form commentaries daily on Merlin Media‘s FM properties in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Fourth of July Holiday Week a Bonanza for Fill-In Hosts. This year the Fourth of July holiday falls on Wednesday and that mid-week holiday means more hosts take some or even all of the week off, leading to a whole bunch of programming time to fill and plenty of work for fill-in hosts. Talk host and former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth counts himself among the busy talk hosts working this week. He begins the week sitting in on the morning drive show at Cumulus Media’s KSFO, San Francisco today and tomorrow. On Wednesday, he’ll be the guest host on Cumulus Media Networks’ Mike Huckabee show and, later that night, he’ll be heard on CBS Radio’s WPHT, Philadelphia from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. On Thursday and Friday, Hayworth will host the “Morning Rush” program simulcast on WRDU-FM, Raleigh and WPTI-FM, Greensboro, North Carolina. And on Saturday, he’ll sit in hosting the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm program at WLS, Chicago.
Former St. Louis Talk Host Gets Life for 2005 Murder. Leonardo Drisdel once hosted “The Human Factor” talk show at WGNU, St. Louis. In 2005, he confessed to his wife that after a drug binge with a local woman named Cassandra Kovack, he beat her to death claiming that a voice ordered him to kill her. Drisdel was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, June 29.
Going for the Gold! Six-time Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken (c) joins KOZN, Omaha’s “Unsportsmanlike Conduct” co-hosts Mike’l Severe (l) and Kevin Kugler (r) on their program as it broadcast live from the U.S. Olympic swim trials in Omaha. Van Dyken is co-host with Rob Dibble on Fox Sports Radio Network’s “Fox Sports Tonight.”